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Children’s New Release Books for April/May

Children’s New Release Books (April/May)

The Queen’s Hat – by Steve Antony (May)

A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvellous adventure for the Queen, lots of Queen’s Men, and one very special hat.

Just where will that hat land?

Children will love following the parachuting Queen and counting all the Queen’s men!

With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony is a great, new talent to watch. A laugh-out-loud celebration of London, the Queen and the royal family’s new baby.

Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro – John Flanagan (May)

When the Heron brotherband become the Skandian duty ship to the Kingdom of Araluen, they’re excited at the challenges ahead. Hal, Stig, Thorn and the Herons eagerly set off for the trip – with an unexpected new crew member aboard.But an enemy from their past returns, causing the Herons to be thrown into a dangerous quest to free captured Araluans from the slave market in Socorro. Even with the help of an Araluan Ranger, the task may be too much.
Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro, John Flanagan
Rivertime – Trace Balla (April)
A tender and beautifully illustrated tale of a boy and his bird-watching uncle, on a paddling trip on Australia’s Glenelg River. A story about slowing down, growing up, and connecting with the land and its creatures.’All children need an Uncle Egg to open up the magical world of nature. We all need to get outside, away from television, computers and mobile phones, and what better way than a canoeing-camping trip? This is a delightful story about the joy of the outdoors.’ DAVID SUZUKI’Rivertime is a quirky, charming immersion into the life of a waterway and into the life-lessons a river can teach.’ MAYA WARD (author of The Comfort of Water)

House for Donfinkle – Choechoe Brereton (May)

Up high in the grasslands where Wooble Beasts roam, Donfinkle Vonkrinkle is building his home. When up pop four creatures to babble and squawk, A troublesome taunt full of bothersome talk.

Lovely rhyming text by debut author Choechoe Brereton coupled with digital artwork by award-winning illustrator Wayne Harris.

Max – Marc Martin (April)

Max and Bob are old friends. Max helps out in Bob’s shop, and in the evenings they go fishing together.

Until one summer, when everything changes . . .

From the winner of the 2013 Crichton Award for Australia’s best new illustrator comes this heartwarming story of enduring friendship.

And chips.

Book Cover:  Max

CBCA Short List Announced

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced their Book of the Year Awards Short List and Notables. For more information, and to view the lists, click on the link below.

CBCA Short List

Reaching Out: Messages of Hope


‘My name is Mariah Kennedy and I am a fifteen-year-old school girl from Victoria, Australia. My biggest passion in life is fighting for social justice.’

So began an email from UNICEF 2012-2013 Young Ambassador Mariah Kennedy, who has compiled this extraordinary anthology. Focusing on the theme of social justice, this book contains stories, poems and illustrations that have been donated by some of the world’s most renowned and respected authors and illustrators, including Graeme Base, Jackie French, Michael Leunig, Bruce Whatley, Michael Morpurgo, Andy Griffiths, Anna Perera, Libby Gleeson, Melina Marchetta, Alison Lester, Morris Gleitzman and many more. All royalties from this powerful and inspiring project will go to UNICEF.

Ages 9 – 12. July 2013.

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