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.

    $19.99
  • 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.

    $24.99
    $12.99
  • A Hollow is a Home

    To you and me, a tree hollow is just a hole, cavity or tunnel in a tree or branch. But to an animal, that hollow may be a bedroom, hiding place, nursery or shelter. It is the ultimate tree house!

    Come and take a peek inside the amazing world of tree hollows and discover more than 340 species of incredible Australian animals that call hollows home. With colour photos of glorious gliders, darting dunnarts, minute microbats and many more, this book is full of fun facts about animals that use tree hollows as places for resting, nesting or hiding.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

    $29.99
  • 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+.

    $24.99
  • All Aboard!

    Jack loves visiting Grandpa in his old train carriage. He loves helping him in the train museum. And he loves hearing his stories about trains and railways. From runaway engines to people-powered carriages, train-robbing bushrangers and lifesaving pointsmen, Grandpa always has a tale to pass the time. Best of all, every one of them is true.

    Join Jack and his Grandpa as they journey through Australian railway history – and try to save the town's precious train museum. Budding young train enthusiasts will love poring over the historic photos and facts and figures at the end of each chapter, and testing their knowledge in the `Train Your Brain' quizzes.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

    $24.99
  • 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+.

    $29.99
  • 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.
    $19.99
  • 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+.

    $34.99
  • 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.

    $27.99
  • 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+.

    $22.99
    $12.99
  • 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+.

    $24.99
  • Illuminightmare

    Set off on a supernatural journey to visit 10 of the most haunted places on Earth. Use your three-colour lens to explore each place: use the green lens to see the location, the red lens to see remnants from its history, and the blue lens to reveal the supernatural things that lurk behind the shadows.

    Packed with historical facts, rich folklore from around the world and plenty of mystery, the book is a haunted compendium like no other.

    Recommended for ages7+.

    $34.99
  • 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.

    $21.99
  • 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+.

    $24.99
    $19.99
  • 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+.

    $16.99
  • 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+.

    $27.99
  • 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+.

    $22.99
  • Mythologica

    An illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other, Mythologica features startlingly beautiful and exquisitely otherworldly portraits of mythological characters in eye-popping colour.

    Uncover the colourful lives of 50 powerful gods and goddesses, earth-dwelling mortals and terrifying monsters as you journey back in time to ancient Greece. From the fearless Athena and her meddlesome ways to the brave and bold Odysseus and his remarkable journey home, discover why these incredible stories are still a part of our culture today. Listed alphabetically, each boldly designed spread presents a figure from the myths, including their name in Greek, their defining attributes and a summary of their story, along with multiple sidelights that provide additional facts.

    Interspersed with the profiles are summaries of famous mythological tales and historical events, like the Odyssey, the Trojan War and the story of the Argonauts. The thrilling images and digestible text provide the perfect introduction to the lively world of Greek mythology. Prepare to be amazed as you uncover the epic, heroic and sometimes terrible lives of mortals, monsters and gods.

    Recommended for ages 7+.

    $34.99
  • 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+.

    $19.99
  • 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+.

    $24.99