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+.

  • Amazing Animal Adventure

    Come on an amazing journey round the world, seeking out the weirdest and most wonderful animals!

    From the heights of the Himalayas to the deepest depths of the Pacific ocean, explore these 21 exciting places and meet the animals who live in them. Visit the jungle caves of Borneo, the Australian outback, the Arctic ice floes and many, many more! Your spotter's notes for each location contain all the animals you meet, plus lots of fantastic extra facts about the places you visit. Also includes answer pages, index and world map of your journey.

    Recommended for ages 8+.

  • 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.

  • Digby & Claude

    Digby’s street is soon going to look different – old houses are going to be demolished and new apartments will be built. Digby loves Main Street but he isn’t sure he wants it to change. With plans of his own and Claude, his new friend, Digby explores what it really means to belong.

    Together, Claude and Digby create their own world – a hideout where they can think and play. Day by day, as their cubby house grows, so too does their friendship. As the boys build and make their hideaway, they realise that the best places of all are places where you belong.

    From award-winning author Emma Allen and talented illustrator Hannah Sommerville comes a thought-provoking story about building and creating a sense of home in an environment of change.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • 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.

  • Inside Engines

    Understand how things work with 16 incredibly detailed cutaway scenes.

    See inside a submarine, dive below the decks of a tall ship, take a tour inside a tank, explore a zeppelin and step on board a space station in this book which gives the inside story on a new and exciting machine on every spread. Learn about the mechanics of each machine, and explore the context in which they are used in this series of cutaway diagrams with explanatory caption texts throughout.

    Recommended for ages 6+.

  • 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+.

  • Message in a Sock

    Tammy is safe at home, but her heart is with her father at the warfront. While her mother knits socks for the soldiers, Tammy slips a message inside each pair. But will her one special message find her father, and bring him safely home?

    Based on a true exchange between Lance Corporal A. McDougall and a young girl, Message in a Sock is a gorgeous tale which pays respect to the ANZACs and their families, a century after the end of World War I.

    Recommended for ages 6+.

  • Migration

    Animals of all shapes and sizes make epic journeys across our planet, through harsh weather, avoiding hungry predators, in their efforts to survive. Travel around the globe with some of the world's most incredible animals and discover their unique migration stories.

    Follow the emperor penguin through snow, ice and bitter temperatures; watch as the great white shark swims 10,000 km in search of seals; track huge herds of elephants, on their yearly hunt for water and be amazed at the millions of red crabs, migrating across Christmas Island.

    With stunning colour illustrations, uncover the astonishing migrations of 20 creatures, in this truly inspiring narrative.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • 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+.

  • 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+.

  • Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Humdrum School Day

    If Rube’s inventions are any indication, “normal” means something very different in the Goldberg household. For Rube, up is down, in is out, and the simplest path to accomplishing an everyday task – like brushing his teeth or getting dressed – is a humorously complicated one. Follow Rube as he sets out on a typical school day, overcomplicating each and every step from the time he wakes up in the morning until the time he goes to bed at night.

    This book features fourteen inventions, each depicting an interactive sequence whose purpose is to help Rube accomplish mundane daily tasks: a simple way to get ready for school, to make breakfast, to do his homework, and so much more.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • Secret World of Butterflies

    Butterflies are beautiful but they have some very odd habits – welcome to their secret world.

    Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet, do a dark red poo when they come out of their chrysalises and that some drink the tears of crocodiles? How does the world look to them, do they ever sleep and how are some of them able to fly so high? This book will open your eyes to these magical creatures around us.

    Recommended for ages 6+.

  • See Inside Energy

    A visually exciting, highly informative, fun and accessible lift-the-flap book which is a fantastic source of information on energy and how it is used. Includes internet links to recommended websites to find out more.

    Recomended for ages 7+.

  • Street Beneath My Feet

    When you're walking along city streets there's always so much to see and hear. But do you ever stop and look down? Have you ever wondered what's going on deep in the ground under your feet? What about in the countryside? What goes on underground there?

    Starting in the city, take a journey down though the layers of the Earth, all the way to the planet's core and out the other side. There are so many amazing sights to see along the way! With narrative spanning natural history, archaeology and geology, and detailed pictures to explore, this delightfully illustrated book will encourage children to think about the planet they live on.

    Recommended for ages 7+.