Parenting and Children's Books
Livia Gamble When aspiring writer Jay Williams penned a letter to Roald Dahl asking for feedback his response, according to Williams, was "priceless".
Saimi Jeong Fansite Pottermore has published new insights about the bad boy that fangirls adore, straight from the pen of J.K. Rowling in her latest installment of 12 Days of Christmas.
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Rachel Clun One American dad decided to turn all the weird things his three-year-old says into a blog, called 'Spaghetti Toes'.
Cathy Jubb We know how challenging meal times can be when there’s a fussy eater sharing the table. But a new book encouraging kids to explore different tastes might just hold the key and here’s the kicker; the book’s author is just finishing primary school.
A new book created by children for children is helping others cope with their first day of school.
British author JK Rowling will release 12 new Harry Potter-based stories in the lead-up to Christmas.
Lorna Bradbury Lorna Bradbury selects seductive treasures from lavish picture books to novels for all ages.
Livia Gamble Children’s book publisher Ladybird has announced they will make all of their books gender neutral after a parent-led campaign urged them to do so.
Rachel Clun Ever wondered what those Christmas classics might have sounded like if Bing Crosby and Bobby Helms were around today? Well wonder no more.
Linda Morris The lines between adult and teenager reading matter have blurred.
Arianne Beeston One of the best things about being a parent is sharing my love of words and stories with my son and the special, fictional characters that shaped my childhood.
Dimitra Fimi Children’s fantasy has become a lucrative global industry, and duly producers are plumbing all kinds of magical authors. Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree is only the latest children’s classic destined for the silver screen, with a live action film currently in production.
Rachel Clun An author who has never written a children's book before has written a kid's book with no pictures - and it's a best seller.
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A new Potter story set to be released on the Pottermore website on October 31.
Linda Morris Fictional books can help children cope with their problems and face their fears.
Rachel Clun A competition in England has unearthed what could be the next Harry Potter, after a PHD candidate won for her children's story about a circus girl turned detective.
Rachel Clun James O'Loghlin has won the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award for 2014, for his debut children's novel 'The Adventures of Sir Roderick the Not-Very Brave'.
Josh Dickey Thor is becoming a woman this week, and the comic book horde hath questions.
Livia Gamble "Kids’ have a vast appetite for the mayhem and the dark side of life," says Andy Griffiths, who at 53 knows exactly what kids' find funny.
Linda Morris Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? Author Danielle Wood transforms the dark woods into a childcare centre in her stories about the heartache of motherhood.
A chapter of children's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was cut from the final version has been published for the first time.
Saffron Howden Roald Dahl’s iconic children’s book, Revolting Rhymes, has been removed from the Aldi supermarket chain’s shelves after customer complaints over the use of the word “slut”.
Neha Prakash Seven years after the release of the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, we're meeting a magical character barely mentioned in the wizarding world thus far - Celestina Warbeck.
Gabe McGrath The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Green Eggs and Ham, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Magic Faraway Tree are just a tiny sample of classic kids' books. But what about more recent books for children?
Angie Schiavone The Children's Book Council of Australia awards feature a crowd-pleasing mix of new and established authors.
Anita Singh Publisher has been slammed for their cover redesign of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with readers claiming the new look is sexualising girls in an attempt to appeal to an adult audience.
Rose Powell A grieving teenage orphan received a letter she will never forget from a world-famous author.
Nick Galvin A new "wholesome" picture book by two Michigan-based authors aims to show children the benefits of having parents who openly carry handguns.
Alison Bradshaw What would our children really be losing if we replaced all books with digital versions in schools and the library became a thing of the past?
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.