Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

  1. Colouroos by Anna McGregor
  2. Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy
  3. Hopping Weird (Weirdo Book 12) by Anh Do
  4. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
  5. All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys
  6. The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly
  7. Where’s Mrs Kangaroo by Ingela P Arrhenius
  8. Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood
  9. The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent
  10. Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker

Two beautiful new Australian picture books have topped our 10 bestselling children’s and YA books of last week. First is Anna McGregor’s Colouroos, a fable about embracing difference starring a group of multi-hued kangaroos that all converge on the same watering hole. Featuring soft watercolours, this is a fun light-hearted animal story and a deeper celebration of the rich diversity that surrounds us all.

The second picture book is the stunning Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Senior Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Murphy, Yarra river-keeper Andrew Kelly and illustrator Lisa Kennedy. It is the perfect book for introducing children to the role Birrarung (the Yarra river) plays in the lives of the flora, fauna and people who make their homes along it. The language of the Wurundjeri people, Woiwurrung, is seamlessly integrated into the English text, aided by Lisa Kennedy’s evocative and thoughtfully placed images, which help children pick up the meanings of the words easily.

Two new heart-pounding YA novels are also among the top 10: Four Dead Queens, a thrilling fantasy epic featuring master thieves, a rich fantasy world under matrilineal rule and complex political intrigue; and Matthew Reilly’s new action adventure set across parallel worlds, The Secret Runners of New York.

Other children’s and YA bestsellers this week include some of our favourite recent local picture books, (All the Ways to be Smart and Lottie and Walter), alongside, Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlistees (Real Pigeons Fight Crime and The Peacock Detectives), and the latest Weirdo book by Anh Do, Hopping Weird.