Our favourite books for beginner readers (6+)

Ask Hercules Quick

Ask Hercules Quick

Ursula Dubosarsky, Andrew Joyner

A hilarious and entertaining story about a boy who does a series of odd jobs for his eccentric neighbours, from the bestselling creators of The Terrible Plop.

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 Read reviewTake Off! (Evie and Pog, Book 1)

Take Off! (Evie and Pog, Book 1)

Tania McCartney, Cecelia Ramsdale

In the bestselling tradition of Ella and Olivia, comes the first book in a new series for early readers about best friends, Evie and Pog.

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 Read reviewWild Honey from the Moon

Wild Honey from the Moon

Kenneth Kraegel

In an epic adventure like no other, an unflappable mother will stop at nothing to find a cure for her ailing young son -- even if it means traveling to the moon itself.

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 Read reviewHotel Flamingo

Hotel Flamingo

Alex Milway

An enchanting four-book series featuring the adventures of Anna and her array of animal friends When young Anna inherits a dilapidated once-grand hotel from her Great Aunt Mathilde, she's determined to restore it to its former...

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The Grumpy Neighbour

The Grumpy Neighbour

Sally Rippin, Aki Fukuoka

Celebrating 10 Years of Billie B Brown in 2020!

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Douglas

Douglas

Randy Cecil

In his follow-up to Lucy, Randy Cecil again tells a visually arresting tale in four acts -- this time about a brave movie-theater mouse on a daring adventure.

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Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse

Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse

Maxine Beneba Clark, Nicki Greenberg

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 Read reviewReal Pigeons Fight Crime (Real Pigeons, Book 1)

Real Pigeons Fight Crime (Real Pigeons, Book 1)

Andrew McDonald, Ben Wood

In Real Pigeons Fight Crime, Rock and his mystery-solving friends will tackle their first caseload: Why have all the breadcrumbs disappeared? Who on earth is kidnapping bats? And can the pigeons avert a dinner disaster??

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Lemonade Jones (Lemonade Jones, Book 1)

Lemonade Jones (Lemonade Jones, Book 1)

Davina Bell, Karen Blair

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Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit's Bad Habits

Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits

Julian Gough, Jim Field

Hilarious, gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is the next step up for readers of Kes Gray and Jim Field's bestselling OI FROG!

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Dory Fantasmagory

Dory Fantasmagory

Abby Hanlon

Move over, Junie B. Jones and Ivy & Bean! Here comes a lovably energetic little sister with a BIG personality - and an imagination to match!

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 Read reviewSherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Renee Treml

A hilariously funny, action-packed mystery, starring the intrepid Sherlock Bones. 

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 Read reviewThe Princess in Black

The Princess in Black

Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham

Who says princesses can't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black.

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Bruno

Bruno

Catharina Valckx, Nicolas Hubesch, Antony Shugaar

Days come and go, and for Bruno they always bring something interesting. And once in a while, a day comes along that is just about perfect! These six linked stories are full of friendship, silliness, and the little moments that...

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The New Friend: Ginger Green Play Date Queen

The New Friend: Ginger Green Play Date Queen

Kim Kane, Jon Davis

Ginger Green is the Play Date Queen! Ginger is playing with Skye today. But what happens when Skye won't let her dad leave?

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 Read reviewWombat, Mudlark & Other Stories

Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories

Helen Milroy

From a falling star to a lonely whale, an entertaining lizard to an enterprising penguin, these Indigenous stories are full of wonder, adventure and enduring friendships.

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Super, Spectacular Pearlie

Super, Spectacular Pearlie

Wendy Harmer

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Ginger Green is Absolutely MAD for Birthday Parties! (Mostly)

Ginger Green is Absolutely MAD for Birthday Parties! (Mostly)

Kim Kane, Jon Davis

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 Read reviewDino Hunter: D-Bot Squad 1

Dino Hunter: D-Bot Squad 1

Mac Park, James Hart

Dinosaurs are back, and on the loose! It's up to D-Bot Squad to catch them

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That's Another Big Book!

That’s Another Big Book!

Sally Rippin, Stephanie Spartels

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Weirdo

Weirdo

Anh Do, Jules Faber

Weir Do's the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family and some seriously weird habits, fitting in won't be easy but it will be funny!

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 Read reviewThe Bad Guys: Episode 1

The Bad Guys: Episode 1

Aaron Blabey

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys ... and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys' first...

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The Cat on the Mat is Flat

The Cat on the Mat is Flat

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Another collection of irresistible mirth and madness from those maestros of mayhem: Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Sure to become an instant family read-aloud classic, these ridiculously illustrated nonsense poem-stories will...

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Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Seuss

When Sam-I-am persits in pestering a grumpy grouch to eat a plate of green eggs and ham, perseverance wins the day, teaching us all that we cannot know what we like until we have tried it!

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Zac's Super Spy Set

Zac’s Super Spy Set

H. I. Larry

TRAINING TO BE AWESOME Zac Power is a new spy recruit.Can he win a race, stop the baddies, beat a crazy karate robot - and more? Read all eight Spy Recruit books to find out!

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Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters (Book 1)

Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters (Book 1)

Ailsa Wild, Ben Wood

A hilarious junior fiction book series from Australian author Ailsa Wild about solving mysteries, blending families and leaping to conclusions quicker than a ninja-gazelle!

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I Love My New Toy!

I Love My New Toy!

Mo Willems

One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from the internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny

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The Big Big Big Book of Tashi

The Big Big Big Book of Tashi

Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg, Kim Gamble

He's brave! He's bold! HE'S THE BEST! Tashi's too cunning for the war lord and the wicked baron, and far too clever for giants, ghosts, witches and demons. Seven books are rolled into one big book of Tashi with 14 stories.

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Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy (Book 1)

Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy (Book 1)

Geronimo Stilton

This is the first book of the Kingdom of Fantasy series starring mouse journalist Geronimo Stilton.

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There Is a Bird on Your Head!

There Is a Bird on Your Head!

Mo Willems

Early chapter readers from a bestselling and critically acclaimed author

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 Read reviewCaptain Pug

Captain Pug

Laura James, Eglantine Ceulemans

Pug is going on a seafaring adventure. He's had jam tarts for breakfast. He's wearing a smart sailor suit. There's just one problem. Pug is afraid of the water! Captain Pug is the first book in a glorious new illustrated series...

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Claude in the City

Claude in the City

Alex T. Smith

The first adventure of Alex T. Smith's unforgettable canine hero, Claude. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior and ITVBe!

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Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Megumi Iwasa, Jun Takabatake

Giraffe is bored, as usual. He'd love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There he finds a pen pal-Penguin.

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 Special priceIvy and Bean

Ivy and Bean

Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never...

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Ruby Red Shoes (Ruby Red Shoes, #1)

Ruby Red Shoes (Ruby Red Shoes, #1)

Kate Knapp

Ruby Red Shoes lives in a colourful caravan with her grandmother. Ruby is gentle and kind and cares for all living things, including plants and trees, animals and people. Ruby is also particularly fond of strawberry jam and...

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 Read reviewThe Cleo Stories 1: The Necklace and the Present

The Cleo Stories 1: The Necklace and the Present

Libby Gleeson, Freya Blackwood

Meet Cleo, a little girl with a big imagination - a memorable character created by children's book legends Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood. Delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big...

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