PICTURE STORY & ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION

Henry Turnip
Chloe Jasmine Harris

Henry Turnip has seven pairs of blue striped overalls, one for each day of the week. He likes television shows about the deep blue sea, strawberry jam sandwiches with the crusts cut off and reading indoors. Henry does not like too much of anything–too much noise, too many people or too much mess. Until he meets Reuben Moon. Reuben is an adventurer and the kind of friend who helps Henry feel a little braver and more confident. This is a story about finding a friend who likes you just the way you are but inspires you to try new things, too.


Maisy Gets a Pet
Lucy Cousins

Penguin’s cat has had kittens, and Maisy is taking one home! First she chooses a name for her new friend: Little Black Cat. Next, she learns how to look after a pet responsibly by feeding it, handling it gently, cleaning up after it and taking it to the vet!

There’s plenty of time for playing, too!

This adorable and humorous story is full of fun and gives clear instructions on how to look after a furry friend. An ideal book for teaching little ones about responsible pet ownership.


Coco Big City Kitty
Laura Bunting & Nicky Johnston

Once there was a small kitten named Coco. Coco lived on the top floor of the tallest building on Meowington Avenue. Her days were filled with action, excitement, noise and activity. And nothing made Coco happier than being a Big City Kitty.


A Boy and a Ball
Phil Cummings & Phil Lesnie

The cloudless sky suddenly roared like thunder. Shadows, swift and frightening, descended. The boy’s brother grabbed him by the arm. Run, quickly, But my ball. Leave it. From the Prime Ministers Literary Award-shortlisted creators of Feathers, comes this compassionate tale of a family’s search for a safe place to call home.


Embrace Your Body
Tara Brumfitt & Sinead Hanley

Taryn Brumfitt is the fiercely passionate thought leader behind the Body Image Movement and director of Embrace the documentary. She is determined to inspire everyBODY to celebrate their body, regardless of size, colour, ethnicity, gender or ability.  Based on the #1 hit children’s song, this picture book encourages everyone to love who they are, inside and out.


Epic History
The LEGO Group

Discover the past like never before – in LEGO® bricks!

Discover the history of the world and get inspired to build your own epic LEGO® models! Covering global history from the earliest humans building fire and inventing the wheel, to a modern day city with sustainable energy technology and robots, LEGO Epic History is the perfect introduction for children learning about the past. Best of all, the book comes with bricks to make four exclusive LEGO mini-builds – woolly mammoth, Parthenon, pagoda, and rocket launch pad.

LEGO models and minifigures bring to life scenes from the most epic historical periods and inspire children to get creative and build their own! Covers fun, accessible aspects of history through time and place, from the Ancient Egyptians to the Space Race and from Aztec temples to Chinese inventions.


Finding Our Heart
Thomas Mayor & Blak Douglas

’When we all came together at Uluru, we invited all Australian people to accept our voice and culture as a gift.’

Can you help us find the heart of the nation?

A book about understanding Australia’s past, so we can have a shared future.


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

Art Time ( Hot Dog #8)
Anh Do

Hotdog, Kev and Lizzie enter an art contest at the local museum. But what happens when someone steals the most famous painting in the world the Llama Lisa!? Can Hotdog and his friends chase down the robbers?


Wonderscape
Jennifer Bell

THE GAME IS ON. TRAVEL WITH WONDER.

When Arthur, Ren and Cecily investigate a mysterious explosion on their way to school, they find themselves trapped aboard The Principia – a scientific research ship sailing through hazardous waters, captained by one Isaac Newton.

Lost in the year 2473 in the Wonderscape, an epic in-reality adventure game, they must call on the help of some unlikely historical heroes, to play their way home before time runs out.

Gaming and time travel collide in this exhilarating middle-grade adventure, from bestselling author Jennifer Bell.


Eloise and the Bucket of Stars
Janeen Brian

Orphaned as a baby, Eloise Pail yearns for a family. Instead, she lives a lonely life trapped in an orphanage and made miserable by the cruel Sister Hortense.

Befriended by the village blacksmith, Eloise soon uncovers some strange secrets of yesteryear and learns that something terrible may be about to happen to the village.

As troubles and dangers mount, she must learn who to trust and choose between saving the village or belonging to a family of her own.

Unless something truly magical happens…


One True King (School of Good and Evil #6)
Soman Chainani

Beyond Good and Evil. Beyond Ever Afters.

The fairy tale of Sophie and Agatha comes to a dramatic conclusion in this sixth and final book of Soman Chainani’s bestselling fantasy series.

Who will sit on Camelot’s throne and rule the Endless Woods? Who will be the One True King? Prepare yourself for the End of Ends . . .


We Dream of Space
Erin Entrada Kelly

It’s the moment of truth.  The universe is waiting.  Waiting for you. 

Meet the Nelson Thomas Siblings: 

Cash, who loves basketball but has a newly broken wrist, is in danger of failing in school for the second time.  

Fitch, who spends every afternoon playing Major Havoc at the arcade and wrestles with an explosive temper he doesn’t understand. 

Bird, Fitch’s twelve-year-old twin, who wants to command a space shuttle but feels like she’s invisible.  

Cash, Fitch and Bird live in the same house but exist in their own orbits, dreaming of hope, dreaming of belonging, dreaming of friendship, dreaming of family, dreaming of space.  


Battle Born (Elementals #3)
Amie Kaufman

Though Anders and his friends have delayed an all-out war between the ice wolves and scorch dragons, their mission is far from over. With adults on both sides trying to track them down, they’ve sought refuge in Cloudhaven, a forbidden stronghold created by the first dragonsmiths. The ancient text covering Cloudhaven’s walls could be the key to saving their home if only the young elementals could decipher it.

To make matters worse, the city of Holbard is in ruins and its citizens are reeling. Food is running short. Many have been forced into bleak camps outside the city, causing friction between the humans and wolves who once protected them.

To rebuild Vallen, Anders, Rayna and all their allies must find a way to unite humans, ice wolves and scorch dragons, before they lose their last chance.


TEEN / YA

Clementine and Rudy
Siobahn Curham

Their poetry and art will change the world.
Rudy is a street artist; Clementine is a poet. The day after Rudy sneaks out late one night and posts her first piece of artwork, Clem discovers it, awestruck. She takes a photo, writes a poem in response and posts them together on Instagram. Soon the two fifteen-year-olds meet and begin their unique friendship, one that nurtures creativity and results in a special creative collaboration. The girls may be from very different backgrounds, and experiencing difficulties at home, but each strives to be true to herself and follow her dreams.


The Dark Tide
Alicia Jasinska

Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.

Convinced her handsome brother is going to be taken this year, Lina Kirk enlists the help of the mysterious Thomas Lin, her secret crush, and the only boy to ever escape from the palace after winning the love of a queen. Working together they protect her brother but draw the queen’s attention.

Queen Eva cast away her heart when her sister died to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won’t make the same mistake. With the tide rising higher than ever before and the islander’s whispering that Eva’s magic is failing, she’s willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city.

When Thomas is chosen as sacrifice, Lina takes his place and the two girls are forced to spend time together as they wait for the full moon. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, the two girls find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save – themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.


Again Again 
E. Lockhart

If you could live your life again and again, what would you do differently?

After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times – while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.

A raw, funny novel that will surprise you over and over, Again Again gives us an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people.


The End of the World is Bigger than Love
Davina Bell

She said we didn’t know what the world out there had become. We had been alone there so long on that tiny island, in that tiny church. But in the night, I couldn’t bear it. My chest beat like wings.

Identical twin sisters Summer and Winter live alone on a remote island, sheltered from a destroyed world. They survive on rations stockpiled by their father and spend their days deep in their mother’s collection of classic literature-until a mysterious stranger upends their carefully constructed reality.

At first, Edward is a welcome distraction. But who is he really, and why has he come? As love blooms and the world stops spinning, the secrets of the girls’ past begin to unravel and escape is the only option.

A sumptuously written novel of love and grief; of sisterly affection and the ultimate sacrifice; of technological progress and climate catastrophe; of an enigmatic bear and a talking whale –The End of the World Is Bigger than Love is unlike anything you’ve read before.