Librarians’ Choice – Top 10 September 2018

The latest top 10 reads for September 2018 are here, as selected by Library Staff around Australia. Find something for everyone with some old favorite authors and some new ones. Why not reserve your copy now.

The Killing of Louisa by Janet Lee – Librarians’ Choice Favourite

To lose one husband maybe regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like murder.

In New South Wales in 1888, Louisa Collins was sentenced to hang after being tried multiple times for the alleged murders of her two husbands. The testimony of her young daughter helped to decide her fate.

This clever andcompelling novel recreates Louisa’s time in her Darlinghurst prison cell as shereflects on her life and on the grief and loss that delivered her to thisplace. Despite difficult marriages, financial hardship and the deaths ofseveral children, she remains resilient and determined to have her ownidentity.

But as she faces her final days,will Louisa confess to her crimes? Or is an innocent woman about to be hanged?

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
The Girl On The Page by John Purcell
The Single Ladies Of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell
The Bus On Thursday by Shirley Barrett
The Helpline by Katherine Collette
Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Queerstories by Maeve Marsden (ed)
Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

All About Books – Spring 2018

Welcome to the latest edition, Spring 2018, of our reading suggestions guide – All About Books. It is full of reading ideas for all ages with a selection of the most interesting and exciting reads to be published over the next 3 months. Pick up your FREE copy in one of our City of Parramatta Libraries or click on the cover to download now. We hope you enjoy our selections and happy reading!

Children’s Book Week 2018 – Winners

Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia, and was created in 1945 by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, a not for profit organization that strives to promote the best in Australian literature for kids and teens. The theme for this year was Find your Treasure.

The winners for 2018 are:
Older Readers Book of the Year (ages 13-18) – Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley et al.
Younger Readers Book of the Year (ages 8-12) – How to Bee by Bren MacDibble
Early Childhood Book of the Year (ages 0-7) – Rodney Looses It! by M.G. Bauer
Picture Book of the Year – A Walk in the Bush by Gwyn Perkins
Eve Pownall Book of the Year  – Do Not Lick this Book by I. Ben-Barak

Crichton Award for New Illustrators – Tintinnabula by M. Lanagan, illustrated by R. Cai

See winners and honour books of 2018 here.

All these wonderful books are available from Parramatta City Libraries. Borrow now!

Australia’s 50 Favourite Kids’ Books



Wondering how to get your child to read more? Better Reading have released their Top 50 reads of 2018 for kids as voted for by the Australian public. These books are adored by many children so why not suggest them to you reluctunt reader? Some of them are available in Audio format so you can even listen to them on the way to school and soccer practice!

The Top 10 are featured below and include some old favourites and some new releases. See Full List  – the Library has the majority of  titles available for reservation now.

Top 10 Kid’s Books:

Harry Potter Series
by JK Rowling

Faraway Tree Series by
Enid Blyton

Alice Miranda Series by Jacqueline harvey

by Roald Dahl

Kensy & Max: Breaking News by Jacqueline Harvey

by Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web
by EB White

Anne of Green Gables
by LM Montgomery

by RJ Palacio

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
by Jessica Townsend

Top 10 Librarians Choice – August 2018

Another wonderful selection of newly published books for August, as chosen by Library staff around Australia. A mixture of fantasy, fiction, true crime, a memoir an more. Why not finish off Winter by reading one this month?

Jane Doe And The Cradle Of All Worlds – Jeremy Lachlan
Librarians’ Choice Favourite

The spooky atmosphere of Stranger Things meets Northern Lights in this dark and magical fantasy adventure. Fifteen years ago, Jane Doe and her father arrived on the steps of the Manor, the entrance to a dangerous labyrinth connecting the island of Bluehaven to many other worlds. That was the same night the earthquakes started.

Jane and her silent, troubled father John have been feared and despised ever since. When the strongest quake yet strikes and John disappears back into the Manor, Jane embarks on a perilous adventure to find her father and save her world from destruction.

Scrublands –  Chris Hammer
The Biographer’s Lover – Ruby J. Murray
A Superior Spectre – Angela Meyer
The Botanist’s Daughter – Kayte Nunn
Trace – Rachel Brown
The Ones You Trust – Caroline Overington
I Had Such Friends – Meg Gatland-Veness
Dressing The Dearloves – Kelly Doust
Always Another Country: A Memoir Of Exile And Home – Sisonke Msimang