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Dog (Shaun Tan, A&U)

Released November 2020

This is Shaun Tan doing what he does best. Carrying an elegant tension between joy and sadness, Dog left me in a puddle of emotion. The prose poetry traces the... Read more

Anemone is Not the Enemy (Anna McGregor, Scribble)

Released November 2020

Everybody needs a special friend—one they can rely on, one who’s there for them—but Anemone is lonely and finding it very difficult. The problem is he accidentally stings everybody who... Read more

I’m a Hero Too (Jamila Rizvi, illus by Peter Cheong, Puffin)

Released November 2020

I’m a Hero Too is about a little boy named Arty who’s feeling sad and out of sorts because his parents are acting strangely. Mum is talking in whispers and... Read more

How to Be a Real Ballerina (Davina Bell, illus by Jenny Løvlie, Little Hare Books)

Released November 2020

Many preschoolers go through a ballerina phase and Davina Bell and Jenny Løvlie’s latest picture book shows a little girl doing the utmost to be a real ballerina—but not quite... Read more

Ernie’s Journey (David Woodland, Berbay)

Released November 2020

David Woodland’s debut picture book Ernie’s Journey is unmistakably influenced by his award-winning cinematic background. Its visual detail and narrative novelty are rich, and the absurd adventures of its eponymous... Read more

Scary Bird (Michel Streich, Scholastic)

Released October 2020

A lively little book, Scary Bird puts diversity, adjustment and acceptance into an understandable parable for little listeners (though plenty of big listeners would also do well to pay attention... Read more

How to Make a Bird (Meg McKinlay, illus by Matt Ottley, Walker Books)

Released October 2020

For those children who revel in the natural environment, particularly fossils and bones, How to Make a Bird is a delight. According to the young girl protagonist, you will need... Read more

Piper Picks the Perfect Pet (Caroline Tuohey, illus by Nicky Johnston, Ford St)

Released October 2020

From the alliterative title alone, you know this picture book must be read out loud to the little ones. Piper Picks the Perfect Pet even rhymes, which will add to... Read more

Wolfred (Nick Bland, Hardie Grant Egmont)

Released October 2020

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy the engaging rhymes, quirky illustration and straightforward messaging of this new tale from popular picture book author Nick Bland. When aspiring writer Wolfred McFlea is... Read more

Bunnygirl (Holly Jayne, Berbay)

Released September 2020

In this adorable junior graphic novel, the main character Bea loves superhero comics, cute things, bunnies and eating cereal. She really wants to become a superhero so that she can... Read more