The best books to read aloud to older kids

 Read reviewThe Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown

A gloriously illustrated story of a robot's adventures in the wild

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewMr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1

Alex T. Smith

From the international bestselling creator of Claude, comes a brand new hero - Mr Penguin.

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 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.

$9.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Explorer

The Explorer

Katherine Rundell, Hannah Horn

For use in schools and libraries only. Left stranded in the Amazon jungle when their plane crashes on their way back to England from Manaus, Brazil, four children struggle to survive for days until one of them finds a map that...

$16.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

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!

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Dragon's Green

Dragon’s Green

Scarlett Thomas

The first in the thrilling and magical Worldquake Sequence from Scarlett Thomas, author of the bestselling adult novel The End of Mr Y

$16.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Revolting Rhymes (Colour Edition)

Revolting Rhymes (Colour Edition)

Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

Contains nursery rhymes that feature characters ranging from Jack in the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears to Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs, wicked beasts, brazen crooks and a ghastly giant star.

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 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. 

$24.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewWhen You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead

Miranda and Sal are friends, but when Sal gets punched by a kid for no apparent reason, he shuts Miranda out of his life. Then she finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper, and other notes left for her in strange...

$16.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewThe Orchard Underground

The Orchard Underground

Mat Larkin

An explosive, suspenseful and utterly brilliant middle-grade mystery for fans of Louis Sachar's Holes.

$17.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Wonder

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary...

$19.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewThe Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster: Polly and Buster Book One

The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster: Polly and Buster Book One

Sally Rippin

From Australia's best-selling female author, Sally Rippin, comes Polly and Buster - a brand new junior fiction series about the magic of friendship.

$19.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo

Carl Merrison, Hakea Hustler

$11.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewHello, Universe

Hello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas

Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewNorse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

Kevin Crossley-Holland, Jeffrey Alan Love

An extraordinary and enthralling illustrated anthology of Norse Myths from a Carnegie-Medal winning author.

$32.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the...

$16.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 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.   

$16.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, Chris Riddell

On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world with even stranger characters, she meets a rabbit with a pocket watch, joins a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and...

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The War that Saved My Life

The War that Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

$16.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein

A collection of poems and drawings that feature a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale, a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and...

$34.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle

When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a 'wrinkle in time' for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as 'It'.

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 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??

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Vampire Knife (The Witching Hours Book 1)

The Vampire Knife (The Witching Hours Book 1)

Jack Henseleit

The Vampire Knife is the first book in The Witching Hours, a spine-tinglingly spooky new series by Jack Henseleit for readers 8+

$5.00Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh

A. A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh may be a bear of very little brain, but thanks to his friends Piglet, Eeyore and, of course, Christopher Robin, he's never far from an adventure. In this story, Pooh gets into a tight place, nearly catches a Woozle...

$29.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Iron Man

The Iron Man

Ted Hughes, Laura Carlin

The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. Where had he come from? Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Special price Read reviewNevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

$9.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell

Stunningly illustrated by Chris Riddell, who brings the ghouls, ghosts and hero wonderfully to life in this fantastic ghost adventure story, laced with menace and humour  

$16.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)

Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)

Clara Vulliamy, Polly Faber

A charming collection of four beautifully illustrated stories about the unlikely friendship between Mango, a little girl, and Bambang, a tapir.

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Dragonkeeper 1

Dragonkeeper 1

Carole Wilkinson (Author)

The first part of the internationally award-winning Dragonkeeper series.

$19.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 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...

$14.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Muddleheaded Wombat

The Muddleheaded Wombat

Ruth Park, Noela Young

The Muddleheaded Wombat combines in one edition four of Ruth Park's much-loved classics, The Muddleheaded Wombat, The Muddleheaded Wombat at School, The Muddleheaded Wombat on Holiday and The Muddleheaded Wombat in the Treetops....

$45.00Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses

Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.

$13.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewPax

Pax

Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen

A moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox, and their epic journey to be reunited. Beautifully illustrated by multi-award winner, Jon Klassen.

$19.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewSquishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat!

Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat!

Pip Jones, Ella Okstad

Can you see him? My kitten? Close your eyes tight. His fur is so soft and all silvery white Imagine him quick! Have you imagined enough? Oh, good, you can see him! It's Squishy McFluff! When Ava discovers an imaginary cat in the...

$12.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Magic Faraway Tree

The Magic Faraway Tree

Enid Blyton

When Joe, Beth and Frannie climb up to the top of the Faraway Tree, they meet Silky, Moon-Face and the Saucepan Man. Their new friends show them an exciting secret - how to visit lots of strange and magical lands, where they have...

$14.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Ivy 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...

$12.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewThe Cat with the Coloured Tail

The Cat with the Coloured Tail

Gillian Mears (Author), Dinalie Dabarera (Illustrator)

A magical cat, an ice-cream van that makes delicious moon-creams and a quest to bring joy to those who need it most.

$19.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

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.

$16.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Don’t see anything you like? Search our catalogue of over a million books.