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.

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Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

Cover Image, The Singing BonesJessica Townsend
Hachette Australia
Age: Middle-Fiction
ISBN 9780734418227
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 16.99
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Morrigan Crow’s perilous adventures continue in Wundersmith, the sequel to Nevermoor. Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She’s hoping for an education full of imagination and discovery - but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor?


A Map of Days #4 Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

Cover Image, The Singing Bones

Ransom Riggs
Puffin Books
Age: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 9780141385914
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 24.99
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New wonders and dangers await as the story of the peculiar children is continued, once again complemented with haunting vintage photographs, that includes the striking addition of colour for the first time for this chapter.  Clues to Abe's double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited - truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine's time loop.  Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom - a world with few ymbrynes, or rules - that none of them understand.


Secret Guardians #2 The Rogues

Cover Image, The Singing Bones

Lian Tanner
Allen & Unwin
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9781760293536
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 19.99
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Duckling and Pummel are trying to take the Young Margrave to a place of safety, far away from the dreadful Harshman. But they have enemies they don't know about, and all too soon they find themselves captured and taken to the salt mines, where slaves work night and day until they die. Their witchery should save them - but their witchery has gone, vanished. How will they get it back? Is the girl Sooli their friend or their enemy? And why is Otte's chicken behaving so strangely? Meanwhile, the Harshman has broken out of the Strong-hold, and is on their trail.


Cyril & Pat Cover Image, The Singing Bones

Emily Gravett
Two Hoots
Age: Picture Books
ISBN 9781509857272
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 24.99
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Cyril is the only squirrel in Lake Park, and he's very lonely. Until one day he meets Pat – Pat the big, grey . . . other squirrel. Cyril and Pat have lots of adventures and fun together and Cyril is so pleased he's made a friend. But everyone is adamant that Cyril and Pat simply cannot be friends, and they soon reveal why: Pat, as the reader has known all along, is actually a RAT! But Cyril's life turns out to be a lot duller and quite a bit scarier without Pat by his side, and in the end the two friends learn that some things are more important than being the same, or listening to others. Cyril and Pat is a richly colourful, rhyming romp through the park from the Greenaway Medal-winning Emily Gravett.


Our Stories Ten Pound PomCover Image, The Singing Bones

Carole Wilkinson & Liz Anelli
Walker Books
Age: Picture Books
ISBN 9781925381214
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 24.99
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Part of the new-look award-winning Our Stories series, this is a modern Australian immigration story. In the 1950s and 60s Australia welcomed thousands of British immigrants as part of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme. Ten Pound Pom is the true story of award-winning author Carole Wilkinson’s immigration to Australia.

Shortlisted for the CBCA Awards 2018.


Swan LakeCover Image, The Singing Bones

Anne Spudvilas
Allen & Unwin
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9781743318454
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 29.99
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A magnificent visual retelling of the classic ballet story from a much-loved, award-winning illustrator.

Shortlisted for the CBCA Awards 2018.


CicadaCover Image, The Singing Bones

Shaun Tan
Lothian
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9780734418630
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 26.99
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Cicada works in an office, dutifully toiling day after day for unappreciative bosses and being bullied by his coworkers. But one day, cicada goes to the roof of the building, and something truly extraordinary happens …

A story for anyone who has ever felt unappreciated, overlooked or overworked, from Australia’s most acclaimed picture book creator.


A-Z of Australian AnimalsCover Image, The Singing Bones

Jennifer Cossins
Hachette
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9780734418586
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 26.99
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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 WorldCover Image, The Singing Bones

Katherine Halligan & Sarah Walsh
Nosy Crow
Age: Non Fiction
ISBN 9781760111038
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 35.00
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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 ParisCover Image, The Singing Bones

Megan Hess
Egmont
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9781760502591
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 24.99
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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,


Shine Mountaincover image a savage image

Julie Hunt
Allen and Unwin
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN: 9781760291501
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 16.99
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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.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2cover image a savage image

Elena Favilli
Timbuktu Lab
Genre: Non Fiction
ISBN: 9780997895827
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 45.00
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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.


Stories For Boys Who Dare To Be DifferentCover Image, The Singing Bones

Ben Brooks
Quercus
Genre: Non Fiction
ISBN 9781787471986
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 35.00
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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 World's Worst Children #3Cover Image, The Singing Bones

David Walliams
Harper Collins
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9780008304607
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 24.99
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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!


The Great Rabbit ChaseCover Image, The Singing Bones

Freya Blackwood
Scholastic
Picture Book
ISBN 9781743811641
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 24.99
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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 DustCover Image, Long Way Home

Philip Pullman
Penguin
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9780241365854    
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 16.99
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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...


The Shop at Hoopers BendCover Image, The Singing Bones

Emily Rodda
Harper Collins
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9781460753668
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 16.99
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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 Encyclopediacover image romantic moderns

Susie Hodge
Dorling Kindersley
Genre: Non Fiction
ISBN 9780241297650
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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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 BabyCover Image, The Singing Bones

Alison Lester
Affirm Press
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9781925475616
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 24.99
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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 RoguesCover Image, Lian Tanner

Lian Tanner
Allen & Unwin
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9781760528676    
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 14.99
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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.


MoonriseCover Image, Alice

Sarah Crossan
Bloomsbury
Age: Young Adult
ISBN 9781408878439
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 16.99
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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.


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.


Finn Family Moomintrollcover image my place

Tove Jansson
Sort Of Books
Age: 8-12
ISBN 9781908745644
Hardback 2017 (first published in 1950)
Price $AU 19.99
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In case you didn't know, the Moomins are kind, loyal and welcoming creatures with smooth round snouts, who live in a tall blue house shaped like an old stove in a valley in the forests of Finland. They love sunshine and sleep right through the winter, when the snow turns their house into a great snowball. In spring they wake up, clamber down the rope ladders hanging from their windows ready for fresh new adventures. And so this classic story begins, full of fun and excitement and the most unexpected happenings. Such as when Moomin and his friends Snufkin and Sniff find a Hobgoblin's hat that casts a spell over the whole of Moominvalley...


Seven Little Australianscover image my place

Ethel Turner
Penguin Viking
Age: Young Adult
ISBN 9780670076871
Hardback 2012 (first published in 1894)
Price $AU 19.99
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If you imagine you are going to read of model children you had better lay down this book immediately. Not one of the seven is really good, for the very excellent reason that Australian children never are. Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country's most memorable children's books in the Penguin Australia Children's Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind.


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