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Pancakes for Plum (Rae Tan, Lothian)

Released July 2024

Pancakes for Plum is a charming story about discovering what we love and following our hearts to find things that make us happy. Plum’s brothers are good at climbing and... Read more

All About the Brain (Gabriel Dabscheck, illus Kim Siew, Berbay)

Released July 2024

Dr Gabriel Dabscheck’s All About the Brain is a fun and engaging exploration of one of the body’s most fascinating and mysterious organs. Before exploring the brain-body connection, the book... Read more

What Do You Call Your Dad? (Ashleigh Barton, illus Martina Heiduczek, ABC Books)

Released July 2024

What Do You Call Your Dad? is a love letter to fathers by writer Ashleigh Barton (Freddie Spector, Fact Collector: Space Cadet) and illustrator Martina Heiduczek (Spies in the Sky), the... Read more

The Book Star (Bec Nanayakkara, illus Joanna Bartel, Affirm)

Released July 2024

The Book Star is a fun and engaging story about the importance of being yourself and following your interests. Centred around Book Week, this picture book offers a relatable situation... Read more

Raymaŋgirrbuy dhäwu, When I was a little girl (Kylie Gatjawarrawuy Mununggurr, Magabala)

Released July 2024

This beautiful book is written in dual languages: Dhuwal, also known as Djambarrpuyŋu (widely understood in north-east Arnhem Land), and English. The artworks/illustrations by author Kylie Gatjawarrawuy Mununggurr depict family... Read more

Wild About Book Week (Sarah Speedie, illus Kruti Desai, Larrikin House)

Released July 2024

Wild About Book Week is a meta-tale of sorts, which celebrates what has become an annual tradition for many families: dressing up for Book Week. The protagonist, a pigtailed child,... Read more

Spiro (Anna McGregor, Scribble)

Released July 2024

Spiro is a humorous new picture book by Anna McGregor, the multi-award-winning creator of Anemone Is Not the Enemy. The protagonist is Spiro, a determined little spider on a mission to catch... Read more

Hide & Seek Beautiful (Nicki Esler Gill, illus Jedda Robaard, Scholastic)

Released June 2024

Hide & Seek Beautiful by Nicki Esler Gill explores a tender and heart-warming story of friendship and the little things in life. Best friends since birth, Annie and Boo find... Read more

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

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

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

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

What Stars Are For (Margeaux Davis, Affirm)

Released May 2024

What Stars Are For is the first picture book by sewing pattern and soft toy designer Margeaux Davis. The emerging children’s book illustrator’s love for the natural world is informed... Read more