Kids' Book Highlights
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find... nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. In this title, attentive...
Louise Loves Art
After drawing a picture of her cat, a young girl searches for the perfect place to hang her masterpiece.
Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
In this whirlwind tour of Greek mythology, Percy Jackson gives his personal take on the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece - and reveals the truth about how they came to rule the world.
The Dying of the Light
The FINAL shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series. Valkerie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain't big enough for the three of them. The end will come...
To This Day
I'm not the only kid who grew up this way surrounded by people who used to say that rhyme about sticks and stones as if broken bones hurt more than the names we got called.
Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
*Young Reader's Edition* *In 2014 Malala become the youngest ever person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize* Written in collaboration with critically acclaimed NATIONAL BOOK AWARD finalist Patricia McCormick, Malala tells her...
Raina can't wait to be a big sister, but once Amara is born she realizes things won't be quite what she had expected. Despite Amara's cuteness, she is a cranky, grouchy baby. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years...
Apple and Rain
When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question - why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager -...
Falling Into Place
One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree.
Violet Lasting is no longer a human being. Tomorrow she becomes Lot 197, auctioned to the highest royal bidder in the Jewel of the Lone City. Tomorrow she becomes the Surrogate of the House of the Lake, her sole purpose to produce...
When I Was A Girl In Sudan
Like all Madi girls, Paskalina works hard, but she also has time to listen to stories, and to sing and dance. Written in English and Ma'di language, this is a story of traditional life written by Paskalina Eiyo, a Madi elder from...
When I Was A Boy In Sudan
Ukuni and his friends use their wits to protect the community's crops from marauding birds and creatures. Written in English and Ma'di language, this is a story of traditional life written by Sarafino Enadio, a Madi man from...
Answers trivia questions for kids with exciting and colourful 3D digital illustrations. This book brings key subjects such as science, geography and history to life, through beautiful 3D images and a fun interactive question and...
The Little Factory of Illustration
This beautiful book invites readers to join the Artful Sketcher on an exclusive tour of one of the most creative factories they'll ever know: the Little Factory of Potential Illustration. The factory is full of eccentric artists...
As Red As Blood
Seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson is hardly your average teenager. She lives by herself in the city of Tampere, Finland, and has a firm rule to mind nobody's business but her own. But that rule is put to the test when she...
Jamie Reign - the Hidden Dragon
This is the series for every young boy who has dreamt of living on a boat, having extraordinary adventures - and discovering he is totally awesome at kung fu! This thrilling sequel to The Last Spirit Warrior sees Jamie...
Are You Seeing Me?
This road trip will have earth-shattering consequences ...Twins Justine and Perry are about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest. It's been a year since they watched their dad lose his...
In a perfect world, Jonas begins to see the flaws... THE GIVER is the classic award-winning novel that inspired the dystopian genre and a major motion picture adaptation for 2014 starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep,...
Maddy Frank has always lived in Jermyn Street.But now her mum and dad are making her move from the city, far away to some place called Plenty. How will Maddy survive without everything and everyone she knows? But what about her...
A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances.
I Spy a Great Reader: How to Unlock the Literacy Secret and Get Your Child Hooked on Books
Australian Children's Laureate, book lover and dyslexia sufferer Jackie French gives a wonderful insight into how you can help your child discover a world of books. Does your child love books, but can't stay still...
One Minute’s Silence
A moving and powerful story about the meaning of Remembrance Day, drawing on the ANZAC and Turkish battle at Gallipoli. In the silence that follows a war long gone, you can see what the soldiers saw, you can feel what the soldiers...
The Butterfly House
The Butterfly House is a charming story of friendship between children and their grandparents from one of the youngest talents in British illustration, Sarah Smith. The book's richly textured illustrations and delightful details...
More Than This
A boy called Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones...
An exciting new addition to the narrative non-fiction series Nature Stories, about emus. Ages 5+.
Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant
One AMAZING new novella. Three GRIPPING new stories. In the ULTIMATE story collection.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie longs to see inside Mr Willy Wonka's enormous chocolate factory. Now Mr Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, has hidden golden tickets inside his delicious creamy chocolate bars. Only five winners can go through...
Walk Tall is a special younger readers' edition of the Jim Stynes autobiography My Journey, adapted by Warwick Green. Part football autobiography and part coming-of-age story, Walk Tall is an inspirational and unforgettable...
I am Juliet
The world's most famous love story told by one of Australia's most respected authors. This is the well - known story of Juliet Capulet and her love for Romeo.
Peppa Pig: The Official Annual 2015
Suitable for Peppa fans, this title features Peppa Pig books from Ladybird for you to enjoy including: The Big Tale of Little Peppa, Peppa's Big Race and more.
Does This Happen to Everyone?: A Budding Adult’s Guide to Puberty
Do You Know Who You Are?
Includes questionnaires and quizzes for girls aged 14-17, offering creative ways to discover the real you. This book focuses on activities such as yes or no questions to help you approach some of teenage life's biggest issues,...
The Big Book of Old Tom
Five adventures of Leigh Hobbs' much loved characters, Old Tom and Angela Throgmorton, in one delightful collection.
Figgy in the World
Figgy has two problems. One is her name. Nobody in Ghana has that name. The other is that her grandmother is ill and needs special medicine. Figgy cant do much about her name, but she can do something for Grandma Ama.
The Giver Quartet
Newbery Medal-winner Lois Lowry's acclaimed Giver Quartet series in a single-volume collection.
When Samantha wants a really special sandwich, her brother Sam offers to make her an unforgettable treat, filled with everything she wants... and a few not-so-delicious extras. This sandwich-shaped book lets you unfold the...
The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
This laugh-out-loud book is bursting with lists, facts, jokes and funny true stories all about silly people, silly animals, silly inventions, silly names and much more. Discover The Great Stink, the man who ate a bike, a girl...
Remembered by Heart: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing
You can't change the past, but you can live a different future.Bronwyn Bancroft These stories are powerful: sharing pain, humour, grief, hope and pride. Pride in family, community and survival. Pride in being Aboriginal.
I am Cow Hear Me Moo!
Best-selling author, Jill Esbaum, and fantastic illustrator (author), Gus Gordon, team up for this funny and oddly reassuring rhyming romp about the brilliantly brave Nadine the Cow. Nadine is a 'truly remarkable cow' who is...
Computer Coding for Kids
Computer coding is firmly back on the agenda as a key skill for children to start learning. Avoiding computer jargon, this book guides children through creating computer programs starting with the very basics. It is suitable for...
A moving and powerful coming-of-age story with a whimsical element that belies the heart-breaking truth of grief and loss.
I don't walk past the house next door. I wish the woman who lives in it was dead. Which makes it hard . . . because she was the one who came running when I screamed. Kat Jones is woken by an Intruder looming over her bed. She's...
How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie
Meet the funniest kid in fiction!
In 2014 Morris Gleitzman promises to captivate his fans yet again with another heart-rending and compelling novel set in wartime. Once, Then, After and Now took us inside young people in World War Two. Loyal Creatures is the story...
Matt Cooper is twelve, and spends quite a bit of his time honing his magic skills and tricks. He doesn't realise that his great-grandfather, Mattheus Coperneau, was a professional magician whose career came to a disastrous end...
A Kid A Camera And A Big Idea
Do you have the movie bug? Is your hand constantly holding a camera and your head constantly dreaming up crazy stories? A Kid, A Camera, & A Big Idea is your step by step guide to making amazing films.
Meet Douglas Mawson
This picture book series is about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's history, including the great Antarctic explorer, Sir Douglas Mawson. Douglas Mawson led the first Australian expedition to the...
Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll
A beautifully written story of love, adversity and adventure from award-winning author Rosanne Hawke. When eight-year-old Kelsey goes to Pakistan so her mum and dad can help flood victims, she's miserable. It means missing out on...
Stephen Biesty’s Giant Vehicles
See inside some of the world s most enormous vehicles in this amazing lift-the-flap book by the award-winning, bestselling illustrator Stephen Biesty. Discover eight monster machines that little engineers will love finding out...
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems
Poet and anthologist Paul B. Janeczko pairs with illustrator Melissa Sweet for a collection of short poems that celebrate the simple things of life, season by season.
Slaves of Socorro
When Hal and the Heron brotherband become the Araluan duty ship, they're excited at the challenges ahead. But an enemy from their past returns, causing the Herons to be thrown into a dangerous new quest to free captured Araluans...
My Heart is Laughing
Dani's been trying her best to stay happy ever since her best friend Ella moved away. But some girlsarecruel to her . . It would all be okay if only Ella would move back. From the author of the critically acclaimed My Happy Life.
In Your Dreams
Susie is supposed to write about what she wants to be when she grows up. But she doesn't have a clue! When she has a series of puzzling dreams, Gran encourages her to think about their deeper meaning and Susie soon finds she knows...
The Adventures of Sir Roderick, the Not-Very Brave
Roderick doesn't want to be the knight who has to protect the kingdom! Isn't there someone else who can do it?
Busy little peas introduce their favorite occupations, from astronaut to zoologist.
The Firebird Mystery: A Jack Mason Adventure
With all its twists and turns and helter-skelter action, The Firebird Mystery is an addictive story and a spellbinding homage to the world of Victorian literature that will appeal to readers of all ages.
We are the dream and the dreamers-- so begins this beautifully written story that celebrates the imagination of children at play. Complemented by Sally Morgan's rich and colourful illustrations, the book is full of movement. It...
The Impossible Knife of Memory
For the past five years Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in...
Song for a Scarlet Runner
WINNER OF THE READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2014 Peat is on the run - forced to flee for her life when she's blamed for bringing bad luck to her village. She heads for the endless marshes,...
A brand-new picture book from the creator of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE!
The Billy That Died with its Boots on and Other Australian Verse
With galloping rhythm and snappy rhyme, Stephen Whiteside's read-aloud poems portray the Australian outdoors, sporting life and animals, as well as the domestic world of the average Aussie kid - with the odd dinosaur and Martian...
Pandora Jones - Admission
Pandora Jones wakes in a changed world at The School - a sanctuary for survivors of a plague pandemic. Haunted by terrible dreams, surrounded by traumatic events, Pandora must trust her instincts if she is to stay safe. And her...
What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door? A smart, sexy, thriller for teenagers. 'Quirky and real, fast-paced and full of great characters...I was hooked from the first page.' - Cath Crowley
A Bus Called Heaven
One morning it appeared, out of nowhere, sitting right outside Stella's house - a broken, old bus. On the front of it, held up with packing tape, is a hand-painted sign that says, Heaven . How did it get there? Everyone...
Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes
There are living things so tiny millions could fit on a dot. They are vital for life on earth, and do all sorts of things - from giving us a cold and making yoghurt to wearing down mountains and helping to make the air we breathe....
A Very Good Idea
Marcus and Mila Tinkler are VERY good at climbing. But can they go from their house to the town clock tower without once touching the ground? It will probably be hard. It will probably be dangerous. And almost certainly dirty....
Max and Bob are old friends. Max helps out in Bob's shop, and in the evenings they go fishing together.Until one summer, when everything changes.From the winner of the 2013 Crichton Award for Australia's...
At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother's death and placed in a boy's boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads...
It's summer in St Kilda. Fifteen-year-old Sky is looking forward to great records and nefarious activities with Nancy, her older, wilder friend. Her brother - Super Agent Gully - is on a mission to unmask the degenerate who...
Nine Open Arms
An intriguing novel with a classic feel, featuring three vividly alive young sisters, an eccentric family struggling against the odds, and the slowly revealed story of a house with a past.
Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris
SHORTLISTED FOR THE READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2014 Ruby and her grandmother Babushka are off to Paris for a holiday! When they arrive they go and meet Babushka's brother, Monsieur Gaspar...
Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith's debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing...
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Take eleven-year-old Timmy Failure - the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw...
An old storyteller returns to the city to tell his own tale and discovers thechildren he used to entertain have not forgotten him in this picture book setin Japan. Full color.
Welcome to My Country
Laklak Burarrwanga and family invite you to their Country, centred on a beautiful beach in Arnhem Land. Its crystal waters are full of fish, turtle, crab and stingray, to hunt; the land behind has bush fruits, pandanus for...
Rules of Summer
The much anticipated new book from Australia's most acclaimed picture-book creator.
The Open Ocean
A stunning oversized book that will be enjoyed by all ages as both a decorative work of art and a hands-on educational tool. With elegant, graphic illustrations, plus intriguing facts about each animal, learning about ocean life...
The Silver Door
The Silver Door is the second book in Rodda’s Three Doors
trilogy. Rye, Sonia, Dirk and Faene journey back to Weld, planning
to leave Faene in safety there while they set off on their second
Rye thinks that...
The Golden Door
The start of a stirring fantasy trilogy from the bestselling author of the Dragons of Deltora series. The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures. The Warden calls for volunteers to find and destroy the...
A Very Unusual Pursuit
A clever adventure with feisty characters, set in a time where science clashes with superstition and monsters lurk in chimneys. Birdie, the singing bogler's apprentice, will win your heart in this fantastic beginning to an...
A bold and original picture book from acclaimed artist Ron Brooks and exciting new poet and author Julie Hunt.
Man Made Boy
Monsters and heroes aren't born - they're made - in this brilliantly original novel and funny, fantastical coming-of-age story.
The Fault in Our Stars
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly...
WINNER OF THE 2014 CBCA AWARD FOR OLDER READERS Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program - but friendship complications,...
The Ghost Bride
Seventeen-year-old Li Lan lives in 1890s Malaya with her quietly-ruined father, who returns one evening with a proposition - the fabulously wealthy Lim family want Li Lan to marry their son. The only problem is, he's dead.
The 39-Storey Treehouse
Andy and Terry's amazing treehouse has 13 new levels including a non-erupting active volcano, an opera house, a baby-dinosaur petting zoo, Andy and Terry's Believe it or Else! museum, and a top secret 39th level that hasn't even...
Kissed by the Moon
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world.
The Children of the King
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure. A hauntingly beautiful story...
Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
The Girl Who Brought Mischief
SHORTLISTED FOR THE READINGS CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2014 When Inge Maria arrives on the tiny island of Bornholm in Denmark to live with her grandmother, she's not sure what to expect. Her...
Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch
When Jack wishes for his own tyrannosaurus, he doesn't expect a real live one to turn up in the veggie patch. It's pretty cool, but there's no way he can keep it. It's far too big to hide in the shed, and it's bound to eat one of...
Do you often find yourself feeling that everything is about to go horribly, terribly and utterly wrong? Have you ever lost or destroyed a valuable item that didn't belong to you? Have you just accidentally enraged a very large and...
Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World
Remote controls, fluorescent lights, X-rays, speedometers, cell phones, and even the radio all resulted from Nikola Tesla's inventions. Established biographer Rusch sheds light on this extraordinary figure, while artist Dominguez...
Remembering Lionsville: My Family Story
Renowned artist Bronwyn Bancroft's Remembering Lionsville brings to vivid life her family's oral history and her own childhood memories.
The Third Door
Originally published: Parkside, S. Aust.: Omnibus Books, c2012.
Little Miss Austen
Jennifer Adams works as a writer and editor in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of Remarkably Jane: Notable Quotations on Jane Austen. Y Is for Yorick is her ninth book.
Lights, Camera, Action Hero!
When Jay is invited to audition for his favourite director, he is overjoyed. But things are not as they seem. Could director Ben Beaumont really be asking Jay to lead a team of kids in a battle against evil? Jay has his doubts,...
Fairytales for Wilde Girls
With a motley pack of possibly imaginary friends watching over her, Isola Wilde feels safe, loved. But even her protectors can't save her from the anguish of watching her mother's illness take over their house.
Ben's story takes place in 1977 and is told in words. Rose's story in 1927 is told entirely in pictures. Ever since his mother died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. When Ben finds a mysterious clue...
Rosie Revere, Engineer
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her Great, Great Aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie...
My Happy Life
A sweet, funny illustrated chapter book about a young girl with a lot of optimism - even if sometimes life makes it hard to be happy.
All the Truth That’s in Me
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years later, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by her friends and family. But when Roswell...
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible … on Schindler’s List
A remarkable memoir of strength and bravery from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler's list.
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite the reader to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful...
Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals
A fascinating journey around the world of extinct animals, combining cartoons with naturalist drawings, and mythology with science. Richly illustrated for children.
Raising the Dead
Things have been great for Roger since joining the Star League - he's got to fight a lot of bad guys and pull a lot of pranks in the process. But when a thousand-year-old mummy steals the formulas for his magic potions, it's no...
Alex and the Watermelon Boat
Set during a time of floods, this evocative and stunningly beautiful picture book recreates the scary, surreal atmosphere of the floods with a unique child's-eye perspective.
Small Change for Stuart
Stuart Horten - ten years old and small for his age - moves to the dreary town of Beeton, far away from all his friends. And then he meets his new next-door neighbours, the unbearable Kingley triplets, and things get even worse....
The Final Cut
The Star League are defenceless when the Shadow Six use the Shadow Shards to steal their powers. The team must retrieve these shards in order to get their talents back, but not before they uncover the real identity of their...
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
It's the literary equivalent of buried treasure - seven newly-discovered stories by Dr. Seuss! The first new Seuss stories to emerge since 1990!
Found: The Art of Recycling
A beautiful non-fiction book which aims to inspire children to think about art made from recycled material. Readers will learn about the motivations of the various artists who create collages, sculptures and kinetic artworks from...
Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress
Breathtaking action adventure for 8 to 12-year-olds. Ash Mistry, reluctant hero, faces ancient demons... and comes into an astonishing, magical inheritance.
Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise
Deadweather, a sweaty little pirate-infested island, is home to EGG, thirteen years old and prey to a pair of cruel and stupid older siblings. But when Egg's family disappears in a freak accident, he finds himself living on...
The Magnificent Tree
'What we need is a tree!' said Bonny. 'I completely agree,' said Pop. Bonny and Pop are bursting with ideas. Pop's ideas are big and brave and Bonny's ideas are simple and clever. When they decide to make something that will...
The Red Wheelbarrow
From award-winning author/illustrator Briony Stewart comes an endearing picture book celebrating the joys of childhood and everyday life. With nothing but a paper bag full of lollies and a much-loved blanket, two sisters and a...
Little Miss Bronte: Jane Eyre
A fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature.
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