It is important for young people to read literature that reflects their own life and also expands their experiences of the world.
Reading texts by and about diverse Australians will change the ways all young people see themselves and their communities. Here are five such books.
A long history of gifting of printed books at Christmas remains strong despite increases in e-book sales.
Books have always made great Christmas gifts. But what makes them so special, aside from their being so easy to wrap?
These seven cli-fi novels will get you fired up for action.
More recently, the study of reading has turned to examine the social and emotional benefits of storybook reading.
The benefits from shared storybook reading do not depend on whether books are bought, borrowed or new or used. Some suggested read-aloud books for children aged about kindergarten to Grade 2.
Best-selling Nigerian novelist and literary superstar Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
African literary prizes are slowly becoming more relevant and richer, thanks to writers organising on the continent.
Eleanor Antin Judgement of Paris (after Rubens), 2007, from ‘Helen’s Odyssey’
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The British Musuem
From art that centres the African-American experience to feminist retellings, the British Museum’s new exhibition explores culture’s enduring fascination with the legend of Troy
Teachers often assign older books.
Stories like ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ are still relevant today.
Only 7% of children’s books published in 2018 featured a character of colour.
British children’s books are still not representing all British readers – but reflecting realities for readers of colour is possible if parties across the industry work together
Independent bookstores are places where culture is collected and disseminated. The gentrification of city centres makes their existence increasingly precarious.
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The demands of gentrification in some neighbourhoods are proving deadly for some independent businesses, including local bookstores, often forcing them to close.
Open access publishing enables free and easy dissemination of work, but this does not meant that it engages with literary culture. Titles are isolated from bookshops, reviews, and cultural conversations.
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The notion that a respected publishing house can be replaced by open access publishing is disproved by examining other recent examples, such as the now-closed University of Adelaide Press.
After the main plotters of the Gundpowder plot were tortured and executed, accusations of treason, heresy, and witchcraft were used to persecute other enemies of the Crown.
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Bonfire Night keeps the flames of division burning.
When children write freely, they say they escape from everyday thinking.
What children say about free writing is similar to how professional authors describe the creative process. Teachers should give kids freedom to explore, providing guidance when it’s due.
Anna Spargo-Ryan carefully layers metaphors throughout The Paper House to blur the space between reality and imagination.
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The Paper House is a layered articulation of loss and grief, perception and reality, where author Anna Spargo-Ryan demonstrates genius use of metephor.
A short story cycle is a hybrid of a novel and short story collection.
Short story cycles can satisfying a reader’s need for deeper engagement and Rebekah Clarkson’s Barking Dog is a great example.
Post traumatic stress is a common theme for female crime writers with a law enforcement background.
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A new batch of female crime writers are bringing their real life experiences of law enforcement to their work in a way that rings true for readers.
Children need time and space to enjoy the books they choose to read in schools.
There’s a worry some students don’t get enough opportunity to enjoy silent reading in schools. Here’s some advice on how to change that.
Reading books with your child means children learn to connect reading with feelings of warmth and sharing.
Early experiences sharing and developing positive connections, language and communication set the stage for home reading to start children on the path to literacy.
Books should be easily available in accessible formats, like Braille.
South Africa’s new Copyright Amendment Bill could help the country take an important step in tackling its own “book famine”.
Despite its rhetoric of innovation and experimentation, the indie-style imprint Strange Light is brought to us by a company that is already dominating the country’s literary space.
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Don’t be fooled by the ‘indie’ rhetoric surrounding the new imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, a multinational corporation. Only time will tell if it will do much for the diversification of Can-Lit.
We shouldn’t assume that discussion of bodily changes necessarily means progression towards a more equal society.