About the Journals

Magpies: Talking about books for children was first published in March 1986.

It is published five times a year in March, May, July, September and November.

Magpies is available in two editions:

  • Magpies 48 pages
  • Magpies 48 pages with an additional 8 page New Zealand supplement

Each issue of Magpies contains:

  • Reviews of new children’s and young adult books published in Australia and overseas.
  • Articles of interest to people involved in children’s literature – parents, librarians, teachers, students and academics in the field of children’s literature.
  • An author or illustrator (“Know the Author”) interview in each issue.
  • The Magpies Collection – information on awards and what’s happening around Australia in children’s literature.

The Literature Base was first published in February 1990. It is published four times a year in February, May, July and October.

Each issue of The Literature Base contains:

  • Practical ideas for using books with children in the classroom.
  • Thematic annotated book lists.
  • Photocopiable worksheets.
  • Reviews.