New Titles Children’s April 2014 (arrived in March)

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Just Macbeth!, Andy Griffiths
Songs for bubbas [sound recording], Anika Moa.
I can't find it! [sound recording], Bel Mooney.
Gladiator clash, Chris Blake.
Mr Docker is off his rocker, Dan Gutman.
Monster and chips, David O'Connell.
Fireweed, Jill Paton Walsh.
Monster Mountains, Marcus Sedgwick.
The revenge of the Ballybogs, Siobhan Rowden.
Football crazy, Tony Bradman.
Monsters, mayhem and a sprinkling of Crumbs, Tracey Corderoy.
Ellie and the sea monster, Vivian French.
My dog the champion
A "diamond in the rough" story about a dog named Scout, a cattle dog who decided she didn't like herding cattle. Scout's owner, Billy, a rancher struggling to stay in business, pegs her as a useless, broken tool... But when the rancher's city slicker granddaughter, Madison, spends the summer on his ranch, the two outcasts form a special bond that ushers Scout into the new arena of Dog Agility Competition.
Sammy's adventures (DVD)
A sea turtle hatched in 1959 spends the next fifty years swimming the oceans, searching for the love of his life, and watching how global warming changed the planet.
Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. 2
Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals. Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world again!
When weary Old Dan collapses at Central Railway Station he entrusts his beloved dog Molly to young Maxie. New to Sydney and in desperate need of a friend Maxie takes up the challenge wholeheartedly, developing a soft spot for her special new companion - a dog with the rare ability to sing in tune. But Molly's special talent catches the attention of short-order cook Jones, who will not stop until he makes the dog his own.
Swan princess. A royal family tale
Princess Odette and Prince Derek have a little girl named Elise. Meanwhile, a group of talking squirrels believe that Odette as a white swan is evil according to a certain prophecy.
75 children's favourites [sound recording].
Dance party mix [sound recording].
Hot potatoes! [sound recording] : the best of The Wiggles.
Vintage children's favourites [sound recording]
Cloudbabies. Wide awake sun (DVD)
Cloudbabies follows four enchanting, childlike characters - Baba Pink, Baba Blue, Baba Yellow and Baba Green - whose job is to look after the sky and their Sky Friends - Sun, Moon, Rainbow, Fuffa Cloud and Little Star. They live together with Bobo White, a mischievous little imp, in a house on a big fluffy cloud. Every morning, they jump on their Skyhorsies and begin their day's work of looking after the sky.
Dora the Explorer. Dora's butterfly ball.
Soar with Dora in these colourful high-flying adventures! Loop-de-loop with pretty magic wings at the Butterfly Ball, explore art, and catch a runaway kite on Father's Day! Vamonos!
Fireman Sam. Hero at sea (DVD).
The beaches of Pontypandy are packed with daring rescues as Fireman Sam is a Hero at Sea! During a trip out to sea with the kids, Charlie nets the biggest catch Pontypandy has ever seen but his boat is damaged - will they sink or swim? Find out all this and more in this collection of heroic adventures.
Let's learn ABCs.
Young viewers will learn about letters and reading in six alphabet-centred adventures starring popular Nick Jr. characters from shows including Dora, Diego, Team Umizoomi, Blue's Clues, Ni Hao Kai-lan, and Wonder Pets.
Maya. The take off.
A young bee named Maya has left her hive to discover the beauty and mysteries of nature. As she explores the meadow where she lives, she meets other insects living there, plays to her heart's content and shares her joy with her friend.
Peppa Pig. Champion Daddy Pig and other stories (DVD).
Peppa is a loveable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa loves playing games, dressing up, visiting exciting places and making new friends, but her absolutely favourite thing is jumping up and down in muddy puddles.
Play school. In the wild (DVD)
Playschool In the Wild, recognises that young children are curious investigators, who learn about the world around them as they play, discover and explore. In the Wild encourages a spirit of adventure as young children and their families are invited to share in a series of exciting escapades with the Play School toys and presenters. We explore wild places and spaces, discover wild animals and rare plants and play with the wild possibilities of imaginary worlds. Come and join us as we have a wild time singing wild songs, dancing to wild rhythms, painting wild paintings and dressing up in wild clothes!
SpongeBob SquarePants. Bikini Bottom buddies (DVD).
Team Umizoomi. Animal heroes.
Team up with Team Umizoomi on four fantastic animal missions! Help Milli, Geo, and Bot get Purple Monkey to his new Monkey Jungle home at the zoo, rescue Buster the dog at a construction site, fix the Cuckoo Bears' clock, and find all of Farmer Dan's missing animals!
The wubbulous world of Dr. Seuss. Collection 2.
From the celebrated children's author Dr. Seuss comes this adventure packed Emmy-nominated preschool series. Featuring the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, Horton the Elephant, and Yertle the Turtle this timeless series teaches children the power of friendship and imagination. With puppets built by Jim Henson's Creature Shop watch your favourite characters come to life and revel in the music and laughter.
The wubbulous world of Dr. Seuss. Volume 7.
This daytime Emmy-nominated preschool series features the fun, music and adventures of some of the favourite characters created by celebrated children's author Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). Starring the Cat in the Hat along with the Grinch, Horton the Elephant, Yertle the Turtle and all the other residents of Seussville, these whimsical tales and well-known characters come to life with comedy, music and masterful puppets built by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Helping children understand valuable lessons about friendship, imagination and much more. The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss is fun entertainment for the whole family.
The wubbulous world of Dr. Seuss. Volume 8.
This daytime Emmy-nominated preschool series features the fun, music and adventures of some of the favourite characters created by celebrated children's author Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). Starring the Cat in the Hat along with the Grinch, Horton the Elephant, Yertle the Turtle and all the other residents of Seussville, these whimsical tales and well-known characters come to life with comedy, music and masterful puppets built by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Helping children understand valuable lessons about friendship, imagination and much more. The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss is fun entertainment for the whole family.
The wubbulous world of Dr. Seuss. Volume 9.
This daytime Emmy-nominated preschool series features the fun, music and adventures of some of the favourite characters created by celebrated children's author Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). Starring the Cat in the Hat along with the Grinch, Horton the Elephant, Yertle the Turtle and all the other residents of Seussville, these whimsical tales and well-known characters come to life with comedy, music and masterful puppets built by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Helping children understand valuable lessons about friendship, imagination and much more. The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss is fun entertainment for the whole family.
Transformers animated. Season one (DVD).
A ragtag group of AUTOBOTS led by OPTIMUS PRIME are in a remote sector of CYBERTRON cleaning space bridges when they stumble upon the most import artefact in TRANSFORMERS history; the ALLSPARK!
Winx Club. Peace in the infinite ocean.
It's magic and mayhem in these six thrilling adventures with Bloom, Stella and the rest of the Winx fairies.
The summer fair [sound recording] ; and, The pop princess, Linda Chapman.
Blabber mouth, Morris Gleitzman.
Water wings, Morris Gleitzman.
The lost journals of Benjamin Tooth, Mackenzie Crook.
Presents the recently discovered journals of Benjamin Tooth: alchemist, inventor and discoverer of the Windvale sprites, that chronicle his journey of scientific discovery from pompous boy to mad old man in his pursuit of the sprites on Windvale Moor. The sprites hold the key to eternal life, and Tooth is determined to capture it.
Unseen!, Paul Jennings.

Into Reading

Too cool for school, Kimberly and James Dean.
Pete the Cat is back in New York Times bestselling author James Dean's beginning reader Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School. In this funny My First I Can Read Book, Pete just can't decide which outfit to wear to school! He has so many options to choose from.
Ollie the stomper, Olivier Dunrea.
Three goslings named Gertie, Gossie, and Ollie have fun stomping around in their bright rubber boots.
Deadly dinosaurs, Niki Foreman ; [illustrator, Jason Bays].
After closing at the Dinosaur Museum, the dinosaur models come to life.
The pirate pie ship, Adam and Charlotte Guillain ; illustrated by Rupert Van Wyk.
The Pirate Pie Ship is a burly tale of tasty adventure on the high seas! Times are changing and the pirates can no longer rely on stealing treasure to make money so they decide to go into the pie making business. But they soon find a rival ship has the same idea.
Wolf-pack attack, adapted by Trey King.
Blaming the Eagles for stealing their most sacred relic, the Mother Tooth, the Wolves stage an all-out war, but things aren't what they seem, and more treacherous forces may be behind the missing treasure.
Can you spot a Jedi?, written by Shari Last.
Imaginative heroes and villains and exciting adventure themes, combined with DK's nonfiction approach, encourage reluctant readers. Now young readers will identify their favourite "Star Wars" character and vehicles in this all new Level 1 reader. With simple sentences and a picture glossary, children will learn to read and begin their journey through the "Star Wars" galaxy.
The adventures of C-3PO, written by Shari Last.
Chronicles the adventures of the droid C-3PO and his friend, R2-D2 as they travel around the galaxy.
African adventure, Deborah Lock.
African Adventure is a 'Developing' reader, perfect for children beginning to read alone as they develop skills to read confidently, accurately, fluently and with good understanding. Embark on the trip of a lifetime on an African safari from the pages of Katie's diary. Experience the thrill of joining rangers and seeing wild animals up close.
Pirate attack!, Deborah Lock.
Suitable for children who are beginning to read for meaning, decoding and recognising words, and enjoying reading, this book helps them learn how to read and learn to love reading.
Joe and Sparky get new wheels, Jamie Michalak ; illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.
Sparky is a turtle who likes to stay inside his shell. Joe is a giraffe who likes to stretch his neck and see the world. When a car appears one day at the famous cageless zoo where they live, the two set off on the ride of their lives, with Joe behind the wheel and Sparky hanging on for dear life. From the shopping mall to the car wash to the take-out burger joint, Joe and Sparky cause mayhem everywhere they go.
Amelia Bedelia joins the club, Herman Parish ; pictures by Lynne Avril.
Amelia Bedelia loves her school. Her whole class gets along except when it rains. Then they split into two groups the Puddle Jumpers and the Puddle Stompers. Both clubs ask Amelia Bedelia to join, but she doesn't want to choose between her friends. Luckily, Amelia Bedelia finds a solution that makes a big splash with everyone.
Henry and Mudge and Mrs. Hopper's house : the twenty-second book of their adventures, Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Carolyn Bracken in the style of Sucie Stevenson.
While Henry's parents are at a Sweetheart Dance on Valentine's Day, he and his dog Mudge have a wonderful time staying at Mrs. Hopper's house, where they enjoy tea and music and dressing up in various costumes.


A year in the story room : ready-to-use programs for children, Dawn Rochelle Roginski.
This is the perfect solution for preparing storytime programs; an all-in-one planner which caters for the varying needs of young children, providing everything needed for a year's worth of story room fun.
Think again!, Clive Gifford ; edited by Andrea Mills.
Think again! is a title that will take readers on a wild ride through history, science, the natural world and the human body in search of the truth! Conspiracy theories, popular trivia, old wives' tales, common misconceptions, misinterpretations and other regular falsehoods will be explored to find out why they are wrong, and exactly how and why they may have been adopted as fact.
Locomotive, Brian Floca.
Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.
Learn to speak fashion : a guide to creating, showcasing, & promoting your style, written by Laura deCarufel ; design & illustrations by Jeff Kulak.
Whether it's as simple as wanting to look good or as ambitious as creating a work of art, fashion is so much more than the clothes in our closets. Learn to speak fashion is about the ideas, skills, and above all the fun behind thinking creatively about what you and others choose to wear.
Gobble you up! Based on a Rajasthani folktale rendered by Sunita and Prabhat, art, Sunita ; text, Gita Wolf.
An adaptation of an oral Rajasthani trickster tale set to cumulative rhyme. Meet the most wily jackal in the forest: too lazy to hunt for food, he starts by tricking his friend the crane, and then proceeds to gobble up every animal he comes across. Illustrated in the Mandna traditional finger painting style, this is the first time that this art form has been used to tell a children's story.
5 minute nursery rhymes.
A collection of nursery rhymes.
Millions, billions & trillions : understanding big numbers, David A. Adler ; illustrated by Edward Miller.
Huge numbers are hard to comprehend. This book explains quantities in terms children can understand. For example, one million dollars could buy two full pizzas a day for more than sixty-eight years.
We've got your number, Mukul Patel ; illustrated by Supriya Sahai.
Numbers and maths are all around us. They can explain where electricity comes from, why we look like our parents, why moons revolve around planets, and why it's so hard to win the lottery. We've Got Your Number investigates all aspects of mathematics and numbers and is arranged in a number of thematic chapters. Within each chapter is a series of self-contained spreads, each of which investigates all aspects of a specific subject, such as the different counting bases or the evolution of money.
Space, illustrated by Andy Rowland.
Learning about space has never been more fun! Discover all about the stars above us, the planets in our solar system and the spacecraft we build to visit them with this exciting discovery book, packed full of flaps. Bloomsbury Discovery books are part of an amazing new series covering a range of high-interest topics from space and the solar system to rainforests. Learning has never been more fun with these innovative books packed with flaps! Enjoy brilliant illustrations, discover exciting cross sections and zoom in to find out even more incredible information.
The solar system, Charles Hope.
Amazing photographs accompanied by bite-sized chunks of information! Take a look at the amazing universe, as you've never seen it before.
Fire, Charles Hope.
Wild fires are a result of extreme weather. Every year around the world, wild fires burn out of control in forests, countryside and wilderness areas. They kill people and wildlife, destroy houses and cause billions of dollars in damage. They are becoming more frequent and more destructive.
Collins my first book of earthquakes and volcanoes.
This book dips into the fascinating topic of earthquakes and volcanoes. Where do they occur? Why do they happen? What effects do they have? These and many more questions are answered, explained and illustrated in this introduction to the forces of nature. This engaging book will give hours of pleasure and supply endless facts and figures to help with school work and projects. Part of the 'My First' series of reference books for young readers.
Cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons, Charles Hope.
Cyclones are so big they can be seen from space! They produce huge amounts of energy as much as 10,000 nuclear bombs and kill people, destroy cities and devastate coasts. These extreme weather events are now becoming more destructive. Learn all about these powerful and dangerous storms.
Alien worlds : your guide to extraterrestrial life, David A. Aguilar.
Considers the plausibility of alien life and what creatures living on extrasolar planets might be like, drawing on scientific sources to depict alien creatures who have adapted to the unique characteristics of their respective environments.
Rainforests, Anita Ganeri ; illustrations by Peter Bull Art Studio.
Rainforests is an adventure to discover rainforest habitats around the world, unlocking the secrets of their wonderful plants and amazing animals, and finding out why rainforests are so important.
Predators, written by Steve Parker ; designed by Jo Ryan.
From the tiger, crocodile, and killer whale, to the praying mantis and snowy owl, get a close-up look at nature's greatest
Shelters and habitats, Sandy Green ; photography by Chris Fairclough.
A series for young children featuring activities for learning outdoors. Each book provides step-by-step instructions and talking points. At the end 'notes for adults' gives tips for getting high-quality learning from the activities. The books are a brilliant resource for an outdoor classroom setting and for children visiting a forest school.
100 most feared creatures, Anna Claybourne.
Who fights off killer creatures by spraying acid-filled blood from their eyes? How does the slender deep-sea gulper swallow prey twice its size? Who sucks out body fluids with its short, sharp mouth parts? Dare to discover the world's most ferocious creatures and uncover the deadliest of facts.
Minibeasts, Sandy Green ; photography by Chris Fairclough.
A series for young children featuring activities for learning outdoors. Each book provides step-by-step instructions and talking points. At the end 'notes for adults' gives tips for getting high-quality learning from the activities. The books are a brilliant resource for an outdoor classroom setting and for children visiting a forest school.
My body, illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy.
Learning about your body has never been more fun! Discover how all the different parts of your body work together in unique ways every day with this amazing body discovery book, packed full of flaps!
Ouch! : the weird & wild ways your body deals with agonizing aches, ferocious fevers, lousy lumps, crummy colds, bothersome bites, breaks, bruises & burns & makes them feel better, Joe Rhatigan ; illustrations by Anthony Owsley.
An introduction to how the human body works, "Ouch!" comforts hurting kids by explaining the ways they get injured and sick, how their bodies work, and what parents and doctors can do to fix it. It covers all the familiar childhood ailments: upset stomachs, sore throats, earaches, allergies, and infections.
Things that go, Clive Gifford ; illustrations by Peter Bull Art Studio.
Things That Go is an exciting ride through all types of transport, from trucks and tractors to a city network of trains, trams and buses, to fast cars and aeroplanes and record-breaking vehicles.
The hot air balloon book : build and launch kongming lanterns, solar tetroons, and more, Clive Catterall.
More than a century before the Wright Brothers' first flight, humans were taking to the skies in hot air balloons. Today, with basic craft skills, you can build and safely launch your own balloons using inexpensive, readily available materials. Author and inventor Clive Catterall provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for eight different homemade models, as well as the science and history behind them. Some, like the Solar Tetroon or the Giant Solar Sausage, are made from plastic bags and tape. Others, like the Khom Loi or the Kongming Lantern, are built using tissue paper and wire. The hot air balloon book also shows readers how to heat the interior air that lifts these balloons, from tea candles to hair dryers, kitchen toasters to the sun's warming rays. Always keeping safety in mind, the author includes detailed guidelines on when and where open flames are appropriate, and the proper weather conditions to launch these lighter-than-air craft.
Grow it, eat it : simple gardening projects and delicious recipes.
From plot to plate, a cookery and gardening book in one, for young Australians Is your child a budding gardener or chef? Children will love learning how to plant seeds and turn their produce into delicious meals they can eat. They'll have juicy tomatoes that make fantastic pizzas, luscious strawberries for a smashing smoothie and many more tempting treats. They'll discover how food grows, from photosynthesis to pollination and learn to care for their plants. Then when they've picked their crops, there are recipes for snacks, lunches and dinners that are really tasty and will encourage your child and family to eat healthily. And you don't need a garden: Grow It, Eat It includes plants that can all be grown in pots.
The Yoda chronicles, written by Daniel Lipkowitz.
Helps you learn all about Yoda. This book tells you what you need to know about the wise Jedi Master.
The best of children's arts & craft.
The Best of Children's Art and Crafts brings you all the best arts and crafts projects for children from The Australian Women's Weekly craft books. There's hours and hours of fun with step-by-step projects on drawing and painting, printing, puppet-making, dyeing, weaving and stitching, plus much more. Presented with clear and concise instruction, this book is and invaluable resource for parents, teachers and childcare professionals. Suitable for children of all ages.
Weaving with children, Ute Fischer ; translated by Anna Cardwell.
Weaving is a creative and practical art that's great fun for all ages and abilities. This original book shows you how to weave a wonderful variety of objects special jewellery, a pretty bag, juggling balls, a snug scarf and even a scary spider in its web. Some of the items have handy everyday uses a phone pocket, a mug warmer and a coin purse and some are just great fun fairyland mushrooms, a dreamcatcher and an Easter hen. Each enjoyable project is accompanied by easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and colour photos showing children how to weave with a variety of materials from traditional wool, to rags and plastic bags. Ideal for parents or teachers, the projects are most suitable for children aged 7 to 14 years old.
The colour book, Sophie Benini Pietromarchi ; translated from the original Italian by Guido Lagomarsino & edited by Gita Wolf.
In this much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling 'The Book Book', artist and educator Sophie Benini Pietromarchi takes children into the world of colour. Illustrated in remarkable collage artwork, and written in an intimate, easy tone, 'The Colour Book' is an exciting journey from childhood memories and the feelings that colours can create, to the practicalities of mixing shades and creating a personal colour diary.
Learn to speak film : a guide to creating, promoting & screening your movies, written by Michael Glassbourg ; design & illustrations by Jeff Kulak.
Presents a guide to the basics of movie making, offering guidance on cinematography, visual storytelling, filming with a crew, post-production, and promoting the final product.
Learn to speak dance : a guide to creating, performing, & promoting your moves, written by Ann-Marie Williams, design & illustrations by Jeff Kulak.
Exposes every aspect of the world of dance from different dance styles from around the world to tips on choreography, costume design, performance, staging, and even managing a potential career.
Can you see what I see? : toyland express, Walter Wick.
Follows the life of a toy train from the workshop to the attic, only to be rescued at a yard sale and brought to life once again in a new home. As readers search for more than 250 hidden objects, they will also notice how the train takes on various transformations along its journey.
50 amazing things kids need to know about maths, Anne Rooney.
You can't build a bridge, bake a cake or even do your shopping without maths, but many children (and adults) are put off it at school because it can seem pretty tricky and, dare we say it, boring 50 Amazing Things Kids Need to Know About Maths will help you over your maths hurdles once and for all. Packed with hundreds of amazing puzzles, games and facts, each chapter breaks down the basics in a fun, accessible way. The weird and wonderful scenarios which include How to be a Codebreaker, How to Measure a Mountain and and How to Contact an Alien will entertain as much as they inform, making learning maths a breeze.
Poem depot : aisles of smiles, poems and drawings by Douglas Florian.
An illustrated collection of silly nonsense poems about topics kids care about: talents, avoiding homework, friends and more.
Little poems for tiny ears, poems by Lin Oliver ; illustrated by Tomie dePaola.
For babies and toddlers, each moment is full of wonder and discovery. This delightful collection of original poems celebrates the everyday things that enthrall little ones, such as playing peekaboo, banging pots and pans, splashing at bath time, and cuddling at bedtime.
Foliga o mea, Carolyn Collis ; translation, L. M. Kaleta.
Isumu, Carolyn Collis ; translation: L. M. Kaleta.
Lalaga, Carolyn Collis.
Manu Lele, Carolyn Collis ; translation: L M Kaleta.
Matafaga, Carolyn Collis ; translation, L. M. Kaleta.
Tele Lanu, Carolyn Collis ; translation: L. M. Kaleta.
Ko e Tohitapu : maa e fanau ko e pulusi e he kautaha pulusi tohi Laione-Hatisoni (Lion-Hudson) : ko e ngaahi talanoa mei he fuakava motua mo e fuakava fou, ko e fakalea e Pat Alexander ; ke mahinongofua ki he kii tamasii mo e kii taahine kotoa pe ; ko e ta fakatata e Carolyn Cox = Lion children's Bible : stories from the Old and New Testaments retold by Pat Alexander ; illustrated by Carolyn Fox.
Retells Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments.
Follow the equator : life around the centre of the Earth, Lorna Hendry.
Join our flight around the centre of the Earth, visiting continents, countries and tiny islands. Discover amazing life as you follow the Equator. There are more kinds of plants and animals here than anywhere else in the world.
The noisy paint box : the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art, Barb Rosenstock ; illustrated by Mary GrandPre.
Describes how Vasya Kandinsky's creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.
The adventures of Napoleon & Josephine, Phip Murray.
The Adventures of Napoleon and Josephine is an ideal introduction to this captivating period in France's history. Packed with interesting historical and cultural facts, this title is a delight for the imaginative and inquisitive reader aged six to twelve. In the spirit of discovery and exploration, Phip Murray's engaging writing transports the audience to Revolution-era France, where she traces Napoleon and Josephine's footsteps across Europe. This delightful publication features reproductions of prominent works from the era, fun facts and figures, and French vocabulary appropriate for the younger audience. Simultaneously educational and entertaining, this book captures the very essence of adventure.
Line of fire : diary of an unknown soldier (August, September 1914), Barroux ; translated from the French by Sarah Ardizzone ; [introduced by Michael Morpurgo].
A graphic adaptation of a 100-year-old diary brings World War I history to life. One winter morning, Barroux was walking down a street in Paris when he made an extraordinary find: the real diary of a soldier in World War I. Barroux rescued the diary from the trash and illustrated the soldier's words. In this striking black and white graphic novel adaptation of a 100-year-old diary, the events of the first two months of World War I are given fresh meaning and relevance to modern audiences. This is living history that has the power to engage new generations through one man's story that is silhouetted against the historical events that formed and transformed the world we live in today.
The Great Fire of London unclassified : secrets revealed!, Nick Hunter.
The Great Fire of London destroyed the homes of almost 90 per cent of London's population. Could it have been prevented? From the outbreak of the fire at a bakery on Pudding lane, to fire fighting techniques and meddling Lord Mayors, The Great Fire Unclassified takes readers on a journey back in time to uncover the true story behind London's most destructive ever fire. Real-life artefacts and documentation enable readers to build a true and real account of the Great Fire and how it shaped Britain today.
Portrait of Spain for kids.
Portrait of Spain for Kids is the fourth children's book published by QAGOMA and features full-page colour images, information about the artists, fun facts about Spanish history and culture, as well as instructions for at-home activities such as Spanish recipes.
Bian zhi, Carolyn Collis.
The teddy bears look at the colours on the beach.
Chun tian, Carolyn Collis.
Dong tian, Carolyn Collis.
Feng ren, Carolyn Collis.
The teddy bears match the colours of quilt fabrics to the seasons.
Ju hui, Carolyn Collis.
Qiu tian, Carolyn Collis.
Xia tian, Carolyn Collis.
Zhen zhi, Carolyn Collis.
The teddy bears look at the colours in the bush.
Mufta, Polbotinka i Mokhovaia boroda : povest-skazka, Eno Raud.

Older Fiction

Palace of dreams, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson ; art by Dave Phillips.
Aldwyn, Skylar, and Gilbert must embark on a journey to clear their names and save a Vastia after a necklace they give to Queen Loranella puts her under a dangerous curse.
The Woebegone twins, Christopher William Hill.
When twins Greta and Feliks lose their beloved Aunt Gisela to a poisoned marzipan cake and are sent to the ill-omened Schwartzgarten Reformatory for Maladjusted Children it seems their fate is sealed that is until they are rescued by the glamorous and wealthy Olga Van Veenen, a fabulous children's author. The twins are grateful but something tells them that Olga's motives are not entirely genuine. If you prefer cleavers to kittens and fiends to fairies then welcome to the gruesomely funny tales from Schwartzgarten.
Lord and Lady Bunny almost royalty!, Mr. & Mrs. Bunny ; translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
Madeleine and her hippie parents travel to England to run a candy shop. Meanwhile Mr. and Mrs. Bunny also travel to England, where Mrs. Bunny tries to weasel her way into the ranks of royalty.
Forest of wolves, Erin Hunter.
After a harrowing journey, the four bears finally arrive at Toklo's former home in the mountains. Toklo is thrilled to be surrounded by familiar sights and warm memories of his cubhood. Yet Toklo's homecoming has come at a price. Yakone is dangerously ill, having lost part of his paw in a flat-face trap, and Kallik is racked with guilt that Yakone's decision to join her on this quest may cost him his life. As the struggling polar bears feel the pull to return to the ice, and Toko begins thinking about a life in the mountains, Lusa is left to wonder where she belongs. Is she ready to find her own way if it means leaving her friends the only family she has left?
The broken path, Erin Hunter.
Lucky and Alpha have finally reached an uneasy peace, but tensions are still high and Alpha has made it clear that there are some dogs he will never fully accept. As the newly united Pack sets off in search of a home far away from the Fierce Dog camp, they discover that no territory is truly safe. When they encounter another group of dogs who survived the Big Growl, Lucky hopes that they can work together as allies but this new Pack may be their most dangerous enemy yet.
Night of the perigee moon, Juliet Jacka.
All Tilly Angelica wants for her thirteenth birthday is to be normal! But with her changeover party looming and her mad, magical family gathering from near and far, Tilly is set to inherit a terrifying or tantalising talent of her own. But what if she inherits Hortense's talent of super-smelling, with a huge honker to match? Will her best friend Olivia think she is wonderful or too weird for words? As the enchanted Angelicas gather and Arial Manor becomes a madhouse, Tilly's troubles are tripled by her creepy cousin Prosper, and his sinister plot to bewitch the family by harnessing the powers of the perigee moon.
Ice dogs, Terry Lynn Johnson.
In this survival story set in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Vicky and her dog sled team find an injured sledder in the wilderness.
Jackpot, Gordon Korman.
Griffin Bing and his friends are trying to locate Mr. Fielder's missing thirty million dollar lottery ticket, and thwart the local bully, Darren Vader, who wants to find it for himself and Mr. Bing's latest invention may help.
The problem with being slightly heroic, Uma Krishnaswami ; illustrated by Abigail Halpin.
Complications ensue when Bollywood star Dolly Singh premieres her new movie at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and super fan Dinni and her best friend Maddie present a dance at the grand opening.
The escape, Kathryn Lasky.
Estrella is a filly, daughter of the lead mare, one of a shipment of horses bound for the new world, but when the ship is becalmed and the horses are dropped overboard to lighten the load, Estrella finds that it is up to her to lead the herd to land and safety.
A snicker of magic, Natalie Lloyd.
The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.
Wildwood imperium, Colin Meloy ; illustrations by Carson Ellis.
When a young's girl's midnight seance awakens a long-slumbering, malevolent spirit, a band of runaway orphans teams up with an underground collective of saboteurs to rescue friends imprisoned in an industrial wasteland.
Five children and It, E. Nesbit ; illustrations by H.R. Millar.
When four brothers and sisters discover a Psammead, or sand-fairy, in the gravel pit near the country house where they are staying, they have no way of knowing all the adventures its wish-granting will bring them.
Now look what you've done, Stephan Pastis.
He doesn't like to pull rank. To reveal that he's this guy: Timmy Failure, founder, president, and CEO of the greatest detective agency in town, perhaps the nation. But he is. And he's about to crack the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a stolen globe. It's his ticket to bringing home a $500 prize, which is guaranteed to set him up for life. But someone is clearly trying to game the system. Hoodwink. Con. Defraud. So it's up to Timmy Failure, with the dubious help of Total, his lazy polar-bear partner, and his unlikely new ally, eccentric Great Aunt Colander, to find a way to avenge these shenanigans. Defeat this injustice. If he can only get his entry form in on time.
Zane and the hurricane : a story of Katrina, Rodman Philbrick.
A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.
Champions of breakfast, Adam Rex.
When we last left our kid heroes, Emily had managed to halt Queen Titania's fairy invasion by closing a rift in the time-space continuum, thereby trapping Scott, Mick, and her other friends in the magical other-England known as Pretannica. But time is quickly running out before Nimue, who has been working with the corrupt Goodco Cereal Company, finds another portal and uses it to bring the mythical dragon Saxbriton into our world and launch the terrible fairy invasion. In the end, it's up to Scott and his companions to save the fate of two worlds and put an end to Goodco once and for all.
My first Kafka : runaways, rodents, & giant bugs, retold by Matthue Roth ; illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason.
Storyteller Matthue Roth and artist Rohan Daniel Eason adapt three Kafka stories into startling, creepy, fun stories for all ages.
I was only nineteen, words by John Schumann ; pictures by Craig Smith.
"Townsville lined the footpath as we marched down to the quay. This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean. And there's me in my slouch hat, with my SLR and greens. God help me, I was only nineteen." John Schumann's unforgettable lyrics about the Vietnam War are etched in our memories and into our history books. Now they've been warmly brought to life by one of Australia's best-loved illustrators.
School of Charm, Lisa Ann Scott.
After her beloved father's death in 1977, eleven-year-old tomboy Chip tries to fit with her family of beauty queens, making unlikely new friends at Miss Vernie's unusual charm school in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.
Tesla's attic, Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman.
With a plot combining science and the supernatural, four kids are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor, Nikola Tesla.
The menagerie, Tui T. Sutherland, Kari Sutherland.
When twelve-year-old Logan Wilde wakes up to discover a baby griffin hiding under his bed, he suddenly finds himself thrown into a mystery involving his classmate Zoe Kahn and a magical menagerie right in the middle of his sleepy Wyoming town.

Picture Books

Donald and Douglas, based on The railway series by Rev. W. Awdry ; illustrations by Robin Davies and Creative Design.
This is a story about the twin Scottish engines, Donald and Douglas. They both came to work at The Fat Controller's station, but he only needed one of them. The question was, which one should he keep?
My best, best friend, characters created by Lauren Child.
Lola and Lotta are best friends. They do absolutely completely everything together, like eating lunch, playing in the sandpit and going in pairs. But when a new girl, Evie, arrives in their class, Lotta starts spending all her time with her, and not Lola.
My first book of wild animals, National Wildlife Federation.
A snowy owl flying, a giant panda climbing, a huge gray whale emerging from the waves: See these beautiful animals in the wild, where they belong. These amazing photos from the archives of the National Wildlife Federation showcase a menagerie of marvelous creatures. Children will look wide-eyed at a herd of wildebeests rushing through water; a mama brown bear attending to her adorable cubs; a smiling alligator, its powerful jaws opened wide; adult elephants protectively surrounding their young; and more. While enjoying their close-up look at this wonderful world of wildlife, kids will gain an early and lifelong appreciation for the marvelous creatures who also call Earth home.
Playtime, illustrations by Fiona Lee.
Have playtime fun with your little one with this lively collection of 7 favourite nursery rhymes.
Sleepytime, illustrations by Fiona Lee.
Lull your little one gently to sleep with this collection of nine favourite lullabies.
What's your favourite animal?, Eric Carle ... et al.
Who would have thought? Lucy Cousins' favourite animal is a leopard! Not a mouse! And Eric Carle? He loves cats! Suitable for any picture book lover, this is a collection of illustrations from luminaries such as Jon Klassen, Lucy Cousins, and Eric Carle. It may motivate children to draw and tell a story about their own favourite animal.
Happy birthday, moon : a moonbear book, Frank Asch.
When Bear decides to give the moon a birthday present, he climbs a mountain to get close enough to ask what day is the moon's birthday.
Moonbear's skyfire : a moonbear book, Frank Asch.
When he sees a rainbow for the first time, Bear thinks that the sky is on fire and he is determined to put out the skyfire.
Moonbear's sunrise : a moonbear book, Frank Asch.
When Bear tries to see the sunrise but always oversleeps, Little Bird makes a suggestion.
Mooncake : a moonbear book, Frank Asch.
One fine summer evening, a hungry bear decides that he would like to taste a piece of the moon and builds a rocketship to get there.
Moongame : a moonbear book, Frank Asch.
During a game of hide-and-seek, Moon hides behind a cloud, leaving Bear worried his friend is lost.
Junkyard, Mike Austin.
Munching Machines enter a huge junkyard and consume all of the waste, then smooth the ground, plant trees and flowers, create a lake and playground, and much more.
And the cars go, William Bee.
It's a Huge, very Noisy traffic jam and everyone's in a hurry to get somewhere! The racing car, off to the track, goes vrooooom; the beach buggy, on its way to the coast, goes bumble bumble; and Mr Luiggi cries "Mamma Mia! My ice creams are melting!" This title is suitable for children aged 3+... especially those who love cars.
Dump truck dash, Peter Bently ; illustrated by Martha Lightfoot.
Beaver and Dump Truck are helping build the new town hall. But it starts to rain, and the town might flood - can Dump Truck help?
Police car on patrol, Peter Bently ; illustrated by Martha Lightfoot.
Up and down, here and there, busy wheels are everywhere! Someone is stealing famous paintings, but who is it and where are they hiding them? Join the cats in a police car chase to catch the sneaky thief! Each story in the Busy Wheels series features a popular vehicle as the central character and a group of animal characters in supporting roles. A detailed spread on different parts of the police car helps children understand how they work and familiarizes them with vehicle vocabulary and noises.
Dream dog, Lou Berger ; illustrated by David Catrow.
Harry cannot have the dog he desperately wants because of his father's sensitive nose, so he uses his X-35 Infra-Rocket Imagination Helmet to create Waffle, the dog of his dreams.
By sea, Brian Biggs.
A young boy learns about all kids of water vehicles as he and his parents take off on a seaborne journey.
The brothers quibble, Aaron Blabey.
Spalding Quibble ruled the roost. He shared it with no other. But then his parents introduced a brand new baby brother. Uh oh.
Tap tap boom boom, Elizabeth Bluemle ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas.
The clouds are gathering above a city street and soon tap, tap, boom, boom! As a thunderstorm rolls in, people of all stripes race down to the subway to get away from the crackling rain and wind. With quirky wordplay and infectious rhymes, Elizabeth Bluemle crystallizes an unexpected moment of community, while G. Brian Karas' warm illustrations show the smiles to be had when a storm brings strangers together as friends.
I totally don't want to play! : featuring Hugo, Bella and Cressida!, Ann Bonwill & Simon Rickerty.
Hugo the hippo has his routine. He always goes skating with Bella the bird. In fact he always does everything with Bella. So when Bella makes a new friend and announces she's going to the playground with Cressida (a crocodile) instead, Hugo feels a bit miffed. Once at the playground, everything seems to be made for two the swings, the see-saw, even playing leapfrog. And whichever way the friends pair up, there's always someone who feels left out. But there is something that they can all enjoy together and, when they discover it, it proves that three really is better than two! With wonderfully quirky illustrations from new talent Simon Rickerty and a great read-aloud text, this is a made-for-sharing picture book.
Oopsie-daisy, based on the bestselling books by Rob Scotton ; cover art by Rick Farley ; text by J.E. Bright ; interior illustrations by Loryn Brantz.
After Seymour finds a seed, Splat decides to take up gardening.
Count to 10 with a mouse, by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Kirsten Richards.
Learn to count with Mouse as he explores the pages of this book.
Miffy at the gallery, Dick Bruna.
A fantastic way to introduce young children to the concepts of art and culture. These Miffy titles will encourage children to appreciate and enjoy both traditional and non-traditional forms of children's entertainment.
Eric Carle's all around us.
By lifting the big, sturdy flaps, young readers will learn new words and concepts through Eric Carle's bright, beautiful images and simple phrases.
Hikori tikori taka, na Carolyn Collis; kaiwhakamaori Piripi Walker.
Rapeti's story, Carolyn Collis.
The story of an old rabbit who was waiting in the toy box.
Te Aroha, na Carolyn Collis ; kaiwhakamaori, Piripi Walker.
This book supports young readers thinking about the actions of a person showing love written in Te Reo Maori. Oscar the Bear is taking turns, being honest when he breaks a teapot, sharing jobs and being caring. This book could be used as a resource when studying the value of being loving. There is a repeated sentence structure to build confidence and fluency.
Te Kirihimete o Oscar, na Carolyn Collis ; kaiwhakamaori Piripi Walker.
Tenei te whakamoemiti, na Carolyn Collis ; kaiwhakamaori Piripi Walker.
Turuturu patapata, na Carolyn Collis ; kaiwhakamaori Piripi Walker.
Maisy's world of animals : a Maisy first science book, Lucy Cousins.
From the Arctic north to the South Pole, visiting the mountains, the desert, the savannah, the ocean and the jungle on the way, this title lets you meet a whole world of animals with Maisy. It allows you to turn the pages and pull the tabs to see the polar bear fishing and the goats butting horns.
Buzzy Bee baby-sitter : and three other stories, Joy Cowley ; illustrated by Richard Hoit.
Four simple stories featuring Buzzy Bee and friends introduce the simple concepts of time, fractions, size, left and right.
Buzzy Bee's birthday party : and three other stories, Joy Cowley ; illustrated by Richard Hoit.
Four stories featuring Buzzy Bee and friends which introduce simple maths concepts.
Little Kiwi finds Fantail, written and illustrated by Bob Darroch.
Little Kiwi has an important job. He's been asked to find Little Fantail. Little Sister thinks she knows where Little Fantail is, but Little Kiwi knows better! Or does he? Lit the flaps to find Little Fantail in this fun and surprising adventure!
Big Easter adventure, Kimberly and James Dean.
Pete the Cat is appointed as an unwitting helper to a troubled Easter Bunny and races to deliver eggs before time runs out, in a tale complemented by a poster, punch-out cards, and stickers.
Pete the cat and his magic sunglasses, illustrated by James Dean ; story by Kim and James Dean.
Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along.
Dog's colourful day : a messy story about colours and counting, Emma Dodd.
In this colourful story of a sloppy dog, you can count on a happy ending.
Gigantosaurus, Jonny Duddle.
All young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus. So Bonehead volunteers to be the dino-kids lookout. Unfortunately, he is the original boy-dinosaur who cried wolf, or in this case, Gigantosaurus! Finally, Bonehead's friends refuse to believe his warnings and the Gigantosaurus really turns up!
One little baby birthday, Richard Dungworth and Jane Massey.
One little baby with a very fancy cake, a special song to listen to, a birthday wish to make. Celebrate one little baby's birthday in this delightful book, perfect for very young children and parents alike. Charming illustrations that capture the delight of a toddler's birthday and a lilting rhyming text that makes this the perfect book to share time and again.
Never ask a dinosaur to dinner, written by Gareth Edwards ; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees.
Ever thought about sharing your toothbrush with a shark? Or using a tiger as a towel? Well, think again. This brilliantly daft, witty cautionary tale will guide you safely through the perils of dinner, bathtime and bedtime helping you to snuggle down for a lovely sleep, free from dinosaurs, tigers and sharks. A wickedly funny and reassuring bedtime read.
I hatched!, Jill Esbaum ; pictures by Jen Corace.
A bird pecks its way out of its shell, then spends a day discovering new things about the world and itself.
The last of Maui's dolphins, Maria Gill & Bruce Potter.
Hiriwa, a new calf, is warned by the pod of Maui's dolphins about the dangers of going near the dark shapes (fishing boats). Hiriwa heeds their warning until one day the bottom-set gillnet from a fishing trawler catches his friends. He does all he can to save them. Fishing nets pose a risk for Hiriwa's friends and for his family, the endangered Maui's and Hector's dolphins of New Zealand. On the information pages in this book younger readers will find out more about the dangers faced by these dolphins and what can be done to save them from extinction.
The great day, Taro Gomi.
In simple text this book follows the daily activities of a young boy who is always the first in every activity - waking up, eating breakfast, playing, and getting ready for bed.
Bear and Hare go fishing, Emily Gravett.
Bear and Hare are off on a fishing trip, with nets and rods at the ready. Bear loves fishing! Hare seems more interested in his picnic. But after a long wait, the two adventurers catch more than they expect in this tale of fun, friendship and fishy goings-on. Full of warmth and humour, and starring two loveable new characters, this beautifully illustrated story from the twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal is sure to delight children and parents alike. Look out for more Bear and Hare stories coming soon!
Oi Frog!, Kes Gray and Jim Field.
From the award-winning Kes Gray and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, comes an hilarious rhyming tale about a frog who discovers that all animals have their special places to sit! Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! Jam-packed with animals and silliness, this original rhyming story will have young children in fits of laughter.
B is for bedtime, Margaret Hamilton, Anna Pignataro.
Beautifully narrated in soothing rhythmic verse, and with adorable illustrations by Anna Pignataro, B is for Bedtime looks set to become a before-bed classic. A stunning, inky blue cover with sparkling silver stars make this a very special gift for any child in your life.
Baby's world of play, illustrated and designed by Jenny Haslimeier.
Black and white illustrations depict objects familiar to infants in play including a teddy bear, a toy train and a rocking horse.
Shh! We have a plan, Chris Haughton.
Four friends, three big and one little, are out for a walk. Suddenly, they spot it a beautiful bird perched high in a tree! They simply must have it and SHH! they have a plan. So they tip-toe, tip-toe very slowly, nets poised "Ready one... ready two... ready three... go!"
Rain or shine : a changing picture book, graphics by Emma Dodd and Mike Jolley ; text by Emily Hawkins.
Have fun and amaze baby with this book of changing weather pictures that move magically before your eyes.
A new day, Ronald Heuninck.
This classic, much-loved board book without text leads young children through the rhythms of the day. The fun, simple illustrations show children doing everyday activities such as getting up, having breakfast, feeding the ducks, making lunch, playing and enjoying a bedtime story. This chunky book is perfect for little hands, and children will love to spot the detail in each picture.
Duck to the rescue, John Himmelman.
When something goes wrong on the farm, Ernie the duck is determined to help out, but no matter how hard he tries, nothing goes quite as he plans.
Hello ladybird!, Chloe Inkpen, Mick Inkpen.
Zoe and Beans have found a ladybird! But where has it gone? It's nowhere to be found in the garden, but they do discover all kinds of other things whilst they're looking. A classic hide-and-seek story can you spot the ladybird on every page? Another title in the brilliant series of board books featuring the adorable Zoe and Beans and all of their friends. With its gentle text and irresistible illustrations, this book is perfect for sharing with toddlers and young children.
We're not scared!, Chloe & Mick Inkpen.
Join Zoe, Beans and their new friend Oscar as they pick up snails, jump in the deep end, and even play with a spider. They're not scared of anything! But what about the dark? Another title in the brilliant series of board books featuring the adorable Zoe and Beans and all of their friends. With its gentle text and irresistible illustrations, this book is perfect for sharing with toddlers and young children.
Time for bed, Fred!, Yasmeen Ismail.
A child has a very difficult time getting Fred, the dog, to bed.
Rascal and Little Flora : a Rascal story, Paul Jennings ; illustrated by Bob Lea.
'You must do something nice for Little Flora', says Ben. Rascal is in love with a little dragon. Can he win her heart? Now parents and children can share the pleasure of reading Rascal and Little Flora together with this Picture Puffin version.
Betty Bunny didn't do it, written by Michael B. Kaplan ; illustrated by Stephane Jorisch.
When a young rabbit breaks a table lamp and blames the Tooth Fairy, her family explains the importance of honesty.
Blanket & bear, a remarkable pair, L. J. R. Kelly ; illustrated by Yoko Tanaka.
When a boy loses his beloved blanket and bear, they travel a great distance to make their way back to him.
Friendly day, Mij Kelly and Charles Fuge.
Best-known for his award-winning Little Wombat series, Charles Fuge is back in this story of friendship with a hug on every page!
Mother Earth and the Quakeia babies, Michelle Lagatule, Rose Spijkerman ; illustrations by Brendon Wright.
This book aims to tackle in a light hearted way the emotional response of young children to earthquakes by presenting the concepts of, liquefaction and dust, earth tremors, earthquakes, after-shocks, flooding. The aim is to ease the fear of these events.
Pom and Pim, Lena and Olof Landstrom ; translated by Julia Marshall.
Pom and Pim are going out. It's warm. The sun is shining. What luck! Pom and Pim's day is full of ups and downs, and luck both good and bad. Is eating a huge ice cream truly a good idea? Is it really bad luck that it's raining? Or is it good luck?
The boy who cried ninja, Alex Latimer.
Once there was a boy named Tim whom no one believed, even when he was telling the truth. No one believed that it was a ninja who snaffled the last slice of cake; or that a giant squid ate his homework; or that it really was a time-travelling monkey who was throwing pencils at Grampa.
Taking care of Mama Rabbit, Anita Lobel.
When Mama Rabbit falls ill, her ten little rabbits each tend to her in their own way.
Froggy gets a doggy, Jonathan London ; illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz.
Froggy and his little sister Polly want a dog of their own, but Doggy proves harder to train than Froggy
This little chick, written by Lucy Lyes ; illustrated by Emily Bolam.
This little chick's name is Peg, Feel the shell of her smooth blue egg. Toddlers and young children will love interacting with the cute touch-and-feel chicks in this sturdy board book from Ladybird. You can have fun reading the rhymes together and finding the feely areas on the chicks each time. You can feel a fluffy wing or touch a shiny beak, as each little chick is different. Then think of a name for the last little chick at the end! A perfect first touch and feel book for all young children, and also with a ladybird to spot on every page, This Little Chick helps to develop sensory and language awareness in preschool children.
This little pirate, written by Lucy Lyes ; illustrated by Emily Bolam.
This Little Pirate is a first Touch and Feel book from Ladybird. Toddlers and young children will love interacting with the friendly touch-and-feel pictures in this sturdy board book from Ladybird. Have fun reading the rhymes together and finding the feely areas on the teddies each time. Feel soft paw pads or stroke a fluffy tummy, each little teddy is different. Then think of a name for the last little teddy at the end! A perfect first touch and feel book for 0 to 3 year olds, This Little Teddy helps to develop sensory and language awareness in preschool children. Look out for This Little Teddy, too!
The duck and the darklings, Glenda Millard, Stephen Michael King.
Grandpapa's eyes shine when he remembers the beauty of the world, long ago. Peterboy wants to find something wonderful to bring the light to Grandpapa's eyes and keep it there. What he finds is a duck, wounded and broken, and Grandpapa mends her from top to tail; quack, waddle and wing! This is a triumphant story, for children and adults, about the coming of hope in dark days, the warmth of friendship and the splendour of a new dawn.
The ANZAC puppy, Peter Millett and Trish Bowles.
This story is based on the true story of Freda, a dalmatian and the dog mascot of the NZ Rifles during World War 1. It's a simple story about the reality of war, hardship, friendship and love.
Watch out for the crocodile, Lisa Moroni & Eva Eriksson ; [translated by Julia Marshall].
It's the first day of Daddy's holiday and they are going camping in the woods. Tora thinks it's definitely time they had some fun. At last they are going on an adventure! Before they get there and set up camp, Tora has managed to convince her rather unimaginative dad that these are no ordinary woods! They encounter giraffes, lions, crocodiles and a friendly sea dragon. But now it's getting late and Tora is very, very tired.
Say hello like this!, Mary Murphy.
This lively split-page-format book shows how animals say hello with different sounds.
The best-behaved bear, Diana Noonan ; illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller.
Tim's Aunty Sue is getting married - on an island with a beach and trees with coconuts. Everyone in Tim's family is busy packing to go to the wedding. Tim is facing a terrible dilemma. Everything he wants to take on the plane must go inside his day pack, and Toby just won't fit. On the day of the wedding Toby's secretive packing solution is revealed to the dismay of everyone except Aunty Sue. Her inventive solution to near disaster results in a happy ending for all.
This rabbit, that rabbit, Jane Porter.
This rabbit, that rabbit fat rabbit, flat rabbit this is a book starring two fabulous rabbits. (And an armadillo!)
Brimsby's hats, Andrew Prahin.
When the friend with whom he has enjoyed tea and conversation each day goes off to sea, a talented hat maker devises a creative way to make new friends.
Cowy Cow, Chris Raschka.
Cowy Cow has so many ideas! In fact, she has one hundred of them: green is the best colour ever; chewed grass tastes like a cookie and 98 others (that remain unmentioned)! The unexpectedness of this stationary cow waxing philosophical tickles and inspires. Chris Raschka's award-winning art style and unrivaled wit is sure to charm readers of all ages.
Crabby Crab, Chris Raschka.
Crabby Crab, unhappy about the way he looks and moves, is surprised to learn that he is loved just the way he is.
Want to be in a band?, Suzzy Roche & Giselle Potter.
Describes the hard work, cooperation, and enthusiasm needed to make music and participate in a band.
Who put the cookies in the cookie jar?, George Shannon ; pictures by Julie Paschkis.
It's easy to take a cookie out of the cookie jar: just reach in. But how does it get in there in the first place? It's more complicated than you might think. Someone has to milk the cow, grow the wheat, harvest the sugar cane everyone has a special job to do to make that cookie possible.
Garden, Lorena Siminovich.
Use the pages of the little book inside the larger one to match the baby animals in the garden to their parents.
Ocean, Lorena Siminovich.
Use the pages of the little book inside the larger one to match the baby animals in the ocean to their parents.
Christmas, Dawn Sirett.
Invites young readers to feel the textures of Christmas tree ornaments, a toy penguin, a red-nosed reindeer, and other items associated with the holiday season. On board pages.
Munkle Arvur and the big dry, Nikki Slade Robinson.
Sequel to the rhyming Dr Seuss-like eco-fable Munkle Arvur and the Bod, this time about water conservation and drought - Munkle Arvur saves the day when the Bod diverts all the village's water supply for his own use.
Dino-Mummy, Mark Sperring ; illustrated by Sam Lloyd.
It's not easy being a Dino-Mummy especially when you have two roaring little dinos to take care of. But somehow Dino-Mummy makes everything look so easy. Do you know a secret? I'm sure you dino-do! It's something rather special about a certain 'you know who'! From the moment that you wake up, she's a sing-song superstar, Singing out "Good morning!" with a dino "Tra la la!" Dino-Mummy is amazing, and whether it's morning, noon or night, she's always on hand. After all, life in the dino family is just as fun (and chaotic) as ever.
Goodbye grandma : helping young children cope with bereavement, Melanie Walsh.
This is a lift-the-flap book to help very young children cope with bereavement. When a little boy is told that his grandma has died, he isn't really sure what death means. In this reassuring lift-the-flap book with bold and colourful illustrations, he asks his mum important questions about death and bereavement. Questions about death are explored in a sensitive open-ended way which will offer reassurance in what can be a difficult time for both parents and children.
Happy Zappa cat, Steve Webb ; illustrated by Magali Le Hughe.
Happy Zappa Cat loves driving his cab through the city, visiting museums and eating at fancy restaurants. But then he makes some new friends who convince him to join him in their wild home. But can a city kitty learn to love the jungle?
Sophie's terrible twos, Rosemary Wells.
On her second birthday, Sophie gets up on the wrong side of the crib and behaves terribly until her grandmother has an inspiration.
Stella's Starliner, Rosemary Wells.
Stella lives in a sparkling home on wheels that's as silver as a comet in the sky. Inside are lots of cupboards and hiding places, and even a sofa that turns into a bed! Her home is called the Starliner, and it has everything Stella and her mummy and daddy need to be happy. This book presents an examination of what makes a house a home.
The Bush Book Club, written by Margaret Wild ; illustrated by Ben Wood.
All the animals belong to the Bush Book Club and love to read. All except Bilby. He can't stay still long enough to read a book, not when there are somersaults and cartwheels and handstands to do. What would it take for Bilby to slow down and look into a book?
Boa's bad birthday, Jeanne Willis, Tony Ross.
It was Boa's birthday. It was going to be the best one ever. Or so he hoped. He invited his friends round. They would all bring him wonderful presents. Or would they?
Emily Peppermint's Toy School, Jeanne Willis ; illustrated by Vanessa Cabban.
Welcome to Toy School! Take out your pencils, it's time to learn how to be the perfect toy. It's the first day of term at Toy School and teacher Emily Peppermint has a new class all ready to learn how to be perfect toys. The first lesson is falling out of a pram, but the class members are about to get a bit more practice than they bargained for. It's a good job Emily Peppermint and her trusty classroom assistant Rose are there to save the day! Master picture book creators Jeanne Willis and Vanessa Cabban collaborate for the first time in this funny, big-hearted new story for young children.
Bear's loose tooth, Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman.
In this Classic Board Book edition of "Bear's Loose Tooth," Bear's friends help him deal with his first loose tooth! From a cave in the forest came a MUNCH, MUNCH, CRUNCH! as Bear and his friends all nibbled on their lunch. Bear and his friends are munching on their lunch when all of sudden. Bear feels something wiggling and wobbling in his mouth. Oh no! What can it be? It's Bear's first loose tooth! In this sweet story, Bear's friends ease his concerns about his wiggly, wobbly tooth and help him understand that losing a baby tooth is perfectly natural. This funny and reassuring story now available as a Classic Board Book will delight little ones!
Out the window, Cybele Young.
Bestselling author/illustrator Cybele Young is back with a board book for the very young. The main character of this charming, nearly wordless story is a small unidentified mammal who accidentally loses his ball one day. Too small to look out the window, the little creature is frustrated at first in his attempts to see where his precious ball has gone. But undeterred, he perseveres until he comes up with a solution to his problem, at which point he discovers that an unusual parade is underway. This parade doesn't feature the usual floats and mascots-instead, it is made up of amazing machines and strange hybrid creatures. Our young hero is thrilled, as young readers will be. And best of all? On the very last page of the book, the lost ball is returned to its rightful owner.
Creature colours, Andrew Zuckerman.
In this ten-page board book, young readers learn their colours based on the wild colours of animals around the world.

Younger Fiction

Stories for 7 year olds.
Chosen with 7 year olds in minds, this is an energetic collection of wonderful children's stories. These 25 stories are written by some of New Zealand's leading writers for children such as Kate de Goldi, Barbara Else, Sandy McKay and Jane Buxton, as well as other seasoned and up-and-coming writers. These stories are perfect to read aloud, plus they are also great for those children who are reading on their own. With a variety of topics and an emphasis on humour, this will become a much-loved collection for New Zealand children as well as those from further afield.
Dragonquest, Allan Baillie & Wayne Harris.
A noble Dragon Fighter and a brave boy set out on a daring and dangerous adventure to seek out the last dragon. Will they make it to the top of Glass Mountain where the fearsome beast lives?
Rivertime, Trace Balla.
A tender and beautifully illustrated tale of a boy and his bird-watching uncle, on a paddling trip on Australia's Glenelg River. A story about slowing down, growing up, and connecting with the land and its creatures.
Bad Kitty drawn to trouble, Nick Bruel.
Author/illustrator Nick Bruel tries to explain to the reader how to write a story, but Bad Kitty is not at all happy about the plot, which has her going on a turnip diet to lose weight. Includes a recipe for roasted turnips.
I didn't do my homework because..., Davide Cali, Benjamin Chaud.
How many excuses are there for not doing homework? Let us count the ways: Giant lizards invaded the neighbour-hood. Elves hid all the pens. And then there was that problem with carnivorous plants. The excuses go on and on, each more absurd than the next and escalating to hilarious heights. Featuring detail-rich illustrations by illustrator Benjamin Chaud, this book is guaranteed to amuse kids and their parents, not to mention anyone who has experienced a slacker student moment and isn't that everyone?
Alice through the looking-glass, retold by Emma Chichester Clark ; based on the original story by Lewis Carroll.
Step through the Looking-glass into a topsy-turvy, magical world in this gloriously illustrated picture book re-telling of Lewis Carroll's enduring classic, from the highly-regarded, prize-winning illustrator of Blue Kangaroo and Melrose and Croc.
Dappled Annie and the tigrish, Mary McCallum ; illustrations by Annie Hayward.
There are faces in the hedge at the end of the garden, and a nest of tiny fantails, and that's where 9-year-old Annie goes to play one hot summer while her father works up at the lighthouse. One after another, an earthquake and a terrible wind leave Annie with losses that seem irreplaceable, and her little brother Robbie emerges as the only person who can help her find what she's lost. Him and the tigrish.
Stink and the shark sleepover, Megan McDonald ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
When Stink's parents win an aquarium sleepover, he and his two friends enjoy a scavenger hunt before trying to fall asleep while worrying about the frankensquid on the loose.
29 myths on the Swinster pharmacy, Lemony Snicket ; illustrations by Lisa Brown.
A brother and sister wonder about the mysterious establishment across town called the Swinster
The Afghanistan pup, Mark Wilson.
A deeply moving story about an abandoned pup in Afghanistan who touches the lives of two very different people a girl struggling to get an education in the face of fierce opposition, and an Australian soldier who ultimately gives his life in the service of his country.