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Birdsong by the Billabong by Maura Finn and Cate James

Birdsong by the Billabong by Maura Finn and Cate James

As we walk down to the billabong to see what we can see, the sun is shining bright. Over near the tea trees, where ...
The Brainiacs Book of the Body and Brain by Rosie Cooper

The Brainiacs Book of the Body and Brain by Rosie Cooper

This informative book is an enjoyable tour of what's going inside our bodies. Rosie Cooper kicks off with the ...
To and Fro by Anton Clifford-Motopi

To and Fro by Anton Clifford-Motopi

Sam is in his last year of primary school ... well, it will be the last year so long as he passes his assessments, ...
The Secret Wild by Alex Evelyn

The Secret Wild by Alex Evelyn

Fern Featherstone is 10 years old. Her parents – mum, Defina, and dad, Darwin – are both scientists hunting for ...
The Independent Pea by Maree Coote

The Independent Pea by Maree Coote

This fun book is as much for adults as it is for kids. Meet pea, an independent little vegetable. While all the ...
My Especially Weird Week With Tess by Anna Woltz

My Especially Weird Week With Tess by Anna Woltz

My Especially Weird Week With Tess is a small book which doesn’t shy away from tackling big issues – death, ...
Jack’s Island by Norman Jorgensen

Jack’s Island by Norman Jorgensen

Jorgensen After Darwin and Broome are bombed by the Japanese, Jack’s family relocates to Rottnest Island. Food ...
Bunny and Bird 2: How to be Invisible by Nick Bland

Bunny and Bird 2: How to be Invisible by Nick Bland

Bunny sneaks up on Bird, 'Boo!' he whispers. Why are you whispering asks Bird? 'I wanted to let you know I'm ...
The Space Between Here and Now by Sarah Suk

The Space Between Here and Now by Sarah Suk

Aimee Roh has Sensory Time Warp Syndrome. Whenever she smells a distinctive scent, she is immediately cast back in ...
Absolutely Everything! by Christopher Lloyd, Illustrated by Andy Forshaw

Absolutely Everything! by Christopher Lloyd, Illustrated by Andy Forshaw

This is the second edition of Absolutely Everything! It’s a book with everything. Christopher Lloyd is an ...
Astronomy For Curious Kids by Giles Sparrow and Nik Neves

Astronomy For Curious Kids by Giles Sparrow and Nik Neves

Do you often look up to the night sky and wonder what the names of the stars are, or if that bright pinpoint of a ...
Footprint by Phil Cummins and Sally Soweol Han

Footprint by Phil Cummins and Sally Soweol Han

Walk into morning, the open air. Wake to the wonder you find there. Trudge along the winding track A precious ...
Archives of Despair by Caleb Finn

Archives of Despair by Caleb Finn

Caleb Finn’s name is associated with TikTok and short, cinematic horror films. This collection of 10 scary stories ...
Computer Technology for Curious Kids by CSIRO

Computer Technology for Curious Kids by CSIRO

Put together by the CSIRO, Computer Technology for Curious Kids is divided into chapters, each covering a ...
Wild and Free by Carrie Gallasch & Illustrated by Martina Heiduczek

Wild and Free by Carrie Gallasch & Illustrated by Martina Heiduczek

Our weary eyes soon drift to sleep, with heavy heads our thoughts fall deep … to dream of days when we can ...
Science FACTopia by Rose Davidson and Andy Smith

Science FACTopia by Rose Davidson and Andy Smith

Oh my goodness, this book is so much fun. It follows on from other books in the same series such as History ...
The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead & Wendy Mass

The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead & Wendy Mass

In 1999, long before Evan was born, the public library in Martinville burnt down. Because it was a fatal fire ...
Tumblagooda: The Story of a Strange Lost Thing by Suzanne Ingelbrecht

Tumblagooda: The Story of a Strange Lost Thing by Suzanne Ingelbrecht

In a small coastal town in Western Australia, 10-year-old George lives a peaceful life with Seamus (her Dad) until ...
Wish of the Wicked by Danielle Paige 

Wish of the Wicked by Danielle Paige 

ABOUT THE BOOK  For centuries, Farrow’s family – the Entente – have been magical advisors to the Queen. Their ...
Billy and the Giant Adventure by Jamie Oliver

Billy and the Giant Adventure by Jamie Oliver

Yes, it’s the famous chef, Jamie Oliver; and yes, there are recipes and  lots of food ideas. But more importantly, ...
Sensational Australian Animals by Stephanie Owen Reeder

Sensational Australian Animals by Stephanie Owen Reeder

This book looks at 145 unique and wonderful Australian animals and helps us learn about them through sight, ...

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