New Titles Children’s August 2015 (arrived in July 2015)

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Doc McStuffins. School of medicine.
Six-year-old Dottie "Doc" McStuffins communicates with stuffed animals and heals them when they're sick.
A little game, written and directed by Evan Oppenheimer.
10 year old Maxine hates her posh new school! She doesn't fit in and has yet to find a friend… in fact she feels everyone makes fun of her behind her back… especially the head girl Isabella. When her beloved grandmother dies suddenly, she feels more alone than ever. But fate comes to Max's rescue in the unlikely form of a grumpy old man called Norman, a chess master, who agrees to teach Max.
Bark ranger, directed by Duncan Christie.
Two kids and their trusty dog, Barkley, stumble across a treasure map while playing in an abandoned ranger station. They set out on the adventure of a lifetime in search of a forgotten gold mine. But things take a turn for the worst [sic] when they come across a pair of bumbling crooks hiding out from the police.
Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Celebrate the transformative power of kindness with Disney's Cinderella, a modern classic that shines with beauty, imagination… and magic!
Dinosaur Island, directed by Matt Drummond.
Thirteen year old Lucas embarks on the vacation of a lifetime when he finds himself stranded on a strange island littered with ghost ships and inhabited by prehistoric creatures. While searching for other signs of life, Lucas hears a radio broadcast in the distance and is drawn into the jungle where he encounters Kathryn who has arrived at the same place, from the 1950s. Together they set out on a quest to return home.
Fireman Sam. Heroes of the storm.
Chief Fire Officer Boyce announces that the old Pontypandy fire station will be closed down to make way for a new, more modern fire station and two new members of the firefighting crew. And at the Mountain Activity Centre, Moose and Tom are using Moose’s new amphibious vehicle to take wildlife photographs, but they haven’t quite mastered the controls and it’s not long before they’re swept out to sea and Sam has to come to their aid.
Gladiators of Rome, produced and directed by Igino Straffi.
Timo, a student at the Gladiators’ Academy in Rome, has no desire to become a legendary gladiator like his stepfather. That is, until the mesmerizing Lucilla walks into his life. With the help of an unlikely band of sidekicks, Timo is determined to be the gladiator of her dreams.
Head over hooves, directed by Francis Neilson.
Life on the MacDonald's farm is anything but boring. Kanuto, the sheep dog, is in charge of all the animals, but the one who causes all the trouble is, Blackie, the sheep. Her new obsession is to fly to the moon and while Kanuto will do anything to please her, even this adventure seems a step too far…
Jungle shuffle, directed by Taedong Park and Mauricio De la Orta.
It's a jungle out there, Manu and Sacha are two young coatis living in the Mexican rainforest. They are deeply in love with each other. The only problem is that Sacha is the daughter of the coati tribe's king and Manu is a bit of a trouble maker. When Manu's escapades leave the tribe's most worshipped statue destroyed, the King exiles Manu to live on his own in the jungle.
Pirate's code: the adventures of Mickey Matson, directed by Harold Cronk.
Mickey Matson and his friend Sully must fight the evil Admiral Ironsides, who is intent on destroying the world with a new weapon of mass destruction.
Scooby-Doo. Moon monster madness: original movie, produced and directed by Paul McEvoy.
It's one giant step for dog-kind as Scooby-Doo and the Gang blast off for an epic, other-worldly adventure in this all-new original movie!
90's fan faves. 1.
Get pumped for over two hours of entertainment from Rugrats, AAAH!! Real Monsters, Rocko's Modern Life, The Angry Beavers, CatDog, The Wild Thornberrys and Hey Arnold!
Bananas in pyjamas. The rainmakers.
The weather in Cuddlestown has been very hot and dry and everyone wants some rain. Charlie makes the Bananas a new friend, a little cloud. The only problem is that it follows them everywhere they go and rains on them, all the time!
Bing. Swing… and other episodes.
Collection of episodes from the children's animated show following three-year-old bunny Bing and his friends as they experience everyday life. Among his companions are his sidekick Flop, his friends Sula and Pando and his cousins Coco and Charlie.
Farmyard friends.
Down on the farm today are lots of your ABC KIDS friends where they discover the wonders of animals with fur, feathers, and fins!
Henry Hugglemonster. Meet the Hugglemonsters.
Together with his loving grandparents, big brother Cobby, sister Summer, baby bro Ivor, and a town full of cuddly monsters, Henry embraces all the joys and challenges of growing up. Whether he's helping his sister put on a show, setting up a hugglejuice stand, or entering his monsterdog Beckett in a pet pageant, he's always discovering new ways to be the best brother, friend, and monster he can be. Packed with over two hours of song-filled fun, teamwork, and adventure.
LEGO legends of Chima. Volume 8.
The magical world of CHIMA — a land ruled by animals that walk, talk, drive vehicles, use machinery and live in castles — was once a pristine, natural paradise but has now become a battle ground where friends have become worst enemies.
Maya. Best friends.
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 friends.
Mickey Mouse. Season 1.
The whole family will adore these wonderful new cartoons, complete with an exciting Making of bonus feature. Join Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, Daisy and Pluto in a spectacular collection of hilarious animated adventures. Your favorite Disney pals find laughter, adventure and a little mischief as they team up for a whole lot of fun. Bring the family together and create a magical world of entertainment with nineteen unforgettable cartoons on Disney DVD.
Out of this world.
It's time for some out-of-this-world fun with ABC KIDS. Shaun the Sheep gets some alien visitors, Mister Maker's mini makers go space age, and discover the world of dinosaurs with Buddy and his family.
Peppa Pig. The balloon ride.
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!
Piratey party.
Ahoy there me hearties! ABC KIDS is having a party and all your pirate mates are coming. Save the day with Kwazii and the Octonauts, go on a treasure hunt with B1 and B2, find the pirates of Pontypandy with Fireman Sam plus plenty more 'piratey' playfulness.
Play school. Colours of the rainbow.
Discover all the colours of the rainbow with Play School. Explore the wonder of colour in nature, painting, culture, food and experiments. Join us as we paint a rainbow, stage a pink piggy opera, visit a sari shop and a paint factory!
Scooby-Doo! and Scrappy-Doo!: the complete season 1.
A globetrotting canine Sherlock Holmes with a heart of pure cowardice, Scooby-Doo shivers and cowers in corners, but he always solves the mystery — with laughs. Watch out, villains! Scooby-Doo is on your trail…
SpongeBob SquarePants. The adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants.
A compilation of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episodes.
The adventures of Chuck & friends. Monster rally.
Follow Chuck the dump truck and his incredible cast of friends in this delightfully fast-paced, song-filled and high-energy series. Everyone who visits the truck shop where Chuck lives fuels his imagination and with the help of his pals Digger, Boomer, Rowdy, Soku, Biggs and Handy, these fantasies quickly become reality!
The Tom and Jerry show. Season 1, volume 4.
There are more laughs, chases and races when Tom and Jerry storm back on the scene in this collection of adventures. Experience miles of smiles as Tom, Jerry, Spike and Tuffy team up for mystery capers with the perfect collection of 6 cat-and-mouse masterpieces that will entertain the whole family!
Thunderbirds are go! Volume 1.
When disaster strikes International Rescue answers the call! From their hidden island base in the South Pacific, The five Tracy brothers pilot remarkable, cutting-edge Thunderbird vehicles and crafts from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space — all for one purpose: To help others in need! International Rescue's identities may be a closely guarded secret, but their heroism is legendary!
Thunderbirds are go! Volume 2.
When disaster strikes International Rescue answers the call! From their hidden island base in the South Pacific, The five Tracy brothers pilot remarkable, cutting-edge Thunderbird vehicles and crafts from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space — all for one purpose: To help others in need!
Vic the Viking. An almost treasure island.
Vic, the son of Halvar, the Viking chief, often accompanies the crew on sea voyages aboard their drakkar. Regularly involved in perilous situations, the Vikings spontaneously try to settle their problems by the use of force. Vic, however, prefers peaceful solutions and relies on brainpower. 'Use your sense and not your fists' is the message of Vic the Viking. Courageous and clever, he untangles the most complicated situations thanks to the clever idea that appears when he rubs his nose.
Thomas & friends. Trouble on the tracks.
Cinders and ashes mean trouble on the tracks for Thomas and his friends! The Troublesome Trucks delight in causing chaos for Thomas, as Annie, Clarabel, and Toad encounter unexpected high-speed adventures. Oily Diesel gives Paxton a fright, while Salty's spooky story has the engines running scared.
Girl with a white dog, Anne Booth.
Jessie is excited when her gran gets a white Alsatian puppy, but with Snowy's arrival a mystery starts to unfold. As Jessie learns about Nazi Germany at school, past and present begin to slot together and she uncovers something long-buried, troubling and somehow linked to another girl and another white dog.
Buckle and Squash and the monstrous moat-dragon, Sarah Courtauld.
This is the story of two very different sisters — Eliza, who longs to ride into battle against villains and dragons, and Lavender, who would give anything to be a pampered princess. Before the end of the story both of them have had a chance to fulfil their dreams, though not quite in the way they intended …
The case of the exploding loo, Rachel Hamilton.
Quirky 12-year-old Noelle Hawkins may be one of the brightest girls in her class but even she is completely miffed to explain how her dad, wacky scientist Big Brain Brian, spontaneously combusted while sitting in a portaloo. It's true that he was working on a new top secret Brain Ray machine and was on the point of a great break-through — could this have had something to do with his disappearance? With the help of her sister Holly, Noelle is determined to find out what really happened to her dad!
Mountwood School for Ghosts, Toby Ibbotson from an original idea by Eva Ibbotson.
Fredegonda, Goneril, and Drusilla are Great Hagges, much more important and much rarer than regular old hags. They think that ghosts these days are decidedly lacking and that people haven't been scared of ghosts for years. So one day they decide that something needs to change — what better way to teach them than to set up their very own school for ghosts?
Five children on the Western Front, Kate Saunders.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the Five Children and It characters when the First World War began? Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is at art college, Robert is a Cambridge scholar and Jane is at high school. The Lamb is the grown up age of 11, and he has a little sister, Edith, in tow. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories until he suddenly reappears. The siblings are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a reason, and his magic might have a more serious purpose.
Boy in tights, Kate Scott.
Joe discovers his parents are spies, which is great. But Joe's parents are in danger which is not so great. And Joe has to go undercover as a girl which is definitely not great at all!
Out of this world, Ali Sparkes.
Tyrone Lewis is messing about in the woods, trying to keep out of trouble, when he stumbles upon something weird … a glowing lump of rock or metal or something. Whatever it is, it gives him an amazing power. Which is cool until Ty's new powers start attracting attention, and soon he's being followed by two sinister agents who seem intent on 'collecting' him.
Atticus Claw lends a paw, Jennifer Gray.
Atticus Grammatticus Cattypuss Claw, the world's greatest police cat, is back. When the kittens at the local cats' home are wrongly suspected of a knitting crime spree, Inspector Cheddar is baffled. Atticus must step in to find the real culprits.
Puppy gets stuck, Sue Mongredien.
Emily's family has a new puppy — a cheeky little scamp called Pickle. And a pickle is exactly what he gets into when he decides to go exploring! He's fallen into an old mineshaft!
The enchanted horse, Magdalen Nabb.
After she rescues a battered wooden horse from a toy shop, all sorts of magic begins to happen for Irina.

Into Reading

Don't throw it to Mo!, David A. Adler ; illustrated by Sam Ricks.
Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins.
A trip through the body, Laurie Blake.
Follow Dan and Mya on their journey around the human body as they're shrunk using exciting new technology. Propelled around the blood stream, hurlted down windpipes and escaping from white blood cells Dan and Mya discover inside the human body.
The very itchy bear, Nick Bland.
Bear tries to get away but Flea just won't leave him alone. When Bear finally gets rid of Flea, he finds that he misses him and a new friendship is born.
Lottie and Dottie sow sunflowers, Claire Burgess ; illustrated by Marijke van Veldhoven.
A brand new blue Early Reader about two little girls who love gardening, from one of the UK's top gardening bloggers, with tips on growing your own sunflowers.
Dinosaur hunters, Catherine Chambers.
Slip back to the Wild West with out intrepid time travelers, who are caught up in the rivalry between the dinosaur bone hunters Othniel Marsh and Edward Cope. Should they interfere with scientific discovery or leave well alone? An adventure of Wild West cowboys and Indians, steam trains and dinosaurs.
Pete the cat's train trip, James Dean.
Embarking on a train trip to visit his grandmother, Pete the Cat accompanies the conductor on a tour of the train, looks at the engine and blows the whistle while making new friends and playing train-themed games.
I scream for ice cream, based on the bestselling books by Rob Scotton ; text by Laura Driscoll ; interior illustrations by Robert Eberz ; cover art by Rick Farley.
Splat is excited to visit an ice cream factory on a field trip, but when things go awry, it is up to him and his classmates to save the day.
Aaron loves apples and pumpkins, P.D. Eastman.
Aaron the alligator cannot seem to do anything right, whether it be playing hide-and-seek, picking apples, or playing football.
A flea on me, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by John Bennett.
What is jumping on the different farm animals and causing chaos?
Alien in the park, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by John Bennett.
Something has happend to an alien in a park!
At the market, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Link Choi.
Two men go to a market.
Be careful, Monkey, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Philip Webb.
Monkey gets into trouble!
Cave cat, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Rob Kiely.
Looks at caves and what sort of animals might live in them!
Hop it!, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Richard Hoit.
A rabbit is in someone's garden. What do you think he might be doing there?
Hungry ducks, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Grant Snow.
What do you do when a duck is hungry? The ducks in this story are trying to find some food. What do they eat and will they find enough food?
Junk car, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Richard Hoit.
Two men are in a junkyard. What are they up to?
Mice mischief, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Stella Yang.
Mice get up to all sorts of mischief.
No teasing elephants, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Philip Webb.
What hapens to the monkey when he teases an elephant?
Oops! Ouch! Yuck!, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Link Choi.
Two men look at farm animals with hilarious results.
Run, Robot!, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by John Bennett.
A family build a robot but will it run?
Silly Billy, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Richard Hoit.
A father goat is sometimes called a billy and a mother goat is sometimes called a nanny. This story is about a billy goat. Why is this goat called a silly billy?
Tricky mouse, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Richard Hoit.
How could a mouse be tricky? A bird is looking at mouse. Does the mouse do something tricky to the bird?
Trouble for Jack, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Richard Hoit.
Jack is hunting for treasure, but will he find any?
Trouble for Monkey, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Philip Webb.
Monkey is jumping on lion's back. He is going to get into trouble!
Wake up, Cow!, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by Cheryl Rowe.
Who wants to wake up the cow?
What a mess!, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by John Bennett.
Looks at different occupations and the messes that can result!
What a muddle!, written by Jill Eggleton ; illustrated by John Bennett.
A muddle is when there is a mix-up. The characters in this story are aliens. They are coming to Earth in a spacecraft when they somehow get into a muddle. What do they do?
Ladybugs, Thea Feldman.
Ladybugs introduces beginner readers to a variety of ladybugs from different habitats, from those with two spots to seven spots to those with stripes! It includes facts about diet, flying and how to identify these tiny insects.
Battle against Ultron, written by Matt Forbeck.
Diaries, cartoons and posters help you explore the Avengers world, from their powers and abilities to the part they play in Earth's mightiest Super Hero team.
Snappy crocodile tales, Niki Foreman.
Snappy Crocodile Tales is a 'Reading Alone' reader, perfect for children who are proficient readers. From birth to king of the river, follow the adventures of a crocodile. Meet the amazing wildlife of Australia and learn further facts about fascinating but deadly crocodiles.
Race to the finish, Leon Gray.
These are short stories for children designed to help kids learn how to read and learn to love reading. Follow five teams as they prepare and build their cars and bikes for the 50th Annual Creek Point Crazy Race. From the gas-guzzling V12 rally car and the new prototype dual fuel hybrid car to a modified "dualie" motorbike and the eco-friendly alternative powered car find out about the advantages and disadvantages of the different engines, how they work and the possibilities for cool cars and bikes of the future.
Poppy the pirate dog and the missing treasure, Liz Kessler ; illustrated by Mike Phillips.
It's Mum's birthday, so Tim and Suzy are planning a special pirate show for her. George and Poppy are helping by gathering and watching over the treasures. But then the neighbour's pet tortoise goes missing, and, even worse, so does Dad's birthday present for Mum!
Secrets of the cave: a prehistoric adventure, Deborah Lock.
Secrets of the Cave is a "Reading Alone" reader, perfect for children who are proficient readers. Step back in time to the days of the early human hunters and gatherers nearly 20,000 years ago. Sense the danger of the hunt and the drama of the shaman-trance rituals in a past world where everyday is a trial to survive. You can find out about their hunting tools, the animals and their paintings.
Ninja, go!, written by Julia March.
Kai, Zane, Cole, Lloyd and Jay have fought may villains, from Skeletons and Snakes to the Stone army and Nindroids but now it's time for them to discover some exciting new heroes and enemies.
Battle in the air, Rupert Matthews.
Battle in the Air is a 'Reading Alone' reader, perfect for children who are proficient readers. A battered old RAF metal box belonging to their Granddad inspires Zoe and Zak to find out about life during the Battle of Britain in WWII.
Hope for the elephants, Patricia J. Murphy.
Join David and his grandma on an amazing trip to study these gentle giants in an Asian sanctuary and on an African reserve. Discover how people can give elephants hope for the future. Hope for Elephants is part of the new DK Reads series, a three-level reading scheme of children's stories that helps kids become confident readers, featuring engaging and illustrated topics.
Tulsa goes to the ball, written and illustrated by Tony Ross.
Tulsa has to do all the work around the house, just like Cinderella. But if she was Cinderella, wouldn't she go to a magic ball?
Horrid Henry and the comfy black chair, Francesca Simon ; illustrated by Tony Ross.
The comfy black chair makes TV watching perfect. That's what Horrid Henry thinks and so does Perfect Peter. Now Henry and Peter are locked in a battle for the chair, and the TV. Only one brother can win but who will it be?
Owen and the onion, Maudie Smith ; illustrated by Becka Moor.
Owen grows onions. He's so very good at it that the people of his village call him Owen the Onion. One day he grows an onion so unusual that it's all he can think about. He ignores his friends in the village until one day a very angry ogre comes to visit. Can Owen save the day?
Kate & Pippin: an unlikely friendship, Martin Springett ; photographs by Isobel Springett.
When Pippin, a fawn abandoned by her mother, cries out for help, she is found by author Isobel Springett. After carrying the tiny fawn back to her home, Isobel places Pippin next to Kate, a Great Dane who has never had puppies of her own. What follows is a remarkable and unlikely friendship. With simple text and stunning photographs, Kate and Pippin, and their one-of-a-kind friendship, come to life in an irresistible way!
Combine harvesters, Hannah Wilson.
Combine Harvesters introduces children who are beginning to read alone to these wonderful machines. It includes facts about what they do, how they work and the history of their beginnings.
Star Wars. Journey through space, written by Ryder Windham.
Describes the planets and their life forms which make up the Star Wars galaxy.


Beastworld: terrifying monsters and mythical beasts, S.A. Caldwell.
Step into a world of fascinating, mystical and terrifying beasts from around the globe. Join fearless beast hunter S.A. Caldwell as she tracks down the most elusive creatures from ancient myths, strange sightings and folklore. Follow her to a Gorgon's lair, track down the yeti in the Himalayas, find out what lies beneath the myth of the bogeyman and discover the Hydra's immortal head!
Animal shenanigans: twenty-four creative, interactive story programs for preschoolers, Rob Reid.
Animals have been a staple in children's books for decades. Reid has created story program lesson plans featuring our four-legged, no-legged, winged, scales, and feathered friends. You and your group will have a howling, barking, clucking, roaring good time!
From sunlight to blockbuster movies: an energy journey through the world of light, Andrew Solway.
Each book in this series follows a packet of energy along a journey. Each stage of the journey is described in a short chapter, and we learn what alternative paths the energy might have taken along the way. This book explains what happens when the sunlight reaches Earth, how its energy is stored in fossil fuels, how this energy is then released in power stations and used to generate electricity which is used to make light, and finally how this light is used to make a movie.
Cruel crime, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Martin Brown and Mike Phillips.
Readers can discover all the facts about cruel crime, including who was sentenced to death by coffee. Where you could be whipped for flying a kite and why a cockerel was burnt at the stake.
Make it! Write it! Read it!: simple bookmaking projects to engage kids in art and literacy, Wendy M.L. Libby.
Crafting projects that provide literacy and curriculum ideas to enrich the classroom Make It! Write It! Read It! develops art and literacy skills through the craft of bookmaking, inspiring elementary-aged children to read, write, and tell stories with their creations.
Two fearsome fairy tales from France, retold by Adele Geras ; illustrated by Fiona McDonald.
Two magical, scary classic fairy tales from France, Beauty and the Beast and Bluebeard, elegantly retold by Adele Geras and lavishly illustrated by Fiona McDonald.
The boy who cried wolf, Mahni Tazhibi ; translated by Azila Rassi.
Aesop's tales are brilliantly told in a very simple, easy-to-read style that engages young readers. Each story explores one of life's stories providing the morals by which to live. Strikingly illustrated, these stories are entertaining for emergent readers.
Bedtime rhymes, Tony Ross.
Presents young children and babies lullaby bedtime rhymes, including Hey, Diddle Diddle, Rock-a-Bye Baby, Diddle Diddle Dumpling, Wee Willie Winkie and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Playtime rhymes, Tony Ross.
Features fun playtime rhymes, including Ring-a-Ring o' Roses, Jack and Jill, Polly Put the Kettle On, Humpty Dumpty and One, Two, Three, Four, Five.
Wicked words, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Philip Reeve.
What do you say if someone calls you mundungus, hackum or Jabbernowl?! Kids will love learning to get their revenge with some really wicked words even English teachers will be speechless! In 'Wicked Words', Terry Deary runs riot through the horrible history of the English language.
My very first space book, written by Emily Bone ; illustrated by Lee Cosgrove.
This is non-fiction for very young children, who will find lots of things to look at and talk about in this highly visual book about space what it is, where it is, and what's out there. Little ones can find out about planets, stars, asteroids, space travel and lots more whilst learning lots of interesting new words.
From crashing waves to music download: an energy journey through the world of sound, Andrew Solway.
This book shows how the energy in wind is turned into a music download. It explains the science behind sound, how it can be measured, recorded and stored, what happens in a recording studio, and how our ears hear sound.
From crude oil to fast food: an energy journey through the world of heat, Ian Graham.
How does the energy in crude oil become a fast-food snack? What changes does it go through along its journey? This book shows how the energy in crude oil is used to make a fast-food snack. It explains how crude oil was formed, how it is obtained and how it is used in the food industry. The book also looks at the science behind cooking and the effects of heat on food, the processes of packaging and preserving food, and finally how fast food is prepared.
From falling water to electric car: an energy journey through the world of electricity, Ian Graham.
How does the energy in falling water become energy that powers an electric car? What changes does it go through along its journey? This book shows how the energy in falling water is turned into energy to power an electric car. It explains how hydroelectric power stations work, the science of electricity, how cars are made and how they use electricity, and how electric cars work.
When the earth shakes: earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis, Simon Winchester.
'New York Times' bestselling author, explorer, journalist, and geologist Simon Winchester who's been shaken by earthquakes in New Zealand, skied through Greenland to help prove the theory of plate tectonics, and even charred the soles of his boots climbing a volcano looks at the science, technology, and societal impact of these inter-connected natural phenomena.
Ocean: a children's encyclopedia, written by John Woodward.
Explore the hidden depths of the ocean with this stunning visual encyclopedia for kids. From the Arctic to the Caribbean, tiny plankton to giant whales, sandy beaches to the deepest depths, Ocean: A Children's Encyclopedia let's your child discover the mysterious world beneath the waves.
Te wai o te rangi, na He Waka Korero nga korero ; na Jennifer Cooper nga pikitia.
Introduces some of the different states water can be in the world, including rain, snow, mist and tears. This title is a Māori language reader — the text is in Māori.
Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, Rob Colson ; illustrators, Elizabeth Gray and Steve Kirk.
A spectacular collection of skeletons from some of the world's most fascinating prehistoric animals. Find out how big a fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex's skull really was or see how an Iguanodon used its thumbs as a secret weapon! Prepare to be amazed by this incredible collection of brilliant bones from some truly astounding prehistoric creatures. Discover what their bones reveal about how they lived, then take a closer look at the creatures themselves.
Digging for Brachiosaurus, Thomas R. Holz, Jr.
Provides an annotated timeline of the discovery of Brachiosaurus, including details on the scientists, dig sites, fossils, and other findings that have shaped our knowledge of this dinosaur.
Digging for stegosaurus, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Provides an annotated timeline of the discovery of Stegosaurus including details on the scientists, dig sites, fossils, and other findings that have shaped our knowledge of this dinosaur.
Digging for triceratops, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Provides an annotated timeline of the discovery of Triceratops including details on the scientists, dig sites, fossils, and other findings that have shaped our knowledge of this dinosaur.
Digging for Tyrannosaurus rex, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Provides an annotated timeline of the discovery of Tyrannosaurus rex including details on the scientists, dig sites, fossils, and other findings that have shaped our knowledge of this dinosaur.
Prehistoric predators, Brian Switek ; illustrated by Julius Csotonyi.
From favourites like T-Rex and Giganotosaurus, to the ferocious Spinosaurus and terrifying Megalodon, the stunning full-colour illustrations from renowned paleoartist Julius Csotonyi make these dangerous creatures spring to life on each page. Bursting with fascinating facts written by National Geographic contributor Brian Switek, dynamic artwork, and a unique dino-skin textured cover, this is the perfect book for dinosaur lovers of every age!
125 cute animals: meet the cutest critters on the planet, including animals you never knew existed, and some so ugly, they're cute, contributing writers, Kitson Jazynka and 6 others.
Presents images, anecdotes, and information about 125 exceptionally adorable animals, from pets like puppies and kittens, to such wild creatures as gorillas and ostriches.
Sea bones, Bob Barner.
Did you know that Jellies (not Jelly Fish because they aren't actually fish) have no bones and no brains? Or that the largest animal on Earth is the blue whale.
The most amazing creature in the sea, Brenda Z. Guiberson ; illustrated by Gennady Spirin.
Fascinating facts and spectacular illustrations will inspire young readers to choose their own favourite sea creatures.
When butterflies cross the sky: the monarch butterfly migration, Sharon Katz Cooper ; illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet.
Follows a single monarch butterfly on its annual migration.
Supershark and other creatures of the deep, Derek Harvey.
Dive into the ocean and discover the different sharks and sea creatures who hunt in this watery world. With amazing and detailed 3D digital pictures of sharks, spectacular photography and stripped away images you'll see into the ocean depths.
When penguins cross the ice: the Emperor penguin migration, Sharon Katz Cooper ; illustrated by Tom Leonard.
Follows a single Emperor penguin on its annual migration.
The blue whale, Jenni Desmond.
The is a gorgeously illustrated picture book about the blue whale. It is full of relatable facts from every day life that help to make the size and habits of the blue whale easily comprehensible and engaging.
Hippos are huge!, Jonathan London ; illustrated by Matthew Trueman.
What's the deadliest animal in Africa? It's not the lion or the crocodile — it's the hippopotamus! Hippos have razor-sharp tusks, weigh as much as fifty men, and can run twenty-five miles per hour! Follow these hefty hulks as they glide underwater, play tug-of-war, swat balls of dung at one another, and nuzzle their young in the mud. Just don't get too close they could chomp you in two!
Mad about monkeys, Owen Davey.
With over 250 species inhabiting our planet, this book explores the many different types of monkeys from the smallest Pygmy Marmoset to the largest Mandrill, and provides all the facts you wanted to know and more. Discover where monkeys come from, how they swing from tree to tree, and why they fight and play with each other. After reading this beautifully illustrated book, you'll soon be raving mad about monkeys.
Voices are not for yelling, Elizabeth Verdick ; illustrated by Marieka Heinlen.
The toddler years are full of growth and smiles and sweetness — but also tantrums. Very young children don’t yet have the words to express strong feelings, and they’re still learning social skills. This book helps little ones understand why it’s better to use an indoor voice — “so people hear the words and not the yelling” —and how to calm down and ask for help so they can get what they need. Also includes tips for parents and caregivers.
The growing up book for girls: what girls on the autism spectrum need to know!, Davida Hartman ; illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs.
The Growing Up Guide for Girls is a one-stop guide for young girls on the autism spectrum explaining all they need to know about puberty and adolescence. The pre-teen and teenage years are a bumpy time when bodies change, emotions are high and peers are developing at different paces. Using simple, literal language and delightful colour illustrations, this book explains the facts about body changes such as growing hair in new places, periods, wearing a bra and keeping spots away! It gives cool tips on what makes a real friend, what it means to have a crush on somebody, and how to stay safe online. Most importantly, it explains that every body is beautiful and unique and encourages young girls with autism to celebrate difference!
Dairy-free diets, Mari Schuh ; consulting editor, Gail Saunders-Smith ; consultant, Amy L. Lusk.
Simple text and full-colour photographs give an overview of a dairy-free diet.
Nut-free diets, Mari Schuh ; consulting editor, Gail Saunders-Smith ; consultant, Amy L. Lusk.
Simple text and full-colour photographs give an overview of a nut-free diet.
Diabetes-aware diets, Mari Schuh ; consulting editor, Gail Saunders-Smith ; consultant, Amy L. Lusk.
Offers information on diabetes-aware diets, discussing why they are important, and who may be partaking of one.
Planes, trains, and automobiles: a visual history of modern transportation featuring 100 iconic designs, illustrated by Mike Lemanski ; written by Chris Oxlade ; edited by Jenny Broom.
Depicts one hundred iconic vehicles and innovative examples from transportation history presented in a timeline that can be read back to front, top to bottom, and right to left.
Robots in space, Kathryn Clay ; consulting editor, Gail Saunders-Smith ; consultant, Seth Hutchinson.
Simple text and full-colour photographs describe eight different space robots and the work these robots do.
Virgin Galactic: the ultimate experience, written by Ruth O'Rourke.
With a foreword by Richard Branson, this book tracks the entire amazing flight experience of SpaceShipTwo, including the craft rocketing at three times the speed of sound to the edge of the atmosphere, the somersaulting fun of zero gravity and the graceful glide back to Earth. You'll explore behind-the-scenes at the Space Port terminal in New Mexico, USA, discover every aspect of SpaceShipTwo and see remarkable artefacts, artworks and photographs.
Robots on the job, Kathryn Clay ; consulting editor, Gail Saunders-Smith ; consultant, Seth Hutchinson.
Simple text and full-colour photographs describe eight different industrial or military robots and the work these robots do..
Tiny robots, Kathryn Clay ; consulting editor, Gail Saunders-Smith ; consultant, Seth Hutchinson.
Tiny robots include everything from a wall climbing microbot to a nanobot that goes inside the human body. Find out just what these awesome machines can do.
Pets, Paul Terry.
John Team T-10 as they explore the world of pets in ways that you would never have imagined possible — more than 200 pets from around across the globe! They find plenty of cats and dogs of course, but there are also exotic animals that you would never have guessed would be anyone's pet!
From head to tail: all about horse care, Donna Bowman Bratton ; consultant, Jennifer A. Zablotny.
Photos and text introduce readers to horse care, including general information about how to maintain a horse, habitat, diet, and grooming needs and equipment.
All about horses: everything a horse-crazy girl needs to know, Molly Kolpin ; consultant, C. Michael Kerns.
Text and photos introduce readers to general information about horses, including physical characteristics, historical origin, life cycle, body language, and horses in pop culture.
Favorite horses: breeds girls love, Molly Kolpin ; consultant, Jennifer Zablotny.
Photos and text introduce readers to different horse breeds, including specific breed characteristics, features, and origins.
Kids top 10 pet birds, Wendy Mead.
Discusses the best ten birds for kids to keep as pets and includes each species' appearance, general behaviour, and special needs.
The dog lover's guide: full of useful tips and lots of tricks, Honor Head.
Why do dogs wag their tails? How should I prepare for a new puppy? How do you train a dog to sit and stay? The Dog Lover's Guide will answer all your dog-related questions!
Ellie: the dog with the loving heart, Jean Silver.
This is the story of Ellie, a fox terrier cross, the dog with the loving heart, who was rescued from a life of scavenging for food on the streets of Auckland by the Human Society of New Zealand. After adopting Ellie, the author wrote a letter of thanks to her foster mum, Teresa Tevaga, told from Ellie's perspective. This book is a compilation of those letters written over two years.
Kids top 10 pet cats, Dana Meachen Rau.
Discusses the best ten cat breeds for kids to keep as pets and includes each breed's appearance, general behaviour, and special needs.
Kids top 10 small mammal pets, Ann Graham Gaines.
Discusses the best ten small mammals for kids to keep as pets and includes each species' appearance, general behaviour, diet, and special needs.
Kids top 10 pet fish, Dana Meachen Rau.
Discusses the best ten fish for kids to keep as pets and includes each species' appearance, general behaviour, and special needs.
Usborne look inside food, written by Emily Bone ; illustrated by Benedetta Giaufret & Enrica Rusina.
It is important for children to understand food where it comes from, what's in it, and how it affects our bodies.
Baking bliss! Baked desserts to make and devour, Jen Besel.
Step-by-step instructions teach readers how to bake mouthwatering desserts, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more.
Belle & Boo S is for sewing, illustrations by Mandy Sutcliffe ; photography by Laura Edwards.
This unique craft book of Belle & Boo themed playtime projects contains ideas and instructions for over 25 makes designed to engage a child's imagination. Each sewing project will transport your child to another world where they can fantasise about being a pirate, a ballerina or even a woodland creature.
Craft camp: over 40 fun projects for kids.
When school's out, it's time for camp craft camp! Kids (and their parents) will love these 40 projects that include simple beading, sewing, felting, bookmaking, and so much more. Create colourful pinatas, eco-friendly mobiles, and up-cycled hats and T-shirts. Boys and girls from 6 to 12 will all find something fun to do. Helpful photographs and how-to illustrations explain the techniques in an easy-to-follow way.
Jewellery fantasy: a guide for creative girls, Marcelina Grabowska-Friday.
Jewellery creation is a favourite activity for girls. This beautiful book full of original ideas will enchant all young artists. 50 easy to make models of bracelets, earrings, rings, pins, clips, jewellery to be worn on clothes or bags, necklaces and various accessories.
Complete photo guide to crochet, Deborah Burger.
Are you looking for the perfect guide to teach your child to crochet? Look no further! Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Crochet starts with the absolute basics about stitching, beginning with a discussion about hooks and yarn and how to make simple chains, then gradually introduces skills and techniques until kids are crocheting confidently.
The amazing stitching handbook for kids: 17 embroidery stitches, 15 fun & easy projects, Kristin Nicholas.
Give your young designer the gift of learning how to embroider and personalise almost anything. From the basics of traditional needlepoint to the skills of free-form embroidery, this book encourages kids to unplug from technology and plug into a calming, creative outlet instead. Fifteen projects run the gamut from pillows to phone carrying cases to backpack tags; the variety of stitches to use on them ensures that kids will be entertained for hours.
How to play the recorder: a step-by-step guide, Lisete da Silva.
DK's How to Play the Recorder is a highly visual and user-friendly guide for anyone learning to play the recorder on their own, and it is also a perfect companion to recorder lessons. The book is structured in a way that challenges readers without overwhelming them.
Accessory parties: planning a party that makes your friends say "cool!", Jen Jones.
Lots of kids love parties, and this series will help them add to their fun. With plenty of inspiration and information, Perfect Parties includes creative themes, decorating ideas, and party planning tips.
Costume parties: planning a party that makes your friends say "wow!", Jen Jones.
Learn how to throw a costume party that will go down in history. Discover themes, decorations, food, and planning tips that will kick off the perfect party.
Game night parties: planning a bash that makes your friends say "yeah!", Jen Jones.
Learn how to throw a game-night bash that will go down in history. Discover themes, decorations, food, and planning tips that will kick off the perfect party.
Pampering parties: planning a party that makes your friends say "ahhh", Jen Jones.
Lots of kids love parties, and this series will help them add to their fun. With plenty of inspiration and information, Perfect Parties includes creative themes, decorating ideas, and party planning tips.
Disney Frozen fever party book: 22 great ideas for creating your own Frozen party, Olafur Gunnar Gudlaugsson, Olina Thorvaldsdottir ; photographer,
Just like the royal sisters Anna and Elsa, anyone can throw a "Frozen Fever" party with the advice and step-by-step instructions in the beautifully illustrated book. Everything you need to create the party of the year is included here from invitations and decorations to food, table settings, and games.
Wildlife wonders, Anna Nilsen ; illustrated by Dave Smith.
Dive into this exciting book full of amazing creatures all around the world and help save Mum from evil poachers by completing the puzzles. 'Puzzle heroes' is an interactive series of very fun, visually-led books containing an adventure or challenge on every page.
The Usborne third big maze book, written by Kirsteen Robson ; designed and illustrated by Ruth Russell … et al.
Fifty amazing mazes, each one completely different from the one before. Many of the mazes contain extra puzzles to solve and challenges to complete en route, and the mazes get gradually more and more difficult throughout the book, pushing children to develop their problem-solving and visual recognition skills.
Saddle up!: riding and competitions for horse lovers, Donna Bowman Bratton ; consultant, Clay A. Cavinder.
Photos and text introduce readers to riding competitions and training, including different riding styles, various competitions, and clothing and equipment needed for both horse and rider.
Horribly hilarious joke book, Terry Deary ; illustrations, Martin Brown and Philip Reeve.
Horribly Hilarious Joke Book is full of hundreds of horribly hilarious historical jokes and illustrations in one laugh-out-loud book. You'll laugh your head off at this comical collection of nasty bits.
Bigfoot is missing!, J. Patrick Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt ; illustrated by MinaLima.
A poetry collection about crypto-zoological creatures (the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, Chupacabra, etc.) from around the world, written so as to allow the design of the book to disguise the fact that the collection is poetry.
Poems from the Second World War, selected by Gaby Morgan.
Poems from the Second World War is a moving and powerful collection of poems written by soldiers, nurses, mothers, sweethearts and family and friends who experienced WWII from different standpoints.
Rowdy revolutions, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Philip Reeve.
Readers can discover all the foul facts about Rowdy Revolutions, including which Chinese emperor was overthrown by his Mum, why one revolution made ugly people very scared indeed and what Count Dracula was really like. With a bold, accessible new look and a heap of extra-horrible bits, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans.
See inside exploration and discovery: an Usborne flap book, Emily Bone ; illustrated by Steve Scott.
Some of the most famous and daring explorers from history are featured in this interactive, lift-the-flap reference book. Find out about Marco Polo's journey from Italy to China in 1271, Ibn Battuta's 28-year trip around the globe, Christopher Columbus' discovery of the 'New World', the race to the poles, space exploration and lots more.
Alexander Graham Bell, Catherine Chambers.
This book traces the life of Alexander Graham Bell, from his early childhood and education through his sources of inspiration and challenges faced, early successes, and the invention for which he is best known: the telephone. A timeline at the end of the book summarizes key milestones and achievements of Bell's life.
Marie Curie and her discovery, Lara Avery ; illustrated by Marcin Piwowarski.
A song about the life of Marie Curie and her contributions to modern science.
Charles Darwin, Nick Hunter.
This book traces the life of Charles Darwin, from his early childhood and education through his sources of inspiration and the challenges he faced, his early successes, and the theories of evolution and natural selection for which he is best known.
Albert is just fine, Mrs. Einstein!, Michael Dahl ; illustrated by Fabio Leone.
A song about Albert Einstein's journey on a train and how it impacted his understanding of relativity.
Genius: a photobiography of Albert Einstein, Marfe Ferguson Delano.
Provides a look at the life of Albert Einstein, supplemented by photographs from throughout his life.
Jane Goodall and the chimpanzees, Lara Avery ; illustrated by Marcin Piwowarski.
A song for children about Jane Goodall and her study of chimpanzees.
Isaac Newton, Kay Barnham.
This book traces the life of Isaac Newton, from his early childhood and education through his sources of inspiration and challenges faced, early successes, and the work on gravity and light for which he is best known. A timeline at the end of the book summarises key milestones and achievements of Newton's life.
Louis Pasteur, Nick Hunter.
Traces the life of Louis Pasteur, from his early childhood and education through his sources of inspiration and challenges faced, early successes, and the work on pasteurization and vaccination for which he is best known. A timeline at the end of the book summarises key milestones and achievements of Pasteur's life.
William Shakespeare: scenes from the life of the world's greatest writer, Mick Manning & Brita Grantstrom.
Follow the amazing life of William Shakespeare, vividly described in words and pictures, with graphic dramatisations of Shakespeare's most famous plays including A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Macbeth and The Tempest. The perfect introduction for children to the life and works of William Shakespeare.
Rotten rulers, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Mike Phillips.
Readers can discover all the foul facts about rotten rulers, including who gave the job of high priest to a donkey and who celebrated victory by eating his enemy's head? With a bold, accessible new look and a heap of extra-horrible bits, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans
Samoan Heroes, written by David Riley ; illustrated by Michel Mulipola.
A collection of inspirational stories of achievers who have Samoan ancestry.
Dark knights and dingy castles, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Philip Reeve.
Humorous account of life in Britain and Europe in the Middle Ages in those days of chivalry when knights were evident, people lived in castles and the peasants did the work.
Vile Victorians, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Martin Brown.
They may have looked all prim and proper, but the Victorians were a jolly naughty bunch who could be vicious and violent and villainous. Readers can discover the murderers who wouldn't hang, when the first public loo was flushed and all about stag hunting in Paddington Station.
Edinburgh, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Mike Phillips.
This is one in a range of city books from Terry Deary, delving into the horrible histories of Britain's most visited places.
Dublin, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Mike Phillips.
It's history with the nasty bits left in! Want to know: whose head was put in a pot and pickled? Why the mayor of Dublin put his mum in prison? Which Irish King led his men to battle from hisbath? Plot your path to the past with the frightful full-colour map picnic with pirates at St Stephen's Green and creep around the cruel cathedrals.
Stratford upon-Avon, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Mike Phillips.
A quaint and cute tourist town, Shakespeare's Stratford was far from pleasant and the author reveals the civil war struggles and brutal beheadings that made its history so horrible. This book explores the horrible highlights of the town using the frightful fold-out map, including spooky Sheep Street, home of an awful axeman, and more.
Oxford, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Martin Brown.
Oxford takes readers on a gore-tastic tour of the streets of Oxford, exposing all of its most scurrilous secrets. With the frightful full-colour map tourists can plot their path to the past take a punt past corpse-ridden Christchurch and go skeleton-spotting at the cruel and crumbling castle. Burning bishops, blood-soaked streets and student scraps, it's a trip no Horrible Histories fan will want to miss!
York, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Mike Phillips.
York takes readers on a gore-tastic tour of the streets of York, exposing all of its most scurrilous secrets. With the frightful full-colour map tourists can plot their path to the past. Deadly diseases, horrendous highwaymen and vicious Vikings, it's a trip no Horrible Histories fan will want to miss.
France, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Martin Brown.
The Horrible History of France reveals the revolting truth behind the rebellious, revolutionary French, from the tortured times of the Dark Ages to the murderous moments of the 19th century.
Vicious vikings, Terry Deary ; illustrated by Martin Brown.
Sail back to a vicious time with fearsome seafaring Viking warriors with big boats, big shields and enormous ginger beards. Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Vicious Vikings, including Viking gods in wedding dresses, corpses on trial and Death by booby-trapped statues.
The Vikings & the Celts: ancient warriors and raiders: discover the dramatic world of the Celts and Vikings with how-to projects and 700 pictures, Fiona Macdonald and Philip Steele.
Explores the fierce and dramatic world of the Celts and Vikings. Includes 30 step-by-step projects to enable you to recreate the past, fact boxes that provide extra insights and illustrations which include cross-sections, historical maps and pictorial timelines.
The Great Depression for kids: hardship and hope in 1930s America with 21 activities, Cheryl Mullenbach.
American history before and after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Providing a balanced, realistic picture of a time rife with hardships, The Great Depression for Kids brings the era and key concepts to life.

Older Fiction

The Dungeoneers, John David Anderson.
When his gift for pickpocketing is noticed by the mysterious Finn Argos, Colm begins training to become a member of Thwodin's Legions, a strange group of warriors, mages, and hunters who search for treasure.
Search for the Shadow Key, Wayne Thomas Batson.
As the only living dreamtreader, fourteen-year-old Archer must protect the waking world from the evil lurking in the Dream, but when his family and friends begin to disappear, unexpected help comes from the Wind Maiden, a mysterious angelic being who seems to know how Archer can rescue his loved ones and defeat the new Nightmare King.
The friendship riddle, Megan Frazer Blakemore.
When her former best friend gets popular and leaves her behind, sixth-grader Ruth prefers to be alone, studying for the school spelling bee, until she finds a riddle in an old book.
The complete Alice, Lewis Carroll with the original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel ; coloured by Harry Theaker and Diz Wallis.
Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter are among the best loved, most iconic literary creations of all time. Macmillan was the original publisher of Alice in 1865 and is proud to remain true to the vision of its creators.
Vietnam, Deborah Challinor.
It's 1969. The sixties are still swinging, man is headed for the moon and surfing-mad Davey is out to win the inaugural Newcastle Under-14 surf Championship. But when his older brother Tom is drafted to fight in the army, the far-away war in Vietnam creates waves very close to home.
Good ogre, Platte F. Clark.
After saving three worlds, Max has trouble settling back into middle school and life at home, but when he tries to return to the magical planet of Magrus, the evil Maelshadow begins changing humans into monsters in an effort to take over the planet.
Beyond the kingdoms, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman.
Fairy tales are just the beginning. The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it's up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they're in danger. With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man's secret scheme: he possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature's greatest villains!
Diary of a mad brownie: with supporting documents, Bruce Coville ; illustrations by Paul Kidby.
Angus Cairns is a brownie, a magical creature with a fastidious nature. Alex Carhart is the messiest eleven-year-old in the United States of America. Together, this unlikely pair embarks on an unforgettable adventure.
The golden spark plug of awesomeness!, written & illustrated by Stu Duval.
When Louis Light-Saber left Boring Town and went seeking adventure he never dreamed it would take him to Giant Mosquitos, Machine Gun Monkeys, Rock 'n Roll Mermaids and an ogre named Bob the Destroyer!
Flying free: stories and where they come from — a book for curious children, Adrienne M. Frater.
Short stories for children, each introduced by a letter to the reader explaining where the story came from, and allowing the reader to get to know the author.
Wonder at the edge of the world: a novel, Nicole Helget ; illustrations by Marcos Calo.
Lu Wonder, a bright, curious girl who hopes to be a scientist, sets out from her Kansas home in 1855 with her best friend Eustace, a slave, on a journey to Antarctica to protect a mysterious artifact and hide it from the man responsible for her father's death.
The curious world of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly.
In rural Texas in 1900, when a storm blows change into town in the form of a visiting veterinarian, twelve-year-old Callie discovers a life and a vocation she desperately wants. But with societal expectations as they are, she will need all her wits and courage to realise her dreams.
The Arctic code, Matthew J. Kirby.
The Earth is in the grip of a new Ice Age, and when twelve-year-old Eleanor's scientist mother disappears in the Arctic, Eleanor sets off on a dangerous journey to find her and uncovers a mystery, a crime, and evidence that Earth has been visited by extraterrestrials.
Best friend next door, Carolyn Mackler.
Two girls who share a birthday and palindromic names struggle with respective parental challenges and loneliness while gradually overcoming their differences to become close friends.
Binny in secret, Hilary McKay.
With her awful secondhand uniform and stuck-up classmates, Binny's new school is horrible. And life gets even worse when a storm damages the roof of her house, forcing Binny and her family to move to the countryside whilst it's being fixed. Binny, her sensible older sister Clem, and her rambunctious brother James (and his chickens) begin adjusting to life in the country. Then one of James's beloved chickens vanishes and Binny finds strange footprints in the mud. What kind of creature is lurking in the undergrowth?
The telling stone, Maureen Doyle McQuerry.
Timothy James, his sister Sarah, and their friend Jessica race against time and an ancient Evil to save their mother and restore peace and harmony to the Traveler's Market.
Amelia's middle-school graduation yearbook, Marissa Moss except for words and pictures by Amelia.
Amelia is excited to graduate from middle school, but nervous about starting high school, especially when she finds out she won't have her best friend Carly with her. In her homemade graduation yearbook, drawings and 'photos' nostalgically recap her earlier years and notebooks as Amelia figures out how to face the changes ahead.
The water and the wild, K.E. Ormsbee.
Lottie Fiske is a lonely twelve-year-old orphan, who lives in a boarding house, and her only friends in the world are Eliot, a boy who is very sick, and the mysterious letter-writer who sends her birthday gifts so when a strange girl steps out of a closet and insists that Lottie follow her down the roots of the apple tree in the yard to another world, which may hold a cure for Eliot, Lottie has to go.
Just my rotten luck, James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts ; illustrated by Laura Park.
Rafe Khatchadorian's new year at middle school is starting to look depressingly like the old one, except that art class is going well and when he joins the flag-football team and demonstrates some talent as a running-back, he discovers a way of dealing with his bullying nemesis and teammate, Miller the Killer.
Disney lands, Ridley Pearson.
With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? The Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls.
Sanspell, Elizabeth Pulford.
The Silvering Kingdom is the home of fairy tales, stories and imagination, but the kingdom and all those within are in danger of vanishing because the Bloodtree tree has been poisoned. It is up to Abigail to save the story-tree and its people from extinction. If she doesn't then there will be no more stories, no more fairy tales, illustrations, no more free use of the imagination. It will all be under the control of Rackenard, who wants to dominate and rule the kingdom with his words.
The Fog diver, Joel Ross.
In this futuristic high-stakes adventure, humanity clings to cities on the highest mountain peaks above the deadly Fog, and airships transport the pirates of the skies. Daring 13-year-old tetherboy Chess and his salvage crew must face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and work to save their beloved Mrs. E.
The Curious Cat Spy Club, Linda Joy Singleton.
Classmates Kelsey, Becca, and Leo have nothing in common until they rescue three kittens and form a secret club to help them.
Into the killing seas, Michael P. Spradlin.
In 1945 twelve-year-old Patrick and his younger brother Teddy stowaway on the U.S.S. Indianapolis in a desperate attempt to get back to the Philippines where they last saw their parents, just before the Japanese invasion. When the ship is sunk they find themselves clinging to a piece of debris without food or water, and with hungry sharks circling below.
My life as a gamer, Janet Tashjian with cartoons by Jake Tashjian.
Derek Fallon gets the chance of a lifetime when he is asked to test software for new video games, but he soon discovers that his dream job isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Picture Books

Baby animals, consultant, Nicola Tuxworth.
Babies and toddlers adore baby pets and farm animals. This picture book covers many of the best-loved baby animals, from domestic pets such as cuddly rabbits to farmyard creatures such as fluffy chicks. It is designed to capture a child's attention with images and shapes that he or she will immediately recognise.
Funny faces, consultant, Nicola Tuxworth.
Photographs and simple text show how babies' faces can reveal their feelings and moods.
Happy birthday!.
Baby Touch: Happy Birthday is a high-contrast touch-and-feel book with extra lift-the-flap fun! Read the jaunty text then lift the big flap on every right-hand page to reveal whose birthday it is and what touch-and-feel present they've received.
Polar bear's underwear, tupera tupera.
Polar Bear has lost his underwear and he asks his friend, Mouse, to help him find it.
Burglar Bill, Janet & Allan Ahlberg.
Burglar Bill decides to change his ways after he becomes a victim of burglary.
Albert and Little Henry, Jez Alborough.
The perfect picture book for a family preparing for a new addition, Jez Alborough is at his best when putting himself in a young child's shoes. Albert is not a little puppy any more, Albert is a big dog! But when his baby brother Henry comes along, something very strange happens — he starts to feel small. Discover how Albert learns to feel big again in this adorable tale about new siblings, from the award-winning author of Hug.
Little big Boubo, Beatrice Alemagna.
"I'm not a baby anymore, believe me. I can walk backwards without falling over almost!" The latest book from award-winning illustrator Beatrice Alemagna is a tender and humorous reflection on toddlerhood that will strike a chord with parents and toddlers alike.
Sir Scallywag and the battle of stinky bottom, Giles Andreae and Korky Paul.
King Colin is in need of our 6-year-old-hero Sir Scallywag's help again. This time he has set his sights on a Golden Sausage that will make him live for ever. Unfortunately it is guarded by hundreds of angry trolls.
McToad mows Tiny Island: a transportation tale, Tom Angleberger ; pictures by John Hendrix.
Every Thursday, as a break from mowing Big Island, McToad and his tractor make their way to Tiny Island, using various modes of transportation and types of machinery to get there and back.
Popcorn, Frank Asch.
Sam's Halloween party is popping with a massive amount of popcorn! Find out how he and his friends handle the delicious surplus in this reissue of a classic picture book.
The buk buk buk festival, Mary Jane and Herm Auch.
Henrietta is a reader and a writer, unusual traits for a chicken, but when her book is published and she is invited to the Children's Book Festival, only the local librarian believes she is the author.
Suddenly it is goodbye, written by Stefanie Backhouse-Rudolph ; illustrated by Bryan Langdo.
A story for everyone who has lost a sibling. When a sibling dies many things change in a child's life — family structure, daily routine, their friends' behaviour, parents who are upset and not coping, a feeling of tremendous loss and sadness. Children will experience all sorts of feelings. This book helps children to understand and talk about their grief and to understand that their feelings are normal and part of the healing process.
Baby's very first slide and see under the sea, illustrated by Stella Baggott.
An engaging, interactive board book, specially designed for very young children, full of vivid colours, stylish illustrations and friendly sea creatures. Simple slider mechanisms allow the pictures to be transformed, as a group of playful seals swim around, a hermit crab emerges from its shell, and more.
Boats for Papa, Jessixa Bagley.
Buckley and his mother cope with the loss of their father/husband by sending small wooden boats, built by Buckley, off into the ocean.
The eagle inside, Jack Manning Bancroft ; illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft.
Jimmy is the smallest bird at school. Surrounded by big, tough birds, he feels different in every way and is certain he will never fit in. But when Eagle reminds him that being small isn't necessarily a weakness, Jimmy discovers that being different can also be a strength.
I yam a donkey, story, pictures, and bad grammar by Cece Bell.
Confusion abounds when a poorly spoken donkey says to a grammarian yam, "I Yam a Donkey!"
Pig and Pug, written by Lynne Berry ; illustrated by Gemma Correll.
Two pocket-size pets meet and get into a tussle when Pug insists that Pig is a pudgy pug, and again when Pig calls Pug a muddy pig.
Teddy picnic, Georgie Birkett.
Teddies walk, teddies skip, teddies on their way. Teddies on a picnic trip, Hip! Hip! Hip! Hooray! Join the teddies on their big day out! Georgie Birkett's wonderfully colourful artwork and jaunty rhyming text are sure to make this picnic adventure a firm favourite.
The very noisy bear, Nick Bland.
The Very Cranky Bear and his friends are back! There's music in the air in the Jingle Jangle Jungle! Can Bear's friends help him find the perfect instrument to play?
The monkey and the bee, C.P. Bloom ; illustrated by Peter Raymundo.
The monkey has finally gotten his banana, but now a bumble bee wants a bite. The monkey tries to swat away the bee, but in the process finds himself with a bigger problem on his hands. Will the monkey and the bee be able to work together and become friends?
Something's amiss at the zoo, Jen Breach & Douglas Holgate.
Two zookeepers just can't figure out what's wrong at the zoo. The spider monkey won't spin a web, and he seems scared of the other spiders. The tiger shark doesn't seem comfortable in the jungle enclosure, and the elephant beetle is in danger of being crushed by the other elephants. Only one person can help: the kid! He soon sets the zookeepers straight, but one mystery remains: how did these two ever manage to pass zookeeper school?
Monkey: not ready for kindergarten, Marc Brown.
Kindergarten is just a week away and Monkey is not ready, but with help and encouragement from family and friends, he begins to get excited.
Miffy's word book, illustrations, Dick Bruna.
Discover all of Miffy's favourite words in this Miffy-shaped board book.
Spotty Lottie and me, Richard Byrne.
Joey has chicken pox and has to stay at home, but being ill is boring. His mother tells him he can play with a friend, but only a spotty friend as he is infectious, so he sets off to search for one. Will Joey find anyone to play with who isn't scared of his spots?
No more cuddles!, Jane Chapman.
Barry lives all by himself deep in the forest, but this furry chap is never on his own for long. "Come here, Snuggle-wuggles!" call the animals, diving in for a cuddle! There are simply too many hugs to handle. How can Barry get them to stop?
Vegetables in underwear, Jared Chapman.
Illustrations and brief text reveal the wide variety of unmentionables sported by vegetables.
More!, Tracey Corderoy, Tim Warnes.
Uh-oh! Archie has learnt a new word: "More!" More books at bedtime! More ice cream! More bubble bath! He wants to build bigger towers and better fancy dress costumes. But sometimes "more" is just too much.
Buzzy Bee's birthday party, Joy Cowley, illustrated by Richard Hoit.
It's Buzzy Bee's birthday and he's having a party! He needs balloons, party hats and jelly. But how many does he need? Help Buzzy Bee count.
Newspaper hats, Phil Cummings, Owen Swan.
Grandpa remembers many things from long ago, but he has trouble remembering his granddaughter, Georgia. In this moving story, a little girl helps her grandfather reach his memories through the simple act of making hats from folded newspaper. A gentle yet powerful story about the love and memories that bind families together.
Thank you, Jackson, Niki and Jude Daly.
When Jackson the donkey refuses to take his load of vegetables up the hill to market, the farmer is at his wits' end. No amount of pushing, pulling or threats will make the old donkey budge until his little boy, Goodwill, whispers a secret message in Jackson's ear.
Construction destruction, James Dean.
Pete the cat gets construction workers and equipment to build the coolest playground ever.
Charlie Chick goes to school: a pop-up book, Nick Denchfield, Ant Parker.
Charlie is a little chick with a big personality! Join him as he gets ready for school. Young readers will love seeing Charlie brought to life by ingenious paper engineering and eye catching pops. See him waking up to the alarm clock, eating his crackling cereal and racing to school. Will he get there before all his friends and in time for the bell? Open the gatefold flaps at the end to find out!
I love you!, illustrated by Emma Dodd.
Colourful, collectable board books, specially designed to share with babies.
Slinky Malinki's cat tales, Lynley Dodd.
In these five cat tales, stalking and lurking Slinky Malinki creates mayhem while Scarface Claw, the toughest Tom in town, is scared of nothing … well, almost nothing.
Gemma & Gus, Olivier Dunrea.
Gemma is a small yellow gosling who likes to lead and her brother is a smaller yellow gosling who likes to follow.
Click!, Jeffrey Ebbeler.
After bedtime a house comes alive as a lamp in the shape of a bird solves an array of problems including a leaky faucet, a creaking chair, and sneezing broom, all while the family sleeps.
My stinky new school, Rebecca Elliott.
Toby's sister and baby brother love their schools they smell of paint and rainbows. Toby doesn't think he likes his new school at all — it smells of ogres and he's lonely. He looks and looks for friends but he can't find any anywhere. He finds an alien, a mermaid, a dinosaur expert and a pirate, but no friends! When his mum comes to pick him up he tells her the sad news, but if he didn't make any friends then who is in the playground waving at him?
Gorillas in our midst, Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones ; coloring by Tara Black.
Reveals that gorillas, those masters of disguise and experts at hiding, are all around us and invites the reader to seek gorillas of all ages in the illustrations, while carrying a banana just in case.
Kitchen Disco, written by Clare Foges ; illustrated by Al Murphy.
At night when you are sleeping there's a party in your house, it's a pumping, jumping, funky bash when all the lights go out. When the sun goes down, the Kitchen Disco starts up and all the fruit in the fruit bowl come out to play. There are lemons who break-dance, tangerines who twirl and some very over-excited apples.
Bums & tums: a lift-the-flap book of animals, illustrated by Mandy Foot.
Who has an orange bellybutton and hangs from a tree? Who's big all over, but especially on their ears? Who lives in Africa and has stripes on their knees? Make a guess from the clue and the close-up picture, then lift the flap to see if you are right!
The little bookshop and the origami army!, Michael Foreman.
When the Mayor decides to close down Joey's favourite bookshop in order to build a big superstore, Joey calls upon his friend, Origami Girl, to help. Origami Girl creates an army out of characters from famous children's books to put a stop to the mayor and the builders before it is too late.
The eels of ANZAC Bridge, Ali Foster ; illustrated by Viv Walker.
A young boy's fascination with eels leads into the gentle exploration of the joys and sorrows of life and death. When the young boy grows up and becomes a soldier, his journey to the Great War on the other side of the world is shadowed by that of the eels, as they make their own amazing journey to their breeding grounds deep in the Pacific Ocean.
Jane Foster's 123.
In this 123 board book, children will be introduced to numbers by counting familiar images, such as one bus, five fish, and ten trees.
Jane Foster's ABC.
Introduce little ones to letters in this bold and beautiful board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster.
Dinoblock, Christopher Franceschelli ; art by Peskimo.
Features thick pages cut into the shapes of dinosaurs. Readers will be introduced to more than 20 different kinds of dinos via die-cuts of their unique silhouettes and the illuminating comparisons to familiar things from a young child's world.
Cow, made by Nicola Friggens, Natalie Munday and Anna Vallarino ; illustrated by Chantal Renn.
Let's join Cow and have fun on the farm!
Monkey, made by Nicola Friggens, Natalie Munday and Anna Vallarino ; illustrated by Chantal Renn.
Let's join Monkey and have fun.
Puppy, made by Nicola Friggens, Natalie Munday and Anna Vallarino ; illustrated by Chantal Renn.
Let's join Puppy and have fun.
Dinotrux dig the beach, Chris Gall.
Part-dinosaur, part-truck monsters called Dinotrux take a vacation to cool off at the beach, where they have to work together to build a sandcastle and to rescue a friend.
Messy Jellyfish, written and illustrated by Ruth Galloway.
Best friends Jellyfish and Seahorse live in a rockpool. Jellyfish loves to sing and dance and make a mess! Seahorse wants things to be quiet and tidy. When Jellyfish invites Crab, Starfish and the Shrimps over for an impromptu party, the ruckus upsets Seahorse and he leaves. But soon he feels lonely all by himself in the quiet. After the party guests are gone, Jellyfish realises she has been unkind to her tidy friend and cleans up the mess. When Seahorse returns, they throw a party together and everyone cleans up together afterwards.
Animal rescue!, Patrick George.
This is a book in which you become a rescue hero. Simply turn the transparent page and rescue the animals! It's fun, it's simple and it's a gentle introduction to the importance of animal welfare. There are no words in this book so you can choose the words which are right for you. Which animals would you rescue?
Shapes with Peppa, adapted by Rebecca Gerlings.
Learn all your shapes with Peppa. A first concept book perfect for the very youngest Peppa Pig fan! With simple text and pictures this chunky board book is ideal for little hands.
Where's Bear?, Emily Gravett.
Bear and Hare are back in their third adventure, and this time they're playing hide-and-seek. Hare is very good at closing his eyes and counting to 10. The problem is, Bear is not very good at hiding. Not very good at all. When you're as big as Bear squeezing yourself behind a lamp stand is not easy, and trying to disappear behind a glass fish tank is simply not going to work. But all of a sudden Bear is gone! Wherever could he be?
That's what wings are for, Patrick Guest & Daniella Germain.
There are three things that all respectable dragons need: strong wings for flying, strong lungs for breathing fire, and strong, shiny scales. But Bluey the Dragon has none of these. Even so, Bluey has other abilities, some of them truly wonderful if only he can work out what they are!
The three cattle dogs gruff, author, Chris Gurney ; illustrator, Myles Lawford.
The latest in the Kiwi Corker collection, which puts a kiwi twist on classic fairy tales. This one is based on the Three Billy Goats Gruff, but instead features three cattle dogs on the farm, and the monster under the bridge is a marakihau.
Work: an occupational ABC, Kellen Hatanaka.
Introduces the alphabet with artwork that depicts a range of careers, from aviator to zookeeper.
Babies don't walk, they ride, Kathy Henderson, Lauren Tobia.
Babies don't walk, they ride. Babies don't run, they glide. Little ones will love spotting themselves in this book full of babies being carried around, thrown up in the air, riding in prams and whizzing around the supermarket in trolleys.
Nelson bear and the yellow umbrella, Merval Hoare ; illustrated byTracey Yager.
Ice in the jungle, Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar.
When Ice's mother tells her that they're going to move to an exciting new place, Ice isn't so sure. She likes her home and her friends, and the fun they have together. The journey takes forever, and their new home is very strange. Everything is different — the weather, the food, the people and the language. Ice tries to make friends, but everyone seems too busy and preoccupied to care. Will anything happen to help Ice feel more at home?
A house of her own, Jenny Hughes ; illustrated by Jonathan Bentley.
Audrey is bigger than she was yesterday. Now she needs a bigger house. So she tells her dad to build her one at the top of a tree. It is an ideal house. It has a bathtub for snorkeling, a place to drink tea, and somewhere to hide the dirty cups. The house is perfect in every way. Except for one thing.
Sea Rex, Molly Idle.
Cordelia spends a day at the beach with her dinosaur friends.
Black and white, Dahlov Ipcar.
A black dog and a white dog play together all day, and at night the black dog dreams of the jungle and its animals, and the white dog dreams of the arctic.
Alphabet: a child's first ABC, Alison Jay.
Alison Jay's wonderful crackle-glazed pictures perfectly suit the fairytale theme of this picture book introducing very young children to the alphabet and reading.
Counting: a child's first 123, Alison Jay.
In this enchanting counting adventure, follow the dreams of a sleeping girl and meet favourite characters from fairy tales and folk stories as you journey from one to ten and back again.
The Hueys in What's the opposite?, Oliver Jeffers.
Quirky egg-shaped creatures known as the Hueys explore the concept of opposites.
Betty Bunny loves Easter, written by Michael B. Kaplan ; illustrated by Stephane Jorisch.
Betty Bunny wants to be the Easter Bunny when she grows up, but is having a difficult time finding eggs during the neighborhood Easter egg hunt.
See you next year, written by Andrew Larsen ; illustrated by Todd Stewart.
Summer vacations can be magical. Especially when you go back to the same place every year. A place where you can learn to dive under the waves. A place where digging a hole to the centre of the earth seems possible. A place where nothing ever changes and where each long, lazy day unfolds just as it did the year before. See You Next Year is the story of one such place. Only this year, something does change. And sometimes, change turns out to be a good thing.
Are we there yet?: lift the flap and play I-spy!, Alison Lester.
A fabulous lift-the-flap book from one of Australia's most loved picture book creators, Alison Lester, adapting her classic book Are We There Yet? I spy with my little eye something beginning with.
Do you know Pippi Longstocking?, Astrid Lindgren with pictures by Ingrid Nyman ; translated by Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard.
Tommy and Annika are fascinated by their new neighbour, an unusual little girl who lives all alone with her horse and monkey, performs her own act at the circus, bakes cookies on the floor, and is stronger than anyone in the world.
Why do cats have tails?, written by David Ling ; illustrated by Stephanie Thatcher.
Children can come up with some pretty funny questions, and here in this warm and amusing story Grandpa teases his granddaughters with some very unusual answers. The girls are spending time with Grandpa and his cats, and reject all his silly answers until one of them comes up with an idea that even Grandpa couldn't think of. This is a story that grandparents and grandchildren will love.
Bike on, Bear!, Cynthea Liu ; illustrated by Kristyna Litten.
Bear is an extraordinary, genius bear, who can do anything except ride a bike. Can Bear figure out how to get on two wheels?
Tyranno-sort-of Rex, written by Christopher Llewelyn ; illustrations Scott Tulloch.
A rhyming story in which a delivery of recovered dinosaur bones arrives late and jumbled up at the City Museum where the skeletons are due to feature in an upcoming exhibition. The curator of the museum sets upon the task of putting all the bones back together in time for the exhibition opening the following day. But the curator can't quite figure out which bones go where, and his dinosaur creations are not altogether accurate…
Playful pigs from A to Z, Anita Lobel.
One golden morning, twenty-six pigs leave their pen, race along a country road, and find a field of letters, where they play all day until Zeke Pig falls asleep on a Z and they wearily return home by moonlight.
Little Puffin's first flight, written by Jonathan London ; illustrated by Jon Van Zyle.
Follows a family of puffins from the time the parents greet one another off the coast of Alaska and prepare to raise a family, through the care of their fragile egg and ravenous chick, to Little Puffin's first flight across and into the sea. Includes facts about puffins.
Night animals, Gianna Marino.
Possum is hiding from the sounds in the night, and his fear sets off a chain reaction in the other night animals.
Touch the brightest star, Christie Matheson.
An interactive picture book showcasing the beauty of nighttime.
Melric and the dragon, David McKee.
When a dragon is spotted, the whole kingdom fears a fiery attack is imminent! The king organises his army into hunting teams but Melric knows that not all dragons are fierce, in fact some like nothing better than chocolate cake.
There was an old woman..., written by Kaitrin McMullan and Liz Weir ; illustrations by Fraser Williamson.
There was an old woman who swallowed a worm. Did it make her squirm? A New Zealand retelling of the traditional tale 'There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly'. Packed with rhyme, rhythm, and repetition and featuring New Zealand native animals.
All afloat on Noah's boat!, Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees.
A vibrant, rhyming romp aboard Noah's Ark! Noah's Ark is busy and noisy, and it's not long before the animals begin to get grouchy. Clever old Noah hatches a plan for an incredible creature cabaret to get the Ark swinging again. But what amazing act will appear for the finale?
Float, Daniel Miyares.
Wordless picture book about a boy who loses his paper boat in the rain.
Go, go, Gorilla!, Lydia Monks.
Hooray! Gorilla has come to stay. He crashes through the door full of excitement and anticipation and at first he's not disappointed. The family have thought of everything to make him comfortable. But then it begins to snow and although Gorilla likes the look and taste of snow, he's not a natural at all the snow-related activities they try. With skiing and skating, he wibbles and wobbles all over the place before falling over. So how can the little boy make him feel better? By finding something Gorilla is good at, that's how.
Where is Galah?, Sally Morgan.
Dingo is on the prowl. He can see Emu, Swan and Turtle. He can hear Crocodile, Frog and Kookaburra. But where is Galah?
Welcome home, Bear: a book of animal habitats, Il Sung Na.
Bear is tired of waking up every morning in the same green forest, so he decides to search for a new place to live. He visits the birds in the trees, a mole underground, a camel in the hot desert sand, puffins in the cold arctic snow only to realise his own home is the perfect place for him after all.
The fintastic fish-sitter, Mo O'Hara, Marek Jagucki.
Everyone knows that fish and cats don't get on. So when Sami has to look after her big brother's goldfish, it won't be easy with Fang the vampire kitten lurking next door.
Where are my books?, Debbie Ridpath Ohi.
Spencer loves books and reads one every night, sometimes aloud, then puts the book back in its place, but one morning his favourite book is missing, and the next day another, each replaced by a different object.
The moon is going to Addy's house, Ida Pearle.
After a play date in the city, Addy heads home to the country with her family. Through the long drive, the moon seems to be following them closely — Addy's faithful guardian and friend. Ida Pearle's exquisite cut-paper illustrations give the book the feel of a timeless classic, one that children will ask to hear every night at bedtime.
Bah! Said the baby, Jennifer Plecas.
When baby says 'bah!' the rest of the family scrambles to bring him balls and books and bows and bottles, sheep and baby dolls and blankets and even a brother! But it turns out that all along, the baby was just trying to say 'bye-bye'.
Wait, Antoinette Portis.
A picture book about the joys of waiting and taking in what is around you.
Miss Hazeltine's home for shy and fearful cats, Alicia Potter ; illustrated by Birgitta Sif.
This book is full of scaredy cats. Cats terrified of mice, cats frightened of birds; cats who can't pounce, cats who won't purr. Miss Hazeltine takes them all into her Home for Shy and Fearful Cats and she teaches them everything she knows. But under the bed hides nervous little Crumb. Will Miss Hazeltine be able to help the most shy and fearful kitty of them all.
Tiger, by Nicola Friggens, Natalie Munday and Anna Vallarino ; illustrated by Chantal Renn.
Let's join Tiger and have fun.
Finding Monkey Moon, Elizabeth Pulford ; illustrated by Kate Wilkinson.
Michael and Monkey Moon are inseparable, especially when it is time for bed. But one night Monkey Moon is nowhere to be found and Michael's search for him goes way beyond the toy box. A heartwarming story of love, family, determination and hope.
Crunch!, Carolina Rabei.
Crunch the guinea pigs just loves his food but one day a hungry mouse asks him to share it with him.
Little Miss, big sis, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow Little Miss as she learns to be a wonderful big sister.
Pig Kahuna. Who's that pig?, Jennifer Sattler.
At the beach pig brothers Fergus and Dink meet Tallulah, who can whistle, make sand angels, and stand on her head, but while Dink quickly becomes friends with the new pig, Fergus feels a little shy.
Axel Scheffler's flip flap jungle.
What do you get if you cross a gorilla with a chameleon? Yes, that would be an goeleon! And how about a toucan with a tiger? Why, a touger, of course! A very silly but absolutely compelling book that will charm the whole family.
Kick with my left foot, Paul Seden & Karen Briggs.
A lively and endearing story about a child in an indigenous community getting ready to play his favourite game footy!
One family, George Shannon ; pictures by Blanca Gomez.
A family can be many things, in this story that introduces numbered groups from one to ten.
Grandma, Jessica Shepherd.
More and more children are encountering dementia and its effects on their families. This touching story, told in Oscar's own words, is a positive and practical tale about the experience. The factual page about dementia helps children talk about their feelings and find new ways to enjoy the changing relationship.
The wizardling, Binette Shroeder ; translated by Siobhan Parkinson.
Wizzo, who's learning to be a wizard, is really ace at broom-surfing. He meets the dragon-girl Dradru in the magic forest, and together they go whizzing and zooming about and swoop their way right into an exciting adventure. If only the Big Bad Wolf wasn't around.
Higgledy Piggledy: the hen who loved to dance, Francesca Simon ; illustrated by Elisabeth Moseng.
Higgledy Piggledy loves to dance but what good is a dancing hen? The other animals can do much more useful things like pulling the cart, giving milk and making wool. Then one afternoon, Max the kitten is in trouble and none of the other animals can help. Perhaps Higgledy Piggledy and her dancing can save the day?
I love dogs!, Sue Stainton and Bob Staake.
A celebration of the many types of dogs and the different shapes, sizes, textures, and temperaments they can have.
Where the Bugaboo lives, Sean Taylor ; illustrated by Neal Layton.
From the author of Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise, comes a wonderfully interactive, which-way adventure story which follows Floyd and his sister into the dark, shadowy valley behind their house a valley full of all kinds of creepy, freaky, weaselly creatures and the scariest of them all — The Bugaboo! In this hilarious, ghoulish story, you can choose Floyd and Ruby's path (and which monster they meet next!) at the end of each page.
The sky is falling!, Mark Teague.
In this humorous version of the traditional tale, Chicken Little panics when an acorn falls on her head and sets off a dance frenzy among the other chickens, and while squirrel and the other animals understand what really happened, they soon join in the dancing because it is fun.
Ally-saurus & the first day of school, Richard Torrey.
When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes she'll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, she's the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be "princesses" snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends?
The kind-hearted monster: two classic stories, Max Velthuijs.
Collects two stories about a fire-breathing monster who is captured by a group of townspeople and of a band of robbers from a nearby castle who decide to kidnap the monster when they hear about the monster's usefulness.
First grade dropout, written by Audrey Vernick ; illustrated by Matthew Cordell.
After an embarrassing incident, a young boy decides to quit school.
Ask me, Bernard Waber ; illustrated by Suzy Lee.
A father and daughter explore their neighborhood, talking and asking questions as they go.
Goose goes to school, Laura Wall.
Goose follows Sophie to school.
That's not my cow: its nose is too rough, written by Fiona Watt ; illustrated by Rachel Wells.
Little children can meet lots of different cows in this book, each with engaging, touchy-feely patches. Follow the simple, repetitive text right to the final page to find out which cow is the right one and don't forget to look out for the little white mouse on every page. Perfect for sharing with babies and toddlers.
Use your words, Sophie, Rosemary Wells.
When Sophie's new sister won't stop crying, only two-year-old Sophie can communicate with her, even if she isn't using her words as her parents want her to.
How to be a dog, Jo Williamson.
The ultimate guide on how to be a happy and successful dog! The charming, heart warming illustrations show how dogs choose their owners, where it's best to sleep in the house (under the owner's duvet, of course), how to scare the vet away and how to pretend you haven't been fed yet. A picture book that gives children and grown-ups a warm, happy glow!
Never too little to love, Jeanne Willis ; illustrated by Jan Fearnley.
Tiny Too-Little needs a kiss. The one that he loves is right up there. Will Tiny ever reach her? Includes die-cut pages that follow Tiny's upward climb.
The pirate's bed, Nicola Winstanley ; illustrated by Matt James.
Separated from the smelly feet and scratchy wool of a pirate's ship by a great storm, a ship's bed floats in the water, making friends with gulls and dolphins and basking in the sun before realising that something is missing.
What does doggy want?, David Wojtowycz.
It's time for dinner, but what does Doggy want to eat? Does Doggy want a doughnut? No, no, no! Slide the tabs within the pages and make Doggy shake his head or wag his tail in this simple, fun and interactive board book where young children can tell the story and help Doggy make up his mind.
What does monkey want?, David Wojtowycz.
It's time to play, but what does Monkey want to do? Does Monkey want to ride a bike? No, no, no! Slide the tabs within the pages and make Monkey shake his head or swing from a tree in this simple, fun and interactive board book where young children can tell the story and help Monkey make up his mind. A guessing game to share together, this imaginative book for babies and toddlers will have you shouting Yes! Yes! Yes!
What do you do with an idea?, written by Kobi Yamada ; illustrated by Mae Besom.
This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself and then, one day, something amazing happens.
Orion and the Dark, Emma Yarlett.
Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he's scared of the dark. So one night Dark decides to take Orion on an adventure.
It might be an apple, Shinsuke Yoshitake.
It Might Be an Apple is a boisterous, philosophical shaggy dog story for young children and probably a few adults. The story follows a child's hilarious, wildly inventive train of thought through all the things an apple might be if it is not, in fact, an apple. Distrusting the apple's convincing appearance, the child's imagination spirals upwards and outwards into a madcap fantasy world — maybe its a star from outer space with tiny aliens on board? Perhaps it wants a cool hairstyle? Does it feel scared, or snore at night? Children can see what all these crazy, funny things might look like. This book encourages a questioning, challenging approach to the world around us.

Younger Fiction

Super sparrow and the black cat: plus five more heroic tales, edited by John Parker ; illustrated by Keven Mealamu and four other New Zealand artists.
The book is a compilation of six heroic tales written by the winners of this year's Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors' Challenge. This year's book is edited by renowned author John Parker, and illustrated by rugby legend Keven Mealamu and four more New Zealand artists.
One day on our blue planet … in the savannah, Ella Bailey
From breakfast to dinner, dusk to dawn, children will love spending the day with this curious lion cub! Minding his mother and playing with his father, this little lion can't help chasing trouble and fun as he explores this small corner of our big blue planet.
Lest we forget, Kerry Brown ; illustrated by Isobel Knowles, Benjamin Portas.
Timed for the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, this powerful story about a boy and his grandfather will help even the very young understand the significance of ANZAC Day.
Eva sees a ghost, Rebecca Elliott.
When Eva Wingdale sees something large and white flying above her she is convinced that it is a ghost, although most of the other owls just laugh at her until something large and heavy and white lands on the school roof.
Eva's treetop festival, Rebecca Elliott.
Having a Bloomtastic Festival at school to celebrate spring is a great idea but Eva Wingdale, a young owl, discovers that it is also a lot of work, and there is nothing wrong with asking her friends for help.
The night world, Mordicai Gerstein.
Sylvie the cat persuades her boy to go into the darkness very late at night, where they're greeted by the shadows of roses and other flowers, and by nocturnal animals who whisper, "It's almost here."
Poems in the attic, Nikki Grimes ; illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon.
A young girl learns much about her mother as she reads a collection of poems written before she was born that capture her mother's memories of living around the world and growing up as a child of an Air Force serviceperson. Includes author's note, list of Air Force bases, and explanation of the free verse and tanka poetry forms used.
Dory and the real true friend, Abby Hanlon.
Dory, a highly imaginative youngest child, makes a new friend at school but her brother and sister are sure Rosabelle is imaginary, just like all of Dory's other friends.
Kimihia, na Te Mihinga Komene nga korero ; na Scott Pearson nga pikitia.
"Hei Kimi Kimi Hei" Kaore he mutunga o te harakoa koa o Te Rau. "Ko KIMIHIA ke taku ingoa" Ka pukana atu a Kimihia. Me toa i a Kimihia te whakataetae Tamariki Taioreore, kei toa ke ko te tama hoha, ko Te Rau! Ahakoa te whakahoha a Kimihia i a te tama hou ki te kura, i a Te Rau, ka puta mai pea he hua pai i te tokorua nei.
When I am happiest, written by Rose Lagercrantz ; illustrated by Eva Eriksson ; translated by Julia Marshall.
A warm and heartfelt story about Dani's love for her dad and her friendship with Ella. It's a story about sorrow and joy — and how life really is. It's the second-to-last day of school and Dani's so happy she could write a book about it! In fact, that's exactly what she's done, although it's not quite finished yet. Now the book is in her backpack with all the other things she has to take home before the summer break. But then Dani gets some bad news. How will she ever be happy again? Sometimes a good friend is all you need to make your heart start laughing.
Richard Scarry's busy, busy world.
This exciting book "Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town" by Richard Scarry introduces children to the inner workings of variety of jobs, different careers and people around this busy busy town.
Rona, na Chris Szekely nga korero ; na Te Kauru Nohotima i whakamaori ; na Josh Morgan nga pikitia.
E ai ki a Rona, kaore i tua atu i ana taonga no Ingarangi. He kapu, he haki me tetahi pene rakau. Engari, tae mai ana a Jessie, ka timata nga raruraru … He korero tenei mo Rona, he kotiro e noho ana i te taha o ona tupuna ki te tuawhenua. Tae mai ana tona whanaunga, a Jessie mo te hararei, ka akona e Rona nga akoranga o te whakaiti i a ia ano, o te manaakitanga, me te mahi whakahirahira, ara, te tunu keke Kirihimete.