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Books for Children

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN  9781405279987

Star Wars: Galactic Atlas

by Lucasfilm Ltd

Illustrated by Tim McDonagh

For ages 9+


If you are a Star Wars fan this Galactica Atlas is for you. It looks just like a world atlas, except that it isn't, it's the ultimate guide to the Star Wars galaxy.


There are dozens of maps, star charts, character profiles and a time line of the entire saga.


The illustrations are rather stunning and includes everything from Endor and Naboo to Tatooline and Yavin 4 with many strange creatures, amazing vistas of galaxies far away and epic stories.

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont / Little Tiger Press

ISBN  9781944530037


by Hannah Pang

Illustrated by Jenny Wren

For ages 5+


A great interactive book in print for young and not-so-young curious minds. As much as we like digital, this is really well designed book with it's facts on just about all types of fauna, from ants to octopuses and almost every other land and water animal / fish too.


Love the little flaps and some pop-ups that open to find out more about some species. Printed on sturdy board, with each section in colours of the sea, dessert a different lands it's sure to delight and keep young readers occupied as they explore world's animal wonders.

amaysim - unlimted

Published by Exisle Publishing

ISBN  9781925335217

Australia Illustrated

by Tania McCartney


For ages 4-8


We love the illustrations in this book with it's quirky way of showcasing an abridged version of iconic landmarks, beaches, skyscrapers, flora and fauna, products unique to each state and territory.  The illustrations are fun, whimsical really, and there is so much to keep children occupied as they find out what's unique about where they live and elsewhere.

A fun book to have in your home or school library.

Published by Exisle Publishing

ISBN  9781921966217

I Just Get So Angry

by Timothy Bowden and Sandra Bowden

Ages 12+


Both TIm and Sandra Bowden are school counsellors with over forty years combined experience in teaching and counselling. They have seen the positive changes that Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) has brought to the lives of many children and they are now committed to sharing it's message with children, parents, carers and counsellors.

By following the main character Andy on his journey of self-discovery, he learns to stand up to his emotional beast. This book teaches adolescents these important techniques in an easily accessible way as presented as a graphic novel. There are a number of free online resources to support the book, available from actionpurpose.com.au

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN  9781405284561

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
by David Benedictus

Illustrated by Mark Burgess

Inspired by A.A. Milne & E. H. Shepard

For ages 7+


David Benedictus takes us back to the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures with A. A. Milne's Bear of Very Little Brain. From the excitement of Christopher Robin's return to the curious business of learning to play cricket.

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood features all the old friends from Pooh, to Piglet, Eeyore to Owl and Tigger to Rabbit. David Benedictus' authorised sequel to A. A. Milne's original Winnie-the-Pooh.

There's still plenty of fun to be had in this forest.

We love the illustrations and especially the map of the View of the Forest from Christopher Robin's House.

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont



Best Friends Treasury


For ages 2+


This beautifully presented  classic gold foiled Treasury is an introduction to Winnie-the-Pooh and friends. It is an ideal present to keep forever and pass onto young children in the family.


 Ideal to sit and read with young children as they look the gorgeous illustrations, little ones can enjoy getting the facts and find out more about  Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Pooh's love of honey, the Hundred Acre Wood, short stories and more. The book includes hand picked collections of iconic stories.

A recommended read!

Published by EK Books

ISBN  978125335248

The Great Sock Secret
by Susan Whelan

Illustrated by Gwynneth Jones

For ages 4-10


Lost socks, something just about everyone can relate to!


Here's a story / picture book about Sarah’s mother who is tired of finding odd socks in the laundry basket. Where do all the missing socks go? Sarah’s mother is pretty sure the puppy is responsible but Sarah knows better. And her mother simply mustn’t find out the truth! The Great Sock Secret is a fun adventure into an imaginative world with cool fairies.


A really lovely book with entertaining illustrations - recommended for home and school libraries.

Published by EK Books

ISBN  978125335224

Patch and Ruby

by Anouska Jones

Illustrated by Gwynneth Jones

For ages 4-10


Patch was a little lonely, not that he didn't have friends, but he didn't feel quite right, not fitting in with the chickens and other animals in the fields. His special girl Sam had to  go to school and she had other friends too. One day Ruby arrived and that changed everything.


A story to warm the hearts of young children while they enjoy the entertaining illustrations by Gwynneth Jones.


Another delightful book from EK Books.

Published by EK Books

ISBN  978125335248

Ants 'n Uncles
by Clay Rice


For ages 3-6


What happens when Uncle steps on an ant hill? The ants in his pants make him dance, of course, and his dancing skills become famous around the world.

Written by award winning author and silhouette artist Clay Rice comes the rhyming tale of an accidental hero.


Filled with scenes from countries and cultures around the globe, this lively story is fun to read, but be aware that  it works when you rhyme "ants" and "dance" not so well if you pronounce dance as in "darnce".

Published by EK Books

ISBN  978125335231

Dance with Me
by Penny Harrison

Illustrated by Gwynneth Jones

For ages 4-10


A ballerina in a music box loves nothing more than to dance. Her days are filled with joy as she dances for her little girl owner, and also pops out of her box for some extra fun and excitement when the little girl isn't looking! But when her owner grows up and isn't a little girl anymore, who will dance with the ballerina then?


The ballerina goes in search of someone to dance with her and encounters some adventures on the way. A sweet story with fun, sadness  and happiness once again.

Ally Fashion

Published by Busy Ink Publishing

ISBN  9780646941042

Busy Izzy and friends
by Roxanne Kiely

Illustrated Jesoo Kim


Busy Izzy always knows exactly what to do. because she is so clever, helpful and friendly. Her friends say Izzy is a role model for all children her age and younger. Her generosity and old fashioned values, combined with her ability to overcome obstacles, and her passion and talent to inspire, are her endearing qualities.

Written by an award winning songwriter and singing teacher to the (Australian) stars it 's a delightful book and includes a CD for children to sing a long and dance to.

Published by Busy Ink Publishing

ISBN  9780994551009

Busy Izzy and Newly Truly
by Roxanne Kiely

Illustrated Jesoo Kim


This is a second story book about the adventures of Busy Izzy, a vivacious and capable 12-year-old girl, and her newly-adopted puppy, "Newly Truly".  The story concerns our hero, Busy Izzy, becoming aware of the plight of the poor forgotten animals which pass through the SPCA as this book is published in Australia we wonder what happened to the R as in RSPCA (Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)!

While she is at the (R) SPCA, she meets a young puppy, and the two of them get along so well that Busy Izzy decides to adopt him and bring him home. A story to warm the hearts of children everywhere, as the puppy, whom Busy Izzy names "Newly Truly, meets and becomes friends with all the children in Green Grass Grove. Like the first book, this one also includes a CD for children to sing a long  and dance too. Both books are endorsed by the World Literacy Foundation.

Published by Stripes Publishing

ISBN  9781847156709

Phoenix Burning
by Brony Pearce


For ages 12+


As t hey sail the junk-filled seas, the crew of the Phoenix have just one thing on their mind - the search for the island where they can settle. Their ship is missing a crucial component, so when Ayla appears from enemy ship the Banshee offering to cut a deal, they accept....


Toby and Ayla have to infiltrate a sect of sun worshippers to steal the equipment their ships need. They enter a trial to be chosen as the Sun and the Moon, a position of great honour for the sect. As the trial commences, Toby and Ayla discover the true cost of failure. But there are other young couples who are equally desperate to win... Can Toby and Ayla survive days without sleep, hours sitting in the blistering sun and a deadly maze? They'll need to work together to win - their mission depends

Published by Stripes Publishing

ISBN  9781847156709

The Ballad of Henry Hopingsea
by Julia Huberry

Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

For ages 3-5


A delightfully illustrated picture story book.Henry will do anything to win the hand of his beloved Carmelita. He is inventive and determined, and nothing is going to stand in his way. Except maybe a niggling feeling that something is not quite right....

Author Julia trained as an architect and lloves the countryside and nature, finding it a pool of inspiration to draw on in her writing

Published by Little Hare Books

ISBN  9781742976914

Colours of Australia
by Bronwyn Bancroft

For ages 3-5


Another magnificently illustrated book by Bronwyn Bancroft.  Bancroft's books are always a delight and in this Colours of Australia,  she inspires a deep love of country with her poetry and rich hues with layers of the colours of Australia.


"White diamonds spill across the sky, wind drives clouds into inventive shapes"... a must have book for every young Australian.

Published by Little Hare Books

ISBN  9781742976914

The Super Lettering Book
by lettering artists: Benjamin Johnson, Kristy Lund-White, Michelle Mackintosh, Alice Oehr, Georgia Perry, Kate Pullen, George Rose, Eliza Svikulis


For ages 8+


What a fun book!  Now that your 8+ year old has mastered lettering, let them have loads of fun learning to draw the alphabet.


We like the way the book has a wire binding, so it can be opened flat.  It's bursting  with themed alphabets, phrases and words to help you create amazing posters, signs, greeting cards and school projects. The super lettering artists share their secret tips, teaching  how to draw the best lettering and perhaps children wil be on their way to appreciating typography.

Published by Yummy Times

 ISBN 9780994167828

Buy from yummytimes.com.au

Be SEEDsational
Discover the Magic

by Anne Roze - Yummy Times


This is the first instalment in the ‘Be SEEDsational series revolving around the educational themes of sustainability, healthy eating and self-identity.  As a fusion of a graphic novel activity book  ‘Be SEEDsational:  Discover the Magic’ is an interactive, educational experience for children and families. Join Yummie on his quest to change the world with the help of four seemingly ordinary girls.  In a world where anything can happen, from legendary beginnings and mysterious appearances, to enchanting transformations and magical discoveries, this book stretches the imagination of all readers.


Armed with the knowledge of health, wellbeing and seasonal magic, the ‘Be SEEDsational’ series advocates sustainability and the continued movement towards healthier living for everyone. It encourages the younger generation to grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables and provides them with the knowledge and inspiration to grow the seeds of change. This book is a great resource for parents and teachers to begin to communicate with children about the benefits of healthy eating and maintaining a balanced lifestyle, whilst spreading the educational message of nutrition and steering readers towards a more nourishing lifestyle.


User-friendly lesson plans, including direct links to the Australian Curriculum in English, Science and Creative Arts, have been developed alongside the ‘Be SEEDsational:  Discover the Magic’ book.  These are easily adapted to individual state curricula.


“The most impressive part of this book is the underlying message that it tries to bring to our society – what is ‘eat and live seasonably’, why is it so important and how can we achieve this mission?” – Lisa Chen, accredited practicing dietician.

Published by Hardie Egmont

ISBN  97801760126858

Lola's Toy Box
Party at Cuddleton Castle

by Danny Parker

Illustrated by Guy Shield


Lola is going on a magical adventure - where will her toy box take her today?


To the Great High Bear's birthday party. Nick, Lola's brother never usually plays with her, but today he wants to play hide and seek.... read more about the adventures.

Published by Little Hare Books

ISBN  9781742979830


by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley


If you little one doesn't eat their crusts, they are sure to love this book. Jacob is just one of the millions who won't eat their crusts.


But when it comes to bright ideas, he's one in a million - he knows what do with crusts to create a fun and hilarious adventure.


A good fun read with fun illustrations. Recommended for young readers.

Published by Hardie Egmont

ISBN  97801760126780

Squishy Taylor and the Mess Makers

by Ailsa Wild

Illustrated by Ben Wood


An apartment full of questions on a street full of mysteries ...

What's the best way to sneak onto a film set?*


Why do grown-ups trust you more when you're carrying a Baby?

 Is a pizza even a pizza without mozzarella?


What do you do when everyone hates your hero?


The author is an acrobat, whip cracker and teaching artist who wants to run away from the circus to become a writer. This is her first foray into the world of junior fiction and you can tell. Because this book is not like  quite unlike anything you've read before. It conveys the frantic excitement and unbridled joy that is unique to childhood.

Published by Hardie Egmont

ISBN  97801760126780

There's a Dragon in my Dinner!

by Tom Nicoll

Illustrated by Sarah Horne


When Eric finds a tiny dragon nestled among the beansprouts in his Friday night takeaway, he thinks it's a free toy. But Pan the Mini-Dragon is very real indeed - and he's about to get Eric into a whole heap of trouble.


How is Eric going to explain the trail of devastation caused by one creature not much bigger than a spring roll?


The mini-dragon will flame-burp the alphabet; eat your school uniform for lunch and set fire to its own trumps and the cat.


Bewarned an hilarious book for 6 year olds.

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN  9780143505723

The Pearl Shell Diver

by Kay Crabbe


Sario lives with his family on a remote Torres Strait island, which he never wants to leave - but the winds of change are stirring.


The year is 1898 and the pearl-shell trade is at its height. When his father is coerced to join a white trader on his pearling lugger, thirteen-year-old Sario must go to work as a swimming diver to support the family. He can earn more as a pump diver, and is excited by the idea of walking on the sea floor, but the competition is fierce.


 With the constant danger of shark attack and the storm of the century approaching, can Sario provide for his family and realise his dream?

An engaging read for older children. Available as an ePub and in print.


Published by EK Books

ISBN  9781925335026

What Could It Be?

written and illustrated by Sally Fawcett

Recommended for ages 3 - 12.


An interesting concept interactive book designed to unleash children's creativity. It is partly a picture book and partly a book for inspiration.

Ideal for pre-primary and primary school ages, the book is arranged over the double opening pages.  Readers will explore square, circles, triangles and ovals as well as octagons, hexagons and rectangles and the possibilities there are using them to be creative. Children are encouraged to find specific objectives and the shapes within them.


This is the author's first picture book based on her background as a teacher. Sally has teacher's notes and materials that can be used in lesson planning to help creative young minds.

Published by Puffin Books

ISBN  9780143505723

The Other Christy

by Oliver Phommavanh

Reviewed by Janine Zimbler: Individual, Couple, Family and Child Therapist


Making and keeping school friends is difficult for many children and the cause of much heartache for the child and parents alike.


In the early primary years parents tend to drive friendship formation but as children approach the later years, this falls away and children begin to select their own friends. Some children need a lot of help and support around this process.


This book is a lovely read for young girls from year 3 and up about friendship and relationships in general.


There are take home messages about understanding and respecting the real lived experience of another (rather than making assumptions), finding and making connections,  managing conflict positively rather than reactively to name a few.


My rating: Highly Recommend – already suggested the book to a young person struggling with making friends at school.

Published by Puffin Random House

ISBN  9780670078295

A Patch from Scratch

written and illustrated by Megan Forward


Jesse and Lewis live with their parents in a suburb in the city, but their mum wants to grow their food like they do on a farm, instead of buying all their food from the shops.  They're going to dig and build, plant and grow, and when they're finished they're going to have a feast!


A delightful story of how they all go about setting up a vegie patch, the children have their own patches to grow what they like as they learn how to start from scratch and take care of their plants with food (compost they make) and natural bug sprays.


Information on getting a patch started is provided with notes and ideas for teachers and a few very easy recipes are provided.


A great way to introduce children to growing vegetables  at home.

Published by Egmont

ISBN 978140527342

The Eye of the Sheep

by Sofie Laguna


Jimmy Flick is not like other kids, he's both too fast and too slow. He sees too much and too little. Paula, Jimmy's mother is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep, so that he can fall asleep. Paula is the only one that can keep Jimmy of out his father's way, but when his world falls apart, Jimmy has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own and make things right.


His Monkey Wife

by John Collier


Mr Fatigay is a hapless Edwardian schoolmaster posted to the Congo. His sole companion in the tropics is Emily: petite, dark and vivacious, brushing the floor with the knuckles of her strong capable hands. Emily is a prodigiously gifted chimpanzee of great intelligence and sensitivity, and also a secret autodidact. As she uncovers the delights of art and literature, she also begins fall for Mr Fatigay.


When the time comes for Mr Fatigay to return home to London, he brings Emily along - gifting her to his adored fiancee, Amy, who makes her a housemaid. Her abilities underestimated once again, Emily is reduced to serving tea to Amy's many guests and watching helplessly as Mr Fatigay is cruelly led on by his betrothed. To escape her stifling servitude, Emily begins donning Amy's clothes and sneaking out across the rooftops: she reads Darwin at The British Museum (where she is taken for a fascinating woman of mystery), calls on the apes at the zoo, and discovers her talent for the stage. But her secret trips into town provide only a brief solace, as there is only one person who can make her truly happy.


Bug Kidz Composting

by Lea Fearn, Illustrated by Trevor Salter


This rhyming story takes readers on a fun-filled journey and shows them how easily we can all contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.  Many of the things we use daily come from nature and can be recycled back into the earth through compositing.

"Munch a slurpy watermelon with juicy, sloppy sips and try to catch the drips and pips between your lips. The black spot on your chin is a perfect seed to dig into the dirt right ..." -An excerpt from one of the rhyming stories illustrated with fun and details for children to look for.

A good read and learn book for every young child.

Lea Fearn is the founder of Bug Kidz a Queensland based business through which she educates and entertains young children with puppet shows, games, information sessions and interactive viewing of live and displayed insects, in pre-schools, in pre-schools, schools, vacation care, after school care, child care centres and birthday parties.


Stuff Happens: Dale

by Adrian Beck

Reviewed by Janine Zimbler: Individual, Couple, Family and Child Therapist


'Dale' is the name of the main character of this delightfully engaging book. There are several books in this series each commissioned primarily for young boys in the 7-12 year age group, although I see no reason why girls would not enjoy the read.


This book and, if this is representative of the rest of the series then the series is the perfect addition to the school library, to the school counsellors office and to the home.

This is the type of book I have longed to see in print. It's intelligently written, funny and suspenseful. It's about managing hurt feelings, payback and revenge and ultimately about right and wrong. Boys can easily identify with the character and his feelings and the issue of struggle is a  strong metaphor. It is hopeful and loving and provides a way forward.


A lovely book to read and discuss with your students or the class whenever cruel name calling or hurtful remarks are made.


Nick's Fabulous Footy Cards

by Greg Fish

Illustrated by Jason Trevenen



A keen footy player, Nick has a problem, with an injury and is out of the game on doctors orders for two months. He is sad, but reassured by his dad that the time will pass quickly. But when Nick  is ready to start playing again, something is wrong. He isn't chosen as often, something is just wrong. By chance his uncle helps thanks to a pack of footy cards. These are no ordinary footy cards, Nick learns the skills to improve and ultimately regain his love of the game while  form a special mini training session on his bed and regains his confidence.


This is a fun read for any young footy fan - especailly reluctant readers.

Starlight Stables

Pony Detectives & Gymkhana Hijinks

by Soraya Nicholas



A story about adventure and horse living crazy girls, from a series of Australian horses and friendships.


Poppy is thrilled when she finds she's back doing what she loves, especially when she finds out that her aunt and uncle have a surprise in store for her - her very own horse. It comes with strings attached, Poppy must look after the new scholarship girls, but will Katie, the sensible one and Milly the  troublesome one be the pony mad friends she's hoped for?

Horses go missing, from the local farms, Poppy worries about her new horse Crystal and will the girls be able to protect the horses and find the horse thief?


by Tania McCartney an Jess Racklyeft

A flip over book.


Happy or sad, crying or glad, these two books in one is a beginners guide to feelings, showcasing the full emotional range of their formative years.

A fun, flip-over picture book for children that reads from both front and back. Readers' follow three adorable characters - piglet, bunny and cat - as they react emotionally to a variety of events and circumstances from everyday life. From an 'ate all the pies' smile to an 'ice-cream plopping down cry' from a 'cosy under blanket smile' to a 'need a band-aid quick cry', children will empathize with the tear-jerking calamity of a popped balloon or lost toy, or feel the smiley warmth of a being tickled. It's the little things that touch the hearts of children the most, and Smile/Cry typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood.


Bear Make Den

by Jane Godwin & Michael Wagner

Illustrated by Andrew Joyner


Bear loves to get things done. He can make just about anything! He even builds a wonderful den. But something is missing. What could it be?

Bear is great with his hands, but not so smart when it comes to relationships. If he fixes up his den, will everything else follow?

Young children are sure to like the bright and fun illustrations.


Hattie Helps Out

by Jane Godwin & Davina Bell

Illustrated by Freya Blackwood


It's Hattie's dad's birthday party today and she wants to help her mama prepare. There's so much to do and there's also baby Lottie to see to.  Hattie is very helpful until it's time for her afternoon nap, but she's not sleepy.

Her mama lays down with her and falls asleep and while her mama is asleep, Hattie has her own ideas of helping out. She remembers all the things that need to be done, but what happens next? You will need to read the book to your little one to find out!

Freya Blackwood's illustrations are a delight and complement the story so well.


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