Summer Reading Guide: Kids

The Adventures of Catvinkle

The Adventures of Catvinkle

Elliot Perlman

Catvinkle is used to being top cat, completely pampered by Mr Sabatini the barber. So she is horrified when Mr Sabatini brings home a wide-eyed, lost Dalmatian named Ula.Soon Ula is warming herself by Catvinkle's fire....

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The Adventures of Jack Scratch: The Quest for the Hiss-Paniola

The Adventures of Jack Scratch: The Quest for the Hiss-Paniola

Craig Phillips

Meet Jack Scratch. Pint sized hero. Swashbuckler. Adventurer...and singer of pirate ditties!

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 Read reviewAll the Ways to be Smart

All the Ways to be Smart

Allison Colpoys, Davina Bell

From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.    

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Another Book About Bears

Another Book About Bears

Laura Bunting, Philip Bunting

Ever wondered why there are so many books about bears? Discover the grizzly truth in this bear-all account.Bears are tired. Sick and tired. And just when they are in the middle of something really good, like sleeping,...

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 Special priceArrival and Sketches from a Nameless Land set (Limited Collectors Editions)

Arrival and Sketches from a Nameless Land set (Limited Collectors Editions)

Shaun Tan

This set includes two limited editions of works from Shaun Tan - the internationally acclaimed graphic novel The Arrival, and a new companion volume of commentary and developmental drawings, Sketches from a Nameless Land.

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The Boneless Mercies

The Boneless Mercies

April Genevieve Tucholke

An epic YA fantasy set in a breathtaking new world, this is perfect for fans of V.E.Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor and Melinda Salisbury.     

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The Book of Trees

The Book of Trees

Piotr Socha, Wojciech Grajkowski

Why are trees so important? How many types are there? How do they benefit the environment and wildlife?This book, by the award-winning author Piotr Socha, answers these questions and more, tracking the history of...

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Cherries

Cherries

Carrie Gallasch, Sara Acton

With wistful illustrations by award-winning Sara Acton, Cherries is a story about the freedom of childhood and the magic of that first bite of summer fruit.  

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 Read reviewEverything I've Never Said

Everything I’ve Never Said

Samantha Wheeler

A powerful novel about a subject rarely tackled - young people with disabilities and the families who love and support them.   

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The First Adventures of Princess Peony

The First Adventures of Princess Peony

Nette Hilton, Lucinda Gifford

A gifty, funny illustrated series for imaginative girls, written by Nette Hilton, the author of A Proper Little Lady.

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The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child Gift Slipcase

Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

A new, deluxe slipcased edition of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child - two of the world's favourite picture books.

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Hello, Australia!

Hello, Australia!

Megan McKean

Join a bunch of cheeky galahs in the latest look-and-find adventure in the Hello...! series. This time we're taking a trip around Australia to discover more about the animals, birds and plants that live here.

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How Airports Work

How Airports Work

Lonely Planet Kids, Clive Gifford, James Gulliver Hancock, Tom Cornell

Where does luggage go after check in? What happens in the control tower? How do planes actually fly? This interactive, lift-the-flap book takes you behind-the-scenes to uncover the hidden secrets of the airport - from a peek...

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 Special priceI'm Just No Good At Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

I’m Just No Good At Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

Chris Harris, Lane Smith

Forget what you think you know about poetry - this is something totally different. Chris Harris's I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new...

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 Read reviewLenny's Book of Everything

Lenny’s Book of Everything

Karen Foxlee

Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who works two jobs and is made almost entirely out of worries, they have food and a roof...

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 Read reviewLouisiana's Way Home

Louisiana’s Way Home

Kate DiCamillo

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are - and deciding who you want to be.   

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The Magic Bookshop

The Magic Bookshop

Natalie Jane Prior, Cheryl Orsini

On rainy afternoons, when it's too wet to play outside after school, Ben goes to his grandfather's bookshop. But with secret doors and passages, and tigers under the floorboards, there's much more going on than Ben could ever have...

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Mamie

Mamie

Tania McCartney

To us she is May Gibbs, creator of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie. But to her family, she was known as 'Mamie'.  

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The Mapmakers' Race

The Mapmakers' Race

Eirlys Hunter

Sal, Joe, Francie and Henry misplace their mother as they are about to begin the race that offers their last chance to escape poverty and find their lost adventurer father. Their task is to map a rail route through an uncharted...

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Miffy: A First Lift-the-Flap Book

Miffy: A First Lift-the-Flap Book

Dick Bruna

Miffy: A First Lift-the-Flap Book is a great introduction to Miffy's world! Find out who Miffy's friends are, what mother and father bunny look like and how they spend their day together! Lots of Miffy moments to share.

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 Read reviewMy Two Blankets: Dari and English edition

My Two Blankets: Dari and English edition

Irena Kobald, Freya Blackwood

This beautiful tale about friendship and culture, paired with award-winning Freya Blackwood's stunning illustrations makes for the most exquisite book.

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 Read reviewMy Two Blankets: Farsi and English edition

My Two Blankets: Farsi and English edition

Irena Kobald, Freya Blackwood

This beautiful tale about friendship and culture, paired with award-winning Freya Blackwood's stunning illustrations makes for the most exquisite book.

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 Read reviewMy Two Blankets: Arabic and English edition

My Two Blankets: Arabic and English edition

Irena Kobald, Freya Blackwood

This beautiful tale about friendship and culture, paired with award-winning Freya Blackwood's stunning illustrations makes for the most exquisite book.

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 Special priceThe Hundred and One Dalmatians

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Peter Bently, Dodie Smith, Steven Lenton

When Missis and Pongo's darling Dalmatian puppies are stolen, they know just who to suspect ... the evil Cruella de Vil! She's enough to scare the spots off a pup and she would love nothing more than to turn them into a spotty fur...

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Planetarium

Planetarium

Raman Prinja, Chris Wormell

Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore... Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of galactic matter, expertly curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the...

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 Read reviewReal Pigeons Fight Crime

Real Pigeons Fight Crime

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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Real Pigeons Eat Danger

Real Pigeons Eat Danger

Andrew McDonald, Ben Wood

Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weird? It's because they're out there chasing the bad guys and saving your butts! The REAL PIGEONS aren't just an awesome squad of crime fighters who protect the city. They're also REAL...

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The Restless Girls

The Restless Girls

Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett

When the twelve daughters of King Alberto lose their mother, they also lose their lessons, possessions, and freedom but the eldest, Princess Frida, is determined that they shall still thrive in this modern, feminist interpretation...

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Robotpedia

Robotpedia

Insight Editions

Robotpedia is your guide to the world of robots, from the earliest bulky automatons to the tiniest nanotechnology available today --Back cover.

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Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars

Sara Gillingham

A graphically stunning, comprehensive introduction to the constellations

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 Read reviewThe Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars

The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars

Jaclyn Moriarty

From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a spellbinding tale of unlikely friendship, unexpected magic and competitive athletics.

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 Special priceThe Song from Somewhere Else

The Song from Somewhere Else

A. F. Harrold, Levi Pinfold

A powerful and poignant story about friendship from the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary, illustrated by award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman

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 Special priceThe Story of Babar

The Story of Babar

Jean de Brunhoff

First published in 1934, the story of Babar the elephant, who is happy playing in the Great Forest until he has to run away from a cruel hunter, finds a big town, and is befriended by an elderly lady. With full colour...

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 Read reviewTales from the Inner City

Tales from the Inner City

Shaun Tan

The visionary Shaun Tan returns to show us the soul-opening work he's been doing for the past five years.

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 Special priceTales from Outer Suburbia (Book and Jigsaw Puzzle Set)

Tales from Outer Suburbia (Book and Jigsaw Puzzle Set)

Shaun Tan

This very special book and jigsaw puzzle set includes the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning Tales From Outer Suburbia and a jigsaw of the 'The Tuesday Afternoon Reading Group'. The 700 mm x 500 mm jigsaw comprises 750...

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 Special priceTales From a Tall Forest

Tales From a Tall Forest

Shaun Micallef, Jonathan Bentley

In this rich and rambunctious tapestry of tales, satirist Shaun Micallef unravels the traditional fairy story and nimbly weaves your favourite characters into new and surprising adventures.

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 Read reviewThe Tales of Mr Walker

The Tales of Mr Walker

Jess Black, Sara Acton

The Tales of Mr Walker contains four delightful stories inspired by the real-life Mr Walker, a Guide Dog Ambassador who now calls Park Hyatt Melbourne home. 

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Tricky's Bad Day

Tricky’s Bad Day

Alison Lester

Poor Tricky! Nothing is going right for him. Milk spills, pyjama buttons won’t work, his little sister wrecks their game, and when he tries to help out, everything gets worse.Tricky’s...

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Under the Southern Cross

Under the Southern Cross

Frane Lessac

From the bestselling and award-winning creator of A is for Australia and A is for Australian Animals comes a new narrative nonfiction picture book, which explores Australia after dark.

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The Upside-down History of Down Under

The Upside-down History of Down Under

Alison Lloyd

The story of Australia starts with a piece of land that went for a swim. About 200 million years ago it floated away from Africa. Very, very, slowly. It was home to dinosaurs and giant animals, then the first...

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Watch This!

Watch This!

Jane Godwin

Watch This! is a groundbreaking modern photographic picture book about children using their bodies to make sense of shapes in a playful way, from three highly-acclaimed Australian creators.

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What If It's Us

What If It’s Us

Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli

From bestselling authors Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda which was made into the film Love, Simon) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die At The End) comes a New York love story with a difference...

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Wide Big World

Wide Big World

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Isobel Knowles

A beautiful children's picture book about diversity from award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Isobel Knowles.

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 Read reviewA Winter's Promise (The Mirror Visitor, Book One)

A Winter’s Promise (The Mirror Visitor, Book One)

Christelle Dabos, Hildegarde Serle

The absorbing first instalment in the bestselling French fantasy series The Mirror Visitor Quartet-winner of the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.

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Build the T. Rex

Build the T. Rex

Mark Ruffle, Galia Bernstein, Darren Naish

See the T. Rex like never before, with colourful illustrations, fascinating facts about dinosaurs and by building your very own T. Rex skeleton

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Build the Shark

Build the Shark

Barbara Taylor, Galia Bernstein, Mark Ruffle

See sharks like you never have before through colourful illustrations, fascinating facts and finally by building your own great white.      

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 Read reviewCatching Teller Crow

Catching Teller Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina, Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her - and he's drowning in grief. But now they have a mystery to solve together. Who is Isobel Catching, and what's...

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 Read reviewHelp Around the House

Help Around the House

Morris Gleitzman

Ludo helps other people. It's how he was brought up. When Dad is elected to Federal Parliament, Ludo grabs the chance to make Australia an even better place. But he soon discovers it's not the homeless of the national...

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The Ice Monster

The Ice Monster

David Walliams, Tony Ross

Heroes come in all different shapes and sizes in David Walliams' biggest and most epic adventure yet!

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 Read reviewMeet Me at the Intersection

Meet Me at the Intersection

Rebecca Lim, Ambelin Kwaymullina

Meet Me at the Intersection is an anthology of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability. The focus of the anthology is on Australian life as...

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 Read reviewMortal Engines (Mortal Engines, Book 1)

Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines, Book 1)

Philip Reeve

Mortal Engines launched Philip Reeves brilliantly imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight for survival in a post apocalyptic future. The first instalment introduces young...

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My First Pop Up Dinosaurs

My First Pop Up Dinosaurs

Owen Davey

Celebrate the world of dinosaurs in this alphabet of exquisite pop-ups.

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101 Weird Words (and Three Fakes)

101 Weird Words (and Three Fakes)

David Astle

101 Weird Words (and Three Fakes) is a mini-dictionary jam-packed with unusual or interesting words, followed by a fun and descriptive definition for each one.Filled with silly pictures and strange wordy facts, this is...

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Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different

Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different

Ben Brooks, Quinton Winter

True, inspirational and amazing tales of boys and girls who stood up and stood out.

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 Read reviewThe Things That Will Not Stand

The Things That Will Not Stand

Michael Gerard Bauer

Sebastian is at a university open day with his best friend Tolly when he meets a girl. Her name is Frida, and she's edgy, caustic and funny. She's also a storyteller, but the stories she tells about herself don't ring true, and as...

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Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 2)

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 2)

Jessica Townsend

Wunder is gathering in Nevermoor ...

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Wundersmith: 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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The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: 100th Anniversary Edition

The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: 100th Anniversary Edition

May Gibbs

Now in a slipcase to celebrate the centenary anniversary of its publication, The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie combines in one edition May Gibbs' much-loved classics, The Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and its...

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 Read reviewThe Magic Pudding: 100th Anniversary Edition

The Magic Pudding: 100th Anniversary Edition

Norman Lindsay

Believing wholeheartedly that children preferred food to fairies, Norman Lindsay concocted a recipe for success that has lingered for one hundred years. Here are the adventures of Sam Sawnoff, Barnacle Bill andAlbert, the...

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