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‘Young Dark Emu’ tops Australian children’s/YA nonfiction bestsellers chart

Since we last checked in on the Australian children’s/YA nonfiction bestsellers in April, there are five new releases in the chart. Young Dark Emu, a younger readers edition of Bruce Pascoe’s landmark adult nonfiction book Dark Emu, has debuted in the top spot. The book asks young people to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation to that conventionally taught in schools. Other new titles cover body positivity and development (Welcome to Your Period and Love Your Body, which have already sold into multiple overseas territories), the environment (How to Save the Whole Stinkin’ Planet) and maths (Adam Spencer’s Mini Book of Numbers).

Australian children’s/YA nonfiction bestsellers: August

  1. Young Dark Emu (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books)
  2. Welcome to Your Period (Yumi Stynes & Melissa Kang, Hardie Grant Egmont)
  3. Girl Stuff 8–12 (Kaz Cooke, Viking)
  4. A is for Australia (Frane Lessac, Walker Books)
  5. Love Your Body (Jessica Sanders, Five Mile)
  6. The Amazingly Disorganised Help Dictionary (Georgia Productions, Penguin)
  7. The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made (Fiona Katauskas, ABC Books)
  8. How to Save the Whole Stinkin’ Planet (Lee Constable, Penguin)
  9. Adam Spencer’s Mini Book of Numbers (Adam Spencer, Brio Books)
  10. Girl Stuff 13+ (Kaz Cooke, Viking)

© Nielsen BookScan 2019
Period covered: 431 August
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide


Category: Think Australian Junior Bestsellers