It's crunch time in Bungawitta. The land's as dry as a dead galah, there's no rain in sight, and only twelve people left in town. Nobody can make it rain. But a shower of money would help keep Bungawitta alive. And a festival would attract city tourists with money to spend, Jay's sure of it. But can twelve people, two dogs an... read more
'Beginning and ending, always the same, always now. The game, the story, the riddle, hiding and seeking. Crow comes from this place; this place comes from Crow. And Crow has work for you.' Sadie isn't thrilled when her mother drags her from the city to live in the country town of Boort. But soon she starts making connections ... read more
CBCA Winner 2012
Verity Sparks is good at finding lost things, but will she be able to uncover the truth about her own past? Verity Sparks is a thirteen-year-old orphan working as a milliner in Victorian London. But Verity is no ordinary girl - she has an almost perfect memory and possesses the talent of Teleagtivism. She can easily find thin... read more
The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and destruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy sending the invaders, and the heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brot... read more
John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice, creates a world of seafaring adventures, treacherous pirates and epic battles in Brotherband. In Skandia, there is only one way to become a warrior. Boys are chosen for tea... read more
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Developed and written especially for children, and based on a selection of the word and image games once played by the surrealists, Surrealism for Kids is a beautiful 60-page publication exploring the ideas and approaches behind Surrealism in a series of activities for kids to do at home or in the classroom. Ages 10+
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Lucy shares the hug with everyone in her family. Along the way it becomes softer, sleepier, bigger, even peanut-buttery. But when the hug runs away, Lucy discovers that it's not so easy to get it back. Highly acclaimed and internationally best-selling picture-book creators Nick Bland and Freya Blackwood have worked together f... read more
CBCA Winner 2012
When Tom's neighbour gives him a brown bulb, Tom can't believe it will flower. 'That's not a daffodil!' says Tom. 'Well,' says the old gardener. 'Let's plant it and see.' Elizabeth Honey has created a playful story that little children will enjoy again and again - about an inventive boy, a kindly gardener, a growing friendshi... read more
We use the bush as our school and as our playground, says one of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose voices combine in this anthology of true stories about childhood, compiled from a wide range of memoirs and oral histories. Alongside reminiscences of getting bush tucker, going fishing and taking part ... read more
One morning it appeared, out of nowhere, sitting right outside Stella's house - a broken, old bus. On the front of it, held up with packing tape, is a hand-painted sign that says, "Heaven". How did it get there? Everyone wonders...but no one knows. Then, out from the shadows steps Stella, normally so shy. She climbs onto... read more
CBCA Winner 2012
Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. It was a dangerous journey, with murderous pirates and terrifying storms, but they managed to survive. Life in suburban Australia was also hard for a small boy with no Eng... read more
Lower Primary winner of the 2012 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
Ruby is in charge of this book. And she'll tell you something right now. There are NO BEARS in it. Not even one. Ruby wants to tell you a story. A story with absolutely no bears. You don't need bears for a book. You need pretty things like fairies and princesses and castles. And maybe funny things and exciting things - but de... read more
A beautiful narrative non-fiction book which follows the life of a bilby, an Australian marsupial. The story depicts a young bilby's birth, habitat, behaviour and diet. When Baby Bilby is born, he's as long as your little toe. He crawls into his mother's warm pouch, where he feeds and grows. Baby Bilby is soon ready to leave ... read more
For all creatures - the great and the small, the winged and the walking, the singing and the silent - we are thankful. This second collaboration by the award-winning team of Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool is a celebration of the beauty and mystery of life in its many forms.
Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand. A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves. In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together t... read more
'One, two Rudie Nudie, Rudie Nudie in the bath...' Emma Quay captures all the joy and energy of childhood in this irresistible rhyming tale. With its charming illustrations and lively text, Rudie Nudie is destined to become an instant family favourite!
CBC Picture Book of the Year winner Norman Jorgensen teams up with illustrator James Foley on this fun picture book about a boy who outwits local bullies by channelling his inner Viking.
The day is ending, night is falling, and Nicholas's cat still won't come down. High on the roof he licks his paws while Nicholas worries about monsters and ghosts. Nicholas fetches a ladder so high that he can see into nests when he reaches the top. But the cat - that cheeky, naughty cat! - just won't come down to the safe, w... read more
Young Children's winner of the 2012 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
The Dream of the Thylacine is a lament for a lost species, and a celebration of the Australian landscape. It interposes arresting text and images of the last known thylacine in a concrete cage with sweeping colour paintings of the animal in its natural environment. Intense, poetic and beautiful, this book will haunt you.
This is a story that shows how strong and devastating flood water can be to homes and livelihoods. It is inspired by the 2011 Queensland floods but it could be about any of the disasters that strike our land, and the events that turn everyday Australians into heroes. Flood depicts water mercilessly ripping through Queensland ... read more