Jane Godwin & Anna Walker
Tilly’s found the perfect hiding place to keep her special treasures. No one knows about it, not even her big brothers and sister, who know everything. But one day, something happens that Tilly could never have imagined…
Jane Godwin and Anna Walker have created a wistful, enchanting and timeless story about an old house, a young girl, and how the small things we hold dear stay with us always.
Antonia Pesenti & Hilary Bell
Summer is here. Put your school shoes away,
The long, lazy days can begin.
Mangoes and magpies, municipal pools…
Take a deep breath and dive in.
The bestselling creators of Alphabetical Sydney and Numerical Street are back with their new picture book, Summer Time – a stunning tribute to an Australian summer.
The Tiny Star
Mem Fox & Freya Blackwood
Once upon a time, although this happens all the time, a tiny star fell to earth . . .
This touching and timeless story combines, for the first time, the talents of world-renowned author Mem Fox with the heartwarming illustrations of Freya Blackwood. These two luminaries craft a truly unique and moving story about the journey of life, to be cherished and shared for generations to come.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Illustrated Edition)
J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay
This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters to life – including Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Mad-Eye Moody. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before.
Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, finds himself competing in the legendary Triwizard Tournament and facing death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards …
All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors
Davina Bell & Jenny Lovlie
When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another book about tractors, his mum crumbles. She begs him to read a book about something else – cars, planes, cranes, trains – anything! Frankie launches into all of the various, glorious factors that make up the love that he has for all tractors – but will he be able to bring his mum around?
With irresistible rhyming text by award-winning author Davina Bell and unforgettable illustrations by Jenny Lovlie, this story is sure to charm and amuse the whole family.
The Return of Thelma the Unicorn
Thelma the Unicorn didn’t like being famous, so she fled the spotlight and disappeared . . . But the world was heartbroken! We miss our UNICORN! Thelma, its time to get your sparkle back on . . .
The sequel to the million-selling Thelma the Unicorn from the New York Times bestselling author, Aaron Blabey.
The Fate of Fausto
There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his.
“You are mine,” Fausto said to the flower, the sheep and the mountain, and they bowed before him. But they were not enough for Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set off to claim the sea…
Working for the first time in traditional lithography, world-renowned talent, Oliver Jeffers, combines spectacular art with powerful prose, hand printed using vintage letterpress blocks, to create a poignant modern-day fable to touch the hearts of adults and children alike.
Sophie Dahl and Lauren O’Hara
Mabel lives with her parents in The Mermaid Hotel, by the sea. Mabel likes to keep an eye on the comings and goings of all the guests.
Then one day a particularly in-ter-est-ing old lady comes to stay. There is something very suspicious about her, with her growly voice and her heavy trunks and her beady-eyed tortoise. And why does no one know her REAL name? There can only be one answer, Mabel decides … this guest is a SUPERVILLAIN.
But even supervillains have a soft side, and as an unlikely friendship grows between the pair, their fantastical exploits take them well beyond the corridors of their seaside home.
Dressing Your Family
My grandma wears a cardigan.
My step-brother wears a jacket.
My family wears many different types of clothes.
Let’s learn about family relationships and the clothes we wear in this stylishly illustrated board book from one of Australia’s leading designer-illustrators, Beci Orpin.
Kes Gray & Jim Field
Dog is looking after some puppies. Quite a few puppies, actually, and none of them will sit! Not even on guppies, like they’re supposed to!
They’re getting a little out of hand – but luckily Frog’s got a cunning plan . . .
The fish that live in the pond beneath the dragon-moon are happy. They know the moon will keep them safe. But it was not always like this . . . There was a time when they looked to the skies with fear.
The acclaimed creator of Animalia brings us a stunning tale of magical, dream-like worlds hidden beneath the surface and wild and wonderful creatures above. A moving, visually gorgeous fable about family, belonging and growing up to be more than you ever dreamed possible.
One Blue Shoe
Jane Godwin & Jane Reiseger
One shoe – this one is blue
Two feet stand on a seat
Three balls bouncing around
Two in the air and one on the ground
Share, laugh and learn in this bright and joyful exploration of counting and number concepts. (Oh, and look out for the other shoe!)
The Story Orchestra: Swan Lake
Katy Flint & Jessica Courtney Tickle
This tale of a prince, a beautiful swan princess and an evil sorcerer begins in a woodland clearing far, far away. It is Prince Siegfried’s 21st birthday. He is playing games with his friends when his mother, the Queen, arrives to tell him he needs to stop having fun and start looking after the kingdom. Prince Siegfried dreams of running away.
He follows an enchanting flock of swans to a clearing by a lake, where four of the little cygnets begin to dance. The most beautiful swan transforms into the Princess Odette, who tells him that she has been cursed to turn into a swan by day and return to her natural form at night by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. As the prince and Odette dance, they begin to fall in love.
The story follows Prince Siegfried as he attends his birthday party, is tricked into proposing to Von Rothbart’s daughter Odile and returns to the lake to battle the evil sorcerer. Will the prince be reunited with his swan princess?
As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the ballet’s music. At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with details about his composition of Swan Lake. Next to this, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms and musical techniques that make them so powerful. A glossary defines musical terms.
The Story Orchestra series brings classical music to life for children through gorgeously illustrated retellings of classic ballet stories paired with 10-second sound clips of orchestras playing from their musical scores.
The Wonky Donkey & Other Stories (10th Anniversary Edition)
Craig Smith & Katz Cowley with Scott Tulloch
A special anniversary edition celebrating Wonky’s 10th birthday!
Five hilarious stories and songs from international bestseller Craig Smith!
Featuring: The Wonky Donkey, Willbee the Bumblebee, My Daddy Ate an Apple, Square Eyes, and The Scariest Thing in the Garden.
JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE
Emily Rodda & Marc McBride
Lone Annie sees dragons in your future… She sees giants. She sees fire and water. She sees death.
Finn’s life in the village of Wichant is hard. Only his drawings of the wild coastline, with its dragon-shaped clouds and headlands that look like giants, make him happy.
Then the strange housekeeper from a mysterious clifftop mansion sees his talent and buys him for a handful of gold and then reveals to him seven extraordinary paintings. Finn thinks the paintings must be pure fantasy-such amazing scenes and creatures can’t be real!
He’s wrong. Soon he is going to slip through the veil between worlds and plunge into the wonders and perils of The Glimme.
Beverly, Right Here
Beverly put her foot down on the gas. They went faster still. This was what Beverly wanted – what she always wanted. To get away. To get away as fast as she could. To stay away. Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it’s not running away … it’s leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live and tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mum, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself.
Beverly doesn’t want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn’t want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can’t help forming connections with the people around her – and, gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes.
In a touching, funny and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels about the beloved Three Rancheros , Kate DiCamillo tells the story of a character who will break your heart and put it back together again.
A Tale of Magic
Fourteen-year-old Brystal Evergreen has always known she was destined for great things, that is if she can survive the oppressive Southern Kingdom. Her only escape are books, but since it’s illegal for women to read in her country, she has to find creative ways of acquiring them. Working as a maid at her local library gives her the perfect excuse to be near them and allows her to sneak a few titles home when no one is looking. But one day Brystal uncovers a secret section of the library and finds a book about magic that changes her life forever.
Magic is despised and outlawed throughout the world. Brystal is well aware of the severe consequences the book may bring but her curiosity gets the best of her. By reading some of the text aloud, strange phenomena begin to occur and Brystal discovers she is capable of magic! And the more she practices it, the harder it becomes to hide.
After being caught and convicted, Brystal is saved by a mysterious woman named Madame Weatherberry. The woman takes Brystal to her Academy of Magic and teaches her to become a fairy. While Brystal studies magic and befriends the other students, Madame Weatherberry is suddenly called away on suspicious matters. When she doesn’t return, Brystal and her friends work together to find and save their instructor.
Along the way, the students discover Madame Weatherberry’s true intentions for the academy are not what they seem, and they come face to face with a sinister plot that puts the fate of the world, and the fate of magic itself, in grave danger…
Dear Sweet Pea
Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one house between them lives their eccentric neighbor Miss Flora Mae, the famed local advice columnist behind “Miss Flora Mae I?”
Dividing her time between two homes is not easy. And it doesn’t help that at school, Sweet Pea is now sitting right next to her ex–best friend, Kiera, a daily reminder of the friendship that once was. Things might be unbearable if Sweet Pea didn’t have Oscar her new best friend and her fifteen-pound cat, Cheese.
Then one day Flora leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward her the letters for the column. And Sweet Pea happens to recognize the handwriting on one of the envelopes.
What she decides to do with that letter sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of Sweet Pea DiMarco, her family, and many of the readers of “Miss Flora Mae I?”
To the millions of readers who fell in love with R J Palacio’s Wonder, Julian is best-known as Auggie Pullman’s classroom bully. White Bird reveals a new side to Julian’s story, as Julian discovers the moving and powerful tale of his grandmother, who was hidden from the Nazis as a young Jewish girl in occupied France during the Second World War.
An unforgettable, unputdownable story about strength, courage and the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives, from the globally bestselling author of Wonder.
The Girl, the Dog, and the Writer in Lucerne
Freja and her mother, Clementine, are reunited at last. Tobias and Vivi are in love. And Lucerne, their new home, is a paradise of snowy alps, sapphire lakes, white swans and delicious Swiss chocolate!
Everything seems perfect, until poor Lady P appears, bandaged from head to toe after a fall – or was it a push? Crimes break out across the city, all involving chocolate. Clementine doesn’t seem her usual self. And still Freja has not solved the biggest mystery – who is Tobias Appleby?
All will be revealed in the girl, the dog and the writer’s final adventure by award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad.
Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble isn’t going away… and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What’s going on?
Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face – and conquer – her fears.
The True Colours of Coral Glen
Coral sees the world around her through a rainbow of colours not visible to others – a day full of adventure might be Treasure Island Gold, but one with a maths test is Stormy Canyon Grey.
When her beloved grandma dies, Coral can’t conjure the colour to match how heartbroken she is. She must go on a spooky adventure full of witches, ghosts and other things lurking around the corners of her not-so-ordinary-after-all town…
An astonishingly inventive, spooky and heartfelt story of a girl on a race-against-time, gothic-tinged treasure hunt.
Hilda and the Mountain King
We rejoin our heroine for her latest adventure just as she awakes to find herself… in the body of a troll! Her mother is worried sick and is perplexed by the strange creature that seems to have taken Hilda’s place. Now, both of them are in a race to be reunited before Ahlberg and his safety patrol get the chance to use their new secret weapon to lay waste to the trolls, and Hilda along with them!
The long-awaited conclusion to the Hilda graphic novel series by Luke Pearson.
The Tyrant’s Tomb (Trials of Apollo #4)
You will get to the Tiber alive. You will start to Jive.
The former God Apollo is having a pretty rough time of it. Well, for one thing, he’s called Lester. But being an awkward mortal teenager is the least of his worries.
Though he and his friends (some of them) have emerged from the Burning Maze, they still have a triumvirate to defeat, oracles to rescue, and prophecies to decipher, so that the world may be saved, and Lester can become Apollo once again.
But, right now, Caligula is sailing to San Francisco to deal with Camp Jupiter personally, and they have to get their first. Or risk its destruction . . .
TEEN FICTION & YA
The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust #2)
It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey. It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford’s Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence. Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . .
The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.
Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.
The Secret Commonwealth is truly a book for our times; a powerful adventure and a thought-provoking look at what it is to understand yourself, to grow up and make sense of the world around you. This is storytelling at its very best from one of our greatest writers.
Wayward Son (Simon Snow #2)
The story is supposed to be over. Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after… So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch? What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…
That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West. They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…
With Wayward Son, Rainbow Rowell has written a book for everyone who ever wondered what happened to the Chosen One after he saved the day. And a book for everyone who was ever more curious about the second kiss than the first.
Come on, Simon Snow. Your hero’s journey might be over – but your life has just begun.
Rules for Vanishing
Kate Alice Marshall
Once a year, a road appears in the forest. And at the end of it, the ghost of Lucy Gallows beckons. Lucy’s game isn’t for the faint of heart. If you win, you escape with your life. But if you lose…
Sara’s sister disappeared one year ago – and only Sara knows where she is. Becca went to find the ghost of Lucy Gallows and is trapped on her road. In the sleepy town of Briar Glen, Lucy’s road is nothing more than local lore. But Sara knows it’s real, and she’s going to find it.
When Sara and her sceptical friends meet in the forest to search for Becca, the mysterious road unfurls before them. All they have to do is walk down it. But the path to Lucy is not of this world, and it has its own rules. Every mistake summons new horrors. Vengeful spirits and broken, angry creatures are waiting for them to slip, and no one is guaranteed safe passage. The only certainty is this: the road has a toll and it will be paid. Sara knows that if she steps onto the road, she might not come back. But Becca needs her.
And Lucy is waiting.
Golden Unicorn: Rise of the Mythix
Anh Do & Chris Wahl
Some heroes are legends. Some legends are real.
The tyrant known as the Soul Collector desires to own everything that is beautiful, unusual, or unique.
Kelly Swift is trying hard to be an average teenager, to keep her head down and her hoodie up. But every day her powers are growing: she can run faster than the wind, she can hear people’s thoughts, she is not normal.
When her mother is taken by the Soul Collector, Kelly can’t linger in the shadows any longer. But who is she really? Can she be the one in the prophecy? Is she…The Golden Unicorn?
The Golden Unicorn, the Minotaur and the Griffin
Only these three united to a common purpose
can fell him who seeks to triumph over all…
Ready, Set, Draw!
From the master of imagination Hervé Tullet, comes an irresistible package that makes drawing a fast-paced game of chance. Showcasing Hervé’s signature bold colours and minimalist shapes and lines, this wildly graphic and highly intuitive card game will unlock every young (and old) artist’s creative potential. Select WHAT to draw from one deck and HOW to draw it from the other; then flick the colourful spinner wheel to randomise the options.
From “draw a tree with your eyes closed” to “draw a friend… upside down!”, the combinations are endless and endlessly fun!
We Are All Greta: Be Inspired to Save the World
Valentina Giannella & Manuela Marazzi
Follow in Greta Thunberg’s footsteps and join the global mission to save our planet from climate change. With in-depth text and data, this necessary and timely book will answer readers’ questions on what climate change means, what its consequences will be, and what must be done to protect our world.
The Treehouse Joke Book
Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
How do monkeys make toast? They put it under a gorilla.
Q: Why did the bus crash? A: Because the driver was a loaf of bread.
Jokes galore from the Treehouse duo – from Bears to Worms with Knock Knocks; Brain Teasers; and Skeletons, Ghosts and Monsters in between.
A bumper book of hilarity and craziness for all Treehouse fans, and the perfect Xmas stocking filler.
Lonely Planet Kids
Take a journey into the unknown and discover the planet’s wildest and most wonderful sights. Paddle through the eerie glowworm caves of New Zealand, ride with the wild horses of the Namib desert, swing off the end of the world in Ecuador, and be amazed at hundreds more wonders you never knew existed!
This travel companion for the incurably curious is your guide to finding the world’s most amazing secret places. So grab your compass and let’s get started as you explore the far corners of our world. Start your adventure in the west at Hawaii’s Pineapple Garden Maze, before travelling along the line of longitude to Vanuatu’s underwater post office.
Get ready to bungee jump off a road to nowhere in the Brazilian jungle, or lose yourself in the world’s largest maze. Whether deep underwater in a prehistoric grotto or high on a cliff at the tip of a rock troll’s tongue, afloat on waters as pink as a rose or swimming with pigs on a sandy beach, adventure awaits around every corner.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ugly Animals
With more than sixty ugly animals to explore, this compendium of the unusual celebrates the beauty in ‘ugliness’. Children and adults alike will pore over the breathtaking scientific illustrations of unusual animals, debating their relative ugliness and merits, learning about science and nature along the way.
Featuring illustrations and facts about the thorniest species the animal kingdom has to offer, from the naked mole rat to the goblin shark, aye-aye, sphinx cat, blobfish and many more ‘ugly’ beauties.
This gorgeous hardcover book is illustrated in exquisite detail by exciting new Australian talent, Sami Bayly.
My Folks Grew up in the 80s
Beck & Robin Feiner
Travel back in time to the era no one has ever forgotten – the ’80s – because those outfits were so rad you had to wear shades.
Welcome to the 1980’s – a time when crimped hair and perms were cool, kids listened to cassette tapes, thought dancing on your head was the ultimate, and synth-pop ruled the school.
My Folks Grew Up in the ’80s is a stroll down memory lane for the kids who grew up then, and a hilarious chance to share the decade’s outright weirdness with a whole new generation.
Eddie Woo’s Magical Maths
A bumper book of fun with maths stuffed with things to draw, puzzle, invent, order, unscramble, code, decode for kids aged 7+ years from Australia’s best known maths man. There’s magic in maths – if you know where to look…
Where’s Wally Double Trouble at the Museum
Join Wally for a day at the museum! Oggle at artefacts and gawp at galleries as you search for Wally and his friends. And that’s not all: this book contains double the trouble, with over 500 challenging differences to spot! The ultimate test for eagle-eyed Wally-Watchers, this brilliant book will help you experience the World of Wally in a whole new way!