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PICTURE STORY

Hip Hip HoorayHip Hip Hooray
Tanya McCartney & Jess Racklyeft

The big day is almost here. The invitations are sent, the presents made pretty… there’s some fun to prepare!

Peek inside the homes of these adorable animals as they celebrate charming birthday traditions – from party hats and pinatas to blowing out the candles… and making a wish. Hip hip hooray!

This picture book, by an award-winning duo, features echidnas in Australia, goats in Canada, sloths in Costa Rica, narwhals in the nippy Barents sea, orangutans in the depths of Borneo, and an entire menagerie of creatures from around the world-sending invitations, wrapping presents, playing party games and of course, prepping the birthday cake for the ultimate annual wish.

Starting on birthday eve and ending as the party hits full swing, this vibrant romp will delight little ones as their very special day comes around… and highlights the importance of family, friends and the heart-warming traditions of childhood.


 

There's Only One Mum Like YouThere’s Only One Mum Like You
Jess Racklyeft

I love your quiet stories, songs sung loud in the rain.
No one can hug like you, Mum or makes me feel the same.

Brave mums, playful mums, cuddly mums, quiet mums – every mum is special in her own way. Charming, heartfelt and delightful, There’s Only One Mum Like You is a tribute to the unique magic of mums.


 

Happy Birthday WombatHappy Birthday Wombat
Jackie French & Bruce Whatley

Bestselling mothball is back – with birthday cake! (carrot, of course.)

She eats, she sleeps, she scratches. But today it’s Mothball’s birthday and it’s time to celebrate!

Created by author Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley, Happy Birthday Wombat is a very funny picture book about enjoying a special day – as seen through the eyes of the world’s most famous wombat.


 

WilamWilam: Birrarung Story
Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy

As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam – home. 

Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly joins award-winning picture book duo Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne’s beautiful Yarra river, from its source to its mouth; from its pre-history to the present day.

An ode to Australian rivers, the flora and fauna that live on them, and the function they perform as a part of modern day life.  Wilam brings Aboriginal life, culture and language right in to the heart of the city.ountry, and Yarra Riverkeeper and award-winning author Andrew Kelly.


 

My Tree and MeMy Tree and Me
Jo Witek

One little girl has a very special friend, the tall ancient tree in her backyard. Through the seasons, she grows along with the tree, playing in its branches and basking in its shade. She can swing and have a picnic, draw the tree and play hide and go seek. Through her time with her tree, the girl learns to appreciate the natural world as something to be savored and protected and acknowledges her place within it.

The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler’s emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.


 

Ruby Roo Mummy's SuitcaseRuby Roo: Mummy’s Suitcase
Pip Jones

Mummy’s going away for three whole days!

She’s bound to miss home very much, so Ruby Roo decides to pack a suitcase with all the things she knows Mummy loves best.

Uh-oh. Mummy’s in for a wicked surprise!

Join Ruby Roo and Barney Boo in the latest picture book sensation from Pip Jones – the funniest voice in young fiction today – and rising star illustrator, Laura Hughes.


 

Cat Called TrimA Cat Called Trim
Corinne Fenton & Craig Smith

Trim was a cat born for adventure …

This is the true story of a courageous, mischievous and fearless cat called Trim, who sailed with Matthew Flinders on his voyages to map the coastline of Australia and beyond.

From best-selling creators Corinne Fenton and Craig Smith, this charming picture book brings Trim’s story to life.


JUNIOR FICTION / MIDDLE GRADE

starfell-willow-moss-and-the-lost-dayWillow Moss and the Lost Day (Starfell #1)
Dominique Valente

Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things – like keys, or socks, or wooden teeth. Useful, but not exactly exciting . . .

Then the most powerful witch in the world of Starfell turns up at Willow’s door and asks for her help. A whole day – last Tuesday to be precise – has gone missing. Completely. And, without it, the whole universe could unravel.

Now Willow holds the fate of Starfell in her rather unremarkable hands . . . Can she save the day – by finding the lost one?

Step into Starfell, a world crackling with warmth, wit and magic.


 

Cowboy & BirdbrainCowboy & Birdbrain
Adam Wallace & James Hart

Cowboy and Birdbrain are best friends who work for I.F.F.Y. delivery company, a company that do the riskiest, zaniest, most bizarre deliveries ever. They’re known for their F.A.R.T.S. (Fast and Reliable Tracking Service). Cowboy is the brains of the operation, and Birdbrain, well, he is a brain but he’s just not brain-y if you get the drift…

Anyway, this dubious duo are not the best or even second-best deliverers at IFFY DELIVERIES. They’re the WORST. But they’re also the funniest!

Join Cowboy and Birdbrain on their WACKY adventure, when their boss gives them the following job: URGENT DELIVERY! To: Ship in the Middle of the Ocean. WARNING: Do not get package wet!


Ada Twist and the Perilous PantsAda Twist and the Perilous Pants (Questioneers #2)
Andrea Beaty

Ada Twist is full of questions. A scientist to her very core, Ada asks why again and again. One question always leads to another until she’s off on a journey of discovery!

When Rosie Revere’s Uncle Ned gets a little carried away wearing his famous helium pants, it’s up to Ada and friends to chase him down. As Uncle Ned floats farther and farther away, Ada starts asking lots of questions: How high can a balloon float? Is it possible for Uncle Ned to float into outer space? And what’s the best plan for getting him down?

In this new chapter-book adventure, Ada must rely on her curious mind, her brave spirit, and her best pals Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck to solve a mystery in her own backyard.


 

Ninja SwitchNinja Switch (Ninja Kid #3)
Anh Do

Nelson can’t wait for the athletics carnival now that he’s a NINJA! For the first time ever, he won’t be a nerd – he’ll be AWESOME! But just when Nelson needs his powers the most, they get switched…with GRANDMA’S!

How’s he going to win ANYTHING when he runs and jumps like an old lady?!


 

Frankie Fish Sister ShemozzleFrankie Fish and the Sister Shemozzle (Frankie Fish #4)
Peter Helliar

Frankie’s always wanted to go to the Olympics, but when his big sister takes the Sonic Suitcase and runs away to Ancient Greece, it looks like she might get there first! It’s up to Frankie and his best friend, Drew, to bring her home – but what happens when Saint Lou is determined to stay?

From Australia’s favourite comedian comes the funniest, twistiest time-travel tale yet!


This is HomeThis is Home – Essential Australian Poems
Jackie French

In This Is Home, much-loved author Jackie French has gathered a poem for every child and every mood. What do you feel like doing today? Sit beside a bush campfire with Oodgeroo Noonuccal, watch people going by with Henry Lawson, float away with Alison Lester, learn to read with Andy Griffiths or be brave with Shaun Tan.

Ideal for sharing with the whole family, this extensively illustrated edition brings together old favourites and sure-to-be new favourites in an indispensable addition to children’s bookshelves. From poems that whisper to poems that roar, from words of tranquillity and heartbreak to those of the witty and absurd, there is something within these pages to make everyone feel at home.


 

TEEN / YA

Secrets of the Runners of New YorkThe Secret Runners of New York
Matthew Reilly

THE COMING END

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care.

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York. But this is no ordinary clique – they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future.

And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying.

RUN! AS FAST AS YOU CAN!

As society crumbles, Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation, they soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is perfect time for revenge…


 

Red Scrolls of MagicThe Red Scrolls of Magic (Eldest Curses #1)
Cassandra Clare

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.


 

 

 

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