LoveJoin little rabbit and his mummy as they spend a glorious sunny day together in the meadow. Little rabbit finds love everywhere, but knows that a mummy’s love is always the best love of all.This beautifully designed, padded picture books explores the loving relationship between animal parents and their babies. Featuring a tenderly told rhyming text and heartwarming illustrations, it will be become a firm bedtime favourite.For ages 1 to 4
Emma Dodd was brought up in a family of artists, and from as far back as she can remember she has wanted to be an illustrator. She studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and has worked extensively in advertising, editorial and book illustration. I Love My Mummy, written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Emma, won the Booktrust Best Book For Babies award in 2010. Among Emma’s favourite things in life are surfing with her kids, punctuality and Scrabble. Things she cannot abide include heights, pate and children who complain that they are bored. ‘How can you ever be bored,’ she says, ‘when you can always draw a picture?’
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja Books 1 and 2
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja BOOK 1‘It’s my first day at a new school and the only person I know is my cousin, Zoe (but she might be a little too cool for me). I was just another scrawny kid until a group of ninjas recruited me into their clan. It was a world of trouble I wasn’t prepared for. This diary is a warning: the life of a ninja is dangerous, scary…andawesome.’My name is Chase Cooper, and I’m a 6th grade ninja.Pirate Invasion BOOK 2
Continuing the havoc-meets-hilarious adventures of Chase Cooper.‘Being the leader of a ninja clan isn’t easy – especially when half of my ninja clan quit. This week started with “Talk Like a Pirate” day, and it looks like it’s going to end with an all-out pirate invasion. The entire school is in danger, and I’m the only one who can save it.’For ages 7 to 12
Marcus Emerson is the author of several highly imaginative children’s books including the popular Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series and the Secret Agent 6th Grader series. His goal is to create children’s books that are engaging, funny, and inspirational for kids of all ages – even the adults who secretly never grew up. He is a comic book reader, video game player and toy collector.
The Complete Adventures of Figaro and Rumba
Come on two fabulous adventures with two best friends.When Figaro and Rumba catch the Very Fast Train to the beach, they meet a cunning crocodile with conga drums and a satin waistcoat, but they can’t imagine such a musical creature might be a villain with a catnapping plan…And when Figaro howls in the Cool Cats’ choir, the little ginger cat takes him exploring in the Catmobile. Open-air driving is the best thing ever, but Figaro thinks he’s seen a monster in the car…With pictures in full-colour by award- winning illustrator Stephen Michael King.‘Everything about Figaro and Rumba is appealing… This is the sort of book that young readers will return to again and again’ Reading Time‘Each chapter tells a story, but they build to a fanciful climax … an ideal gift for five-to-eight year olds’ Australian Book ReviewFor ages 5 to 8
Anna Fienberg is the author of many popular and award-winning books for children of all ages, including the Tashi series, Minton Goes!, Horrendo’s Curseand Wicked’s Way.Stephen Michael King has written and illustrated many wonderful picture books, including Snail and Turtle are Friends, Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat and Bella’s Bad Hair Day.
The No. 1 Car Spotter Fights the Factory
Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is the No. 1 car spotter in the village – maybe even the world! And No. 1 is excited when he learns that a factory is being built in his Nigerian village. There will be jobs for the villagers, including No. 1’s father. But strange things begin to happen: the goats become sick and the fish in the river are dying. What is going on? And can No. 1 put things right?
The sixth and final book in this upbeat, humorous and very charming series about a young Nigerian boy who lives in Africa.
Racing Reads are pacy and engaging first novels for the newly independent reader. Each book is extensively illustrated and the storyper- chapter structure is ideal for building reading confidence.
For ages 5 up
Atinuke is a world-reknowned oral storyteller and the author of the popular Anna Hibiscus series.
Atinuke was born in Nigeria and spent her childhood in both Africa and the UK. She works as a traditional storyteller in schools and theatres all over the world. Atinuke is the author of two children’s book series: The No. 1 Car Spotter and Anna Hibiscus. She lives with her two sons on a mountain overlooking the sea in West Wales and supports the charity OS Children’s Villages.
Warwick Johnson Cadwell lives by the Sussex seaside with his smashing family and pets. Most of his time is spent drawing or thinking about drawing, but for a change of scenery he also skippers boats.
Patch and Ruby
Patch the pony is lonely. He has fun with his young owner, Sam, and the other farm animals are friendly, but sometimes it feels as if he still doesn’t quite fit in. Then one day Sam has an idea and something happens that changes Patch’s life forever.
Patch and Ruby is a wonderful, often very funny tale about friendship and finding out where you belong.
FOR LITTLE KIDS
Anouska Jones is a publisher, editor, book reviewer and writer. She is the Publisher for Exisle Publishing and EK Books, and is the Senior Editor of children’s literature website Kids’ Book Review. She lives on her rural property with her husband and daughter, three horses, eight chickens, three ducks, two dogs, one cat and one budgie.
Gwynneth Jones drew all through her maths book at school, so left to study art at TAFE and then majored in Plant and Wildlife Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Since then, Gwynneth has been imagining and drawing madly, exhibiting and holding market stalls, and creating picture books.
Too Many Cheeky Dogs
A cheeky, charming, paperback edition of the story about the naughty camp dogs from the creators of Go Home, Cheeky Animals!‘On Monday I went to my auntie’s house and guess what I saw? ONE yellow cheeky dog sleeping on the floor.’
So begins this cheeky story set in a remote Indigenous community, romping through numbers, colours and days of the week to the hilarious finale.
‘A fun way of helping young readers learn their colours and days of the week … a wonderful glimpse into life in a remote outback town.’ Kids’ Book ReviewFOR AGES 3 to 5
Dion Beasley lives in Tennant Creek and is well known across the Territory as the artist behind the much loved T-shirt brand, Cheeky Dogs. Dion’s formal art career started in 2006 when the first Cheeky Dogs T-shirt line was launched. Since then, his reputation as an accomplished visual artist has grown from strength to strength. Dion’s talents are particularly remarkable given he has muscular dystrophy and is profoundly deaf.
Johanna Bell lives in Darwin with her partner, daughter and a backyard full of green tree frogs. Her writing career got off to a bumpy start when she was so busy composing a story in her head that she accidentally drove into the back of a taxi. It was while driving on a sandy +caaghjkstretch of road outside Alice Springs that the beginnings of the Cheeky Dog books took shape. Working with Dion has changed the way Johanna sees the world and tells stories.
A unique and beautiful hardback picture book for the whole family.Come with me to my family’s old house in Lionsville. It’s full of memories. It’s a special place. Uncle Pat calls it a secret place.We played in that old tin cubby, swam in the creek with the catfish, and fell asleep to the ribbip of frogs at night.And around the red cedar table we listened to the old people’s stories. We learned a lot that way.FOR AGES 6 to 11
Bronwyn Bancroft is an artist and designer whose artworks have been collected and shown by galleries throughout Australia and around the world.
A descendant of the Bundjalung people, Bronwyn studied at the Canberra School of Art, eventually starting Designer Aboriginals, training Aboriginal women in arts and craft. She was one of the founders of Boomalli, the Aboriginal Artists’ Cooperative, was a board member of the Council of the National Gallery of Australia, has been Chair of the Visual Arts and Crafts Committee for the NSW Ministry of the Arts, and is a well-known speaker on Aboriginal art and advocacy issues. Since 1993 Bronwyn has written and illustrated many award-winning children’s books, including Possum and Wattle and Patterns of Australia.
CELEBRATING 21 YEARS OF STELLA STREET!
This special anniversary edition includes three exciting adventures in one big book: 45 + 47 Stella Street, Fiddle-back and The Ballad of Cauldron Bay.Meet Henni, the tallest girl in school, and her best friend Zev, with amazing electric hair, and Briquette, little Frank’s dog … and everyone else in Stella Street. Read Henni’s original version of what her gang did when the Phonies moved into their street and started to spoil everything! It’s fast and funny and you never know what’s going to happen next. Henni also tells the story of life-changing events when the Stella Street gang all went bush and camped by a wild river, and then how their perfect old-beach-house holiday in Cauldron Bay nearly ended in disaster.Three hair-raising adventures in one chunky book!
Elizabeth Honey writes with the invigorating energy of a salty wind off the sea that wakes you up and makes you see the world afresh. Warm-hearted, funny, touching and wise, the Stella Street stories are about growing up and living life to the full.
‘Superbly written entertainment full of mischief, humour and wit, about friendship, growing up, responsibility and simply allowing one’s self to enjoy life.’ Good ReadingFOR AGES 8 to 12
Elizabeth Honey is an award-winning author of poetry, picture books and novels. Her playful humour, originality and energy strike a chord with children everywhere. Elizabeth is also an artist and illustrates her own books.
45 + 47 Stella Street and everything that happened was an Honour Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards for younger readers, and was adapted for the stage and performed at the Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre, Melbourne.
Her other titles include picture books I’m Still Awake, Still!, That’s not a Daffodil! (CBCA Honour Book, and now a musical theatre production), and Hop up! Wriggle over!; poetry Honey Sandwich; and novels To the Boy in Berlin, Remote Man and Don’t Pat the Wombat!. Elizabeth’s books are lasting favourites, they win literary awards, and are published in many countries.
How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel
Violet Mackerel loves to make things, especially SMALL things. Let Violet show you how to make some of her favourite SMALL THINGS: SMALL THINGS to WEAR, SMALL THINGS to USE and SMALL THINGS to GIVE.
Packed full of crafty ideas and lots of thinking outside the square! All of the fun and SMALL things Violet shows you how to make can easily be created with things you have at home! Make small things to wear, like personalised wrist warmers; small things to use, like a chest of matchbox drawers. There are also small things to give to other people, like pencil toppers and gift tags.
- A companion to the Violet Mackerel illustrated fiction series.
- Features colourful photographs showing various craft steps and finished projects.
- From the award-winning team that brought you Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot.
For ages 7 up
Anna Branford was born in the Isle of Man and spent her early childhood in Sudan and Papua New Guinea before moving to Australia. Creative writing was her favourite subject at school and she wrote stories in all these different countries. Anna is a doll maker and a sociology lecturer at Victoria University. Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot was her first published work for Walker Books Australia and was Honour book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers Notable Books for 2011.
Sarah Davis grew up in New Zealand, wearing gumboots and falling in rivers. She worked as a secondary school teacher before moving to Sydney. Sarah is a very busy, award-winning artist who has collaborated with Sue Whiting on Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (New Frontier) and Jennifer Poulter Mending Lucille (Lothian), for which Sarah won the 2009 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator. Most recently, Sarah’s title Fearless, written by Colin Thompson, was short-listed for the 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot was also Honour book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers Notable Books for 2011.
Return of the Dinosaurs
A fun and dynamic look at what life would be like for dinosaurs if they were roaming the Broome coastline today! Reflecting the famous colours of north west Australia and its rugged environment, the textured collage layers of artwork capture the character and beauty of the dinosaurs, birds, and marine life that roamed the Kimberley coastline more than 130 million years ago.
For lower and middle primary school ages. Teacher’s notes available
Bronwyn Houston is descended from the Nyiyaparli and Yindjiparndi people of the Wana clan in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Bronwyn was born and bred in Broome, and draws her inspiration from the natural world she knows and loves.
Bronwyn has a Diploma of Graphic Design and an extraordinary flare for illustration and art. Her creativity extends to being an author and illustrator of various published works as well as commissioned pieces that reside in collections nationally. She has run many illustration workshops in WA, including a workshop at the Perth International Festival in 2014. Bronwyn illustrated her first book Loongie the Greedy Crocodile (Kiefer and Lucy Dann, 2008) at the age of 21. Staircase to the Moon (2011) was her second title as an illustrator and first as an author. Her third book was a collaboration, My Home Broome (2012). Her fourth book, Counting Aussie Animals in my Backyard was published in October 2014.