PICTURE STORY

Foothand, Elbownose
Kiah Thomas & Connah Brecon

Max’s foot is fed up and wants to be a hand instead — he’s over puddles and prickles and being trod on every day — and Max, being ever so obliging, agrees. All is fine until the other body parts start putting in requests of their own, and when Max finds himself with not only a foothand but an elbownose, headbottom and a mouthear, he has no choice but to send the body parts back to where they belong. Which, as it happens, suits them.  


The Painted Ponies
Alison Lester

Matilda loves staying at Grandma Lucky’s, riding Luna in the front paddock and playing with the painted ponies in their carved wooden wagon.

The gold palomino, the chestnut, the bay,
the pinto, the brown and the dappley grey.

One day, Lucky tells Matilda about when she was a little girl and the real ponies were her friends…

A big, beautiful story about friendship and freedom, from Australia’s favourite picture book creator, Alison Lester.


I See, I See
Robert Henderson

A book for one? A book for two? A book for different points of view.

I See, I See is a playful, rhyming call-and-answer conversation between two readers, each of whom view the page from a different perspective: I see water, I see sky, I see swimming, I see fly!


Sofia Valdez, Future Prez
Andrea Beaty & David Thomas

Every morning, Abuelo walks Sofia to school . . . until one day, when Abuelo hurts his ankle at a local landfill and he can no longer do so. Sofia misses her Abuelo and wonders what she can do about the dangerous Mount Trashmore. Then she gets an idea—the town can turn the slimy mess into a park! She brainstorms and plans and finally works up the courage to go to City Hall—only to be told by a clerk that she can’t build a park because she’s just a kid! Sofia is down but not out, and she sets out to prove what one kid can do.

The newest picture book from the creators of Iggy Peck, ArchitectRosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist stars Sofia Valdez, an activist and community leader who stands up for what she believes in!


Garden Jungle
Helene Druvert

Follow Tom to the edge of his garden, where the grass turns into a lush jungle and a walk turns into an expedition! Tom, a little boy who’s bored, follows a butterfly deeper than he’s ever been in his backyard and discovers uncharted territory. Here, the grass becomes a jungle, the cat turns into a leopard, and the only sounds come from leaves blowing in the wind. But all too soon, it’s time to go back. Tom realizes his house is just behind those shrubs . . . It’s so good to be bored!

This beautiful, colorful storybook is illustrated with laser-cut silhouettes that make the garden come alive. An exciting backyard adventure, Garden Jungle will appeal to children of all ages.


Nop
Caroline Magerl

Nop is a scruffy kind of bear. He sits on a dusty armchair in Oddmint’s Dumporeum surrounded by the beaders, knitters, patchers and stitchers who are much too busy to talk to him. So he watches the litter tumble until, armed with a new bow tie, he has an idea that will change his life forever. This story began with a memory of Caroline’s school holidays in Sydney. Her father was welding a steel yacht in a boat yard and she wandered off . . . only to discover the local dump, a home for the things people throw out!

Many years later, her daughter Jen made a teddy bear out of scraps for her father. It’s a very sorry-looking, but endearing creature. Named Roadkill, ten years later it still sits on top of his desk.

A heartwarming picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Caroline Magerl about two unlikely loners who forge a forever friendship.


Jon Klassen’s Hat Box
Jon Klassen

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back (I Want My Hat Back)
A fish has stolen a hat; will he get away with it? (This Is Not My Hat )
Two turtles have found one hat, but the hat looks good on both of them… (We Found a Hat)

Jon Klassen’s deliciously deadpan hat tales continue to surprise and delight readers of all ages, and they are all now available in one impeccably designed boxed set along with a free frameable print.


The Crayons’ Christmas
Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

‘Tis the season for all of us to write our Christmas wish lists. But everyone knows – even the Crayons – that the best presents are the ones that you give.

In this unique book, readers join in as Duncan, the Crayons and their families celebrate the festive season. With real, folded letters to pull from their envelopes and read, games, press-out ornaments, a poster and a pop-up tree, this book is the perfect gift for fans of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

Into the Jungle
Katherine Rundell

Into the Jungle is a modern classic in the making, as Katherine Rundell creates charming and compelling origin stories for all Kipling’s best-loved characters, from Baloo and Shere Khan to Kaa and Bagheera. As Mowgli travels through the Indian jungle, this brilliantly visual tale, which weaves each short story together into a wider whole, will make readers both laugh and cry.

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, first published by Macmillan in 1894, is one of the most enduring books of children’s literature, delighting generations of children. Katherine Rundell has taken this as the basis of her new and enchanting tale, sharing the early years of favourite characters and informing the creatures they become in Kipling’s classic, with stories about family and friendship, loyalty and jungle law, and a final battle which will decide the future of the forest.

A gorgeously produced gift hardback with foiled cover, a ribbon marker and colour and black-and-white illustrations throughout by creative genius Kristjana S Williams, this is truly a book for all the family to treasure and share.


The Impossible Boy
Ben Brooks

Oleg and Emma entered their den to find a cardboard spaceship standing exactly where they usually sat. Slowly, the front door opened and out stepped a boy. ‘My name’s Sebastian Cole,’ he said. ‘But you already know that.’

When Oleg and Emma invent a new classmate called Sebastian, they are amazed when he appears – very much real – in their secret den.

Sebastian isn’t like the rest of their classmates. He’s never eaten pizza, he’s not sure what goose bumps are, and he has a satchel that seems to hold an endless supply of hot ice cream.

But as the trio begin their adventures, more impossible things keep happening, from a runaway goat appearing at school to a sighting of some snowwomen walking down the road. Things soon take a turn for the dangerous when the three friends are pursued by the mysterious Institute of Unreality, who want to capture and erase Sebastian, restoring order to the world.

With the help of a cowboy gardener, an imprisoned scientist, and the rest of their class, can Emma and Oleg protect their new friend and keep the magic of the impossible alive, just in time for Christmas?


Nevertell
Katharine Orton

A world of magic is only a whisper away…

Born in a Soviet prison camp, Lina has never seen the world outside until the night she escapes with her best friend, Bogdan. As the pair journey across a snowy wilderness, they are pursued by a vengeful sorceress and her pack of shadow wolves. The children will need every ounce of courage – and a whisper of magic – if they are to survive…


Funny Bones
Edited by Oliver Phommavanh, Kate Temple, and Jol Temple

If you think you’ve heard every funny story there is then think again … Funny Bones is a super-huge collection of rib-tickling stories, cartoons, jokes and much, much more that’s bound to get even the most serious kid laughing.

With over 100 funny stories, hilarious poems and side-splitting drawings from some of Australia’s favourite and funniest people including Zoe Foster Blake, Josh Pyke, Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton, Hannah Gadsby, Lawrence Leung, Michelle Law, Adrian Beck, Katrina Nannestad, James O’Loghlin, Tom Jellett, Gus Gordon, Danny Katz, Mitch Vane, Sally Rippin, Tristan Bancks, Jessica Walton, Dougal Macpherson, Garth Nix, The Listies, Georgia Productions as well as Oliver Phommavanh and Kate & Jol Temple, Funny Bones will be a bumper addition to any child’s bookshelf. It might get you laughing out loud, but it’s all for a serious cause – all royalties go to the international aid charity, War Child Australia.


The Year We Fell From Space
Amy Sarig King

Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they’ve been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures and possibilities. She’s an exception.

Some other exceptions-

Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved out months ago and hasn’t talked to her since.

Her mom, who’s happier since he left, even though everyone thinks she should be sad and lonely.

And her sister, who won’t leave their house.

Liberty feels like her whole world is falling from space. Can she map a new life for herself and her family before they spin too far out of reach?


The Fowl Twins
Eoin Colfer

Criminal genius runs in the family…

Myles and Beckett Fowl are twins but the two boys are wildly different. Beckett is blonde, messy and sulks whenever he has to wear clothes. Myles is impeccably neat, has an IQ of 170, and 3D prints a fresh suit every day – just like his older brother, Artemis Fowl.

A week after their eleventh birthday the twins are left in the care of house security system, NANNI, for a single night. In that time, they befriend a troll on the run from a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun both of whom need the magical creature for their own gain . . .

Prepare for an epic adventure in which The Fowl Twins and their new troll friend escape, get shot at, kidnapped, buried, arrested, threatened, killed (temporarily) . . . and discover that the strongest bond in the world is not the one forged by covalent electrons in adjacent atoms, but the one that exists between a pair of twins.

The first book in the blockbusting new series from global bestseller Eoin Colfer.


TEEN / YA

The Toll (Scythe #3)
Neal Shusterman

It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding finale to Neal Shusterman’s internationally bestselling trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.


Weapon (Whisper #2)
Lynette Noni

I already knew he was a psychopath. But now?
He’s more dangerous than ever.
And I have less than twenty-four hours to stop him.

After escaping Lengard and finding sanctuary with the Remnants, Alyssa Scott is desperate to save those she left behind — and the rest of the world — from the power-hungry scientist, Kendall Vanik. But secrets and lies block her at every turn, and soon Lyss is left questioning everything she has ever believed.

When long-lost memories begin to surface and the mysteries of her past continue to grow, Lyss battles to retain her hard-won control. Allies become enemies and enemies become allies, leaving her certain about only two things: when it comes to Speakers, nothing is ever as it seems . . . and the only person she can trust is herself.

The heart-stopping conclusion to Whisper.


Permanent Record
Mary H.K. Choi

On paper, college dropout Pablo Rind doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. His graveyard shift at a twenty-four-hour deli in Brooklyn is a struggle. Plus, he’s up to his eyeballs in credit card debt. Never mind the state of his student loans.

Pop juggernaut Leanna Smart has enough social media followers to populate whole continents. The brand is unstoppable. She graduated from child stardom to become an international icon and her adult life is a queasy blur of private planes, aspirational hotel rooms, and strangers screaming for her just to notice them.

When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Leanna and Pablo turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated.


JUNIOR NON-FICTION

Weird, Wild, Amazing!
Tim
Flannery

Get ready for a whole new look at the world around you.
You’re about to meet the weirdest, wildest and most amazing animals on the planet.

Are zombie jellyfish real? 
Do frogs like opera?
Which animals eat poop? (And more importantly, WHY?!)
What’s it like to wrestle a python?

Buckle up – you’re about to find out!
Bursting with bizarre facts, packed with vibrant illustrations and guided by one of the world’s greatest living scientists, Professor Tim Flannery, this deep-dive into the natural world will enthral and enlighten readers. It will also make them laugh out loud … and squirm in disgust.


Illuminightmare
Lucy Brownridge & Carnovsky

Set off on a supernatural journey to visit the most haunted places on Earth in this follow-up to the best-selling Illuminature, Illumanatomy, and Illuminatlas. Use your three-colour lens to explore each place: use the green lens to see the location, the red lens to see remnants from its history, and the blue lens to reveal the supernatural things that lurk behind the shadows. Packed with historical facts, rich folklore from around the world, and plenty of mystery, Milan-based design duo Carnovsky have created a haunted compendium like no other.

For thousands of years, people from every corner of the globe have told stories, folk tales, and legends about unnerving encounters with the supernatural. Often, a haunted place has a rich history we can see in our earthly world. And sometimes this history echoes on in the form of ghosts or supernatural spirits. Here, incredible interactive illustrations reveal the history and haunted secrets of the 10 most haunted places in the world:

Hermitage, Russia
St. Therese Shipwreck, Greece
Bran Castle, Romania
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Tower of London, UK
Bhangarh Fort, India
Black Forest, Germany
San Juan Chamula Cemetery, Mexico
Picton, Australia
The Giza Pyramids, Egypt

Look through the green lens to see the place and its surroundings by day. See which plants and animals, buildings, and cultural artefacts you can spot on the map. Use the red lens to learn about the history and real-life inhabitants of this place. Then turn the page to learn more about the cultural highlights and natural wonders in the field guide. If you dare, look through the blue lens to reveal the hidden horrors, supernatural goings on, and ghosts who haunt this place.

There’s so much more to the world around us than meets the eye.


Take Heart, Take Action
Beth Orpin

We don’t know what the future holds, but there are things we can do to make a positive impact on the world today.

From saving water and protecting nature to having gratitude, here are twenty conversation starters to remind us we have the power to make our Earth a better place.

Renowned Australian illustrator, Beci Orpin, created this book for anyone who wants to create a more openhearted and sustainable world.


A Flamboyance of Flamingoes
Jennifer Cossins

A wisdom of wombats? A loveliness of ladybirds? A flamboyance of flamingos?

Come along on an illustrated journey through the animal kingdom with award-winning Tasmanian artist Jennifer Cossins. Featuring 28 full-colour animal illustrations, each with its very own collective noun, this book will delight children and adults alike.