Parenting and Children's Books
As long as you have a good book you need never be bored. Here are 12 young adult books that teens (and parents - who are we kidding?) can get their teeth into this winter.
Celia Walden John Green's bestseller - a teen romance between cancer sufferers - is credited with launching 'sick lit'. Here he talks about why that label frustrates him and his genuine surprise at the book's success.
Nova Weetman Children are spoilt for choice when it comes to contemporary books but there is something special to be gained from reading that can only be found in the classics.
Sarah Wayland A good book has the capacity to draw you in and keep you close long after the last words are read but Sarah Wayland discovered it can also bring you closer to your teenager.
LIVIA GAMBLE Once children reach their teenage years the amount of time they spend reading for pleasure decreases sharply, study finds. Is technology to blame?
AMY MCNEILAGE The Tales of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants books include wicked wedgies, talking toilets, snotty noses and a scantily clad superhero, an unsavoury recipe that has seduced millions of young boys into reading.
Three Harry Potter spin-off movies based on the magical beasts from the books are being penned by JK Rowling.
The Daily Muse There are plenty of brilliant, articulate parents out there who have penned books that will shape your conception of parenthood for the better. Here are eight of them.
Tammy Oler Reading Flowers in the Attic was a rite of passage for teenage girls. The novel recognised a deep and abiding fear that has shaped the women of a generation: the fear of turning becoming our mothers.
Diana Elliott Take advice from Australia's richest woman and buy a child a book for Christmas.
June Factor The popular author and academic, June Factor, guides parents in encouraging their kids to read.
From novices to kitchen know-it-alls, there's a cookbook for every Christmas stocking this year.
Eliza Sarlos Eliza Sarlos wanted her son to grow up respecting and admiring the capabilities of women, spurred on by a lack of resources she created Amazing Babes, a must-read book for children full of some of the world’s most inspirational female role models.
NICK GALVIN Fast food giant McDonald's is set to become one of America's largest publishers of children's books when it distributes 20 million paperbacks next month.
Geoff Maslen The tradition of children's play has survived despite increased use of television and video games.
Nick Galvin A willingness to take risks with gross-out humour has made the children's author a hero to younger readers - and a villain to some parents.
Christopher Bantick The story of sex between a teacher and her student is worth discussing.
Stephanie Owen Reeder enjoys some seriously funny picture books.
Sarah Macdonald When should parents start introducing concepts of cruelty, poverty, death and disaster in literature?
Josefa Pete The responsibility is often put on teachers but parents play a vital role in fostering a love of reading in their kids long before they walk through the school gates.
Tom Hunt Hairy Maclary - the one from Donaldson's Dairy - lay for years as no more than a sketch in a book of ideas.
KATIE CARLIN Kids don’t have to travel far for an action packed adventure these school holidays; they simply have to open up Chris Columbus’ first novel, House of Secrets.
Elaine Lipworth Gwyneth Paltrow talks to Elaine Lipworth about the health scare that prompted her latest cookbook, her young family, and why she has scaled back her acting career.
AMY GRAY With the Children's Book Festival underway this weekend, we find out what books famous authors read to their own children.
Lisa Salmon Hannah Evans is a MOB three times over. And as a MOB - Mother of Boys - she has come to the conclusion that bringing up boys "is like dealing with dogs".
Stephanie Owen Reeder delves into picture books that deal with childhood fear.
AMY GRAY With Christmas around the corner, there are a host of present types we all dread for our girls but there is one gift that gives more than the others.
Sandy Smith Put away your Gina Ford and Dr Spock - there's a sh*tty mum side to us all.
Robert Dex JK Rowling has left "the door ajar" for a return to the world of Harry Potter but said there would be no more books about the young wizard.
LINDA MORRIS One night, while drawing the curtains on her apartment windows, Deborah Abela saw her one and only ghost. In the pitch black, kneeling on her bed, she saw a face. Her beloved but frail nanna had died five or so years before but there she was, younger and watchful.
Alison Branley Medowie Christian School has defended a decision to ban witches and warlocks from its annual book week parade and the Harry Potter series from the school library.
CYNTHIA BANHAM What a perplexing time to become a new parent. The latest popular books on the subject say that unless you are French you probably are bringing up your child to be a lazy, selfish brat.
Whether your children are just starting to engage with books or you're struggling to find a book to interest your older child Dymocks has some tips on how to foster a love for reading in your kids.
KATIE CARLIN There are some stories that stay with you long after you finish reading them. They are usually the ones that make you stop and take stock of your life. My Life in a Pea Soup by Lisa Nops is one such story.
KATIE CARLIN Do you have an inquisitive nature lover in your household? Well the Australian Backyard Naturalist is the book for them. Full of interesting facts, stories and projects to help kids learn and engage with the animals, birds and insects living in their own backyard.
Emily Anderson Many a parent has lamented the fact that children don't arrive with manuals but building a relationship with your child that encourages, secures and guides them in the right direction is possible.
Maurice Sendak didn't think of himself as a children's author, but as an author who told the truth about childhood.
Today is national Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R) day and to celebrate the Essential Kids team took a trip down memory lane to bring you our favourite childhood books.
Dannielle Miller If sales of the books and early movie tickets for the new teen fiction series The Hunger Games are anything to go by, it seems teen girls are starved for a heroine with real fire.
Carmen Michael A new book has criticised hands-on parenting techniques, but are they simply a rational response to a rapidly changing and competitive world?
FRANCES ATKINSON We up some summer children's titles from top Australian and international talent.
Stephanie Peatling No damsels in distress, the adventurous girls in children's books inspired the first flush of feminism in Stephanie Peatling.
LAKSHMI SINGH The authors of a new book "Welcome To Your Child’s Brain – From in Utero to Uni" have one message for parents who wallow in guilt about their style of parenting - “Take a deep breath and relax.” Fretting over small aspects of parenting or over scheduling kids with activities aimed to “improve” them will not necessarily make them more successful.
KATIE CARLIN For everyone who feels their supermum title is hanging by a thread, that is to assume it ever existed in the first place, there is still hope.
A new book advocates hands-off parenting for the entire family's sake.
Carolyn Webb The winner of one of Australia's top children's book awards says her book is not for young children.
The Children's Book Council of Australia has sparked controversy in the past for its choices in the Book of the Year Awards.
ANDREW DADDO The car in front of me has two kids, a dog, cat, tennis-playing mum and surfing dad. It's a cute-looking family in a cartoonish kind of way.
Lindy Percival He might write like a ratbag, but the fart jokes and food fights are all in his imagination.
Alyssa McDonald Is it our own flaws that we hate most in our mums and daughters?
Linda Morris Eight years ago, Random House Australia sent a 12-year-old schoolboy a manuscript from a new name in children's fiction. The publishing house wanted feedback for The Ranger's Apprentice.
Linda Morris Young reviewers are helping shape book covers and even marketing campaigns.
Jo-Anne Dooner Introducing early reading skills at home is vital!
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Kylie Orr I’ve been pregnant and/or breastfeeding since Adam was a boy, so I struggle to remember the last time I overindulged with alcohol. The memories of hangovers, however, stick like barnacles on my brain.
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Kylie Orr Let's face it: "No" is convenient. It is fast. It is less disruptive to what I am in the middle of and deceivingly simpler than making a well thought-out decision. I often wonder if my kids will grow up thinking I was "Captain No" closely followed by the Fun Police.
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Kylie Orr A friend of mine has just accepted a job in the UK. He is bundling up his wife and two young children and taking the plunge. Another friend is off to Kenya with her husband and three young boys.
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Kylie Orr Would you like to be a celebrity mum? Do you empathise with the caged bird existence they lead?
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Kylie Orr The opportunities to teach our children the value of money through pocket money seem too important to ignore; how to save, smart expenditure, living within their means (haven't quite learnt that one myself yet), sharing money by donating to charity, and the finality of spending.
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Kylie Orr Twelve months ago my husband had a mini crisis. He was sick of working like a dog, running his own business. He wanted more time to wade through his home projects list and play a more active role in raising our young family. Nothing new to the modern family dilemma.