PICTURE STORY

Kindness GrowsKindness Grows
Britta Teckentrup

It all starts with a crack that we can hardly see,
It happens when we shout or if we disagree.
But with every kindness that we care to show,
Something good and magical then begins to grow…

Angry words cause a crack to open up, but find out what happens when kindness begins to blossom in this thought-provoking book by award-winning illustrator Britta Teckentrup.


StarbirdStarbird
Sharon King-Chai

Starbird’s songs weave the richest dreams and delight all who hear him, but when the Moon King traps him in a cage, the colour and life in his voice begin to drip away. What follows is a story with the feel of a timeless myth, with the message that that captivity dims even the brightest star.

A heartfelt, lyrical story, and an exquisite gift for any child or adult, Starbird is an original fable about freedom and love. This unique book shimmers with shiny silver foil throughout its pages, and Sharon King-Chai’s intricate illustrations of plants and animals are utterly beautiful.


Ivy BirdIvy Bird
Tania McCartnery & Jess Racklyeft

Ivy wakes with the birds. She flutters, she flits… then takes flight into the endless blue of imaginative play – foraging for nectar, pecking in the sunshine, splashing the day away.

Introducing an aviary of beautiful birds to little ones, Ivy Bird is a celebration of nature, friendship, and the love and comfort found in feathering the nest.


Franklin and Luna and the Book of Fairy TalesFranklin and Luna and the Book of Fairy Tales
Jen Campbell & Katie Harnett

Franklin and Luna are back again and this time it’s Franklin’s birthday! Luna and all the villagers are planning a surprise party. While the party is being set up, Luna takes Franklin book shopping, and Luna’s tortoise, Neil, finds a padlocked book of fairy tales and can’t help picking the lock.

But when he peers inside, the book swallows him whole! Franklin and Luna dive into the book to rescue Neil and tumble into a cobwebbed forest where they meet dusty fairy-tale characters who have been trapped inside the pages for hundreds of years.In this new Franklin and Luna adventure, the adorable duo meet three pig architects, a wolf with a New Age attitude, and a very bored princess. Desperate to be brought to life, these fairy-tale characters join Franklin and Luna on their hunt for Neil, realizing that the only way to escape the book is to trek all the way through it.

Find out if Franklin and Luna find Neil and make it back in time for Franklin’s party in this exciting, new, picture-book adventure.In the third volume of the Franklin and Luna series, well-loved fairy-tale characters are vividly and wittily recreated to great effect.


Macca's MakeoverMacca’s Makeover
Matt Cosgrove

Macca the Alpaca desperately wants to be cool, just like his friends. Will a new hair-do cut it? Maybe a trip to the gym will work out? Or perhaps he needs the latest accessories? Macca’s makeover shows him what it is that makes him truly special.


LiarbirdLiarbird
Laura & Philip Bunting

Liarbirds learn to lie from the day they hatch. They are the best in the bush at fibbing, faking, fabricating and fake-news creating. Until one lyrebird decides to go straight, and discovers that sometimes even the truth hurts.


Child of DreamsThe Child of Dreams
Irena Brignull & Richard Jones 

A little girl wants to know where she came from and why she doesn’t have a father. When her mother cannot tell her, the girl decides to find out for herself. Her journey starts with a question to the stork who nests on the roof of her home, and leads her on a quest through the woods, tracing her own story back to its source with the help of the animals she meets, until she discovers what truly matters in making a family.

A beautiful, timeless story with a fairytale feel, this picture book from acclaimed screenwriter Irena Brignull and exciting new talent Richard Jones is a gorgeous gift to share with someone special.


Small in the citySmall in the City
Sydney Smith

Being small can be overwhelming in a city. People don’t see you. The loud sounds of the sirens and cyclists can be scary. And the streets are so busy it can make your brain feel like there’s too much stuff in it. But if you know where to find good hiding places, warm dryer vents that blow out hot steam that smells like summer, music to listen to or friends to say hi to, there can be comfort in the city, too.

We follow our little protagonist, who knows all about what its like to be small in the city, as he gives his best advice for surviving there. As we turn the pages, Sydney Smith’s masterful storytelling allows us to glimpse exactly who this advice is for, leading us to a powerful, heart-rending realization…


JUNIOR & MIDDLE GRADE FICTION

Land of RoarThe Land of Roar
Jenny McLachlan

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic. Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow. . .)

Now the twins are eleven, Roar is just a memory. But when they help Grandad clean out the attic, Arthur is horrified as Grandad is pulled into the folding bed and vanishes. Is he playing a joke? Or is Roar . . . real?

The Land of Roar is reminiscent of Peter Pan, The Neverending Story and Jumanji – perfect for readers of Nevermoor and Wizards of Once.


Quest Diaries of Max CrackThe Quest Diaries of Max Crack
Jules Faber

Max Crack is new in Piddown.

He decides that a new town means a new beginning and resolves to embark on a series of quests, such as:

  • Make a new best friend

  • Win a trophy.

  • Solve a mystery

  • Find hidden treasure.

He meets Frankie on his first day in town (Quest No. 1: tick). Now all he has to do is win a trophy, solve a mystery and find hidden treasure…

The story is presented as Max’s diary, and it’s a visual feast: full of speech bubbles, doodles, asides, highlighted words, and crossed-out words. It’s a stream of visual and verbal consciousness and captures the intriguingly chaotic mind of an 11-year-old perfectly.


Knock Three TimesKnock Three Times (Wizards of Once #3)
Cressida Cowell

Wish and Xar are now outlaws on the run, hunted by Warriors, Wizards and worst of all, by WITCHES …

Can they find the ingredients for the Spell to Get Rid of Witches before the Kingwitch gets his talons on Magic-that-Works-on-Iron?

Their next Quest is the most terrifying and treacherous of all. .. And someone is going to betray them … are you ready to KNOCK THREE TIMES?


How to Make a Movie in 12 DaysHow to Make a Movie in 12 Days
Fiona Hardy

Twelve days. Five kids. Many special effects. One giant mystery.

Hayley Whelan has spent her whole life dreaming of making a horror movie – and not just the type of movie that kids make on their dodgy second-hand iPhones. When her grandma passes away, she inherits the money for a proper, grown-up camera. But before Hayley even calls ‘Action!’, strange things start happening… Someone is sabotaging Hayley’s movie – but who? Why? And can Hayley finish her movie in time for the premiere?

From Australia’s brightest new middle-grade talent comes this love song to movies, friendship and the summer holidays.


TEEN / YOUNG ADULT

This is How We Change The EndingThis is How We Change the Ending
Vikki Wakefield

Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He’s worried about a lot of things-how his dad treats Nance and his twin half-brothers; the hydro crop growing in his bedroom; the way his friend Merrick always drags him into fights. And he has never forgiven his mother for leaving.

But none of it is his fight, right? He’s just waiting for his time. Nate hangs out at YouthWorks, the local youth centre threatened with closure, and fills his notebooks with the things he can’t say. But when some of his pages are stolen and his words are graffitied on the wall of the centre, Nate realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he?

This is How We Change the Ending is a story that will have you on the edge of your seat, hoping Nate will find a way out, despite the odds.


MonumentsMonuments
Will Kostakis

All 16-year-old Connor is trying to do is avoid his ex-best friend when he stumbles upon a trapdoor to a secret chamber under his school. But when Sally Rodgers breaks into the same secret chamber looking for an ancient being, things take an unexpected turn . . . and Connor’s life will never be the same again.

Along with the mysterious Sally and, later on, his new friend Locky, Connor discovers the Monuments – gods who have been buried for generations – who created the world and hid themselves away from humanity to keep everyone safe. But now they’re exposed and vulnerable, and Connor isn’t sure who, himself included, can be trusted with the knowledge and the power these gods have.

Monuments is the first book in an exciting new duology from YA star, Will Kostakis.


JUNIOR NON FICTION

You Can Change the WorldYou Can Change the World
Lucy Bell

Every day, we see a problem we would like to fix. A piece of rubbish in a green, grassy park. Plastic water bottles buried in the sand at the beach. A garbage bin overflowing onto the street. A skinny, stray dog. A homeless person on a cold day. These problems seem impossible for one person to change. But we can fix them, if we each do our part – one step at a time.

This practical guide is designed to empower kids to make changes in their lives to help make a difference in the world. Filled with information, ideas and activities, and interspersed with features on amazing children around the world.

This book shows kids how to:

  • Avoid single-use plastics

  • Throw a plastic-free party

  • Make a compost bin and reduce waste

  • Start a herb garden

  • Grow bee-friendly flowers

  • Learn about where their food comes from

  • Be kinder to others, share and donate

Kids are on a mission to make our earth a better, safer, happier place.


Rise UpRise Up: Ordinary Boys and Girls with Extraordinary Stories
Amanda Li & Amy Blackwell

Here are 29 tales of amazing young girls and boys who have achieved the unimaginable – from surviving a plane crash in the jungle to inventing creative ways to rid our oceans of plastic. There are tales of triumph over illness and injury, and of overcoming bullying. Each incredible story is narrated in an exciting and engaging style, combined with gorgeous illustrations by Amy Blackwell.

Children can lose themselves in the remarkable true-life tales of ingenuity, courage and commitment, with practical tips and skills accompanying every entry, from how to deal with altitude sickness to how to be more green. A perfect gift for every fearless child you know, these empowering stories show that no matter who you are, how old you are, and what you do, you can rise to the challenge.


Welcome to Country YA editionWelcome to Country (Schools Edition)
Marcia Langton

Written by one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous voices, Welcome to Country is essential reading for every young Australian.

The chapters cover prehistory, post-colonial history, language, kinship, knowledge, art, performance, storytelling, native title, the Stolen Generations, making a rightful place for First Australians and looking to the future for Indigenous Australia.

This book is for the new Australian generations and works towards rectifying the wrongs of this country’s past. You will quickly appreciate how lucky we are to be the home of the world’s oldest continuing civilisation – which is both diverse and thriving in Australia today.

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