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, Kay and Olivia 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


Our newest children’s specialist Kay Proos, formerly of Shearers and Gleebooks has joined Mandy Clarke and Olivia O’Flynn in our kids’ department to build on the already excellent service offered at Better Read Kids with a quick, reliable and enthusiastic full-time service to schools. 


Come in and meet the team, make the most of their experience and browse our extensive and ever-changing kid’s selection. You will be made very welcome.


  • Title research 
  • Orders 
  • Quotes 
  • Class set orders — extra discounts apply
  • Approval box service — browse a box of new releases, specially chosen for your school, free drop off and collection of boxes included
  • Special offers and order forms e.g. the CBCA shortlist, Simultaneous Reading Challenge, and many more
  • School prizes
  • One-off delivery charge of $9.95 applies per order — if your order has to be sent in more than one shipment you will still only pay this charge once.
  • Fully staffed Book Fairs — for sales to students or donation to the library — both are available and will earn your school a commission to spend with us
  • Selections on approval for you to run your own book fair – on approval and either discounted or earning your school credit to spend with us
  • Author visits to schools — we work with publishers to source available authors 
  • Writing competitions — inspire your students to get creative and possibly become published writers
  • Teacher/Librarian evenings in-store — once a term, come and meet the team and a visiting author
  • School visits and presentations to student and teachers
  • Talks to parents dealing with reluctant readers 
Story Time



Story Time



Kids Writing Competition





A Better Read Kids Creative Writing Competition


Are you here to save the day or cause chaos?


Write a short creative piece in any format — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics — of around 800 words which engages with the theme Heroes and Villains. 


The competition is open to children aged 8-14. 


The winners will be published in the next Better Read Kids Anthology of Writing. Prizes will be awarded at a special launch event in June, including a $100 Better Read Than Dead voucher for first place and a $50 voucher for the runner up. 


Email entries to by April 26 with the subject line ‘Kids Writing Competition’


Heroes and villains: whose side are you on?




School Holiday Workshops

Better Read Kids hosts creative workshops for children every school holidays. Check back later in the term for more information about our next installment!

Kids Monthly Reading Guides


We know how hard it can be to put the right book in a child's hands, which is why we try to make the process as easy as possible with our Better Read Kids Reading Guides! We handpick the featured titles and update the guide every month so that you can find the best books available for kids aged 0-12 with just one glance. 


Better Read Kids Easter Reading Guide



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