Children’s books were historically moralising and instructive. What’s changed?
Children’s literature may be a modern genre, but there is a long history of writing for children with some surprisingly unchanging elements.
What stories can teach children about the world.
These are the books to read with your children this summer.
From the informative to the whimsical to the flat out hilarious, here are ten Australian books to keep your child's brain active through the holidays.
Wales and Welsh culture captivated the already curious soul of Roald Dahl.
An idyllic childhood in Wales inspired one of the world's most treasured children's writers in unexpected ways.
A family photograph of the children’s author Roald Dahl, with his wife Patricia Neal, and children Olivia, Tessa, and Theo.
A war hero and a philanthropist, or a bully and a misogynist – there are many versions of the enigmatic author.
A mosaic of a gorgon’s head from the floor of a Roman bathroom
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Australian writers are embracing monsters from classical mythology, which provide profound connections to issues of identity and coming of age. Which mythical beast are you? Try our author's quiz and find out.
A whole world lies in these pages.
Dismissing children's books as childish only means that adult readers miss out on a world of fantastic literature.
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What can we expect from this newly discovered manuscript from a much-beloved author?
It’s time to pick up that favourite book and get reading.
A selection of some of the best books to share between children and parents on the topic of family and friends.
Whether you read to your kids or they read alone, share stories from and about Africa with them.
Traditional African stories often tackle big, occasionally scary and serious themes. This is even true in children's stories – though there's plenty of room for silly fun, too.
Alex Gino’s book tells the story of Melissa, a ten-year-old girl who the world sees as a boy named George.
George tells the story of Melissa, a ten-year-old girl who the world sees as a boy named George. Such books will, hopefully, move from being anomalies to part of the status quo.
Outsmarted by a mouse: the scariest creature in the woods.
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Julia Donaldson's tale of brains and brawn may only be 16 years old, but like Harry Potter it has joined the ranks of the all-time greats.
After World War II, Dr Seuss dedicated himself to creating art that would speak to a sense of fairness and justice that he believed only children possessed.
What Pet Should I Get? stays true to Dr Seuss' dedication to themes of universal appeal, and his deep aversion to prejudice.
Making sense of madness.
Carroll's pivotal children's classic offers a timeless mystery for generations to come.
The idea of the happy ending as appropriate literary fare for children is an illusion.
The very idea of the happy ending as appropriate literary fare for children is an illusion. Most fairy tales are full of darkness and violence, and as often as not do not end happily.