“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships into the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message. You are not alone.”

Roald Dahl

Squishy Minnie Bookstore

Squishy Minnie is a children and young-people’s independent bookstore celebrating creativity, community & the wonders of reading! We’re located in the beautiful country town of Kyneton, only 60 minutes north of Melbourne.

This bookshop is the childhood dream of Kristen, who as a 12 year old decided that eventually, when she got old, she would open a bookstore. She’s not quite old yet (although her 12 year self may argue with that), but the time seemed ripe to give this bookshop business a go. It seemed appropriate, as a kind of tribute to 12 year old Kristen that the bookshop has a focus on children and young adult books.

The goal of Squishy Minnie is to be a part of the community and to offer something unique to the Macedon Ranges, a way to complement what is already here (many wonderful book shops and libraries!). Kristen has always loved books – the stories, the characters and the wonderful paper they’re made out of – she wants to share that love with each and every young person (and adult!) that comes in through Squishy Minnie Bookstore’s doors.

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Author Event – Shivaun Plozza + Will Kostakis – Tuesday 28th November 6.30pm. We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting Young Adult Fiction authors Shivaun Plozza and Will Kostakis. They popped into the shop earlier in the year and let me tell you, not only are they talented (and hardworking) authors, they are both absolutely delightful!!! We are so excited that they are coming to K-town for a visit, please come along and make them feel welcome!.Come and join Shivaun and Will as they chat about writing, books and life. Nibblies and drinks will be provided. This is our last author event of the year and suitable for ages 12+.We have copies of Will and Shivaun’s books in store if you have’t yet had the thrill, and would like to get in a sneaky read before the 28th…..@willkostakis @shivaunplozza @loveozya …….#squishyminnie #kidslit #picturebook #smallbusiness #shopsmall #readaloud #givebooks #bookstagram #diversebooks #lgbti #bookworm #youngadult #macedonranges #daylesford #castlemaine #bendigo #melbourne #victoria #kyneton #thesidekicks #loveozya #frankie #shivaunplozza #willkostakis

We added the enchanting El Deafo to our graphic novel section recently. Filled with warmth and humour, the story hits you right in the heart from the get go. Based on the childhood experiences of author/illustrator Cece Bell who as a child developed meningitis and lost her hearing, the graphics and text are gripping from the first page. It's such a funny perceptive account of being a kid and trying desperately to fit in, something most of us can relate to on some level. It just happens that Cece is also deaf, so she faces extra challenges. El Deafo is suitable for 9+, not only is it a great story with perfect illustrations, it's one of those books that facilitates empathy and inclusion through its rawness and honest autobiographical account..Just a reminder that we have our Auslan/English bilingual storytime at 10.30 on Saturday – we still have a few spots left. Suitable for up to 6 year olds, no knowledge of Auslan is needed. Register via our website..'El Deafo is a funny, deeply honest graphic novel memoir for middle graders. It chronicles the author's hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with a powerful and very awkward hearing aid called the Phonic Ear. It gives her the ability to hear–sometimes things she shouldn't–but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her, Phonic Ear and all. Finally, she is able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.'………#squishyminnie #kidslit #picturebook #smallbusiness #shopsmall #readaloud #givebooks #bookstagram #childrensbooks #storytime #nonfiction #imagination #gisborne #woodend #bookworm #youngadult #macedonranges #daylesford #castlemaine #bendigo #melbourne #victoria #kyneton #auslan #bilingual #deaf #signlanguage #eldeafo #graphicnovel #cecebell

Open until 8.30pm tonight .Whoop whoop! Only this week and next week until our late night Thursdays are all over with!.If you're out and about for a stroll this evening, or you want to get out of the city for some country air, pop past and say hello. The little shop is filled to the brim with books that open up new worlds AND we have aircon! Just a couple of weeks ago I was posting saying that the shop was warm and cosy given the cool weather we were having .If you're stuck for gift ideas come have a chat to us before we get crazy busy. I absolutely adore the challenge of choosing the perfect book .Our friends at The Old Auction House are open until 8.30 too, so if you're after unique handmade goodies call in and say hello to Rhain and Jo .@theoldauctionhouse…..#squishyminnie #kidsbookstagram #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #igreads #kynetonbookstore #kidsbooks #bookworm #raiseareader #kidlit #raisingreaders #recycle #environment #independentbookstore #childrensbooks #macedonranges #kyneton #castlemaine #bendigo #ballarat #daylesford #childrensbookstore #mindfulchristmas #christmas

Storytime 23rd Nov 2017

Tomorrow’s story time is all about babies! Not only do we have the epic new Oliver Jeffers picture book “Here We Are”, we’re also reading two other spectacular new(ish) Aussie books, The Very Noisy Baby by Alison Lester and If Baby Could Talk by Michael Wagner and illustrated by Jess Rackyleft..Join us at 10.30 tomorrow …

Love Your Bookshop Day – Buying Local

Just came across this photo of our storytime on Love Your Bookshop Day So much love for the little community surrounding Squishy Minnie. We’ve been having so many conversations lately with vistitors to our little shop about their commitment to shopping local. In this crazy time of cheap online bargains were pretty darn fortunate to …

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Squishy Minnie Bookstore acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Dja Dja Warrung people, on which our bookstore is located. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, both past and present and future.

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