Stories & Pop-ups Ages 7–10

  • A Boat of Stars

    A beautiful anthology of new Australian poetry for preschool and primary-aged children, from some of our country's finest writers and illustrators.

    A boat of stars came down tonight
    and sailed around my bed –
    it sprinkled stardust on my eyes,
    put dreams inside my head

    Open worlds of imagination and explore the magic of everyday life with this enchanting new collection of poetry from some of Australia's most-loved writers and illustrators. Perfect for the classroom and the home, A Boat of Stars will bring a love of language, rhythm and rhyme to every child.

  • A Christmas Carol

    Lemony Snicket gives high (& witty) recommendation to a luminous picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens' immortal classic by his former employee & one of the finest illustrators of our time, Mr. Brett Helquist.

    He has imbued this beloved holiday favourite spirit, humour & an irresistible attention to detail that the whole family will want to share year after year after year.

  • Ada Twist, Scientist

    Determined Ada Twist has boundless curiosity for science and love of the question "Why?" Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery.

    When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it's up to her to find the source. But, this time, her experiments lead to trouble.

    Recommended for ages 6+.

  • Animal Doctors

    From blue jays to elephants, learn about how animals all over the world use natural medicines to keep themselves healthy.

    Each spread contains a beautiful, colourful illustration of each animal, plus a unique fold-out information panel of 'doctor's notes' on the condition and treatment. Make your appointment with the animal doctors today!

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Atlas of the Human Body

    This large-format, beautifully presented book presents a journey through the human body both figuratively and literally. With exquisite, painstakingly detailed pencil illustrations by Kanitta Meechubot, the body is separated into layers on each page, and each layer is die-cut to show the layers underneath. As the pages are turned, young readers will find themselves traveling through the body in a way that will delight and inspire.

    In the second section of the book, text by ER doctor Vanessa Jessop explains the functions of the body's key organs in clear, accessible tones. Further illustrations accompany the text so that the heart, the lungs, the brain, the liver, etc., are all vividly brought to life.

    Harking back to anatomy atlases of the last century, the book has a classical simplicity to it, which is complemented by the clean, minimal design. Exquisite packaging sets it all off, including a fabric spine, a bold metallic cover, and creamy, heavy paper stock. A gorgeous gift book to keep and treasure.

  • Brilliant Birds

    An amazing collection of more than 300 of the most colourful, beautiful and bizzare birds on earth. From novel nesters to soaring sensations, birds from around the globe are grouped to show off the features that make them special.

    There is so much to look at and discuss in this collection of feathered wonders. A great present for bird lovers, young and old.
  • City Atlas

    Take a tour of Toronto, look around Sydney or hot-foot it to Helsinki with this global adventure in a book!

    Here are 30 best-loved cities from around the world that are brought to life with illustrations which show in fabulous detail key landmarks, famous people, iconic buildings and cultural icons for all the family to enjoy. A search-and-find game on every page helps young readers to explore every city and spot the hundreds of details that makes each place unique.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Cloth Lullaby

    Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone and cast rubber.

    Louise's own mother was a weaver of tapestries and she spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois's childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works.

    With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.

  • Cool Mythology

    This fun book is a fascinating introduction to world mythology, broken up into handy bite-sized chunks covering all the main world mythologies

    • It begins with a selection of creation myths from different cultures (for example the Dreamtime of Aboriginal Australian mythology) and delves into individual stories from mythology, such as Perseus meeting Medusa and Pandora's box.
    • It covers fantastical mythological creatures from the fearsome Manticore from Persian legend to the modern-day Yeti, plus giants, dragons and the Phoenix.
    • It explores mythological places like Atlantis and various versions of the afterlife, from the idyllic Arthurian Avalon to the rather less pleasant Yomi, the dark and gloomy underworld of Japanese mythology.

    But most of all, they're entertaining adventures that connect us to the past – and this book is the perfect introduction to how cool mythology really is.

    Recommended for ages 8+.

  • Discover: The Ancient Egyptians

    Each spread explores a different theme or topic specific to ancient Egyptian culture, such as pharaohs, mummies, pyramids, gods, the Nile, hieroglyphs and a timeline.

    Illustrated by graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg and researched by her sister, ancient history specialist Imogen Greenberg, the book is presented as comic strips which offer a fresh and accessible entry point to core educational topics for children 6+.

  • Dragon Hunter's Handbook
    Learn the supreme skills & strategies needed to dispatch evil dragons & as you follow Adelia of Troenso feud with the most powerful dragon, The Ancient. Her journal records how she tied the Van Helsing dynasty to the fight against evil in 1352, a destiny that has haunted the family ever since. Includes fold-out pages, open-out books, secret envelopes. . . brilliant Miles Teves illustrations.
  • Gumnut Babies

    May Gibbs's marvellous creation – the Gumnut world, with its tiny heroes and heroines and deliciously villainous villains – has fascinated generations of children since its first publication in 1916. Gumnuts at the races, at the ballet and dancing at balls are some of May's exquisitely illustrated scenes that have delighted us all.

    This beautiful new edition has been produced to mark the Centenary and contains the stories of Gum-Blossom Babies, Flannel Flowers and Other Bush Babies, Boronia Babies, Wattle Babies, plus Nuttybub and Nittersing and Chucklebud and Wunkydoo.

    Recommended for ages 8+.

  • In My Room

    In her room, one little girl can be anything she wants to be and go anywhere she wishes to go, all with the power of her imagination (and paper, markers and crayons, of course!).

    She can go on safari or sail the seven seas. She can be a doctor, teacher or high-powered businesswoman. The sky's the limit! And when the day is over, she can become a little girl again, safe in her room. The book celebrates imagination as a means to try on different identities and work through difficult emotions, all while having fun. It celebrates a toddler's emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.

  • Just the Right Size

    Why are some animals big, some wide, some small and others long and thin?

    This informative natural history book, wittily illustrated by Neal Layton, explains all about how animals fit in to their environment and why, big, wide, small, long or thin, they are all just the right size.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • MC Escher Pop Ups

    Instantly recognizable to millions around the world, M.C. Escher's works represent an endlessly fascinating marriage of art and mathematics.

    Exploring themes of infinity and paradox, impossible geometry and warped perspective, Escher's world is one of playful imagination and the unexpected, executed with precision and exquisite attention to detail.

    This outsized, lavish book's pop-up format adds even more intrigue, bringing his baffling designs to life.

  • Oceans in 30 Seconds

    Young readers can voyage through the seas and oceans of our watery planet, the last great unexplored place on Earth, from the sunlit ocean surfaces to the deepest, darkest depths.

    Each topic is presented in a neat 30-second soundbite, supported by a 3-second flash summary and a full-page colour artwork. Fun, active missions accompany the topics, encouraging readers to find out more.

    Recommended for ages 8+.

  • On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

    A compelling, magical picture book with whimsical, stunning art and heartfelt, charming text, from award-winning illustrator Beatrice Alemagna.

    All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game. My mom says it’s a waste of time, but without my game, nothing is fun! On the other hand, maybe I’m wrong about that…

    While reading On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, one gets the sense that the illustrator became lost in her drawings, and as a reader, you will want to do the same.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Our Time

    A visual adventure with an ecological message, that seeks to educate and inspire children.

    Over time, animal appearances change, new species evolve, while others vanish forever as the world transforms. Today, we witness human impacts causing changes to natural phenomena at an ever-accelerating pace.

    Enjoy the beauty and richness of this living earth.

  • Pierre the Maze Detective: The Mystery of the Empire Maze Tower

    Mr X the Phantom Thief is back, with a new evil plan! He wants to steal the shining light from the top of the Empire Maze Tower, New Maze City's greatest treasure.

    Pierre and Carmen are called to New Maze City, along with others of the world's best Maze Detectives, to help solve the puzzles, protect the treasure and stop Mr X. But can you help them make it in time?

    A thrilling new maze challenge adventure for Pierre the Maze Detective, for all detectives aged 8+.

  • Popigami

    Rhyming text introduces scenarios in which pop-up origami illustrations reflect their surroundings, including a passport folded into boats and a newspaper's good news flying off the page in the form of origami birds.

    Recommended for ages 3 plus.