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BCB Clubhouse is the online space for kids to hang out, and for parents, aunts, everyone to find the best books to buy for the children in their lives.

BCB Clubhouse makes choosing books for your children – from babies up to 11 or 12 years old – easy and enjoyable…

  • We choose a SELECT RANGE of the best new books each month, so you’re not overwhelmed by hundreds of titles
  • We make it easy by sending the book directly to the child.

Happy Birthday, Magabala Books!

Magabala Books celebrates their 30th year of independent Indigenous publishing this year.

A birthday treat is At the Zoo I See, the gorgeous first in Magabala’s new ‘Young Art’ board book series. It was created by Joshua Button and Robyn Wells and every baby in Australia should have a copy on top of the reading pile beside their cot. Young_Art_logo


Mem Fox’s Ten read-aloud commandments

Image from www.leapfrog.com

Image from www.leapfrog.com

  1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud. From birth!
  2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read. Or the same story a thousand times!
  3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
  4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners
  5. Read the stories that your child loves, over and over, and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations and volume and speed, on each page, each time.
  6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games
  7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
  8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child’s name and yours, remembering that it’s never work, it’s always a fabulous game.
  9. Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.
  10. Please read aloud every day because you just adore being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do.

Mem Fox is the author so many of Australia’s most beloved children’s book, such as Possum Magic, and titles for adults, including Reading Magic.

The commandments (Mem Fox copyright 2013) come from her website memfox.com




Type your name and your parent’s or guardian’s email address here to receive BC Book Club’s newsletter.

If you send us a drawing or something you’ve written, we’ll put publish it on the Clubhouse Gallery for everyone to enjoy.