By Philip Bunting - Age: 3-4
Mopoke by Philip Bunting is a wonderful new Australian picture book filled with humorous puns that will amuse both kids and parents. With an easy, repetitive narrative it is a perfect beginning storybook about a small owl that realises that sometimes, you don’t always get what you want.
Penelope Perfect: The Green-eyed Monster
By Chrissie Perry - Age: 5-8
Welcome back to the world of Penelope Perfect! Penelope has two problems. Her best friend Bob and her mum both seem to have new people in their lives and Penelope is feeling a bit left out. She needs to find a way to conquer the Green-Eyed Monster before her jealously gets the better of her!
The Super-Intelligent, High-Tech Robot Book
By Jon Milton - Age: 8-10
The Super-Intelligent, High-Tech Robot Book by Jon Milton is the perfect tie-in to the STEM program. It is a factual and interesting history of robotics that will fascinate young kids. With a simple format and an easy to understand approach this is the perfect beginning for a basic understanding of how mankind advanced the machine.
Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake
By Rob Lloyd Jones - Age: 10-12
Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by Rob Lloyd Jones is an action packed adventure that both girls and boys will love. Following Jake, a troublemaking schoolboy turned treasure hunter as he searches for a long lost tomb in order to save his parents from being turned into mummies! This book is a must-read!
By Holly Goldberg Sloan - Age: 12-14
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan focuses on Julia, a preteen girl who is short for her age and feels it is a big disadvantage. When Julia gets cast in a summer production of The Wizard of Oz her way of thinking changes and she realizes that being big on the inside is what matters the most.
By Terry Whitebeach & Sarafino Enadio - Age: 14-16
Trouble Tomorrow by Terry Whitebeach & Sarafino Enadio is based on the incredible true story of Enadio’s childhood.
Obulejo’s family has already been torn apart by the civil war in Sudan when the rebels come again. Obulejo runs for his life, trying to cross the border to the refugee camp in Kenya where he hopes he’ll be safe. With his future and that of his families cast into uncertainty, Obulejo wonders what his life will be like now.
By Amanda Hocking - Age: 16*18
Freeks by Amanda Hocking is a new standalone novel by the multi-bestselling author of the Kannin Chronicles. Mara travels far and wide with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling carnival and she’s used to the extraordinary. What she wishes for more than anything though, is the ordinary. But even the seemingly ordinary, is not always what it appears. Mara will learn that the hard way, when she meets Gabe Alvarado.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder
By Sara Barnard - Age: 18+
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard is a heart-warming, beautiful stand-alone novel by the author of Beautiful Broken Things. Steffi suffers from Selective Mutism, Rhys is hearing impaired. Communicating should be complicated, but for Steffi and Rhys, they understand each other perfectly.
Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate
By Elli Woolard - Age: 5+
With lyrical rhymes that make Swashbuckle Lil’s adventures lots of fun to read, Elli Woollards, The Secret Pirate is full of adventure. This beautiful beginning chapter book contains two stories. In the first, Lil has to rescue her teacher from the evil pirate Stinkbeard and in the second, make sure Stinkbeard and his pet croc don’t ruin sports day!
The Secret Pirate is filled with wonderful pictures and a rhyming scheme that makes it perfect for young children branching out from their first readers.
Alphonse, That is Not Okay to Do!
By Daisy Hirst - Age: 2+
This wonderful picture book by Daisy Hirst is a delightfully humorous and perfectly accurate portrayal of how siblings can sometimes argue. Natalie and her younger brother Alphonse get along most of the time but they do not always see eye to eye; Alphonse sometimes likes to eat Natalie’s things and draw on her stuff and that makes Natalie mad. With a story that will amuse parents and a moral of forgiveness and love at the centre of its story, this amusing picture book is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf.
By Arree Chung - Age: 3+
Ninja is a superbly illustrated picture book by Arree Chung about a young boy who uses his ninja skills to find and take the sacred cup of milk and cookies while avoiding detection. Follow Ninja Maxwell as he collects his Ninja gear and teaches his baby sister the way of the ninja. This book is lots of fun for the whole family.
This Hungry Dragon
By Heath McKenzie - Age: 3+
This quirky picture book by Heath McKenzie uses repetition to introduce new words to children as they read about a very hungry dragon who likes to eat everything. But when the greedy dragon eats so much he feels sick, he goes to the doctor and eats him! So the doctor has to come up with a clever plan to save everyone the dragon has eaten!