January - February titles for schools & libraries (junior)

Stephen Hawking: My First Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking: My First Stephen Hawking

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Matt Hunt

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Stephen Hawking tells the inspiring story of the brilliant physicist and author.

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 Read reviewThe Way Past Winter

The Way Past Winter

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

When Mila's brother disappears, she believes he's been taken by the Bear, a hooded stranger of legend who sought shelter at their home. Mila and her sisters follow his trail into the frozen north, determined to find a way past...

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The Dog Runner

Bren MacDibble

'We're gonna starve if we stay here,' Emery said. 'If we're gonna go, best go now.' And he said it like going was something easy. Like all we have to do is walk away. Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city...

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Zelda Stitch Term Two: Too Much Witch

Zelda Stitch Term Two: Too Much Witch

Nicki Greenberg

Goals for Term Two: 1. Be the best teacher I can be. 2. Keep my spells to myself. 3. DO NOT UPSET MELODY MARTIN. What's a witch to do? Zelda is likely to end up in a truckload of trouble if she can't even follow...

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The House on the Mountain

The House on the Mountain

David Cox, Ella Holcombe

Atmospheric and intensely moving, this is the story of a family experiencing a bushfire, its devastating aftermath, and the long process of healing and rebuilding.  

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Bear in the Woods: The Peski Kids Book 2

Bear in the Woods: The Peski Kids Book 2

R.A. Spratt

No one believes April saw an enormous bear in the woods. No one thinks Fin didn't break the Cat Lady's foot. No one wants to know why Loretta bought Dad new underwear. And no one listens to Joe, because he never has much to say....

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Sarah And The Steep Slope

Sarah And The Steep Slope

Danny Parker, Matt Ottley

When everything feels like an uphill battle, your friends will get you through. Sarah wakes to find a steep hill has sprung up around the house overnight, preventing her from leaving. No matter what she tries, the hill won't...

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Show Stopper! the Susie K Diaries

Show Stopper! the Susie K Diaries

Shamini Flint, Sally Heinrich

Susie K is a fabulous show-stopper (not!) - but her mum is convinced that Susie can make it as the star of the talent quest ...

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A Year of Nature Poems

A Year of Nature Poems

Joseph Coelho, Kelly Louise Judd

A beautifully illustrated portrait of one complete year in nature, with a double page spread dedicated to each month from January through to December.

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Muhammad Ali: My First Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali: My First Muhammad Ali

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Brosmind

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Muhammad Ali tells the inspiring story of 'the greatest' boxer of all time.

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Wrestle!

Wrestle!

Maya Newell, Charlotte Mars, Gus Skattebol-James, Tom Jellett

I love wrestling. When I grow up, I want to be just like my wrestling heroes: big and tough, with really huge muscles. The only problem is, my mums don't like fighting... A funny story about identity, family and...

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Stella the Unstoppable: The Talent Show Fiasco

Stella the Unstoppable: The Talent Show Fiasco

Richard Newsome

Stella's excess energy and a mishap with a fire extinguisher (and the class guinea pig) have caught the attention of Principal Hinchliffe. In a bid to channel some of that energy into less destructive areas, Stella is given the...

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Twin Spin

Twin Spin

Adam Cece

It turns out the worst thing about having an identical twin sister is when they swap places with you, also known as stealing your identity. But of course, no-one would ever be evil or crazy enough to think they could get away...

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47 Degrees

Justin D'Ath

Zeelie wonders if they're in danger. When temperatures soar to 47 degrees one hot summer day, 12-year-old Zeelie hopes the nearby bushfires everyone's talking about aren't heading towards her family's new home.What...

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The Croc and the Platypus

The Croc and the Platypus

Jackie Hosking, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

An Australian reimagining of Edward Lear's nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussycat. The croc and the platypus trundled off in a rusty old Holden ute. They took some damper and tea in a hamper and bundled it up in the boot. ...

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A Circus of Puffins: A First Book of Collective Nouns

A Circus of Puffins: A First Book of Collective Nouns

Michael Buxton

Introduce the idea of collective nouns to young children with this fun lift-the-flap book. Open the flap to reveal a funny scene that illustrates weird and wonderful collective nouns for animals that swim!

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All the Way to W.A.: Our Search for Uncle Kev

All the Way to W.A.: Our Search for Uncle Kev

Roland Harvey

Uncle Kev is lost. Can you help us find him?

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Cook's Cook

Cook’s Cook

Gavin Bishop

The 1768 journey of James Cook's Endeavour to the South Pacific told through the eyes of the ship's cook

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Olivia's Secret Scribbles #5:The Big Chicken Mystery

Olivia’s Secret Scribbles #5:The Big Chicken Mystery

Meredith Costain, Danielle McDonald

I have so many super-amazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! Ill tell you all about them: Our school chickens need new homes!!!! Ive made some plans for the best chicken house, so they can live with me But...

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Wings of Fire #12: The Hive Queen

Wings of Fire #12: The Hive Queen

Tui,T Sutherland

Why is Cricket immune to Queen Wasp's powers? Whenever the queen takes control of all the HiveWings, speaking through their mouths and seeing through their eyes, Cricket has to hide, terrified of being discovered. Now she's...

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A Stack of Alpacas

A Stack of Alpacas

Matt Cosgrove

Smashing and splashing! Jumping and thumping! Fighting and biting! Macca is looking after his nieces and nephew and they are nothing but TROUBLE! How will Uncle Macca tame this unruly trio?

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Witch Tricks

Witch Tricks

Sibeal Pounder, Laura Ellen Anderson

Felicity Bat's cool big sister, Idabelle, is always up to no good, but when Tiga and Fluffanora are invited to join her secret clique, The Points, they can't resist. But soon they realise that Idabelle doesn't really want to...

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George and the Great Bum Stampede #1

George and the Great Bum Stampede #1

Cal Wilson, Sarah Davis

Hi, I'm George Pepperton. I love being a Pepperton, I love adventures and I love making lists. How to tell if you are a Pepperton 1. Your mum is an incredible inventor. 2. You have three older sisters, and a brother...

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Leap Frog

Leap Frog

Jane Clarke, Britta Teckentrup

Felix is lost. The jungle can be a scary place for a tiny tree frog, and all the strange noises are making him just a little bit jumpy . . . It's time to find Felix a safe place to sleep . . . and might there be someone special to...

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Toto

Toto

Ximo Abadia

An ambitious young donkey, Toto dreams of becoming more than just a porter, ferrying loads up the mountainside day after day. But a donkey could never become an astronaut, could he? A delightful picture book about being a stubborn...

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The Mysterious World of Cosentino #4: The Silver Thief

The Mysterious World of Cosentino #4: The Silver Thief

Cosentino, James Hart

COSENTINO, THE GRAND ILLUSIONIST is stuck in the centre of Coppertown until the opening of his new magic theatre. He is frozen inside a block of ice . . . or is he? The real Cos is on a mission to stop the supply of...

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Baby Loves Structural Engineering!

Baby Loves Structural Engineering!

Ruth Spiro, Irene Chan

A baby discovers structural engineering through play. --

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This Love

This Love

Harriet Lynas, Isabel Otter

Celebrate love from all around the world! A series of gentle rhymes sensitively explores what love feels like to children. This timeless book shows that love is a common language with the power to unite, wherever you come from.

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10 Little Ninjas

10 Little Ninjas

Miranda Paul

It may be bedtime, but these little ninjas aren't tired. They're sliding, swinging, and slipping out of bed! Can Daddy and the sensei ever tuck them in? Filled with mischievous fun, 10 Little Ninjas will take young readers from...

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My Australian Story: Bushfire

My Australian Story: Bushfire

Sally Murphy

Amy is staying in Marysville with her grandmother, and help in the garden and clean out her gutters. It is, after all, bushfire season. As summer arrives, so do the fires, and Dad is busy helping control the flames in...

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Mia Moves Out

Mia Moves Out

Miranda Paul, Paige Keiser

Mia was content to share her big, bright room with her baby brother, but now that they are older--and he is messier--she seeks a new space of her own.

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The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets: Enola Holmes 3

The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets: Enola Holmes 3

Nancy Springer

Everyone knows Dr. Watson is Sherlock Holmes' right-hand man - so when he goes missing, it's a shock. Even Sherlock hasn't the slightest clue as to where he could be. Enola is intrigued but wary; she's still hiding from her older...

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Tomie Depaola's The Popcorn Book (40th Anniversary Edition)

Tomie Depaola’s The Popcorn Book (40th Anniversary Edition)

Tomie dePaola

A bright, beautiful, and updated re-release of a TOMIE DE PAOLA classic!

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Bird on a Wire

Bird on a Wire

Kate Gordon, Nathaniel Eckstrom

A seagull aboveSaid, "See, look here, loves, I've winged my way further than you!" A soaring brown hawkSaid, "Hey, you two dorks, See me stick to the clouds here like glue!" <br...

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Girl vs. the World: Girls, Guys and Choc-cherry Pies

Girl vs. the World: Girls, Guys and Choc-cherry Pies

Meredith Badger

Leni has so many questions about growing up. And it seems the biggest ones are about herself...Athletics star Leni is totally confused. She's trained with her friend Adam for ages, so why is he suddenly acting...

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Zac's Biggest EVER Hits: Volume Three

Zac’s Biggest EVER Hits: Volume Three

H.I. Larry

Zac Power is a boy spy who has 24 hours to save the world ... and do his homework! A haunted house, sabotage in space, vanishing tombs and undead dinosaurs - Zac's biggest ever adventures are action-packed! But can he...

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Ginger Green + Cousins = TOTAL CHAOS!

Ginger Green + Cousins = TOTAL CHAOS!

Kim Kane

The absolutely MAD new Ginger Green series is all about fun, friendship and a clever fox who LAUGHS in the face of disaster. Perfect for fans of Weirdo and Tom Gates!

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Thomas & Friends Really Useful Stories: Nothing To Be Afraid Of

Thomas & Friends Really Useful Stories: Nothing To Be Afraid Of

Thomas & Friends

The Really Useful Stories series is designed to support toddlers' development and explore key preschool themes including sharing, fear of the dark, making friends and teamwork. Each book includes suggestions for grown-ups about...

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In Blossom

In Blossom

Cheon Yooju

A beautifully illustrated story of the joys of spring and finding a new friend.

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A Good Night for Shooting Zombies

A Good Night for Shooting Zombies

Jaco Jacobs, Kobus Geldenhuys

Sometimes the end is just the beginning of a new adventure.

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The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan: Enola Holmes 4

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan: Enola Holmes 4

Nancy Springer

Enola is thrown into a tailspin when she receives a desperate message from her old friend, Lady Cecily. Enola knows she must help her friend before it's too late - but she doesn't know how! This complicated case has Enola hunting...

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Lost in the City: Daytime

Lost in the City: Daytime

Sue Downing

Lift the flaps to explore the city daytime! Travel around the world with this gorgeous seek-and-find book. Explore cities by day in the richly-detailed artwork, and lift the flaps to peek inside the lives of people who live...

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British Museum: So You Think You've Got It Bad? A Kid's Life in Ancient Greece

British Museum: So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life in Ancient Greece

Chae Strathie, Marisa Morea

A kid's life in ancient Greece might sound like fun, what with all that brilliant sunny weather and watching the Olympic Games, but actually life for kids could be pretty hard.

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Survival

Survival

Louise McNaught, Anna Claybourne

The world is experiencing an extinction crisis. This book shares the stories of 20 threatened species facing the challenge of survival, bringing the issue of conservation into the spotlight. From the rainforest to the savannah...

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Bella Donna Coven Road

Bella Donna Coven Road

Ruth Symes, Marion Lindsay

A witch, a cat and a lot of magic!Some girls dream of being a princess, but Bella Donna has always longed to be a witch. But no one seems quite right until she meets Lilith.With Lilith's help, will Bella Donna be able to make both...

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Snow Sisters: The Silver Secret

Snow Sisters: The Silver Secret

Astrid Foss, Monique Dong

The evil Shadow Witch wants to steal the Everchanging Lights right out of the sky! The Snow Sisters will need all their magic to stop her turning their world dark for ever... In their first adventure, the girls sneak...

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I'll Love You...

I’ll Love You…

Kathryn Cristaldi, Kristyna Litten

I will love you till the cows come home from a trip to Mars through skies unknown, in a rocket ship made of glass and stone... I will love you till the cows come home. For fans of Guess How Much I Love You, in this great adventure...

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Winnie The Pooh Story Collection

Winnie The Pooh Story Collection

A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories have delighted generations of children since they first appeared more than 90 years ago. This edition brings together the best-loved tales from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at...

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