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The Real Cowgirl (Isabelle Duff, illus Susannah Crispe, EK Books)

Released June 2024

The Real Cowgirl tells the story of young Sal, who wants to be a ‘real’ cowgirl, ‘with boots and a hat just like Dad’s’, but doesn’t yet have confidence in... Read more

The Very Polite Knight (Ian Smith, Affirm)

Released June 2024

Finn is not like other knights in the kingdom. While Boris, Ethel and Walter are busy with scaring, fighting and stealing, Finn prefers gardening and reading. He is quiet, kind... Read more

Detective Beans and the Case of the Missing Hat (Li Chen, Penguin)

Released June 2024

From the creator of the beloved ExtraOrdinary Comics, Detective Beans and the Case of the Missing Hat is the debut graphic novel from Aotearoa New Zealand comic artist Li Chen. For... Read more

Queen of Dogs (Joe Weatherstone, Walker)

Released June 2024

Eleven-year-old Maddy feels like she doesn’t fit in at school or at home with her sporty family. She’d rather be hanging out with her dog, Gusto. When Gusto disappears, Maddy... Read more

Good Hair (Yvonne Sewankambo, illus Freda Chiu, Walker)

Released June 2024

Good Hair is a sweet picture book all about celebrating diversity—through hair. When Birungi is reluctant to go to school after struggling to do her hair, she declares she hates... Read more

Lights Out, Little Dragon (Debra Tidball, illus Rae Tan, HarperCollins)

Released June 2024

Lights Out, Little Dragon is an interactive bedtime book for toddlers aged 3+ and their caregivers, with a cute and relatable character that is just too busy to go to... Read more

Sharkman and Blowfish: World Domination (David Woodland, Berbay)

Released June 2024

Sharkman and Blowfish: World Domination is a fast-paced graphic novel by artist and film designer David Woodland (Ernie’s Journey). Woodland initially drew everything by hand, and the illustrations feature meticulous line-work.... Read more

What’s Murder Between Friends (Meg Gatland-Veness, Pantera)

Released June 2024

Hallie has always dreamed of being an actor. Thanks to her drama teacher, Ms Lovelace, the school is finally putting on its first show. When Hallie’s class stumbles upon Ms... Read more

How Babies Are Made (Philip Bunting, Scholastic)

Released June 2024

An engaging first look at human reproduction, How Babies Are Made features Philip Bunting’s signature friendly illustration style and the sense of humour common to both his fiction and nonfiction... Read more

Magic Counting (Nabeel Khan, illus Tete Garcia, Scribble)

Released June 2024

Magic Counting is a beautifully illustrated book that goes beyond the basics of counting, exploring the magic that can be found in the world of numbers. While counting from one... Read more

Drop into the Ocean (Karen Wasson, illus Marta Tesoro, Hardie Grant Explore)

Released June 2024

Drop into the Ocean: A tour of the world’s oceans and seas is exciting, colourful, entertaining and insightful. Packed with fun facts and well-researched information, it’s the type of book... Read more

What’s That? Australian mammals (Myke Mollard, Woodslane)

Released June 2024

This educational picture book for young children begins by telling us that every modern mammal descended from a common ancestor from around 180 million years ago, and that it’s up... Read more

Borderlands: Riding the Slipstream (ed by Paul Collins, Ford St)

Released June 2024

Borderlands: Riding the Slipstream is a new Australian anthology for young readers, collating over 40 short stories and poems by well-known children’s authors. Compiled by Paul Collins, who has previously... Read more

Grace the Amazing (Aleesah Darlison, Wombat Books)

Released May 2024

This tender middle-grade novel by well-established children’s author Aleesah Darlison (who wrote the popular junior series League of Llamas) explores friendship, coming to terms with death, and finding the courage... Read more

A Small Collection of Happinesses (Zana Fraillon, illus Stephen Michael King, Lothian)

Released May 2024

In the first pages of acclaimed author Zana Fraillon’s A Small Collection of Happinesses, Ada is ‘blown in…and dumped… right at the front gates of number 9 Hawkhurst Lane’. I... Read more

Book of Hours (Clare McFadden, Walker)

Released May 2024

Book of Hours, written and illustrated by Clare McFadden (The Flying Orchestra), tells a life story in a series of dreamy vignettes. These postcard moments capture memories by the sea—of... Read more

Boots (Elizabeth Pulsford, illus Krista Brennan, Wombat Books)

Released May 2024

The idea of walking in someone else’s shoes to evoke understanding and empathy is not a new concept, but Elizabeth Pulsford takes it further in her debut picture book, Boots,... Read more

Cheer Up, Blobfish! (Julie Murphy, illus Rachel Tribout, Affirm)

Released May 2024

It’s time for The Festival of the Fish and everyone is excited, but the blobfish looks sad, and none of the sea creatures can cheer him up. This fun, rhyming... Read more

Ultra Violet: Down to Business (Cristy Burne, illus Rebel Challenger, Larrikin House)

Released May 2024

Ultra Violet: Down to Business is the first in a new junior graphic novel series with a hilarious—but very scientific—premise. Violet (a science genius who wears a lab coat) and... Read more

The Kindness Project (Deborah Abela, Puffin)

Released May 2024

Nicolette is unconfident and shy and feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. However, she loves spending time with her nanna and takes comfort in her visits to her nursing... Read more