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.

Shoestring, The Boy Who Walks On AirCover Image, Shoestring

Julie Hunt and Dale Newman
Allen & Unwin
ISBN 9781760297213
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 19.99
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Twelve-year-old Shoestring is leaving behind his life of crime and starting a new career with the Troupe of Marvels.  He has an invisible tightrope and an act to die for. But trouble is brewing - the magical gloves that caused so much turmoil for KidGlovz are back. Another gem from award winnng Tasmanian author Julie Hunt.


Ellie's Dragon

Cover Image, Shoestring

Bob Graham
Walker Books
ISBN 9781406387629
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 28.00
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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.


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.


The Schoolmaster's Daughter
Cover Image, Warhol

Jackie French
Harper Collins
Genre: Children's
ISBN 9781460757710
Paperback 2020
Price $AU 17.99
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Beloved Australian author Jackie French draws on her own family history to tell a tale about getting an education in colonial Australia - and about how young women had to fight for their right to receive it. A great choice for middle-fiction readers.


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. 


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.


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.


Pink!

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Margaret Wild & Judith Rossell
Working Title Press
Age: Picture book
ISBN 9781460757499
Hardback 2020
Price $AU 25.00
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Pink was born to stand out! Pink is a small dinosaur who stands out from the crowd. Hide-and-seek is her favourite game, but her colour means she's always the first one to be found. She doesn't want to be pink anymore ... until her difference helps her friends find their way home again. An adorable new picture book about accepting yourself and finding your strengths, from award-winning author Margaret Wild and award-winning illustrator Judith Rossell.


I Am Bat

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Morag Hood
Two Hoots Books 
Age: Picture book
ISBN 9781509834624
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 15.00
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In the hilarious I Am Bat, super-talent Morag Hood cleverly draws the reader into the story as Bat attempts to track down the guilty cherry thief and everyone's a suspect - including YOU! This bold, colourful and very funny book, stunningly printed with eye-poppingly bright pantone inks is an instant winner with children and adults alike, and the adorably petulant and over-protective Bat is an irresistible character destined to be loved by all.


Mythologica

Cover Image, North Korea Journals

Steve Kershaw & Victoria Topping
Wide Eyed Editions
Age: Picture Books / Middle-Fiction
ISBN 9781786031921
Hardcover 2019
Price $AU 35.00
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An illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other. Uncover the colourful lives of 50 powerful gods, goddesses, earth-dwelling mortals and terrifying monsters as you journey back in time to ancient Greece.


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.


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.


Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

Cover Image, Long Way Home

Jessica Townsend
Hachette
Age: Middle Fiction
ISBN 9780734418227
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 16.99
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Return to the magical world of Nevermoor! Morrigan Crow's perilous adventures continue in the most anticipated sequel of the year, a treat for all fans of magic and Wunder. Morrigan Crow has escaped her deadly fate and found a new home in the fantastical city of Nevermoor. She has also discovered that she has a strange and magical ability. But will her unique talent be a blessing or another curse?


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.


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.

CBCA Honour Book 2019.


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.


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.


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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