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Molly (4) and Tom (6) enjoying the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik.










We're very proud of our children's section. We have an excellent range, including board books, picture books, beginning readers' chapter books, young adult novels, non-fiction reference books, pop-up books, audio books, popular series, classics, poetry, and children's fantasy. We stock best sellers as well as more unusual books, and are always keen to help find something to excite young readers.

We supply books to schools, so we are very familiar with what children are reading and enjoying, and we keep up to date with current Children's Book Council awards nominees and winners. We regularly host local and visiting children's writers at events, and we offer a 10% discount to Playgroup Association members, and a 15% discount to teachers and librarians on all shop purchases.

If you can't find what you are after, please contact us via our enquiries page.

GaolbirdCover Image, Jellyfish

Simon Barnard
Text (Juvenile)
ISBN 9781925498172     
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 24.99
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Following on from Simon Barnard's award-winning book A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land and bestseller Convict Tattoos, here is the strange but true story of convict William Swallow.  

It’s 23 October 1821 and William Swallow is standing on the deck of the Malabar for muster. He is wearing a canary yellow convict uniform and his legs are chained. He’s just completed the 121-day sea voyage from London to Hobart Town, but his wild and audacious adventures have barely begun, for he will soon ditch the convict uniform and the chains, take part in a mutiny, become a pirate captain and fool the world in what just might be the most outrageous and unbelievable true story in Australia’s convict history.

A true tale for old and young.

Summersummer pic book, cover image

June Factor & Alison Lester
ISBN 9780670078950
Price $AU 19.99
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June Factor's simple text and Alison Lester's delightful illustrations combine to celebrate a special summer's day and all that it brings- changing weather, family gatherings, lots of fun and . . . Christmas! A new edition of this classic picture book by two of Australia's best-loved children's book creators.

Ducks Away! cover image my place

Mem Fox & Judy Horacek
ISBN 9781760158514
Price $AU 19.99
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A mother duck and her five little ducks waddled out one day. Onto a bridge, then - ducks away!  A new classic from two beloved Australians.

The Hidden Oracle #1 The Trials of ApolloCover Image, Apollo

Rick Riordan
ISBN 9780141363936     
Trade Paperback 2016
Price $AU 22.99
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How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour. But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (film cover)cover image my place

Ransom Riggs
Quirk Books
ISBN 9780949206312
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 19.95
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A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous.   A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, this book has delighted adults and teens who relish adventures in the shadows.  

Alice-Miranda in ChinaCover Image, Alice

Jacqueline Harvey
ISBN 9780857985200    
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 16.99
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Fun, festivities and fireworks! Alice-Miranda and her friends are on a school exchange in China! There's so much to see and do, and plenty of new people to meet. Among the whirlwind of sights is a breathtaking circus show, a hair-raising feat and an encounter with a family of acrobats. While some are having a great time, others haven't quite landed on their feet. Throw in clashing personalities and the theft of a priceless antiquity, and sparks are set to fly. There may be more than just fireworks in store for Alice-Miranda and her friends.

Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (young readers' edition)Cover image, Malala

Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick
ISBN 9781780622156
Trade Paperback 2014
Price $AU 19.99
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Written in collaboration with Patricia McCormick, Malala tells her story - from her childhood in the Swat Valley to the shooting, her recovery and new life in England. She's a girl who loves cricket, gossips with her best friends, and, on the day of the shooting, nearly overslept and missed an exam. A girl who saw women suddenly banned from public, schools blown up, the Taliban seize control, and her homeland descend into a state of fear and repression. This is the story of her life, and also of her passionate belief in every child's right to education, her determination to make that a reality throughout the world, and her hope to inspire others.

Animalium Poster Bookanimaliumpb

Katie Scott
Five Mile Press
ISBN 9781760400040        
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 29.95
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A beautiful collection of 28 animal illustrations, selected from the bestselling Animalium. This beautiful large-format poster book lets you decorate your walls with the gorgeous images from the bestselling book Animalium. A stunning celebration of the animal kingdom from immense mountains to tiny insects. A collection of full-colour, immaculately detailed images from unparalleled new talent, Katie Scott. Posters offer an exploration of our incredible natural world and will brighten up any room. Large, high-quality format makes this the ideal gift.

SoonCover Image, Soon

Morris Gleitzman
Penguin Viking
ISBN 9780670078875
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 20.00
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I hoped the Nazis would be defeated.
And they were.

I hoped the war would be over.
And it was.

I hoped we would be safe. 
But we aren't.

Soon continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the end of World War Two.

Our Dog Knows Wordscover image our dog knows words

Peter & Lucy Gouldthorpe
ISBN 9780734416346        
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 15.00
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Meet our very clever dog. He always knows just what we're saying to him. He knows, but does he always obey? A funny story about a clever (but not always obedient) dog, from a father-daughter team of dog lovers. From playing in the park to dinnertime, bath time and bedtime - this very smart dog knows what's going on! If you loved Harry the Dirty Dog or Hairy Maclary then you will adore Our Dog Knows Words.

Eye To Eyeeyetoeye

Graeme Base
Viking Australia
ISBN 9780670078592          
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 27.00
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A child, brave and curious about the world, flies high over the mountains, goes out on a limb and dives into the deep. From here, he can see eye to eye with majestic and curious creatures, from the miniature to the enormous, the everyday to the fantastic. From one of Australia's favourite picture book creators comes a remarkable look at the connection between the animals that inhabit our Earth - even the human ones. Eye to Eyewill give you an amazing new perspective on the world!

The Singing BonesCover Image, The Singing Bones

Shaun Tan
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760111038
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 35.00
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In this beautifully presented volume, the essence of seventy-five fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm is wonderfully evoked by Shaun Tan's extraordinary sculptures. Nameless princes, wicked stepsisters, greedy kings, honourable peasants and ruthless witches, tales of love, betrayal, adventure and magical transformation: all inspiration for this stunning gallery of sculptural works. Introduced by Grimm Tales author Philip Pullman and leading fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes, The Singing Bones breathes new life into some of the world's most beloved fairy tales.

ZeroesCover Image, Zeroes

Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781925266955
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 19.99
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Don't call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that'll say whatever people want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't - like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days. Enter Nate, aka Bellwether, the group's 'glorious leader.' After Scam's SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases. Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening instalment of a thrilling new series.

The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book to Grammarcover image the greatest gatsby

Tohby Riddle
Penguin Books
ISBN 9780670078684
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 25.00
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Introducing a new, visually engaging way of presenting grammar. Appealing to the senses and the emotions with colour, texture, humour and drama, this book seeks to make the subject of grammar not only more intelligible to more people, but more memorable.

'Tohby knits well but is also a chatterbox, so his socks are not finished. I hope he finishes them in the holidays.' Many years have passed since this mixed primary school report on Tohby Riddle. And although his socks remain unfinished, he has been able to complete other undertakings, including a degree in art and a degree in architecture - neither of which involved any knitting. Tohby Riddle is the award-winning creator of picture books such as The Singing Hat, The Great Escape from City Zoo and Irving the Magician (all three were shortlisted for CBC Picture Book of the Year and more), and the cult favourite, The Royal Guest.

The Cleo StoriesCover Image, The Cleo Stories

Libby Gleeson & Freya Blackwood
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781743315279
Hardback 2014
Price $AU 17.00
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Cleo desperately wants a necklace. Her parents say special presents are only for birthdays...but Cleo doesn't want to wait. In the second story, it's her mum's birthday and Cleo doesn't know what to give her - until she has the best idea of all. Delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big imagination can always find a way to have fun.

 SHORTLISTED - 2015 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards, Young Readers

Path of Beasts (The Keepers #3)Cover image, Path of Beasts

Lian Tanner
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781742371979
Hardback 2012 
Price $AU 23.00 
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The city of Jewel is in peril once again, as it is held captive by the frightful Fugleman, his band of Blessed Guardians, and an army of merciless mercenaries. There's no doubt that Goldie and Toadspit want to get their city back, but how can a small group of children fight against such overwhelming forces of evil? And how, as Goldie is determined, can they avoid bloodshed in a war that will set thieves against soldiers, and trickery and deception against a mighty cannon that shoots cannonballs bent on destruction? As Toadspit fights the Fugleman in a duel to the death, Goldie must face her hardest task yet. If she is to save the city, she must walk the mysterious Beast Road, deep inside the Museum of Thieves. No one knows where it goes and no one has ever returned from it. 

One Small IslandCover image, One Small Island

Coral Tulloch and Alison Lester
ISBN 9780670072361
Hardback 2011
Price AU$29.95
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Alison Lester's beautiful illustrations and Coral Tulloch's text offer a rich social, geological and ecological history of Macquarie Island, visually appealing for younger children, and complex enough for older children and adults to adore too.

My Place cover image my place

Sally Morgan
Freemantle Press
ISBN 9780949206312
Paperback 1988
Price $AU 24.95
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My Place begins with Sally Morgan tracing the experiences of her own life, growing up in suburban Perth in the fifties and sixties. Through the memories and images of her childhood and adolescence, vague hints and echoes begin to emerge, hidden knowledge is uncovered, and a fascinating story unfolds - a mystery of identity, complete with clues and suggested solutions. Sally Morgan's My Place is a deeply moving account of a search for truth, into which a whole family is gradually drawn; finally freeing the tongues of the author's mother and grandmother, allowing them to tell their own stories.

"One of the most significant milestones in Aboriginal literature." Australian Magazine

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