Kiah Thomas & Connah Brecon
The start of the alphabet is a wonderful place to live… unless you’re allergic to apples.
After an accidental tumble through the alphabet, Alpaca must find her way back home to her friends, Ape, Alligator, Albatross, Anteater and Aardvark. But the longer Alpaca is away from home, the better she feels her spots disappear, her nose stops running and she has a clear head for the first time ever. Perhaps the start of the alphabet, with all its apples, isn’t the best place for an alpaca after all.
Shining new talent Kiah Thomas teams up with the inimitable Connah Brecon to bring the alphabet to life in this laugh-out-loud story with a wonderful surprise ending.
You Might Find Yourself
You Might Find Yourself follows a small person’s journey as they navigate the world through their imagination. From eating green beans with a king and a queen to playing a hologram guitar from the future, it encourages an exploration of empathy and compassion.
This charming and lovingly hand-crafted picture book invites readers to examine notions of resilience and collaboration, while on the winding path that is life – a journey full of possibilities, all you need to do is imagine where you might find yourself…
Gabby Dawnay & Lesley Barnes
Watch the dancers as they leap, spin and kick their way through this beautiful pop-up book. Inspired by the eccentric and innovative Bauhaus Triadic Ballet, this gorgeous book explores colours, shapes, patterns and movements in a visually stunning and enthralling way. With bold artwork rendered in Lesley Barnes’ striking style and playful text by Gabby Dawnay, this special pop-up book will appeal to all ages.
Prudence and Her Amazing Adventure
There are lots of things Prudence has to do before she leaves the house. But what she really WANTS to do is have the most exciting adventure on earth instead…
Join Prudence as she dances through underwater kingdoms, plays in tropical forests, and meets many surprising new friends.
Moving Your Body
Flying with your arms…
Sneezing with your nose…
There are so many interesting ways to move your body!
Learn about the different movements we can do in this vibrantly illustrated board book, with simple and fun text, from one of Australia’s leading designer-illustrators, Beci Orpin.
Every Child A Song
Nicola Davies & Marc Martin
When you were born, a song began…
So begins this lyrical and unique non-fiction picture book by award-winning children’s author Nicola Davies. With tenderness and a good deal of heart, Nicola introduces young readers to the universal rights that every child is entitled to under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Using the metaphor of song, the book opens with the arrival of a newborn and its unique ‘song’, then pans out to explore all the essential things that every song needs to thrive – love, protection, a home, a name, the chance to explore and learn. In the latter half of the book, the issues of child labour, exploitation and war are sensitively introduced to emphasise that we all must play our part in championing children’s rights and offering support to those who need it most.
With beautiful and deeply moving watercolour illustrations by award-winning artist Marc Martin, this is a book that encourages children, and the adults in their lives, to speak up for young people all around the world, and to treat one another with compassion and kindness.
There’s Only One Dad Like You
There’s only one dad like you, Dad. My hero, friend and guide.
You teach me about this great big world
and how to enjoy the ride.
Wise dads, caring dads, daring dads, creative dads – each dad brings their own sense of fun. Joyful, tender and heartfelt, There’s Only One Dad Like You is a celebration of the merry magic of dads.
Lucy had always been good at fixing things, and Dad needed a bit of help. It was just the two of them after all.
So when Lucy finds a bird with a broken wing, she’s sure she can fix him too. But not everything that’s broken can be fixed.
Kate Simpson & Ronojoy Ghosh
Grandpa, did you know that if you rub a needle with a magnet, one end will point to the north and the other end to the south? In the south there’s an apartment building 160 metres tall. From the balcony, you can see the entire city. There are cinemas and ice cream shops … and me!
As Henry measures the distance between his new apartment and Grandpa’s wooden house under the mango tree, Grandpa works out how close they really are. A moving story that celebrates the bond between a boy and his grandfather.
Jen Storer & Lisa Stewart
Wibble wobble, walking tall.
Wibble wobble, tumble fall.
From talented creative duo Jen Storer and Lisa Stewart comes the perfect bedtime book for young families.
Filled with the joyful moments of a toddler’s day as they discover and explore their world, this book is guaranteed to become a firm family favourite!
The Pigeon HAS To Go To School
The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go? Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! Well … almost everything. And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? I mean, what if he learns TOO MUCH!?!
Mo Willems’ Pigeon is BACK in a hilarious story perfect for those about to start school or nursery.
The 117-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
Andy and Terry’s treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-robot-fighting arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop.
Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!
Toffle Towers: Fully Booked
Tim Harris & James Foley
Toffle Towers hotel has been run by a Toffle for over one hundred years – and it’s about to be inherited by the next generation.
Chegwin Toffle is only ten years old. But he isn’t going to let that stop him from turning this run-down hotel into a success. Chegwin is determined to transform Toffle Towers from a boring hotel for grown-ups into an incredibly exciting destination for children (and their families).
But running a hotel isn’t easy. Chegwin has a lot to learn, and his tendency to drift off into daydreams isn’t helping.
Chegwin has plenty of ideas. But can he turn his madcap daydreams into reality?
The Monster Who Wasn’t
It is a well-known fact that fairies are born from a baby’s first laugh. What is not as well documented is how monsters come into being
This is the story of a creature who is both strange and unique. When he hatches down in the vast underground lair where monsters dwell, he looks just like a human boy much to the disgust of everyone watching. Even the grumpy gargoyles who adopt him and nickname him ‘Imp’ only want him to steal chocolate for them from the nearby shops. He’s a child with feet in both worlds, and he doesn’t know where he fits.
But little does Imp realise that Thunderguts, king of the ogres, has a great and dangerous destiny in mind for him, and he’ll stop at nothing to see it come to pass…
TEEN FICTION / YOUNG ADULT
As Happy As Here
Three teenage girls from very different backgrounds find themselves sharing a hospital ward. When they witness a crime in the park below their window, they bond over trying to solve the crime and each one undergoes a profound change.
A beautiful coming-of-age story about identity, expectation, class, justice, society, fairness, and, above all, kindness.
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling
Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad’s restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren’t right at home, she’s starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen.
But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum’s condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.
A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family, and the surprising power of a good dumpling.
Dreaming of Australia A-Z
A delightful Australian alphabet that travels the country highlighting the expected and unexpected.
Welcome to Your Period
Yumi Stynes & Melissa King
Getting your period for the first time can be mortifying, weird and messy – and asking questions about it can feel even worse.
But it doesn’t have to be like that!
This little book is packed with honest advice on all the things you need to know: from what cramps feel like to whether you can feel it coming out, to what you should do if your pad leaks onto your clothes. Welcome to Your Period includes case studies, first-person accounts and questions from real teens (and answers from real experts – us!) so you can manage your period like a boss.
Songs of a War Boy (Teen Edition) (Ages 12+)
Deng Thiak Adut
Deng Adut’s family were farmers in South Sudan when a brutal civil war altered his life forever. At six years old, his mother was told she had to give him up to fight. At the age most Australian children are starting school, Deng was conscripted into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. He began a harsh, relentless military training that saw this young boy trained to use an AK-47 and sent into battle. He lost the right to be a child. He lost the right to learn.
The things Deng saw over those years will stay with him forever. He suffered from cholera, malaria and numerous other debilitating illnesses but still he had to fight. A child soldier is expected to kill or be killed and Deng almost died a number of times. He survived being shot in the back. The desperation and loneliness was overwhelming. He thought he was all alone.
But Deng was rescued from war by his brother John. Hidden in the back of a truck, he was smuggled out of Sudan and into Kenya. Here he lived in refugee camps until he was befriended by an Australian couple. With their help and the support of the UN, Deng Adut came to Australia as a refugee.
Despite physical injuries and mental trauma he grabbed the chance to make a new life. He worked in a local service station and learnt English watching The Wiggles. He taught himself to read and started studying at TAFE. In 2005 he enrolled in a Bachelor of Law at Western Sydney University. He became the first person in his family to graduate from university.
This is an inspiring story of a man who has overcome deadly adversity to become a lawyer and committed worker for the disenfranchised, helping refugees in Western Sydney. It is an important reminder of the power of compassion and the benefit to us all when we open our doors and our hearts to fleeing war, persecution and trauma.