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+.

  • Bloom

    A dazzling picture book / biography of one of the world's most influential designers, Elsa Schiaparelli. Elsa dared to be different, and her story will not only dazzle, it will inspire the artist and fashionista in everyone who reads it.

    Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli is a stunning and sophisticated picture book biography that follows Schiaparelli’s life from birth and childhood to height of success. Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad have gorgeously interpreted Schiaparelli’s life. Maclear tells a lyrical story with moments both poignant and humorous and Morstad’s elegant imagery saturates the pages with Schiaparelli-inspired shapes and colors.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

  • 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.
  • BumbleBunnies

    Wuffle the puppy, Lou the kitten and Billington the duck are playing happily in the garden. But when disaster strikes, who will save the day?

    From the award-winning bestselling creator of Animalia comes a new series to delight young readers

    Recommended for ages 3+.

  • 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+.

  • 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+.

  • 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+.

  • Magic Pudding

    Believing wholeheartedly that children preferred food to fairies, Norman Lindsay concocted a recipe for success that has lingered for one hundred years. Here are the adventures of Sam Sawnoff, Barnacle Bill and Albert, the cut-and-come again pudding, who requires 'politeness and constanteatin'.

    This beautifully designed edition of a perennial favourite also includes a section, 'From the Publisher's Archives' that contains a fascinating collection of correspondence between Norman Lindsay and his publisher.

    In print since 1918, this handsome slipcase edition is the perfect gift and is sure to whet the appetite of all 'puddin' fanciers'. Recommended for ages 8+.

  • 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+.