'Pete's a Pizza' book offers tips on easing children's mood swings

'Pete's a Pizza' book offers tips on easing children's mood swings

When my daughter is eager to relate news back to her teachers, she has a habit of interrupting them at inconvenient times.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 9:17am

Internet proves saviour for traditional bookshop

Desmond Wong says people want a quick and easy way to buy books without having to spend hours shopping around. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

When Desmond Wong Yik-bun came up empty-handed from a search of Hong Kong's bookstores, his quest to find the title he was after took him on the first steps towards a new business. On a trip to Taiwan, he not only found the book but discovered that the island has far more publishers than in his home city. And, crucially for Hong Kong, the island's publishers offer more books in traditional Chinese characters.

20 May 2013 - 4:24am

How parents can inspire love of books among children

Author Sarah Webb reads to a child. Photo: Keith Owens

Sarah Webb, author of the popular teen-advice series Ask Amy Green, has been shortlisted twice for Britain's Queen of Teen awards and the Irish Book Awards, and her other books have won acclaim worldwide.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:37am

Old and rare children's books

Photo: Lok Man Rare Books

Lorence Johnston wants me to smell an old book. He tilts a hefty brown tome at least 30cm long with the binding facing away and gently flips the pages towards me. I expect a mustiness but I get a warm cigar-like smell with faint vanilla. "That's a 300-year-old book smell," he says.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Hard to put down - a hectic but rewarding year in books

Illustration: Brian Wang

With publishing's future in flux, the trends, controversies, hits and misses of the year can seem a blur. James Kidd sifts through the chaos to make some sense of it all

31 Dec 2012 - 4:23pm

Between the lines: Keeping the faiths

Between the lines: Keeping the faiths

In the summer, I bought my elder daughter a chic pair of silver gladiator-styled sandals. When I showed them to her, she exclaimed, "Oh I looove them!" As visions of a budding fashionista danced in my head, she said, "I love them because Jesus has sandals just like these!"

31 Dec 2012 - 5:52pm