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Picture Books 2016

The Tales of Mrs Mancini

The Tales of Mrs Mancini

by Natalie Jane Prior Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini

 THE TALES OF MRS MANCINI tells the story of a cat who, together with her human friend, Filippina, runs a cake shop full of delectable treats. Alongside her flair for flan, Mrs Mancini also has a special ability to bring lonely children together. A collection of three fully illustrated short stories celebrating friends and friendship! Ages 3+

Teachers Notes Available








by Juliette MacIver ill. by Terri Rose Baynton

A PENGUIN in the JUNGLE? In the jungle there are jaguars, monkeys and parrots aplenty, but there are no penguins. None at all. Because penguins do not live in the jungle, except for … GWENDOLYN! A story about friendship, adventure and finding your home. Ages 2-5

Teachers Notes Available




Was Not Me


Was Not Me!

by Shannon Horsfall

A very funny book about a cheeky twin brother, ‘Not Me’. Sure to delight pre-schoolers – and their exasperated parents! ‘I have a naughty twin brother who only I see, A cheeky twin brother. His name is Not Me’. From talented debut author-illustrator Shannon Horsfall, comes a playful, funny and charming book about a young boy who escapes getting into trouble with his mother by declaring, ‘No, was Not Me.’ Ages: 4 – 7


Nose Pixies

The Nose Pixies

by David Hunt Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

The hilarious debut picture book from the award-winning and bestselling author of GIRT. This is a book with a grossness that kids will love, and with a message that parents will adore.Oliver has a bad habit. A very bad habit.  Ages 4-8 yrs.

Teachers Notes Available


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Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother Too?by Eric Carle

Do animals have mothers too? Of course they do – just like me and you! Meet the little joey whose Kangaroo mother carries him in her pouch, and the cygnet who rides on the back of the mother swan, just two members of Eric Carle’s animal family.


Play School

The Useful Book: 50th Anniversary Edition

by Play School Illustrated by Jedda Robaard

A beautiful, retro-esque edition of that Play School classic, THE USEFUL BOOK, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of this iconic Australian show. The perfect rainy-day book!Packed with activities, recipes, songs and so much more. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most iconic show with this brand-new edition of the Play School classic, THE USEFUL BOOK. Ages 2-6



Josephine Wants to Dance 10th Annivesary

Josephine Wants To Dance 10th Anniversary Edition

by Jackie French Illustrated by Bruce Whatley

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this wonderful story about dreams, believing in yourself … and a dancing kangaroo. JOSEPHINE WANTS TO DANCE has been delighting children since it was first published ten years ago, and this pink and sparkly anniversary edition is the perfect way to celebrate! Ages 4- 9


I Dont Want to go bed

I Don’t Want To Go to Bed by David Cornish

The sequel to the very funny picture book, I DON’T WANT TO EAT MY DINNER by talented author-illustrator David Cornish. Every night when dinner was done, Rollo would cry, ‘I don’t want to go to bed!’ Just when Rollo’s family think they’ve got mealtimes sorted, Rollo announces he doesn’t want to go to bed … From talented author-illustrator David (D.M.) Cornish, comes the perfect bedtime story for sleep-deprived parents. Ages: 3+


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I Don’t Want to Eat My Dinner by David Cornish

The perfect picture book for fed-up parents – and children who need to be fed. Every night when his family sat down to eat, Rollo would say, ‘I don’t want to eat my dinner!’ Written and illustrated by David (D.M.) Cornish, this is the perfect picture book for fed-up parents – and children who need to be fed. Ages: 3+


River Rose


River Rose And The Magical Lullaby

by Kelly Clarkson Ill by Laura Hughes

From Grammy Award–winning recording artist Kelly Clarkson comes the whimsical, wonderful adventures of River Rose. River Rose loves to sing. She loves to make new friends. She skips and hops, she beeps and bops, she loves to play pretend. Tomorrow is River Rose’s first-ever trip to the zoo! She can’t wait to see the hippos and giraffes and penguins and bears. She’s so excited she can’t even go to sleep! So when a handful of balloons magically appear at her bedroom window, she’s thrilled she won’t have to wait a minute longer. It’s a dream come true for River Rose as she is whisked away on a magical adventure in this charming new bedtime story that comes complete with an original, downloadable song by Kelly Clarkson herself. Every great adventure starts with a big dream.




Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

It’s a dog’s life in the big city… Come join one busy dog on her journey to find her place in the world, in this third sublimely illustrated book from the bestselling, award-winning Rob Biddulph. For busy dogsA busy dayOf busy workAnd busy play…But one dog doesn’t quite fit in. It’s lonely being the odd dog out, when all she wants to do is find her place in the world. She’s willing to go to the other side of the world to look for it… but it might take a different kind of journey for her to discover that maybe where she’s meant to be is right back where she started…A gloriously illustrated story about leaving home and finding yourself, from the bestselling and award-winning Rob Biddulph, author of Blown Away and GRRRRR!

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Book Reviews 2015

Imaginary Fred

Imaginary Fred

This beautiful picture book primarily explores the notion of friendship.  Fred is a very loyal imaginary friend that is happy to play his part to lonely children.  However Fred has dreams of his own and wishes for a friend that would need him forever.  He wishes for a friend that likes reading, music and drama.   A perfect match forms when Sam is in need of an imaginary friend.  However, Sam soon meets Sammi and a clever twist takes place in the story.

This picture book exudes a calmness and notion that all will be right in the world.  Its happy ending makes you feel that everyone will find a perfect friendship with mutual interests.  The blue of the dust jacket and cover of the book is the same colour that Fred is throughout an almost black and white picture book.  This blue tone along with the clouds perfectly contextualises the ideas of the story and adds to its peacefulness.  The notion that imaginary friends come down from the clouds is further enforced by the blue.  Make sure you take the dust jacket off and look at Fred on the cover of the book.

When Fred and Sam are reading together, at first it seemed humorous that Sam was reading Artemis Fowl (one of Eoin Colfer’s books) and Fred was reading Lost and Found (one of Oliver Jeffer’s picture books), however this intertextual reference was quite clever.  Lost and Found is a gorgeous tale of an unusual friendship between a boy and a penguin that separate but then realise that they need each other. (Personally it is one of my favourite picture books, and one of my favourite Jeffer’s picture books).

For librarians, this picture book is a must for any library or book collection.  For mums and dads, this is a fun coffee table book, especially for those who had imaginary friends growing up. For teachers of upper primary and secondary schools this picture book lends itself to numerous classroom uses: thematic studies, visual literacy, picture book evaluations, and art classrooms.

Imaginary Fred is an enjoyable and fun read that will put a smile on your face.

Jodie Webber, Hurlstone Agricultural High School.



The Day the Crayons Came Home

 I have been waiting and waiting to read this book. The Day The Crayons Quit is a really funny book and almost my favourite, so I wanted to see what the crayons say to Duncan in this book.  It is really funny too, my friends would all love this book and the library teacher at my school would pick this one to read to my class because he likes funny books. I’m going to take this book to school for show and tell.

This book is true, I don’t like eating peas, nobody likes peas except grownups, but it’s yucky because the dog eats a crayon and is sick on the carpet, but it’s funny because the blue crayon is stuck to Duncan’s stinky sock.

It’s very colourful at the end.  Duncan can’t fit all the different crayons back in the crayon box because they all have something wrong with them.  Some are melted or bent or broken, so he builds a big box for them all to live inside and he uses them all to make the box colourful.

The best page is the glow in the dark page. Duncan has a crayon that glows in the dark and he drew monsters and a witch. I took this book to bed with me and hid it under my pillow to look at it at night time in the dark and the crayon does glow in the dark.

Madeleine, 6 years old




This book is about five toys that are all waiting.  The toys are waiting for their favourite things.  They wait near a window so they can look outside.  They are probably waiting in a kids bedroom.  The owl with spots is waiting for the moon.  The bear with a kite is waiting for the wind.  The puppy with the sled is waiting for the snow.  The rabbit with stars isn’t waiting for anything really.  He just likes looking.

Sometimes things change and an extra toy joins them, or one of the toys goes away for a little bit.  All of the toys favourite things come, so the moon comes, the wind, the snow, the stars.

At the end a cat comes and when it is opened up there are more cats inside, so then at the end there are 10 things.

Because this book is called waiting, kids would want to read this book because they would want to know what the waiting is about.

The pictures in this book are very good, they are colourful, not really bright but nice colourful with rainbows and butterflies and things kids like to see in books.

Madeleine, 6 years old

Teachers Support Notes


Bears Don’t Read by Emma Chichester Clark

HarperCollins, 2014  hbk., 32pp., RRP $A24.99 ISBN 9780007425181

Bear is not like the other grizzly bears in the woods.  While they are perfectly happy doing bear things like fishing, Bear is bored.

“Oh, life is lovely,” he thought. “Tra-la-la and all that!  But is this it?” he wondered.  “Is this all there is?”

Then one day, Bear discovers a book.  And inside it were pictures of bears just like him, but there were also a lot of words and even Bear knew that they meant something, even the tiny ones.  But what?  So he decides to go into the town to find out, to find someone who will teach him to read.  But instead of being greeted by a band of willing helpers, he is met by people fleeing and the police riot squad!  Until he meets Clementine…

As well as being a charming story, this book celebrates Bear’s determination and acknowledges that reading is not an easy task, something the target audience will be able to empathise with. Clementine’s patience mirrors that of the early childhood teacher and the ending is delightful.  Even though bears are depicted and fierce and scary, the illustrations are soft and gentle supporting the words to show a different side of this species.   Emma Chichester Clark has a distinctive style that has seen her win many awards for her illustrations and this is another superb example.






Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

HarperCollins, 2014  hbk., 112pp., RRP $A29.99 ISBN  9780007514274


“If words make up stories and letters make up words, then stories are made up of letters.  In this menagerie we have stories, made of words, made for all the letters.”

And that’s just what this fabulous book by Oliver Jeffers is all about. He has taken the concept of a picture book and viewed it through a new lens.  Instead of the traditional 26 letters accompanied by pictures of words starting with the letter, there are 26 stories, one for each letter of the alphabet – each short, succinct, imaginative and complete. Here’s an example…

“Bernard and Bob lived on either side of a bridge and for years had been battling each other for reasons neither could remember.  One day Bob decided to fix thing so Bernard couldn’t bother him anymore, by burning the bridge between them.  But Bob learned an important lesson that day. He needed the bridge to get back.”  Characters like Owl and Octopus appear and reappear throughout the stories adding continuity especially as Z returns us to Edward the astronaut’s problem of the first page!  The cartoon-like illustrations that are Jeffers’ trademark are more about illustrating the story than emphasising the sound of the letter, another departure from the more traditional format of an alphabet book and the whole has a wonderful mix of humour and quirkiness that it will appeal to all ages.

This is so much more than an alphabet book to entertain littlies, although it does that very well.  There is the opportunity to introduce the concept of alliteration – Danger Delilah is a daredevil who laughs in the face of Death and dances at the door of Disaster – and explore how it can be used to add meaning and depth to a story. Students could also be challenged to create similar short stories – telling a tale in two or three sentences that still contain a traditional story structure.  (There’s a website devoted to this concept – – but select what’s appropriate for your students; and for those who subscribe to the NSW School Magazine Touchdown, the March 2013 issue contained a how-to.)

Every time I dip into this book I find more to delight me – adults and children alike will love this one.

Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian

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NEW Picture Books for 2015….

Fearless sons and daughters

Fearless sons & daughter

Everyone’s favourite scaredy-cat bulldog returns in a brand-new adventure!

When we last saw Fearless, he had fallen head over paws for the beautiful Primrose. Now, they’ve got puppies to care for, and Fearless must figure out what it means to be a father.

Fearless warns his children about the dangers lurking around every corner — things like vacuum cleaners and handbags — but when Primrose is in trouble, will Fearless put aside his fears or will it be brave pup Eric to the rescue?

Another charming and hilarious tale about Fearless the bulldog, from award-winning duo Colin Thompson and Sarah Davis.ISBN 9780733330872


Red a crayons Story

This is a story about a crayon I know.

I wrote it for you.

Red has a bright red label but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let’s draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! Funny, insightful, layered, and colorful, the new picture book by Michael Hall is about being true to your inner self and following your own path.ISBN 9780062252074

Teachers Resources Coming soon



Lest We ForgetMy  granddad says there are two types of days:

those you want to remember and those you want to forget …

A young boy visits his granddad and thinks about the important days in his life: his first day of school, playing soccer with his team, the day his baby sister was born.

Yet through the illustrations the reader sees a parallel story of the grandfather’s experiences at war: wearing his brand-new soldier’s uniform, with his fellow diggers in the field, looking at a photo of the baby he’s never met.

With illustrations from two extraordinary new talents, Isobel Knowles and Benjamin Portas, this powerful story from author Kerry Brown will help even young children understand the significance and importance of our national days of remembrance. Ages: 5+ ISBN 9780733332333

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All my kisses





All My Kisses by Brown, Kerry ISBN 9780733330711


Good Dog Hank



Good Dog Hank by French,Jackie and Rycroft Nina  ISBN 9780732293642
Mike I Don’t Like by Temple, J/Temple, K/Foye, J ISBN 9780733333255

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The Hueys – None the Number by Jeffers, Oliver ISBN 9780007420698
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Meet the Hueys – a fabulously quirky group of characters from international bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found.

The thing about the Hueys was that they loved numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3… Wait! 0? Is ‘none’ a number? Join the Hueys for a counting conundrum! This witty and lively pictorial debate makes numbers interesting and fun! Ages 2+

Some other books by Oliver Jeffers include

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The Hairy-Nosed Wombats Find a New Home by French, Jackie illustrated by De Gennaro, Sue

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I Love My Baby Because... By Paullina Simons

I Love My Baby Because… by Paullina Simons ISBN: 9780007398539


The ABC Book of Seasons by Martin, H/Simpson, J/Orsini, C ISBN 9780733331954


Summary From the bestselling creators for THE ABC BOOK OF CARS, TRAINS, BOATS AND PLANES comes a delightful introduction to the seasons for young children. Ages: 2-6

The Book Seasons come … seasons go … sun shines … winds blow … rain falls … plants grow… From the bestselling creators of THE ABC BOOK OF CARS, TRAINS, BOATS AND PLANES comes a glorious hardback picture book which celebrates the joys of each season. From Autumn’s ‘red, yellow, brown leaves’ to Winter’s ‘sparkly cold snow’, the text also introduces children to the concept of weather and its changing patterns. Beautifully illustrated in a retro style, this is the perfect book to share with young children to inspire a delight in nature and its cycles. Ages: 2-6

Mr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum ISBN 9780733333071
by Baynton, Terri
Mr Bear Branches

Summary Join Mr Bear Branches and his best friend, Lintfrey Longfellow, as they explore the wondrous world around them.

The Book Lintfrey Longfellow would love nothing more than to sit among the clouds … but, sadly, clouds just aren’t made for sitting on. Can Mr Bear Branches find a solution to Lintfrey’s cloud conundrum? A charming picture book about two lovable new characters who are the very best of friends. Ages: 4+


Crow in the Snow by Sims, Lesley/Blunt, Fred ISBN 9781409550532

Summary A lively story with humorous illustrations, ideal for children who are beginning to read for themselves, or for reading aloud together.

The Book • With simple rhyming text and phonic repetition, this book is specially designed to develop essential language and early reading skills. • Also includes guidance notes for parents at the back of the book.

Crow in the Snow

Wheels on the Bus and Other Songs By Play School

The Wheels on the Bus and Other Songs by Play School ISBN: 9780733331862

The perfect addition to every child’s library, this delightful picture book features ten popular children’s songs, such as ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’.

On sale: 1/12/2013

First Day By Andrew Daddo, Jonathan Bentley

First Day by Andrew Daddo and Jonathan Bentley

From bestselling author Andrew Daddo comes a charming picture book about starting school – a must for every parent whose child is about to embark on this milestone!

On sale: 1/12/2013


The Ugliest Dog in the World
By: Bruce Whatley

ISBN: 9780207174278
On Sale: 25/11/1992
Format: Trade paperback
Trimsize: 280 x 217 x 2 mm
Pages: 32

Diary of a WombatDiary of a Wombat
By Jackie French / Bruce Whatley

ISBN: 9780207199950
On Sale: 23/10/2002
Format: Hardback
Trimsize: 293 x 217 x 9 mm
Pages: 32

MR BEAR BRANCHES AND THE CLOUD CONUNDRUMMr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum
By Terri Rose Baynton

ISBN: 9780733329210
On Sale: 1/03/2012
Format: Hardback
Trimsize: 218 x 305 x 9 mm
Pages: 24

The Tomorrow BookThe Tomorrow Book
By Jackie French / Sue De Gennaro

ISBN: 9780732289393
On Sale: 1/02/2010
Format: Hardback
Trimsize: 253 x 254 x 13 mm
Pages: 32

Our School FeteOur School Fete
By Louise Pfanner / Kim Gamble

ISBN: 9780733328534
On Sale: 1/03/2011
Format: Trade paperback
Trimsize: 270 x 225 x 4 mm
Pages: 40

Just One MoreJust One More
By Mark Macleod / Sue deGennaro

ISBN: 9780733330469
On Sale: 5/06/2012
Format: Trade paperback
Trimsize: 250 x 249 x 6 mm
Pages: 32

The Naked PenguinThe Naked Penguin
By Kym Lardner, Oliver Lardner

ISBN: 9780733328497
On Sale: 1/03/2011
Format: Trade paperback
Trimsize: 217 x 254 x 3 mm
Pages: 32

Marshall Armstrong Is New To Our SchoolMarshall Armstrong Is New To Our School
By David Mackintosh

ISBN: 9780007361427
On Sale: 13/03/2012
Format: Trade paperback
Trimsize: 280 x 220 x 6 mm
Pages: 32

Feathers for PhoebeFeathers for Phoebe
By Rod Clement

ISBN: 9780732289201
On Sale: 1/06/2012
Format: Trade paperback
Trimsize: 295 x 219 x 6 mm
Pages: 32

The BicycleThe Bicycle
By Colin Thompson

ISBN: 9780733329876
On Sale: 1/09/2011
Format: Hardback
Trimsize: 305 x 218 x 9 mm
Pages: 32

By Luke Davies / Inari Kiuru

ISBN: 9780733322686
On Sale: 1/05/2010
Format: Hardback
Trimsize: 335 x 218 x 10 mm
Pages: 32

By Ben Whatley, Bruce Whatley

ISBN: 9780732284824
On Sale: 1/03/2010
Format: Hardback
Trimsize: 293 x 214 x 12 mm
Pages: 32

Captain Crabclaw's CrewCaptain Crabclaw’s Crew
By David Legge / Frances Watts

ISBN: 9780733330988
On Sale: 1/04/2012
Format: Trade paperback
Trimsize: 225 x 275 x 2 mm
Pages: 32

By Colin Thompson / Sarah Davis

ISBN: 9780733330827
On Sale: 1/02/2012
Format: Trade paperback
Trimsize: 210 x 298 x 6 mm
Pages: 32

A Rat in a Stripy SockA Rat in a Stripy Sock
By Frances Watts / David Francis

ISBN: 9780733326615
On Sale: 1/08/2010
Format: Hardback
Trimsize: 223 x 280 x 9 mm
Pages: 24

Olga The BrolgaOlga The Brolga
By Rod Clement

ISBN: 9780207197581
On Sale: 27/04/2005
Format: Trade paperback
Trimsize: 296 x 220 x 3 mm
Pages: 32

Butterfly's CircusButterfly’s Circus
By Melissa Contreras / Nikki Goldstein

ISBN: 9780733322594
On Sale: 9/02/2010
Format: Hardback
Trimsize: 252 x 250 x 10 mm
Pages: 40

Sydney of the AntarcticSydney of the Antarctic
By Coral Tulloch

ISBN: 9780733321597
On Sale: 1/10/2007
Format: Hardback
Trimsize: 271 x 213 x 8 mm
Pages: 40

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