Children's Books

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.

The Book of DustCover Image, Long Way Home

Philip Pullman
Penguin
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9780857561084    
Trade Paperback 2017
Price $AU 32.99
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Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .


Turtles All the Way Downthe wonderling

John Green
Penguin
Age: Young Adult
ISBN 9780241335437
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 27.99
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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis. Aza is trying trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.


Accidental Heroes #1 The Roguesthe wonderling

Lian Tanner
Allen & Unwin
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9781760293529    
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 19.99
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In the city of Berren, strange things happen. People disappear, trees sprout overnight. But no one believes in magic. The devious Lord Rump and his granddaughter, Duckling, need a disposable boy, and Pummel, a farm boy looking for work in the city, fits the bill perfectly. Lord Rump's machinations take both children into the Strong-hold of Berren - where time has stopped and no one can leave. If they want to protect the Young Margrave, and save themselves from an awful death, Duckling and Pummel must learn to use the magic that no one else believes in.


The Wonderlingthe wonderling

Mira Bartok
Walker Books
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9781406370645
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 24.99
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Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck as a name – it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name – Arthur, like the good king in the old stories – and a best friend. Using Trinket’s ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur’s true destiny.


When I Grown Upcover image my place

Tim Minchin & Steve Anthony
Scholastic
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9781742764955
Hardcover 2017
Price $AU 19.99
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When I grow up, I will be tall enough to reach the branches That I have to reach to climb the trees You get to climb when you're grown up... By Australia's own award-winning lyricist Tim Minchin, illustrated by Steve Antony. Includes bonus download of a newrecording of the song by Tim Minchin.


MoonriseCover Image, Alice

Sarah Crossan
Bloomsbury
Age: Young Adult
ISBN 9781408878439
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 16.99
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The astonishing new novel from Carnegie Medal, CliPPA Poetry Award, YA Book Prize and CBI Book of the Year Award winning author Sarah Crossan.

Joe hasn't seen his brother for ten years, and it's for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.
But now Ed's execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think ...
This poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?


GaolbirdCover Image, Jellyfish

Simon Barnard
Text
Age: Picture Book
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
Penguin
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9780670078950
Hardcover
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
Scholastic
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9781760158514
Hardcover 2016
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.


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

Ransom Riggs
Quirk Books
Age: Young Adult
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.


Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Cover image, Malala

Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick
Indigo
Age: Young Adult
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.


Circlecover image our dog knows words

Jeannie Baker
Walker Books
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9781406338010        
Hardback 2015
Price $AU 27.99
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In an infinity of sky, tiny godwit birds follow ancient, invisible migratory pathways, flying on and on for nine nights and nine days, flying without rest... This is their story.

From the creator of the critically acclaimed Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Mirror, comes a poetic, eco-conscious picture book which explores the complex, interdependency of nature. This is the story of the little-known Bar-tailed Godwit who, following invisible pathways that have been used for thousands of years, undertakes the longest unbroken migration of any bird, a total of 11,000 kilometres, flying from their breeding grounds in Alaska across the Pacific Ocean to Australia or New Zealand. Facing hunger and treacherous conditions to reach their destination, their flight is one of bravery, tenacity and strength, and Jeannie s stunning mixed media collages, inspired first-hand by the spectacular landscapes of Alaska and China, will amaze readers, and take them on an extraordinary visual journey to the corners of our Earth.


The Singing BonesCover Image, The Singing Bones

Shaun Tan
Allen & Unwin
Age: Middle Fiction
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.


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