BR Kids


Better Read Kids is a wonderful venture in children’s literature. Owners of Better Read Than Dead, Newtown, and parents to four kids each, Pat and Terry have learned that it’s never too early to instill a love of reading in children.


Extra space was dedicated to Better Read Kids within Better Read Than Dead to promote an extensive range of books for children, from babies to young adults. Our bookstore has since been recognised as the best for kids books in both range and selection by Time Out Magazine Sydney.


We are passionate about providing a creative space for children and young adults to grow and develop their own love of literature. As part of this endeavour, we host regular school holiday workshops in writing and illustrating, host events with children’s authors, run creative writing competitions for children and we visit local schools and community spaces. We do all this with the aim of inspiring a child’s love of books and sparking a child’s creativity.




Our Better Read Kids Team


Mandy, Jan and Mischa are our resident children’s and young adult book experts. They are always ready to help you with any queries or puzzles you may have.


Do you have a voracious reader you simply can’t keep up with? 


Are you looking for a book on a specific topic or theme?


Would you like to find a follow-up read to a particular book beloved by your child?


Are you struggling to get you child enthused by reading?


Do you sort of remember the colour and shape of a book you saw one time that you’d really like to get your hands on?


Our Better Read Kids team can help with all these questions, and with whatever else you can throw at them!


Simply fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of this page and they will get back to you, or you can email them directly.




School Services


At Better Read Kids we offer the following school services.


  • Stock orders for school libraries are class sets (please see the discount structure below for more details)
  • Quotes for stock orders
  • Book Fairs
  • Title research for libraries and teachers
  • School visits and presentations to student and teachers
  • Teacher/Librarian evenings in-store
  • Talks to parents dealing with reluctant readers


Our school orders discount structure is as follows.


  • All single title orders will be invoiced at a rate of 15% off RRP
  • All class sets of 10 or more copies will be invoiced at 20% off RRP
  • Please note that these discount rates do not apply to low-discount or NET priced items


Please fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of this page or contact for more information.


Please note that school orders should not be placed through this website as it does not support invoicing or discounts.





Book Clubs

Want to talk about the books you love to people your age who also love them? Then you should join one of ours book clubs! We currently host one book club each per month for primary-aged students and high school-aged students.


The Mysterious Book Society

The Mysterious Book Society is named after one of our all-time favourite children’s series, The Mysterious Benedict Society. This book club is for children in primary years 3-6. We meet upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, Newtown at 4pm on the first Tuesday of each month.


Miss Peregrine’s Young Adult Book Club

All high school-aged book fanatics are welcome at this club dedicated to discovering the newest, juiciest young adult reads. Named after our YA specialist and host Mischa’s favourite series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Join us upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, Newtown at 4:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.



Please contact if you'd like more information on our kids book clubs. 




Story Time


Story Time is held in-store at 10 am every Thursday.


Our 2019 Story Time programme commences January 24.



Kids Writing Competition


We regularly host creative writing competitions for kids aged 8-14. Check back later for the next edition!




School Holiday Workshops

Better Read Kids hosts creative workshops for children every school holidays. These workshops are held upstairs at Better Read Than Dead and are organised and hosted by our local teacher Carla.






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