Summer Reading Guide: Kids

Anemone is not the Enemy

Anemone is not the Enemy

Anna McGregor

All Anemone wants is a friend, but friends are hard to make when you accidentally sting everyone who comes near you. 

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 Special priceThe Dragon Ark

The Dragon Ark

Curatoria Draconis, Tomislav Tomic

Join the Dragon Protector and meet the magnificent beasts already aboard her ark, then travel the world together, seeking out these secretive creatures to observe and protect them in their natural habitat.

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 Read reviewThe F Team

The F Team

Rawah Arja

Meet Tariq Nader, leader of ‘The Wolf Pack' at Punchbowl High, who has been commanded by the new principal to join a football competition with his mates in order to rehabilitate the public image of their school. When the...

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At the Dog Park

At the Dog Park

Moira Court

In lively rhyming prose, Moira Court captures all the fun and diversity of the dog park  

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 Read reviewThe Left-Handed Booksellers of London

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

Garth Nix

A girl's quest to find her father leads her to an extended family of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World of England when it intrudes on the modern world. From the bestselling master of fantasy, Garth...

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 Read reviewGlassheart

Glassheart

Katharine Orton

An enchanting magical adventure set in the wild moors of Dartmoor - the second middle-grade novel from the bestselling author of Nevertell.

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The Loop

The Loop

Ben Oliver

Luka Kane has been inside hi-tech prison the Loop for over two years. A death sentence is hanging over his head, but his dayto- day routine is mind-numbingly repetitive. Then everything changes. Soon, Luka has to face a new...

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Bindi

Bindi

Kirli Saunders, Dub Leffler

Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She's not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell.

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The Grandest Bookshop in the World

The Grandest Bookshop in the World

Amelia Mellor

Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable.

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 Read reviewNone Shall Sleep

None Shall Sleep

Ellie Marney

Eighteen-year-olds Emma Lewis and Travis Bell, recruited by the FBI to interview juvenile serial killers, must turn to a notorious teenage sociopath to help track down a new murderer.

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 Special priceThe Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Creatures

The Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Creatures

DK, Stephen Krensky

Enter the enchanting world of mythical creatures and explore the history behind them in this beautifully illustrated compendium for kids.

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 Read reviewThe Other Side of the Sky

The Other Side of the Sky

Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

Two worlds, two hearts and a choice that will shape their fate forever.   

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 Special priceWundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow: Nevermoor 2

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow: Nevermoor 2

Jessica Townsend

Wunder is gathering in Nevermoor ...

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 Special price Read reviewNevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

Enter the Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor - the most fantastical children's debut of the year. Featuring a 'hidden' illustration beneath the stunning cover, both sprinkled with gold, this is the perfect gift for all...

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 Special price Read reviewHollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, Book 3)

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, Book 3)

Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow faces her most dangerous challenge yet in her latest Wundrous adventure. The highly anticipated third book in the award-winning Nevermoor series from one of Australia's best selling and most loved authors.

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The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker

Lauren James

A sharp thriller with a twist of the supernatural from a masterful sci-fi writer.

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Catch Me If I Fall

Catch Me If I Fall

Barry Jonsberg

A brilliant and timely middle-grade novel from the bestselling author of My Life As An Alphabet and A Song Only I Can Hear.

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 Special priceIf I Was Prime Minister

If I Was Prime Minister

Beck Feiner, Robin Feiner

The Prime Minister's job is to make our country as good as it can be. But every Prime Minister Australia has ever had has been a grown-up! What if the grown-ups weren't in charge? What would kids do if they ran the country? 

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This One Is Ours

This One Is Ours

Kate O'Donnell

Sixteen-year-old Sofie is a dreamer, an artist and a romantic. So when she goes on exchange to Paris, she is expecting magnificent adventures of the heart and mind. Yet France isn't what she imagined. It's cold and grey, and...

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Infographic Guide to the Globe

Infographic Guide to the Globe

Lonely Planet Kids, Gwen Keraval

What is the most popular pet in the world? Where is the hottest place on Earth? When was the first country formed? Learn these and dozens of other fascinating facts about the planet and its people with this dynamically-illustrated...

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The Midnight Guardians

The Midnight Guardians

Ross Montgomery

Sometimes at the darkest hour, hope shines the brightest...

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The Silver Arrow

The Silver Arrow

Lev Grossman

Kate wasn't expecting much when she wrote to her wealthy estranged uncle to ask for a birthday present. Certainly she wasn't expecting a colossal steam train called the Silver Arrow to arrive on her doorstep.

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Little Lion

Little Lion

Saroo Brierley, Bruce Whatley

The extraordinary true story of survival that became an international bestseller and was made into the award-winning film, Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.

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The 130-Storey Treehouse

The 130-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Prepare for more out-of-this-world adventure in Andy and Terry's new 130-storey treehouse!

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The 130-Storey Treehouse

The 130-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Prepare for more out-of-this-world adventure in Andy and Terry's new 130-storey treehouse!      

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Sing Me the Summer

Sing Me the Summer

Alison Lester, Jane Godwin

Splash into summer with this glorious love letter to the seasons.

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 Special priceThe Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales

The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen, Minalima

Thirteen engaging tales exuding originality, whimsy and humor among them Great Claus and Little Claus, The Ugly Duckling, The Red Shoes, Thumbelina, and the title story.

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Pierre's Not There

Pierre’s Not There

Ursula Dubosarsky, Christopher Nielsen

Lara had always wished she was a dog, and one day, just for a short time, she actually became one. This is how it happened.

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 Read reviewSkunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger, Book 1)

Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger, Book 1)

Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen

No one wants a skunk. They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger's new roommate, and there is nothing Badger, who prefers to be...

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 Special price Read reviewMadame Badobedah

Madame Badobedah

Sophie Dahl, Lauren O'Hara

A timeless story celebrating friendship and imagination, from an exciting new voice in children's literature.

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Pirate Stew

Pirate Stew

Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell

Meet LONG JOHN McRON, SHIP'S COOK . . . and the most unusual babysitter you've ever seen.

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This Small Blue Dot

This Small Blue Dot

Zeno Sworder

A young girl introduces the newest member of her family to the small wonders, big lessons and other important stuff that makes being a child so special.

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Took the Children Away

Took the Children Away

Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter

Took the Children Away is a moving indictment of the treatment of indigenous children from the Stolen Generation' and a song which struck a chord' not only among the wider Aboriginal community, but also nationally.

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 Read reviewWindows

Windows

Patrick Guest, Jonathan Bentley

Windows is an uplifting story of how humanity has pulled together during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

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The Unwilling Twin

The Unwilling Twin

Freya Blackwood

The new picture book from the seven-time CBCA Book Of The Year winner Freya Blackwood.

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Wolfred

Wolfred

Nick Bland

A mesmerising new story and instant classic from the beloved author of the best-selling Very Cranky Bear books.

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We Are Wolves

We Are Wolves

Katrina Nannestad

Sometimes it's good to be wild. Sometimes you have to be wild.

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 Read reviewThe Wolves of Greycoat Hall

The Wolves of Greycoat Hall

Lucinda Gifford

A family of wolves leaves their mansion in Moravia, returns to their Scottish homeland where they fight for their right to live among society and save the castle that has been in their family for generations from a crooked...

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 Read reviewWhat We'll Build

What We’ll Build

Oliver Jeffers

A spectacular new title from world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers, creator of the million-copy selling, global phenomenon Here We Are!

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Wreck This Picture Book

Wreck This Picture Book

Keri Smith

What if there were a book that changed every time you read it?

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Whose Bones?

Whose Bones?

Chihiro Takeuchi

Can you guess the animal by looking at its bones?

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You Matter

You Matter

Christian Robinson

For fans of Jon Klassen, this sensitive and impactful picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Christian Robinson is all about seeing the world from different points of view, and the perfect entry point for parents to...

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Amazing World Atlas

Amazing World Atlas

Lonely Planet Kids, Alexa Ward

Bringing planet earth to life, this colourful and fun addition to Lonely Planet Kids takes you on a trip around the world that you'll never forget. 

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Australia's Wild Weird Wonderful Weather

Australia’s Wild Weird Wonderful Weather

Stephanie Owen Reeder, Tania Mccartney

In Australia's Wild Weird Wonderful Weather, readers are introduced to  the wide range of weather in Australia, with bite-size pieces of information  presented alongside graphic illustrations to entice young readers.

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Explore Your World: Deep Dive into Deep Sea

Explore Your World: Deep Dive into Deep Sea

Prof. Tim Flannery, Sam Caldwell

The second book for children from renowned explorer and scientist Professor Tim Flannery, this time exploring the most fascinating creatures hiding in the ocean deep!

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 Special priceExploring the Elements: A Complete Guide to the Periodic Table

Exploring the Elements: A Complete Guide to the Periodic Table

Sara Gillingham, Isabel Thomas

Science meets design in this comprehensive introduction to the chemical elements that make up our universe

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The Human Body Survival Guide

The Human Body Survival Guide

George Ivanoff

What's the biggest organ in the human body? Does your hair continue to grow after you die? What does a healthy poo look like? Don't worry, The Human Body Survival Guide has the facts and advice you need to survive living in your...

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The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals

Sami Bayly

Dangerous animals get a bad rap, but this beautifully illustrated encyclopaedia helps us appreciate the incredible features of some of our more hair-raising animal species.

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 Special priceThe Mysteries of the Universe

The Mysteries of the Universe

Will Gater

From planets and asteroids to black holes and galaxies, every page will captivate young readers as they journey through the vastness of the Universe.

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