Handpicked and reviewed by
Australia’s leading booksellers
WELCOME TO THE 2019
One Blue Shoe
Jane Godwin and Jane Reiseger I HB $19.99
As an author for young people, I'm delighted to see such a thoughtful
and imaginative selection of books–all chosen by people who spend
every working day talking to kids, talking to parents and rellies, talking to
teachers and librarians, and even talking to books (I've seen them do it).
Children's booksellers need to know their
stuff because their shops are often quite
small, so there's nowhere to hide from
unhappy customers. Or unhappy books.
I'm also very pleased to see, as the current
Australian Children's Laureate, that so many
of the books in this guide offer young readers
the trifecta–fun, yes, adventure, yes, and also
rich reading experiences that will open up
possibilities in their future lives.
Morris Gleitzman, Australian Children’s Laureate
Our friends change us in all sorts of
wonderful ways, and when those friends are
characters in stories we love, there's no limit
to where these friendships can take us.
All a young person needs to get started is
one book. Lots of them here. All chosen
by big-hearted experts. (Actually some
of their shops are quite big too.)
Get ready for a fun counting adventure. Full of playful rhymes
and lovely illustrations you will be counting shoes and babies and
bubbles and learning simple maths concepts without even trying.
One Blue Shoe is lots of fun. Good luck finding the missing blue shoe!
Play School Story Time Volume 3
Various I CD and MP3 $29.95
Join an amazing host of celebrities including Dylan Alcott,
Jimmy Giggle and Adam Liaw as they snuggle up on the Story Time
couch to narrate a selection of stories for young children. Favourites
include Guess How Much I Love You, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
and Owl Babies. Perfect for car rides or quiet time at home.
Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally Morgan
Opening with “In my country I play with the Morning Star” we follow
a child through her day and its changing landscapes. A beautiful
celebration of our country with simple text and so much to look at
in each stunning illustration. A book that should be in every home.
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Every Child A Song
Nicola Davies and Marc Martin | HB $26.99
A beautiful, poetic celebration of the UN Convention on the Rights
of the Child. The lyrical language describes the song within every
child that should be nurtured, cherished and heard. It is perfectly
complemented by striking illustrations and full of colour and
movement, which emphasise the joy in being able to sing freely.
ABC For Me:
What Can He Be?
Jessie Ford | BB $19.99
From Quantum Physicist to Yoga
Instructor, this gorgeous ABC shows a
whole spectrum of possibility for young
boys imagining their future. This follows
last year’s very popular ABC What Can
She Be? Both books are beautifully
illustrated and thoughtfully put together,
perfect for children starting to question
their place in the world.
Spot Book & Toy
Eric Hill | Boxed Set $22.99
The iconic Where’s Spot celebrates its 40th anniversary,
packaged with a gorgeous Spot plush toy. Little readers will
love lifting the flaps in this sturdy board book discovering funny
animal surprises as they help Spot’s mum find her cheeky puppy,
all while cuddling their own!
Margaret Wild and Andrew Joyner | HB $19.99
Boo! Said the baby to the monkey in the cot… Boo! Boo! Boo!
Brightly illustrated with big sturdy pages this book will delight
the very young and parents alike. Rhyming and expressive
text makes this book a joy to read aloud and is sure to be a
favourite for years.
The Little Yellow Digger ABC
Peter Gilderdale and Alan Gilderdale | PB $17.99
We all love the story of The Little Yellow Digger and this new story
will not disappoint. With a rhyming text, bright illustrations and
amazing calligraphy style letters hidden behind the flaps, children
will delight in learning the alphabet. A perfect way to sit with your
little one and teach them their ABC.
Chihiro Takeuchi | BB $19.99
Learn about the animals of the world in this board book. Spot and
find the European wolves or tigers from Asia. There is a page of
Australian animals too with koalas, cockatoos and crocodiles to
find. With beautiful paper cut art and die-cut pages this is a book
Bluey: The Beach
Bluey | BB $14.99
Bluey: Fruit Bat
Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo | BB $21.99
Follow the bold, imaginative Bluey and her ridiculously
charming family through these fun, relatable stories that
invite readers to enjoy the magic of the everyday. Based on
the massively successful ABC show and set in a recognisably
Australian landscape, Bluey’s adventures are sure to delight
young pups everywhere.
Follow a year in the life of a farm in this delightful book, the latest in
a series of educational stories for the very young. With sturdy pages
perfect for little hands, and lots of flaps to lift, this colourful book is
the perfect gift for any toddler.
Australian Baby Animals
Moving Your Body
Dressing Your Family
Beci Orpin | BB $12.99
CHARLIE, AGE 1
Charlie loved the rhyming text and
laughed out loud listening to the sounds
of the animals. The cuddly koala and
playful Tasmanian devil are just like him.
A perfect colourful story for the little
ones which will grow with them.
ANAYA, ALMOST 1
Anaya was instantly attracted to the bright
colours of Moving Your Body and loved
copying the movements described in
the story. What a great book for sharing
and reading together!
I Saw We Saw
By Yolgnu students at Nhulunbuy Primary School
with Ann James and Ann Haddon | HB $24.99
Mr Chicken All Over Australia
Leigh Hobbs | HB $24.99
Mr Chicken is back for another mad cap adventure travelling all of
Australia to meet his legion of letter writing fans. With a fondness
for lamingtons and pavlovas he travels everywhere by plane, train
and boat creating havoc and mayhem. And, of course, there is a
surprising twist at the end.
Nicki Greenberg | HB $24.99
How would you feel if your new teacher is a very strict and very
large octopus and no one seems concerned about this except you
and your class mates? When Miss Kraken goes missing at the local
aquarium excursion, you aren’t exactly sad. But things can always
get worse! This is a very funny tale that kids will love.
There’s lots to see in Yolgnu country. Join the local children as they
show you their world. Wonderfully illustrated you will spend hours
poring over the pictures and learning the Yolgnu Matha words for
whale, crocodile, stingray, bats and family to name a few. What a
great way to celebrate UNESCO’s year of Indigenous Languages.
Jess McGeachin | HB $24.99
Lucy lives with her dad and loves fixing and making things. After
finding an injured bird, she embarks on a mission to help it fly again,
but learns that sometimes not everything can be easily fixed. This
beautifully told and gorgeously illustrated story celebrates the
importance of acceptance.
Stephen Michael King | HB $24.99
You will fall in love with Three, the happy, friendly, delightful dog
in this adventure story. Three is on a mission to find a new home.
He hops and skips his way wherever his three little legs will carry
him. With whimsical illustrations this beautiful tale reminds us how
important family and friendship are.
Laura Bunting and Philip Bunting | HB $17.99
Lyrebird was born to mimic, tell fibs, create fake news and create
mayhem in the bush. But one day Lyrebird’s boasts and fibs catch up
with him! Can he possibly tell the truth or is even that too difficult?
Children and adults alike will love the play on language in this book.
Jane Godwin and Anna Walker | HB $24.99
The picture book ‘dream team’ of Jane Godwin and Anna Walker
have created another timeless classic with this beautiful picture book
about a little girl’s bond with her collection of special treasures and
the secret world they live in.
The Stephen Michael King Collection
Stephen Michael King
CD and MP3 $19.95
A collection of six heartwarming stories filled with imagination and play.
Little children will learn about the importance of friendship, self-expression
and accepting differences, and will meet an unforgettable cast of colourful
and engaging characters.
Moira Court | HB $24.99
This little book is amazing! Learn about Antarctica with some simple
facts and then discover some of the fascinating animals that live
there. The text is perfect for reading aloud with delicious words and
a wonderful rhythm that is beautifully complemented by lively paper
collage illustrations. Oh! And it’s a counting book, too!
My Pet Star
Corrinne Averiss and Rosalind Beardshaw | PB $15.99
We have all looked up at the stars at night and thought how magical
they are. This delightful heartfelt story is about a little girl looking after
a lost star. With kindness and caring the star’s glow is getting brighter
each day until it is time to let the star go. With the magic of caring the
star is glowing in the night sky. A beautiful bedtime story.
The Swan Lake (The Story Orchestra)
Katy Flint and Jessica Courtney Tickle | HB $27.99
A beautiful introduction to the story of Odette and Odile in
Tchaikovsky’s ballet. This book has interactive buttons that play
excerpts of the music on each double page of gorgeous artwork,
with a great fact file about Tchaikovsky and the history of the ballet.
Perfect for ballet lovers or anyone who loves a great classic story.
Hilary Bell and Antonia Pesenti | HB $24.99
These rhyming vignettes form the story of summer, from the last
magpies of spring to back-to-school shoe shopping, perfectly
capturing the quintessential Australian summer time experience.
Accompanied by bright and exciting art and collage illustrations this
gorgeous picture book is a snapshot of summer, both wonderfully
fresh for little ones and perfectly nostalgic for grown ups.
Polly and the New Baby
Rachel Quarry | PB $13.95
A simple, beautiful story about an imaginary friend. Polly pushes
her friend Bunny around in the pushchair that had been hers when
she was a little baby. They go everywhere together. Her Mum and
Dad are getting worried. When their new baby arrives how are they
going to get the pushchair off Polly? Polly solves the problem with
her surprising imagination.
Illustrations by Tim Hopgood | PB with CD $17.95
Kes Gray and Jim Field
I love puppies and cats. I like all
the rhymes and my favourites
are ‘Tickles on some pickles’ and
‘Tiddles on the fiddle’. Mum says I
giggle a lot when she reads those
parts. The puppies are very naughty
but I think they are funny.
WOLFGANG, AGE 3
Using the lyrics of the beautiful song written 60 years ago, Tim
Hopgood takes us on a journey that begins with a dream. Listen to
the audio and read the story. The words are still beautiful and the
journey is full of love.
The Tiny Star
Mem Fox and Freya Blackwood | HB $24.99
Mem Fox’s touching words about the journey of life and the love
of family and friends, work beautifully with Freya Blackwood’s
heartwarmingly soft illustrations. This beautiful picture book will
soon become a classic that is read and reread to generations of
children in the years to come.
This is a Dog
Ross Collins | HB $22.99
Dog has decided that he is the only animal that counts in
The First Book of Animals. Armed with a pencil he begins to wreak
havoc on the tale – scaring cat, rabbit and squirrel but meeting his
match with crocodile, bear and gorilla! A delightful laugh out loud
treat for readers young and old.
Jim Helmore and Richard Jones | PB $16.99
Mia and Ben are the best of friends who do everything together and
their favourite activity is making paper planes. That is until they hear
the news that Ben is moving away to the city. How will they manage
to stay friends when they are so far apart? A very moving story about
the power of friendship.
Sam Lloyd | PB $14.99
Join the midnight ninja on his big adventure to find the stolen
socks. When everyone is asleep our ninja is fighting baddies with his
gadgets and skill and his sidekick pussycat Ginger. But at the end of
the day all ninjas need their sleep and it is time for bed.
Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion
Valanga Khoza and Matt Ottley
HB & CD $24.99
When Dumazi comes across a lion caught in a trap she decides to
take a chance on kindness and set him free. But she learns that a
promise a lion makes with his mouth doesn’t necessarily speak for
his tummy! Dumazi’s story is brought to life with a CD featuring
original music by Matt Ottley and Valanga Khoza.
The Girl and the Dinosaur
Hollie Hughes and Sarah Massini | HB $22.99
On a beautiful beach a young girl is digging up dinosaur bones to
build herself a magical friend. Together they journey past giants
and fairies, through mysterious forests, coming in the end to a
dream world in the clouds. A gorgeous story about the power of
imagination and friendship.
Baby’s First Jailbreak
Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins | PB $14.99
All of the Factors of
Why I Love Tractors
Davina Bell and Jenny Lovlie
HENRY, AGE 4
Frankie and his Mum are going to the library, just like I do with
my Mum. It is one of my favourite places. I love how the story
rhymes and how Frankie explains to his Mum why he loves
tractors so much. I also like tractors and love looking at the fun
drawings in the book. As the librarian, Miss Squid, says “A boy
who likes books is a nice thing to see”. I am like Frankie because
I have always loved books.
Have you heard about Baby Frank who turned his home into a zoo?
It was so famous that visitors came in droves, that was until Baby
Bruce opened a competing zoo with performing animals and free
ice cream. What is Baby Frank to do? A rollicking rhyming adventure
made for reading aloud.
I See, I See
Robert Henderson | HB $19.99
Designed to be read right side up and upside down at the same
time, this book encourages young readers to see a story from
different perspectives. Playful, rhyming call and answer text means
this book is meant to be read by more than one person. It’s an artful
and original concept.
Alison Lester | HB $24.99
Matilda loves staying at Grandma Lucky’s, riding Luna in the front
paddock, playing with the painted ponies in their carved wooden
wagon and listening to Grandma’s stories. One day she tells Matilda
about the real ponies from the mountains that became her friends.
A lyrical picture book about friendship and freedom from the much
loved Alison Lester.
Be More Bernard
Simon Philip and Kate Hindley | HB $24.99
Bernard is a bunny but doesn’t really feel like one! He sort of joins
in, but he is not happy. One day he decides just to be himself and
to the shock and horror of his family and friends he becomes a
different bunny. So get out there like Bernard and be yourself.
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez
Andrea Beaty and David Roberts | HB $24.99
When Sofia’s grandfather hurts his ankle at a local landfill she
sets about trying to get the slimy mess turned into a park for her
community. A fabulous story about how everybody can make a
difference if they are passionate about something and set their
minds to it. A new character from the team who brought us
Ada Twist and Rosie Revere.
Emma Yarlett | HB $24.99
Beast is very pleased with himself. He has caught Dinner and invites
his friends to a Beast Feast. One problem though, he is beginning to
think of Dinner as a friend. What can he do, should Dinner run and
hide? A fun interactive story with beastly letters to open.
100 Ways to Fly
Michelle Taylor | PB $14.95
A perfect introduction to poetry for young children where you will find a
poem for all your varying moods. Different styles and forms make poetry
easily accessible to children. Funny poems include limericks, tongue
twisters and wordplay but there are also poems to encourage bravery,
adventure and kindness.
Poems from a Green and Blue Planet
Sabrina Mahfouz [ed] and Aaron Cushley | HB $32.99
A stunning collection of new and classic poems celebrating diversity in our
world. Beautiful illustrations add to this great collection. There are new
poems, including 8 Australian ones, classics, sonnets and haiku, and the
poems range from rap to the Romantics. Every family should have a copy.
This is Home:
Essential Australian Poems for Children
Selected by Jackie French, illustrated by Tania McCartney
An ideal companion for every home, much-loved author Jackie French
has chosen poems for every mood. Poets such as Oodgeroo Noonuccal
and Dorothea Mackellar sit alongside Shaun Tan and Andy Griffiths.
From poems to give you courage and poems that whisper, this beautifully
illustrated collection can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault | HB $24.99
Many parents will identify with children who cannot go to sleep at
bedtime because they have way too many important questions to
ask. For curious minds comes even curiouser answers which are sure
to delight and inspire the imagination of every child.
Edited by Kate Temple, Jol Temple and Oliver Phommavanh
Stella the Unstoppable and
the School Camp Kerfuffle (Book 2)
Richard Newsome | PB $14.99
Richard Newsome’s new series is jam-packed with madcap adventures
and ridiculous situations which will have you giggling out loud! Readers
will fall in love with bossy, impertinent Stella and her gang of friends as
they navigate school camp and a pair of magic underpants. Perfect for
emerging readers or to read together with younger children.
Everyone could do with a good laugh and this collection of over 100 funny
stories, hilarious poems and side-splitting drawings will have you laughing
out loud for hours and hours. With contributions from lots of very funny
people like Hannah Gadsby and Andy Griffiths this book will make a great
gift. All royalties from sales of the book will go to the international aid
charity, War Child Australia.
Ask Hercules Quick
Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner | HB $19.99
Also available Stella the Unstoppable and the Magic Underpants.
Paddy T and the
A very funny story about a boy called Hercules who lives with his alligator
aunt in a building full of eccentric characters. When Hercules sees a magic
box, he wants to buy he decides to earn some money by taking on odd
jobs for his even odder neighbours. With lots of very colourful illustrations
this is a great first chapter book for new readers.
Adam France and Zahra Zainal | PB $12.99
The Adventures of Anders
Paddy seems like an ordinary kid, but he keeps falling into the most
extraordinary adventures. He saves a magical serpent, writes stories
with a magic pencil, and time travels through his trampoline!
A delightfully funny collection of wacky short stories, perfect for
newly independent readers.
Gregory Mackay | PB $19.99
This omnibus volume collects three cartoon stories starring a pair of
squirrels named Anders and Eden, and an elephant named Bernie. Their
adventures promote very positive messages about friendship and inclusion
and the power of imagination.
Bold Tales for Brave-hearted Boys
Susannah McFarlane | HB $24.99
Polly Ho-Yen and Binny Talib | HB $16.99
For bold, brave-hearted boys everywhere comes this collection of classic
fairy tales retold with a contemporary twist. Read Jack and the Beanstalk,
Hansel and Gretel, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Prince Leo and the
Sleeping Princess. Fabulous bold illustrations and a text showing you that
you can be strong but also follow your heart to do the right thing. The
perfect companion to Fairytales for Feisty Girls.
Lula and Lenka are best friends but opposites in many ways. That is until the
pencil case saga! Enter Maya into the mix and the unhappiness begins. Don’t
worry, as this beautiful little book ends with a smile and new friendships.
The Impossible Boy
Ben Brooks | HB $19.99
You need a big imagination to read this book! It has everything from
walking snowmen to goats in school and lots of ice-cream. All this
happens after Oleg and Emma invent a new kid in class, Sebastian Cole,
the impossible boy. Just one problem! Sebastian actually appears in a
spaceship and the adventure begins. Read it, love it!
Isadora Moon Puts on A Show
Harriet Muncaster | HB $17.95
Isadora Moon is awesome because she is half vampire
and half fairy. She has magical powers, cool fangs and
she can fly. I like this book because you can read this
story and at the back of the book Isadora shows you
how to put on your own play and make popcorn.
Also available Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic and
Isadora Moon Has A Birthday.
LUCY, AGE 8
Lottie Luna and the Bloom Garden
Vivian French and Nathan Reed I PB $12.99
Lottie is a werewolf and off to a new school. Her father has just been
crowned king and she is worried about many things, especially fitting in.
She has super powers but doesn’t like to use them, she just wants a normal
life and to enjoy school with her friends. But life isn’t like that and when the
school garden is under threat, she must use her powers.
First book in an exciting new series.
The Enchanted Wood
The Magic Faraway Tree
The Folk of the Faraway Tree
Enid Blyton | CD $29.95 and MP3 $24.95
Enid Blyton’s timeless classics read by Kate Winslet will
provide hours of entertainment for the whole family.
Milton The Mighty
Emma Read | PB $14.99
Appearances can be deceiving and when tiny spider Milton finds that
he has been falsely branded as a deadly spider he must join forces with
his house human Zoe to defend his species! A funny and warm story
about courage and cooperation and not believing everything you read
on social media.
Sophie Dahl and Lauren O’Hara | HB $26.99
When the mysterious Madame Badobedah checks in to the
Mermaid Hotel, Mabel decides she must be a supervillain! In her
quest to discover the truth, she instead finds friendship and adventure.
This absolutely gorgeous book is great for emerging readers, or as a
read-together story at bedtime.
Daring Delly #1: Team Tryouts!
Matthew Dellavedova and Nathalie Ortega | PB $14.99
When tryouts are called for a new basketball team, Delly really wants to make
the team and is prepared to do whatever it takes even if that means practicing
for hours. Written by an Australian NBA champion this is a fun, engaging read
for all young basketball fans especially if they think that there’s no time to sit
and read and when they could be shooting hoops.
The Secrets of Magnolia Moon
Edwina Wyatt and Katherine Quinn | HB $19.99
Magnolia’s world is thrown into turmoil when her best friend moves
away and her parents inform her that she is going to be a big sister.
Magnolia is a most delightful character with a vivid imagination and
a heart full of joy. Written with delightful, poetic language.
Toffle Towers 1:
Tim Harris and James Foley | PB $14.99
Atticus Van Tasticus
Andrew Daddo and
Stephen Michael King
PATRICK, AGE 8 Toffle Towers is about a 10yr old boy called Chegwin
DANIEL, AGE 8
who inherits a hotel that does not get many visitors, so
he comes up with lots of crazy ideas to make it more
popular. Super funny, super cool pictures, lots of mystery
and mischief. Tim Harris and James Foley are my favourite
authors and I am so excited they got to write a book
together. If you love the Mr Bambuckle books you will
love this series too. My mum read this out loud to me and
Atticus Van Tasticus is adventurous, dramatic and
really funny. Atticus becomes a boy pirate after
getting a pirate ship from his rich GranNan. He sails
the seas using a treasure map that is confusing and
strange and weird but Atticus always come up with a
crazy and hilarious way around it. I liked it because it
was always chaos then calm, chaos then calm.
my 6 year old sister, but my older friends will love it too.
Paul Jennings: A Different Collection
Paul Jennings | CD and MP3 $29.95
A collection of three stories from award winning author Paul Jennings.
A Different Dog is the story of a boy, a dog and a daring rescue.
A Different Boy follows the fortunes of a boy boarding a ship and
leaving his past behind. A Different Land traces the journey of an
orphan who stows away on a ship bound for a New Land.
The Land of Roar
Jenny McLachlan | PB $16.99
Carlie Sorosiak | PB $14.99
Told by Cosmo, a golden retriever, this is a delightful story full of humour,
warmth and tenderness about a dog who will stop at nothing to keep his
family together – even if it means learning to dance! With hilarious insights
into a dog’s life, this heartening tale will especially resonate with anyone who’s
ever loved or longed for a dog of their own.
Gillian McDunn | PB $14.99
A charming, heartwarming story about family, friendship and finding your own
sense of self. With beautifully portrayed relationships between siblings Cat
and her brother Chicken who has special needs, and the grandparents they
meet for the first time over the summer holidays. This funny and moving story is
perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo.
The Monster Who Wasn’t
T C Shelley | PB $14.99
Fabulous characters and rich and imaginative descriptions abound in this
book. ‘Imp’ is a creature born in the underworld but with a foot in each world.
A rich tradition of monsters, from Celtic mythology are in this book. Our hero
encounters ogres, pixies, boggarts and chocolate loving gargoyles in his quest
to learn his identity and find his family.
Twins Arthur and Rose have grown apart, mostly because Rose now
considers herself too cool to hang out with her dorky brother. However,
when their grandad disappears into an imaginary land from their
childhood game, the twins must venture into the Land of Roar to save
him. This fantastic book is packed with magic, mystery and adventure.
The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green
Lisa Siberry | PB $17.99
Lily Green loves to invent products but she has mixed success. Now she
is desperate to create something that will save her family’s beauty salon
from ruin. Strange and unlikely ingredients from the garden next door
make for an original concoction but will this new formula be the one that
makes a fortune?
Jinxed! The Curious
Curse of Cora Bell
Rebecca McRitchie and Sharon O’Connor | PB $17.99
Join Cora on her quest to find out exactly who she is and where she is from.
Along the way she is helped by two slightly naughty fairies while being
pursued by a Jinx, a magician and other magical creatures. This is the
perfect mix of adventure, fantasy and fun.
The Lords of Melody
Phillip Gwynne | PB $16.99
Phillip Gwynne never disappoints, and this latest offering is a wonderfully
funny and quirky tale of sibling rivalry, rock ‘n’ roll parents and the ghost of
a not-so-sorely missed uncle named Fleabag. Gwynne’s unique sense
of humour shines through this compulsively readable book.
An Unlikely Spy
Terry Deary | PB $14.99
World War II has begun. Brigit has been evacuated to Wales from her home
in London. But when it’s revealed that her father is German, Brigit runs away
to a very special training camp for spies and saboteurs. After all, who would
suspect a child? This is a page-turning historical escapade!
My Parents Cancelled My Birthday
Jo Simmons and Nathan Reed | PB $12.99
This wacky, fun-filled romp is perfect for fans of David Walliams. Featuring
a flattened chihuahua, a giant pig named Tiny and a multitude of madcap
misadventures, this delightful book is sure to make you laugh out loud.
What would you do if your parents cancelled YOUR birthday?
Maddie in the Middle
Julia Lawrinson | PB $16.99
Year 6 is a tricky time for negotiating friendships and pushing boundaries.
There’s a balance between keeping old friends and making new friends
but sometimes, as Maddie learns, friendship comes at a cost and risky
behaviours have consequences. A must read for tweens about courage
and being true to yourself.
The Good Thieves
Katherine Rundell | PB $14.99
Journey back in time to 1920’s New York, where a rag-tag bunch of kids
take on a wicked con-man in a desperate attempt to save all their families
and futures. This is an absolutely fabulous book; you’ll be hooked from the
very beginning and gobble it up
before you know it!
The Taylor Turbochaser
David Baddiel and Steven Lenton | PB $14.99
Amy Taylor loves cars and would love to be a racing car driver. Just one
problem, Amy is in a wheelchair and an old one at that. She finally gets a new
one and at first it is super exciting and the chair moves like the wind but then
she gets used to speed and wants more! That is where her friend Rahul, the
genius inventor comes in. Will it end happily? Read it and find out!
The Fowl Twins
Eoin Colfer | PB $19.99
The Fowl family is back and this time the focus is on Artemis’s 11 year old twin
brothers Myles and Beckett, who, after being left alone for just one night, end
up having to save a troll from a wicked nobleman and that is only the start of
their adventures. Fantastic fun with surprises around every corner, you won’t
be able to stop laughing as you race to read to the end of the book to see
how they get themselves out of this mess.
The Bone Garden
Heather Kassner and Matt Saunders | PB $17.99
Irréelle’s greatest fear is that she isn’t real. A valid concern for a girl made of
dust, bone and the magic powers of her creator, Miss Vesper. She can never
please her cruel creator but after a fatal mistake, she must run for her life.
But how long can she hide from Miss Vesper?
Nova Weetman | PB $16.95
Two girls from Grade Six meet in sick bay who couldn’t be more
different–well, at least on the surface. Over time Meg and Riley realise
they have more in common than they thought. A powerful novel about
friendship, many readers in primary school and early high school will
relate to the characters of this novel.
Emily Rodda and Marc McBride | HB $34.99
A beautiful new book by Emily Rodda with amazing illustrations by Marc
McBride, full of high fantasy, adventure, magic and mystery. Finn lives in a
small village on the edge of the veil between worlds. Are the images that
Finn draws just in his imagination or can he really see beyond the veil?
This is a beautiful hardback gift for your teen or tween.
Mika and Max
Laura Bloom | PB $16.99
Dream Riders: Storm
and Laura Bloom
Storm is learning the skills of natural
horsemanship with her new friends,
the Dream Riders. But how will she
ever achieve the dream of owning the
beautiful horse that has captured her
heart? This story of courage and selfbelief
is also an ode to the beauty and
joy of horses.
Mika is very unsure of Max when she first meets him. She has gone with
her family to visit Max’s family to attend a music festival. Mika knows that
Max is younger and different, he is 10 and has autism, but has no idea
that they will develop an unlikely friendship of warmth and understanding.
The most beautiful story of family, growing up and learning that we are all
different and that’s okay.
Katharine Orton | PB $16.99
Beverly, Right Here
Kate DiCamillo | HB $19.99
Beverly is now fourteen and decides to just leave and make it on her own.
After all, her dog Buddy has died and her Mum has never cared for her.
She finds a job and a place to live and is determined to be independent.
She just doesn’t see that she can’t help making connections with people
and it is through them that she will finally work out what her life is about.
A most beautiful, heartwarming story from the fabulous Kate DiCamillo.
Packed with adventure, magic
and mystery, this wonderful tale
of adventure and courage follows
Lina and her best friend Bogdan as
they escape from a Soviet prison
camp. Tracked through the Siberian
wilderness by an angry sorceress, will
they survive to find Lina’s grandmother
and help save her mother?
ELSIE, AGE 12
Raina Telgemeier | PB $16.99
Guts is a really cool graphic novel that explores
what happens when anxiety takes over. It is really
relatable for young teens, and it shows the
feeling of being left out. Raina feels sick to the
stomach all the time… but when her mum takes
her to the doctor she is ‘as healthy as a horse’.
Could it be more than tummy troubles?
JT: The Making
of a Total Legend
Johnathan Thurston with James Phelps
I liked this book because it was inspiring. JT was
always told he was too small and not strong enough
to play NRL but through hard work and belief in
himself he achieved everything in the game proving
his doubters wrong.
TYLER, AGE 10
This is How We Change the Ending
Vikki Wakefield | PB $19.99
Take the Shot
Susan White | PB $16.99
Bug feels that his genetic condition has taken everything from him–his
health, friends, school and sport. Although he has been banned from playing
sport, he forms a basketball team without his parent’s knowledge. He finally
feels he belongs, but it is only a matter of time before he cannot hide his
life-threatening condition any longer.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave | PB $19.99
Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s first foray into YA is a gothic, lyrical reimagining
of the story of two of Dracula’s brides. In this tale of love, grief, tragedy and
triumph, twins Kizzy and Lil are ripped from their home and forced into slavery.
Can their love for each other save them from the mysterious and terrifying
Dragon, or will they fall under his spell forever? 14+
As Happy As Here
Jane Godwin | PB $16.99
Jemma, Lucy and Evie are very different, so when they find themselves sharing
a hospital ward tensions run high. However, when the girls see something
mysterious on the street below and decide to investigate, they start to realise
that maybe they’re not so different after all. This thought-provoking story of
identity and empathy from Australian children’s book royalty is perfect for fans
of Fiona Wood.
Complex, gritty, compelling and emotionally charged, this is realistic
Australian YA at its best. Nate is smart, thoughtful and creative but, living
as a charity case with an abusive father, can’t imagine a way out. Gradually
his passive resistance becomes active and, with support from unexpected
places, Nate begins to feel hope and the possibility of change.
Nikki McWatters | PB $19.95
Three young women are brought together by a mysterious book.
Astrid is a Viking priestess living in a time of great change and upheaval.
Mercy is a Scottish orphan on a quest to discover her true identity and
Mia, a young Australian, is sent on a quest to uncover family secrets.
Their lives are intertwined in this thrilling story.
It Sounded Better In My Head
Nina Kenwood | PB $19.99
Natalie’s world is turned upside down. Her parents have decided to
separate and she had no clue. Her best friends become a couple and
she had no clue. How can all this happen at the same time? Now she has
to deal with the emotions of sadness and teenage love. With fabulous
characters this story is funny, honest and real.
Garth Nix | PB $24.99
In this intriguing adventure, full of secrets and twists, Nix skilfully blends
angels, magic, monsters and seventeenth century musketeers into a
compelling fantasy world. The vivid descriptions and fast pace immerse
you in the story – in which, if you have the ability, angels can be called
upon to do your bidding. But the cost can be high...
CLARE, AGE 13
All That Impossible Space
Anna Morgan | PB $19.99
Friendship is just as confusing, if not more so, than the
70 year old mystery that Lara is assigned to investigate
for year 10 history. Relationships, especially high school
ones, are complex and hard to maintain. The way
All That Impossible Space deals with that is what
interested me, and made me feel invested in what
was happening. I definitely recommend this one.
Will Kostakis | PB $19.99
Connor is a normal sixteen-year-old who is having some issues with
friends and feels lonely and jealous. Until the day he meets Sally and the
Monuments – gods who have been buried under schools in Sydney for
generations – who change his life forever. Fast paced and full of action
with some romance and laughs for good measure.
Jenny Downham | PB $19.99
Lexi is angry but no one, including
herself, knows why. As her mother and
stepfather try to mould her into the
perfect daughter, Lexi starts to realise
that her anger may be justified, and
she finds the courage to carve out her
own space in the world. A powerful
and topical coming-of-age story.
Scars Like Wings
Erin Stewart | PB $17.99
After an arduous recovery from being badly burnt in a house fire,
Ava returns to school. There she meets Piper, whose friendship helps
Ava begin to face her fears, until Piper’s own problems surface. This
engagingly honest story is about facing life’s hurdles to find where and
with whom you belong.
Rules for Vanishing
Kate Alice Marshall | PB $16.99
When a group of teens venture into the woods to find their missing
friend, they stumble into a nightmare beyond anything they could have
imagined as they realise not all of them will make it out. Vividly creepy
and full of original characters, this story will haunt readers long after they
turn the final page. 14+
Plastic: past, present, and future
Eun-ju Kim and Ji-won Lee and Joungmin Lee Comfort (translator)
This timely book takes children through how plastic is made, the history of how
it was created and all the positive things it contributes to our world. But it also
addresses the environmental impact of our increasing plastic dependence and
ultimately asks an important question for the future generation ‘what can you
and I do to use plastics more responsibly?’
You Can Change the World
Lucy Bell | HB $29.99
This book is a must for kids who want to make a difference in the world. Full of
practical advice on changing things in their own world, from cutting down on
waste to buying ethically and growing your own food, this book will teach kids
how easy it is to be kinder to the earth and to others.
Our Planet: The One Place We All Call Home
Matt Whyman and Richard Jones | HB $29.99
This stunning new book is a companion to the Netflix series narrated by
Sir David Attenborough. An exploration of how plants and creatures coexist in
various habitats to create ‘our planet’ and how this generation of children can
help to protect this delicate balance. A perfect gift for the whole family.
We Are All Greta: Be Inspired to Save the World
Valentina Giannella | PB $19.99
Alan Gratz | PB $17.99
On March 15 2019, 1.6 million students took to the streets in 1700 cities around
the world to draw attention to perils of climate change after a call to action
from a young girl in Sweden. Do you want to take action like Greta but not sure
you understand all the issues around climate change? This book explains them
in a scientific but accessible way so that you can help to take responsibility for
the future of your planet.
JACOB, AGE 13
Allies was a fantastic read. I felt so attached to
the characters and it was so interesting to see
the story’s progression through the events of
D-Day. I also loved the historical accuracy as I’m
really interested in reading about WWII so it was
good seeing all the correct things there. I think
this is an amazing read for anyone who loves
Explore your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!
Prof. Tim Flannery and Sam Caldwell | HB $34.99
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia
of Ugly Animals
Sami Bayly | HB $32.99
Australian author/illustrator Sami Bayly makes even the ugliest animals
extraordinary in this stunning encyclopaedia. The exquisite detail in the
art, along with curious facts and descriptions of the animals and their
habitats provides an intriguing insight into some of our more maligned
creatures. It will make you reconsider your definition of ‘ugly’!
Australian Sea Life
Matt Chun | HB $29.99
Matt Chun returns with a beautiful book of Australian sea life. Sixteen
different creatures are featured from the venomous blue ringed octopus
to the gentle dugong and the terrifying great white shark. Each entry is
accompanied by lively and accessible information about the sea life.
Also available Australian Bird Life
Dr. Stephen P. Kershaw and Victoria Topping | HB $35.00
This stunning, large format book, provides a detailed introduction to
the cast of characters that populate Greek mythology, including Gods,
Mortals and Monsters, with snippets of key myths including The Odyssey
and The Argonauts. The luminous illustrations almost pop off the page,
highlighting the characters’ attributes and reinforcing the
fascinating facts in the text.
Young Dark Emu
Bruce Pascoe | HB $24.99
Tim Flannery, one of Australia’s best-known scientists, takes a fascinating look
at some of the world’s strangest animals and their bizarre behaviours. Full of
curious and quirky facts, this brightly illustrated look into the natural world’s
weird, funny and disgusting creatures is perfect for young nature lovers.
Welcome to Country: Youth Edition
Marcia Langton | PB $29.99
This introduction for young adult readers to the Indigenous peoples of
Australia comes from the award-winning author of Welcome to Country.
Covering their unique art and storytelling, knowledge and kinship systems,
along with The Stolen Generations and The Uluru Statement, it is a brilliant
and timely insight into the world’s oldest living cultures.
Dr Seuss’s Horse Museum
Dr. Seuss and Andrew Joyner | HB $27.99
Take a journey through the art museum and discover various styles used in
artists’ representations of horses. Engaging, fun text and lively illustrations
make the artworks infinitely accessible for younger readers. It also contains
descriptions of the art and artists and a fascinating explanation of the book’s
genesis from the original manuscript and sketches of Dr Seuss.
Emmanuelle Figueras Guillaume Duprat
and Claire de Gastold HB $29.99
Smell is hugely important in the animal kingdom and Nose Knows tells us why.
Lots of illustrations and flaps explain how pigeons smell their way home, how
mosquitos love the smell of the bacteria on our feet and why lions urinate on
trees! A companion book Eye Spy, illustrates how animals see the world.
Young Dark Emu is an adaptation of the adult book Dark Emu, a correction
of Australian history. The book challenges previously taught ideas of
Indigenous life and shows it rich with farming, homes and technology.
Including extracts from colonial diaries, this book brings details forward to
paint a new history of Australia and the reality of colonisation. An essential
book for readers starting Australian history in school.
How to Write A Great Story
How Trains Work
Caroline Lawrence | PB $14.99
Lonely Planet Kids | HB $24.99
This is the perfect book for budding writers–full of tips and tricks for how
to write a great story. Using examples from lots of different kinds of stories
like Harry Potter, Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland this book will help with
every aspect of writing from creating characters to setting the perfect scene.
Everything young readers need to know about trains. Old trains, new
trains, city trains, super fast trains, train stations – did you know that
Shinjuku station in Japan has 200 exits–and famous train journeys.
This book is jam packed with amazing facts and lots of detailed
illustrations for hours of train related entertainment.
The Treehouse Joke Book
Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton | PB $12.99
Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street
Felicita Sala | HB $27.99
What type of key opens a banana? A mon-key of course! Everyone knows
how funny Andy and Terry can be and this book does not disappoint. If you
love the Treehouse books then you will definitely love this joke book.
Eddie Woo’s Magical Maths
Eddie Woo | PB $19.99
Join the residents of 10 Pomegranate Street for a sumptuous feast in this
delightful story and recipe book! The feeling of warmth and welcome
are beautifully communicated through the vibrant illustrations, as each
apartment creates a dish for their communal lunch. With simple recipes for
every dish, you’ll soon be creating delicious food to share, too!
The Flag Book
Lonely Planet Kids | HB $29.99
A bumper book full of fun maths things to draw, puzzle, invent, order,
unscramble, code and decode for kids aged 7+ years from Australia’s best
known maths man. Made for kids to have fun while learning amazing things
This full colour guide takes you around the world, flag by flag, to discover what
the colours, patterns and symbols say about each country, its history and its
people. Packed with amazing stories behind all the world’s flags this beautifully
illustrated book is perfect for budding vexillologists everywhere!
20 Cool Projects for your LEGO Bricks
Klang / Albrecht / Uhlmann / Bischoff | Boxed Cards $22.99
Grow Your Own Crystal Dragon
Grow Your Own Crystal Unicorn
Need some inspiration when it comes to LEGO? This handy tin contains
cards with simple step-by-step instructions to create 20 projects with bricks
you already have. The perfect gift for LEGO lovers.
Klutz | Box $19.99
Unicorn and Dragon are two in the new science series from Klutz. Shape
your creature, stick in the pipe cleaners and then dip it to seed it. Watch
your crystal creature magically grow. Everything you need is included in
the pack. Fox and Narwhal make up the set.
Rebel Dogs! Heroic Tales of Trusty Hounds
Kimberlie Hamilton | PB $19.99
The Australia Survival Guide
George Ivanoff | HB $24.99
EDDY, AGE 13
(or 74, but he prefers
When I’m not sniffing around for food, I spend most of
my days snoozing (my favourite!), fetching my tennis
ball (exhausting!) and chasing my own tail (hopeless!).
And while I definitely deserve a tummy rub for all of
these things, they’re not exploits worthy of a book;
unlike the Very Good Boys in Rebel Dogs, who’ve
earned an extra special scratch behind their ear for
all their amazing feats; including going to space.
Want to know a book full of ways Australia wants to
kill you? Well this is the place to come. Slithering,
tentacle, or wibbly wobbly jelly death- and how not
to die from them- all feature in this Aussie survival
guide. Want to know whether that spider with the
weird red bit on its back that just bit you is deadly?
QUICK! READ THE BOOK!
PETER, AGE 11
DK’s beautifully designed children’s range
illustrates a world of information for kids of
all ages. These fun and factual books bring
an unrivalled clarity to fascinating topics, with
a unique combination of words and pictures,
put together to spectacular effect to help kids
see all there is to know.
Through the Animal Kingdom HB $19.99
Let’s Get Gardening PB $30.00
The Wonders of Nature HB $39.99
Survival For Beginners PB $29.99
Explanatorium of Science HB $39.99
The books in this guide have been chosen and reviewed by members of the ABA, booksellers who
use their expertise to encourage and support reading for all ages.
DISCLAIMER: Cover, illustrations, various internal illustrations and inspiration have been taken from
Every Child A Song by Nicola Davies and Marc Martin (Hachette) and are reproduced with permission.
Price and information are correct at time of print. Some bookshops may not be able to hold stock of
every book in the guide. Speak to your bookseller about special orders.