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Today Mum is reviewing a newly released children’s book: The Best Ever Birthday by Louise Fulton Keats. We recently enjoyed a special birthday in our house and Mum wrote about buying children’s birthday cakes in Australia. We usually favour shop bought rather than home-made cakes because we feel that beautiful, home-made birthday cakes require a huge amount of time and patience, that we don’t have. However, Mum’s willing to be converted and very keen try … Read more

Love books. Enjoy reading.

Did you know that 2012 in Australia is National Year of Reading? To encourage literacy and promote the joy of reading special events are being held across the country. We picked up information about the initiative at our local library. Many libraries are running special programs and award systems to encourage reading, there are also writing competitions for children and young adults.

To learn more about events near you contact your local library or check … Read more

The men in my life are the hardest people to buy for, be it Mr Mum’s gone 2 Aus, my dad or teenage nephews. I know from experience that I’m unlikely to get clothing right and I need to steer well clear of any kind of gadget because a) they’ve probably got it already or b) they’ll get bored of it within a week.

Fortunately (I think) moving to Australia has opened up a whole new range of book … Read more

Book reviews and author interviews

Regular readers will have realised that Mum loves books; books for me, books for the children, books about Australia, books about Australian relocation…Mum’s Bookstore provides listings of books we recommend.

If you’re also a book lover, and in particular a lover of great children’s literature you should visit the recently launched website: My Book Corner. My Book Corner is run by Emma Perry, a mum who has moved to Australia from the UK. Before … Read more

To celebrate the start of Book Week in Australia, the Children’s Book Council has announced the 2011 winners of Book of the Year. The winners are listed below, many other books received special honours, view them here.

Older readers

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

The Midnight Zoo

Younger readers

The Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody

The Red Wind (Kingdom of the Lost)

Early childhood

Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod

Maudie and Bear

Picture Book (joint winners)

Mirror by Jeannie Baker


Picture Book (joint winners)

Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Nicki Greenberg

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Winning literarture

As a warm up to Book Week in Australia (20th – 26th August), yesterday we published part one of our Prime Minister’s Literary Awards booklist. We shared the shortlists and winners of the fiction and non-fiction categories. These awards recognise individual excellence and the contribution Australian authors make to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.

Here, in part two, we are listing the 2011 young adult and children’s shortlists and winners. There are some intriguing books that … Read more

Winning literature

Next week it’s Book Week in Australia (20th – 26th August 2011); if you’ve got kids at school or day care you have probably been asked to make a book week costume or take part in a special event to celebrate children’s literature.

Book week is organised by the Children’s Book Council Australia, a volunteer organisation. At the beginning of Book Week, the Children’s Book Council announce the winners of their Children’s Book of the Year awardsRead more