Parenting and Children's Books

Captain Underpants' creator: kids need one good experience to learn reading can be fun

Jane Henderson It's an intimate, but basic, question. What size are his tighty whiteys?

Children's Book Council of Australia: announce Book of the Year Awards

Winner ... <i>The Protected</i> by Claire Zorn

Helen Velissaris Author takes out both young reader and early childhood categories in the one year for the first time.

The 65-Storey Treehouse gets even sillier

The 65-storey treehouse is out now.

Caroline Berdon When adding extra levels to the Treehouse in his books, author Andy Griffiths says he likes to feel like he's "walking a trapeze without a safety net".

Dr Seuss book 'What Pet Should I Get?' is helping fight animal cruelty

Dr Seuss latest book: 'What Pet Should I Get?'

Livia Gamble Not every pet has a home, which is why Random House and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have teamed up to help animals in need.

Harry Potter plot details that continue to divide fans

Harry Potter plots dividing fans.

Livia Gamble Eight years after JK Rowling published her seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, fans are still divided.

'Paper Towns' and 21 other books to read before you see the movie

Books to read before they hit the big screen.

Jessica Roy Before you see it at the movies, get your hands on a copy of these 22 books.

Books that 80s kids will love sharing with their kids

Sharing your childhood books with your kids is a memorable experience.

Megan Blandford These were the books that got you through childhood. Now it's time to pass them on to your kids.

150 years of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland': How this story continues to inspire

Alice at the Mad Hatter's tea party. Artwork by John Tenniel from the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Collette Beck Why 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' continues to inspire 150 years on.

Ten new books your teens will be obsessed with


Sandie Angulo Chen We've uncovered the top 10 new and soon-to-be-released titles that are sure to appeal to a young adult reader near you.

Judy Blume urges parents to talk to their teens about puberty

Judy Blume

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Author of young adult and children's books Judy Blume has urged parents to talk to their children about the feelings of puberty, saying although the world is changing because of technology, the "stuff deep inside" remains the same.

Long-lost Dr. Seuss book released next week, the equivalent of buried treasure

'What Pet Should I Get?' The latest book by Dr Seuss.

Livia Gamble Dr Suess fans are in for a treat next week when his long-lost manuscript, What Pet Should I Get?, is released.

Muggles not welcome

This is how much it would cost you each year to go to Hogwarts

Harry Potter

Ebony Bowden The final Harry Potter novel may have been released eight years ago, but many Muggles out there are still trying to wrap their heads around how J.K. Rowling's mythical world of magic worked.


Books parents hate reading to their kids


Livia Gamble Sometimes the books your kids love reading, simply - drive you insane.

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Super dad creates Ms Marvel costume for daughter, makes for epic show and tell

Kamala Khan, also known as Ms Marvel.

Livia Gamble The only way Mike Long's daughter was going to a party dressed as Ms Marvel, was if he made the costume himself.

Ten children's book characters we want to see on the big screen

Ten children's book to film adaptions we want now.

Nova Weetman Here are ten beloved children's book characters we want to see get their own movie.

Brazilian book lovers donate thousands of books to fulfill a little girl's dream of opening a library

Seven-year-old girl wants to own her own library.

Livia Gamble An Instagram photo of a little girl's letter to her aunt has inspired thousands of book donations to make her dream of starting a library a reality.

A seven-year-old girl has won $16,000 for her inspiring comic book


Livia Gamble Natalie McGriff was bullied at school because of her hair and had trouble reading but her mum came up with the perfect solution.

'The Princess Who Saved Herself': a children’s book that redefines how we view princesses

'The Princess Who Saved Herself': A children's books that change the role of the princess.

Livia Gamble Princesses don’t need saving. That’s the great message a new children’s book is spreading.

6 ways to raise a joyful reader

Avid readers: Start reading young.

Sharon Holbrook Parents can do a lot to cultivate a lifelong love of books in their children.

Princess Leia gets her own 'Star Wars' comic

Cover for the comic book: Star Wars: Princess Leia No.1

Brian Truitt Before Carrie Fisher reprises her iconic role opposite Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Leia is set to star in her own solo comic book.

Be open to the impossible: Alice in Wonderland turns 150

Disney's 1951 animated adaption of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

Rebecca Ciezarek To calculate the contribution Carroll's story has made to English literature and popular culture would be a mammoth undertaking, as Wonderland grew roots which moved the story into unexpected places.

What Pet Should I Get

Dr Seuss returns with newly discovered book 'What Pet Should I Get?'

Dr. Seuss.

Maria Puente Dr Seuss long ago passed from the scene but old manuscripts by the beloved children's author keep turning up.


How to be a 'New Old-fashioned Parent'

Parenting: How to balance the benefits of the old with the new.

Liat Hughes Joshi The nature of childhood has changed remarkably over just a generation and Liat Hughes Joshi set out to discover which parts we need to reinstate.

Harper Lee to publish To Kill a Mockingbird 'sequel'

Harper Lee receiving the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.

Michael Idato More than five decades after To Kill A Mockingbird was published, the iconic novel is to get a sequel.

Why this new parenting book isn’t just for parents of teens

Teen years ahead: are you really ready?

Elana Benjamin As the mother of a ten and a six-year-old, it seems premature for me to read a book about parenting teenagers but here is why I'm glad I did.

Roald Dahl's warning letter to student rediscovered 35 years later

Dahl letter

Livia Gamble When aspiring writer Jay Williams penned a letter to Roald Dahl asking for feedback his response, according to Williams, was "priceless".

JK Rowling wraps up Draco Malfoy's story for fans

Draco Malfoy was an 'archetypal bully' says JK Rowling.

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.


Funny kid's quotes

Dad illustrates every funny thing his kid says

Bruckner's favourite quote from his daughter.

Rachel Clun One American dad decided to turn all the weird things his three-year-old says into a blog, called 'Spaghetti Toes'.

12-year-old author's book the answer for fussy eaters?

I don't like Cheese

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 book of words and drawings to help kids start big school

A new book is making the first day of school less daunting.

A new book created by children for children is helping others cope with their first day of school.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling releases new wizard stories

Off to see the wizard ... JK Rowling will release 12 new Harry Potter-based stories in the lead-up to Christmas.

British author JK Rowling will release 12 new Harry Potter-based stories in the lead-up to Christmas.

The best children's books of 2014

Books for all ages.

Lorna Bradbury Lorna Bradbury selects seductive treasures from lavish picture books to novels for all ages.

Children's book publisher rebranding books as gender-neutral


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.

Kirsten Bell's Text Me Merry Christmas: A new Christmas classic?

kristen bell

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.

Should publishers do more to red-flag explicit content on their back covers?

J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter cross-over series.

Linda Morris The lines between adult and teenager reading matter have blurred.


5 lessons from classic children's books I want my son to learn

Books offer kids countless lessons.

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.


Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree to hit the screen in latest bid to aim fantasy at grown-ups


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.


A book with no pictures is a hit with kids

Title page from <i>The Book With No Pictures</i>, by B.J. Novak.

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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New 'Harry Potter' book released on Dolores Umbridge

Harry Potter's nemesis Dolores Umbridge will get her own say in a new short story by JK Rowling.

A new Potter story set to be released on the Pottermore website on October 31.


Books for kids become a healing tool

<i>The Fault in Our Stars</i> has connected with teens.

Linda Morris Fictional books can help children cope with their problems and face their fears.

Harry Potter has a new literary rival

Illustration of Poppy Pym.

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.

ABC's James O'Loghlin wins Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award

Radio host and author James O'Loghlin.

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'.

Thor's female identity remains a mystery

Comic cover image of the all-new Thor.

Josh Dickey Thor is becoming a woman this week, and the comic book horde hath questions.


Andy Griffiths, what really makes kids' laugh


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.


'Mothers Grimm', a collection of stories about mothers of the imperfect kind

Riffing on fairy tales: Danielle Wood and her dog Scout.

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.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's missing chapter revealed

Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl book cover

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.

Aldi pulls classic Roald Dahl book from its shelves after customer complaint

Dahl Revolting Rhymes

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”.

J.K. Rowling publishes story about enchanting 'Harry Potter' character


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.


20 terrific kids books you didn't grow up with


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?

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Winners of the 2014 Children's Book Council of Australia awards

Never eat the last olive at a party: from Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan.

Angie Schiavone The Children's Book Council of Australia awards feature a crowd-pleasing mix of new and established authors.

'Creepy' new Roald Dahl cover sexualising girls?

Willy Wonka - Gene Wilder.

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.


JK Rowling's Dumbledore writes to teen massacre survivor

Michael Gambon as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the <i>Harry Potter</i> films.

Rose Powell A grieving teenage orphan received a letter she will never forget from a world-famous author.



The picture book promoting guns to children

Guns are fun: The Strong family love to show off their weapons.

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.


Should books be replaced with digital versions?

What is lost when you have no pages to turn.

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?

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John Green on the experience that enabled him to write 'The Fault In Our Stars'

John Green

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.


Why reading the classics with your children matters

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.

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How this young adult fiction book helped me bond with my teens

The power of a good book.

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.

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Teenagers stop reading for pleasure as they age

Why do teens read less for pleasure as they age?

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?


Captain Underpants' toilet humour encourages reluctant readers

(L TO R) Max Atkinson 9, Will Atkinson 7 and Tommy Atkinson 5 reading 'Captain Underpants' novels at their home in Waverton. 24th April, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

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.


Movie trilogy for Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts

Harry Potter with a hippogriff called Buckbeak.

Three Harry Potter spin-off movies based on the magical beasts from the books are being penned by JK Rowling.

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