On Saturday, 12 August, bookstores all across Australia will be celebrating Love Your Bookshop Day.

This national day, an inspired idea from the Australian Booksellers Association, is an opportunity for book lovers to come together and celebrate what we all love about bookshops.

Bookshops play a hugely important role in our local communities, being great supporters of schools and local libraries, promotors of literacy and a love of reading, staging author talks and being a community hub for local events.

Bathurst’s own bookshop, BooksPlus, an independent small business, has been owned and operated by Kathryn Bancroft for 29 years.

BooksPlus will be celebrating the day with an All-Ages storytime session from 11am. Staff will be making their way out from behind the counter to read their favourite storybooks.

It is sure to be a lot of fun, with lots of giggles, a little nonsense and maybe a few stories about some wonderful animals! Make sure to head along and enjoy being entertained whilst also acknowledging the importance of having a bookshop right here in Bathurst.

91-storey-treehouseNext week sees the long wait for Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton fans rewarded, with the release of the next instalment of their phenomenal Treehouse series, The 91-Storey Treehouse.

The new book promises much more of their madcap fun with yet another 13 levels added to their crazy treehouse.

Some of the fabulous new additions include the world’s most powerful whirlpool, a desert island, the chance to spend some time lazing around in an enormous spider web or to take a ride in a submarine sandwich, or go visit the fortune teller’s tent to get your fortune told by Madame-Know-It-All and deciding whether or not to push the mysterious big red button!

The Treehouse series of books are the number one bestselling children’s books in Australia and the latest will no doubt hit the top of the charts soon after release next Tuesday, 8 August.
It’s wonderful to see this terrific Australian children’s book series being read and adored by so many kids.

Andy Griffiths is passionate advocate for children’s literacy, having been a long-standing ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a great champion for bookshops and reading.

Let’s hope we see another Treehouse book taking out more Australian book awards and receiving all the plaudits it deserves.