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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Explore Your World: Weird! Wild! Amazing!
Professor Tim Flannery deep-dives into the natural world in a science book that will enthrall and enlighten children. It will also make them laugh out loud … and squirm in disgust.
The Secret Commonwealth #2 The Book of Dust
**please note - this book includes scenes that aren't appropriate for younger readers**
Young Dark Emu
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.
Lenny's Book of Everything
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
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?
A Map of Days #4 Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
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.
Our Stories Ten Pound Pom
Carole Wilkinson & Liz Anelli
Age: Picture Books
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.
A magnificent visual retelling of the classic ballet story from a much-loved, award-winning illustrator.
Shortlisted for the CBCA Awards 2018.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
Seven Little Australians
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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