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 Way of the Weedy Seadragon
Cover Image, Honeybee

Anne Morgan & Lois Bury
CSIRO Publishing
ISBN 9781486313952
Hardback 2021
Price $25.00
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Can you imagine a strange and colorful fish that looks like a dragon? It can't fly or breathe fire, but it is an excellent dancer!

The weedy seadragon is an amazing fish with a talent for camouflage, weird eating habits, and a unique courtship dance. But its habitat and future are threatened. This enchanting story takes you under the sea to meet this mysterious sea creature, and reveals its weird and wonderful ways.


Sing Me the SummerCover Image, The Singing Bones

Jane Godwin & Alison Lester
Affirm Press
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9781925972924
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 25.00
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Splash into summer with this glorious love letter to the seasons. Combining Jane Godwin's sparkling text and Alison Lester's whimsical watercolours, Sing Me the Summer celebrates those precious everyday moments that stay with us forever.


DogCover Image, The Singing Bones

Shaun Tan
Allen & Unwin
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9781760526139
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 20.00
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Once we were strangers,
legs bent the wrong way,
rough voices falling to the wind ...
But in our hearts we wanted more than this. In our hearts, we knew there was more.


You MatterCover Image, The Singing Bones

Christian Robinson
Simon & Schuster
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9781471195235
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 25.00
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For fans of Jon Klassen, this sensitive and impactful picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Christian Robinson is all about seeing the world from different points of view, and the perfect entry point for parents to help teach their little people about empathy and community. The small stuff too small to see. Those who swim with the tide and those who don't. The first to go and the last. You matter. In this bright and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored - from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding, from the hugest dinosaur to the tiniest fly. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected and that everyone matters.


Young Dark Emu

Cover Image, Cari Mora

Bruce Pascoe
Magabala Books
ISBN 9781925360844
Hardback 2019
Price $AU 24.99
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Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation by offering a compelling argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu received a multitude of literary awards and here is the same compelling account of Indigenous history in a book especially for younger readers.

Shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2020.

Shortlisted for the CBCA Awards 2020.


The Ultimate Animal Alphabet Book

Cover Image, Honeybee

Jennifer Cossins
Lothian 
ISBN 9780734420091
Hardback 2020
Price $29.99
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From the Adelie penguin to the zigzag heron, this A-Z book is jam-packed with over 400 animal species and all kinds of interesting animal facts.
Discover why the American flamingo is pink, how emerald tree boas hunt their food, what a baby echidna is called and whether the dusky leaf money really has four stomachs. Another great book from this award-winning Tasmanian illustrator.


Skunk and Badger #1
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Amy Timberlake, ill. Jon Klassen
Allen & Unwin
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9781760525484
Hardback 2020
Price $22.99
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Skunk is Badger's new roommate, and there is nothing Badger, who prefers to be left alone to do Important Rock Work, can do about it. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens? Winnie-the-Pooh meets Wallace & Gromit in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship.


Ellie's Dragon

Cover Image, Shoestring

Bob Graham
Walker Books
Age: Picture Book
ISBN 9781406387629
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 27.99
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No friendship is imaginary. When Ellie is very little, she finds a newborn dragon fresh from the egg on a supermarket shelf, and calls him Scratch. He is quite the sweetest thing she has ever seen! From that day on, Ellie and Scratch do everything together. Ellie's mum and her teacher can't see her fiery friend, but all her friends can – and, over the years, Ellie's dragon grows to be big, house-trained, and very affectionate. And Ellie is growing, too... A moving story about the wonders of imagination and the nature of growing up from one of Australia's most revered bookmakers.


Katie and the Big Red Rubber Ball

Cover Image, ShoestringJen Fitzgibbon
For the Love of Reading
Age: Picture
ISBN 9780648069607
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 24.95
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This beautifully illustrated storybook by Hobart author Jen Fitzgibbon about Katie and her forever hungry doggie, Oscar. Children will be entranced as the story portrays sad and happy emotions, and encourages resilience and positive attitudes. Illustrated by the talented Rachel Tribout, the characters and colours draw the reader into the visual pictures and are mindful of how others are feeling.


Mindful Fairies

Cover Image, ShoestringJen Fitzgibbon
For the Love of Reading
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9780648069614
Paperback 2017
Price $AU 19.95
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This enchanting story is narrated from the perspective of a young child who has a special bond with the fairies that live at the bottom of her grandparents' garden. This beautiful fae world is described in such detail that the reader can imagine themselves in the centre of the magic fairy realm, patting the white unicorns or having conversations with grumpy Fergus the Frog. Tiptoe and Sunbeam are the Mindful Fairies, the guardians of the garden, who encourage others to always see the positive side of any situation. They gather fairy dust, recite special magical spells, and enjoy the enchanted world that is their home. So if you are a true believer of all things magical spells, and enjoy the enchanted world that is their home.


The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle

Cover Image, ShoestringPamela Rushby
Walker Books
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9781760651930
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 17.99
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It's England, 1873. When 12-year-old Hatshepsut (Hattie) Lambton's guardian is eaten by a crocodile she is sent to live with relatives: Great-uncle Sisyphus and Great-aunt Iphigenia, in their half-ruined castle, where Hattie discovers Great-aunt Iphigenia is an Egyptologist who conducts Mummy Unwrapping Parties at the houses of wealthy clients.  A rambunctious tale of mystery and adventure


Slime
Cover Image, Warhol

David Walliams
Harper Collins
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9780008349141
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 19.99
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Welcome to the Isle of Mulch. This little island is home to a large number of horrible grown-ups. Something needs to be done about them. But who could be brave enough? Meet Ned an extraordinary boy with a special power. Slime-Power!  This new book from David Walliams is fantastically funny, and illustrated by his artistic genius pal, Tony Ross.


The Beast of Buckingham Palace

Cover Image, Warhol

David Walliams
Harper Collins
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9780008385644
Paperback 2019
Price $AU 22.99
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The young Prince Alfred has never known a life outside Buckingham Palace but when strange goings-on breach its walls and stalk the corridors in the dead of night, he is thrust into a world of mystery, adventure and monsters. And when his mother, the Queen, is dragged away to the Tower of London, Alfred must screw up his courage and battle to save her.


Lenny's Book of Everything

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Karen Foxlee
Allen & Unwin
Age: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 9781760528706
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 19.99
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Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their mother, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of the Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world - beetles, birds, quasars, quartz - and dream about a life of freedom and adventure. But as Davey's health deteriorates, Lenny realises that some wonders can't be named.

Winner of the Indie Book Awards 2019. Shortlisted for the CBCA Awards 2019


The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Cover Image, Warhol

Suzanne Collins
Scholastic
Age: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 9781743836811
Trade Paperback 2020
Price $AU 29.99
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes revisits the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.


Concrete Rose
Cover Image, Golden Maze

Angie Thomas
Walker Books
Age: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 9781406384444
Paperback 2020
Price $19.00
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With his King Lord dad in prison and his mom working two jobs, seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter helps the only way he knows how: slinging drugs. Life's not perfect, but he's got everything under control. Until he finds out he's a father...

Suddenly it's not so easy to deal drugs and finish school with a baby dependent on him for everything. So when he's offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. But when King Lord blood runs through your veins, you don't get to just walk away.


The Great Godden

Cover Image, Golden Maze

Meg Rosoff
Bloomsbury
Age: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 9781526620538
Paperback 2020
Price $15.99
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Carnegie Award-winning novelist Meg Rosoff presents a lyrical and quintessential coming-of-age tale – a summer book that's as heady, timeless and irresistible as Bonjour Tristesse and I Capture the Castle but as sharp and fresh as Normal People.  Everyone is falling in love with the Goddens - irresistible, charming, languidly sexy Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly there's a serpent in paradise – and the consequences will be devastating.


The Cousins

Cover Image, Golden Maze

Karen McManus
Penguin
Age: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 9780241376942
Paperback 2020
Price $18.00
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 The Storys are the envy of their neighbours- owners of the largest property on their East Coast island, they are rich, beautiful, and close. Until it all falls apart. The four children are suddenly dropped by their mother with a single sentence-You know what you did. They never hear from her again.

Years later, when 18-year-old cousins Aubrey, Milly and Jonah Story receive a mysterious invitation to spend the summer at their grandmother's resort, they have no choice but to follow their curiosity and meet the woman who's been such an enigma their entire lives. This entire family is built on secrets, right? It's the Story legacy. This summer, the teenagers are determined to discover the truth at the heart of their family. But some secrets are better left alone.


BurnCover Image, Warhol

Patrick Ness
Walker
Age: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN 9781406375503
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 24.99
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"On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he'd hired to help on the farm." But this dragon knows something she doesn't. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents - and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

 

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