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.
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A-Z of Australian Animals
Come on an illustrated journey to discover Australia’s unique wildlife with award-winning Tasmanian artist Jennifer Cossins. Encounter some of our rare and enchanting animals, from the gorgeous azure kingfisher and the sleepy koala, to the shy numbat and the friendly zebra finch.
HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World
Compelling, motivating and visually arresting in equal measure, this is the perfect introduction to just some of the amazing women who have shaped our world. With a range of pioneering careers - from astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians and many more - young readers will be inspired to achieve their own dreams and to make the world a better place.
Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris
A delightful rhyming tale about courage, compassion and a stylish little mouse, from acclaimed Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess. This is her first book for children,
A magical fiction from local author Julie Hunt. On his deathbed, Ellie's pop reveals a secret - a magical button-box. It's a musical instrument from the Gleam country - a land far from Spit Farm and the mountains, with talking goats, sweet grass and corn that grows so high you have to fell it with an axe. But the button-box's magic is sinister. When Ellie plays it, flowers bloom and crops spring up overnight - but soon the farm is cursed by drought and her beloved oma is gravely ill. Ellie must embark on a dangerous journey to the Gleam country - the only place where the evil button-box can be destroyed.
Julie is a previous winner of the inaugural Readings Children's Book Prize and also won the 2013 CBCA Picture Book of the Year award.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2
Following on from the success of the original Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, here are 100 new bedtime stories, each inspired by the life and adventures of extraordinary women, from Nefertiti to Beyonce.
The unique narrative style of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls transforms each biography in a fairy-tale, filling the readers with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero.
The World's Worst Children 3
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your bookshelf, 10 more horrendously hilarious stories about the absolute worst children ever! From ten-year old Hank and his endless pranks on his poor, long-suffering family, to Tandy and her titanic tantrums - this brand new collection is the perfect companion to World’s Worst Children books 1 and 2, and an ideal gift for the worst children in your life!
Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be Different
This book offers an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Daniel Radcliffe, Salvador Dali, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Stormzy, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens - different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world. A beautiful and transporting book packed with stories of adventure and wonderment, it will appeal to those who need the courage to reject peer pressure and go against the grain.
The Great Rabbit Chase
Gumboots is a beautiful pet rabbit, but he likes to escape. A story that celebrates what it means to live in a community and a reminder that life is full of surprises.
A beautifully illustrated book about a little girl and her mischievous pet.
Shortlisted for the CBCA Awards 2018
The Book of Dust
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 Down
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.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
The world-wide, bestselling book for all who believe in empowering the girls in their life.
Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.
The Shop at Hoopers Bend
When Quil Medway gets on the train, she thinks she knows where and how her journey will end. At camp. With another school holiday spent surrounded by people, but feeling alone. Quil doesn't know how wrong she is. She doesn't know anything about the hop at Hoopers Bend. Or a bitter, prickly woman called Bailey. She doesn't know about the magic. But it won't be long now ...
From one of Australia's most renowned children's authors, this is a story about coming home when you didn't even know that was where you belonged.
Shortlisted for the CBCA Awards 2018.
Art - A Children's Encyclopedia
This beautiful art book for children charts the evolution of the greatest cultural achievements in painting, sculpture and photography.
From prehistoric cave drawings to the Mona Lisa, to contemporary street art and world-famous sculptures, children can find amazing facts, clear explanations, and stunning reproductions of amazing artworks. Art- A Children's Encyclopedia is the essential introduction to the art world for children.
The Very Noisy Baby
Here is the story of a very noisy baby. She could bellow like a buffalo And roar like a lion And howl like a wolf for a very long time. The baby loves to make all kinds of sounds. She's really very loud. But when some animals in the town go missing, can the very noisy baby help? Find out in this wonderfully boisterous story, full of action, fun (and noise!).
Shortlisted for the CBCA Awards 2018.
Accidental Heroes #1 The Rogues
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.
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 Up
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.
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?
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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 Bones
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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