[ November 1, 2020 to November 12, 2020. ]
Australia Reads & Australian Reading Hour
In November, Australia Reads invites Australians of all ages and from all walks of life to share and celebrate the joys of reading.
Whether you’re picking up a book for the first time or your head is already stuck in one, there’s plenty of books, activities and events as part of […]
[ November 1, 2020 to November 12, 2020. ]
Alexander the Great by Alexander Volkanovski
Australia’s UFC Featherweight World Champion, Alexander Volkanovski has recently released a children’s book “Alexander the Great” to inspire little ones with his story.
Aimed at kids aged 3 and up, the book tells the story of Alex’s rise through the ranks of the UFC with messages of positivity and resilience for […]
Unley Civic Library, plus Unley Council Toy Library – Review
Libraries are no longer just places to borrow books, they’re community hubs – particularly this one at Unley!
by Carla Caruso
I have my mum to thank for turning me into a library addict. She’d regularly take us kids to our local one, and I’d be in my […]
Council Libraries in South Australia
Council libraries have always been a haven for book lovers seeking a quiet cosy corner to escape from the world. While they still have cosy corners, couches and an amazing collection of fabulous books for children and adults, they also offer so much more. SA council libraries have the unique […]
[ October 7, 2020 to October 8, 2020. ]
Storytime at Carrick Hill
An hour of stories celebrating the CSCA Book Week theme “Curious Creature, Wild Minds” & linked to the Story Book Trail.
Aimed at 4-8 year olds, but suitable for younger and older children, Storytime at Carrick Hill will include a takeaway bag of related craft activities and a discount voucher from Pegi Williams […]
Jane Reilly and Peter Combe reading ‘Hi. This is Coronavirus’
SA Health have produced an easy to follow book explaining coronavirus to children.
In this video, South Australian icons Jane Reilly and Peter Combe educate children on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 by reading ‘Hi. This is Coronavirus’ to them at Unley Library
‘Hi. This is […]
[ October 17, 2020 to October 23, 2020. ]
CBCA Book Week 2020
Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children’s literature and you will often see children’s book character parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays.
Throughout the year, the […]
[ September 2, 2020; ]
Indigenous Literacy Day Celebrations 2020
Join Andy Griffiths, Anita Heiss, Alison Lester, Jessica Mauboy, Shelley Ware, Josh Pyke, Archie Roach and more to celebrate language, literacy and learning on Wednesday 2 September 2020.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is celebrating language and literacy in remote communities and the immense opportunities that positive community-led engagement can provide.
On Indigenous […]
[ August 4, 2020 to September 25, 2020. ]
Our Stories – Dreamtime Stories for Children
Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre’s Something on Saturday
Three storytellers from Aboriginal language groups across South Australia are sharing their cultural knowledge as part of a free online experience presented by Adelaide Festival Centre’s Something on Saturday program.
Available from 4 August 2020, Our Stories invites viewers to take a seat around […]
[ August 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020. ]
MS Readathon – Embark on an epic adventure this August!
The MS Readathon inspires kids to read as much as they can, all for an incredible cause.
The rules are simple. Read whatever you like, as much as you can, during the entire month of August. This year’s MS Readathon will be a magical quest, and the […]
Watch celebrated stories read aloud by your favourite storytellers.
Designed to engage young people and ignite a passion for reading, imagining and learning, Story Box Library is an online reading room rich with Australian stories, diverse storytellers, and detailed activities for the classroom and home.
Story Box Library aims to get kids excited about reading, inspire their […]
Embrace Your Body Children’s Book from the founder of the Body Image Movement
Body image is the number one issue affecting our children today, and so the Body Image Movement’s mission is to educate this impressionable group to embrace their bodies and love who they are, both inside and out, with the introduction of their (first […]
Listen to Celebrities read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Taika Waititi reads James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, in full across 10 episodes, to raise money for @Partners In Health.
Over the series, Taika will be joined by Utkarsh Ambudkar, Cate Blanchett, Jamie Cullum, Benedict Cumberbatch, Roman Griffin […]
Guns N’ Roses Picture Book – ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’
Guns N’ Roses are set to release a children’s picture book based on their much-loved anthem Sweet Child O’Mine.
This is the first and only picture-book interpretation of Guns N’ Roses Sweet Child O’Mine lyrics, inspired by the adventures of Maya and Natalia Rose, two young girls who have […]
Kids eBook Club – Libraries SA
Libraries SA have created a library of eBooks that are always available. There are no waitlists, no holds, and they are free to borrow with a One Card membership.
There are over 40 books available in the kids section ready to read any time.
Simply visit the Libraries SA website and browse […]
SA Public Libraries Online Story Time
SA Public Libraries have collated online Story Time sessions from various public libraries and saved them to their YouTube channel so children can read, sing, dance and play at home.
You can access hours of FREE entertainment in the one place by visiting the SA Public Libraries Online Story Time Channel. More […]
Hogwarts at Home – Bringing Hogwarts to You
Everyone is trying to keep safe at home at the moment and so, with J.K. Rowling and friends at Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, Wizarding World are delighted to introduce Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry […]
[ March 25, 2020 to April 24, 2020. ]
Elevenses with The World of David Walliams
The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story from The World’s Worst Children every day for the next 30 days.
Keep the kids busy with these daily audio treats, perfect for tea-and-biscuit breaks.
The World’s Worst Children Synopsis:
From Dribbling Drew – a boy whose drool gets him into terrible […]
Mitcham Memorial Library & Brownhill Creek in Hawthorn
If you thought libraries were just for bookworms or cranky types who like to ‘shh’ your kids, think again. Libraries aren’t what they used to be – particularly Hawthorn’s Mitcham Memorial Library.
by Carla Caruso
Following a $6.5 million rebuild, the new-look Mitcham Library flung open its doors in January […]
[ September 19, 2019; ]
Australian Reading Hour
On Thursday September 19 2019, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book. The aim is for Australians to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading. Take the time to learn, escape and relax.
In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them […]
Dymocks Top 51 Kids’ Books for 2019
Each year Dymocks release their top 51 kids book to help get kids reading and it is always an inspirational list. Voted by the Dymocks Booklovers members, you will find lots of beloved children’s classics as well as some new favourites, books from captivating series and plenty of Australian […]
[ August 10, 2019; ]
Love Your Bookshop Day
This year bookshops across Australia are throwing a party and you are invited!
Love Your Bookshop Day is a chance to celebrate what makes your local bookshop great. Whether it’s for their amazing staff, their carefully curated range or specialisation or a must-see events program, they encourage you to visit your favourite bookshop […]
[ August 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019. ]
MS Readathon 2019
The MS Readathon inspires kids to read as much as they can, all for an incredible cause. The rules are simple. Read whatever you like, as much as you can, in August.
This year’s MS Readathon will be a magical quest, and the adventure kicks off on 1 August and wraps up on 31 […]
Dillons Norwood Bookshop
Dillons Bookshop in Norwood is South Australia’s largest independent family owned bookshop. They recently completed a renovation to double the size of their children’s section and it is well worth a visit.
South Australia’s largest independent family owned book shop for more than 20 years, Dillons is well known for its massive range of […]
The Mad Cappers’ Tea Party is a beautifully illustrated and produced, hardcover book aimed at children from pre-school to middle-primary.
What are we doing?
The Mad Cappers’ Tea Party is a fun-filled story of two children who help their adult friend come to terms with the unusual and awkward problem of losing her hair. After searching unsuccessfully […]
[ May 22, 2019; 10:30 am; ]
National Simultaneous Storytime 2019
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.
Now in its 19th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and […]
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – 30th Anniversary Edition
Celebrate 30 wonderful years of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with a new special anniversary edition of the much-loved family favourite.
“We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. Will you come too?”
For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through […]
Better Reading Top 50 Kids’ Books – 2018 Results
Better Reading aims to be a source of independent book recommendations for Australian readers and their families. Brought to you by Cheryl Akle and the team behind Get Reading! and The Book Circle, Better Reading is all about sharing great stories and helping people discover new books […]
The Cow Tripped Over the Moon | Book Review
This is a fun and delightful book about one cow’s determination to conquer and jump over the moon.
Based on the quirky nursery rhyme we all know so well, ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’, this is a great book to read with the younger kids who will love pictures of […]
The 13 Storey Treehouse Book Review
If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is over the 13-Storey Treehouse series, written by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, here’s the reason why – they are lots of FUN to read!
The first in the series introduces us to Andy and Terry – sound familiar? The author and illustrator […]
Room on the Broom written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
From the creators of The Gruffalo comes Room on the Broom.
“The witch had a cat and a very tall hat, and long ginger hair which she wore in a plait. How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, as they sat on their […]
The Boy with the Lightning Feet – Book Review.
If you are unfamiliar with Sally Gardner’s books, it’s worth searching them out. Her book, The Boy with Lightning Feet is about the life of young Timmy Twinkle whose life takes a dramatic turn for the better when he discovers his gift for playing football.
This book is […]
My Brother’s Famous Bottom Takes Off! Book Review
Yes, the title does have a giggle-worthy word in it and no doubt when your child pulls this off the shelf, they are going to want to read it. Parents – don’t let the title put you off this book! If you haven’t come across author, Jeremy Strong, then […]
Where is the Green Sheep? Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
Mem Fox has written many well-loved children’s books including my personal favourite Where Is The Green Sheep?
Where is the Green Sheep? has wonderful bright illustrations of happy sheep doing all sorts of interesting things like playing on seesaws, flying kites and riding on a train. Who […]
[ May 25, 2016; 11:00 am; ]
Come and be part of the fun at National Simultaneous Storytime
Join thousands of children Australia-wide for this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime.
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places Australia wide.
The 2016 National Simultaneous […]
We came across this beautiful poem in our Facebook feed and had to share it. Obviously it resonated with everyone else too as it quickly received thousands of likes, shares and comments. We were delighted to discover that it is an Adelaide mum who penned these heart warming words. Kylie Covark, who has her own […]
[ August 18, 2015; ]
Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is the message behind The Reading Hour.
It’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a […]
[ May 25, 2015 6:00 pm to May 31, 2015 6:00 pm. ]
Library and Information Week 2015
If you haven’t taken advantage of the fabulous services at your local library yet, or want to find out more about what they offer the community, make a note to visit during Library and Information Week taking place from the 25th to 31st of May 2015. The 2015 LIW theme is […]
[ May 27, 2015; 11:00 am; ]
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places Australia wide. The 2015 National Simultaneous Storytime book is The Brothers Quibble written by Aaron Blabey.
Spalding Quibble ruled the roost.
He shared it with no other.
But then […]
A book with no pictures for little children? Sounds boring? Well take a look at this video – author B.J. Novak proves that words can be mischievously powerful and just as delightful.
This book has one important rule:
“Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say, no matter what”.
It’s absolutely brilliant. So simple, […]