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Books & Games for Children  (K-Yr 6)

Visiting You
A Journey of Love

By  Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg, Illustratged by Andrea Edmond
Published by EK Books

ISBN 9781925335668

 

A young boy and his mother set out on a journey to visit their loved one and on the way at different stages of the trip, they meet a series of commuters who look either gruff, unkept, cross or worried. One is visiting a daughter, another a son in recovery, another his wife's grave. Unafraid the young boy engages in conversation with all these people while is mother looks on and asks them who they are going to visit today.  Visiting you explores a sense of connection, not be scared of strangers or to judge people who may look different to him at first, rather to look beyond appearance. What he discovers is that no matter how these people look, they all have love in their hearts, and he realises that other people have as much in their hearts as she does. A good book to show children that despite appearances people have similar qualities as their own. Illustrations are thoughtful and gentle to compliment the story and the message.

 

 

 

The Art Garden
Sowing the Seeds of Creativity

By Penny Harrison and Penelope Pratley
Published by EK Books

ISBN 9781925335590

 

Sadie  loves colour and playing and finding patterns and because her friend Tom is a painter, she would like  to be one too, but she finds that painting pictures can be quite difficult and not everyone can paint. Instead of painting pretty pictures Sadie makes a mess and becomes rather downhearted, but when she looks at plants things taken on a whole different perspective and Sadie finds that the art she creates with plants is very satisfying. Sadie learns that there is more than one way to achieve her desires showing the reader to look for their strengths. This is a hardcover book with lovely illustrations and easy to read for you the young reader or to read to a child.

 

 

 

Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables
Fight Back

By Tim Harries, Illustrated by James Hart

Published Random House Australia / Penguin

ISBN 9780143785872

 

Talk about terrifying and strict, Miss Frost says discipline is the new order, but not if the class in room 12B has anything to do with it . They are just not used to a teacher who is a  disciplinarian  who makes the mood so glum and they're not going to let her get away with it. She gives the students detention for paying her a compliment or asking a question, Miss Frost won't even compliment her students when they are correct.  They want Mr Bambuckle back, he brought in the sunshine. Read the escapades of what they do to get Mr Bambuckle back. Good storyline and black and white illustrations.

 

Tim Harris is one of the most exciting new children’s authors in Australia. With over 15 years’ experience as a primary school teacher, Tim knows what it takes to get children reading.

 

 

 

100 Scientists Who Made History

Published by Dorling Kindersley

ISBN 9780241304327

 

100 Scientists who made history has them all, including clever chemists, brainy biologists, fast thinking physicists and pioneering programmers. Readers can dive into the world of theories and experiments, reactions and equations and meet the figures who helped us understand our Universe and our place in it, for instance they can find out why Copernicus shook the world, what elements Marie Curie discovered and how Franklin Crick and Watson unlocked the secrets of our DNA.  The presentation is appealing, as we usually find with books published by DK,with great caricature -like illustrations and it's easy to read. It is sure to be a hit for any child wanting to find out more the people who have shaped our world. Published with a hardback cover.

 

 

 

Explanatorium of Nature

Published by Dorling Kindersley,

ISBN 9780241286845

 

An amazing encylopaedia of nature showing fruit to flowers, shells to sharks, ants to elephants  with outstanding photography  to reveal details of the subject. This  book is sure to keep children busy and enthralled as they learn about the wonders of nature. It is the perfect way to find out how everything in our natural world works - why fungi, plants, animals, arthropods, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and ecosystems exist. They will discover how spiders spin their webs, how flying works, how snakes kill, see cross-sections, with clear explanations and more.  It is a substantial book, with a hard cover and beautifully presented.  An exceptional book to have in your child's library and for the primary school library.

 

 

 

 

Women in Science - Level 3

by Jen Green

Published by Dorling Kindersley,

ISBN 9780241315958

 

Do you know who is considered to be the Mother of the Internet, or who was the first computer programmer or  that Hedy Lamar, a famous American actress helped developed the technology that we use in our mobile phones today through an idea that she had to improve radio-guided missiles in World War II, or the first known woman scientist live in Ancient Egypt 4700 years ago?  Most of us know about Marie-Curie and the wonderful work she did, she is in this book along with many other women scientists who have been and who are influential in shaping our world today. Women in Science for children aged 7-9 years covers  women's scientific contributions, pioneers in the field, women in technology, engineers, and mathematical geniuses. We particularly like the quizz at the end of the book and the handy index. The diagrams and illustrations make it easy to read and it's published with a hardback cover.

 

 

 

Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Updated and Expanded

Published by Dorling Kindersley,

ISBN 9780241232392

 

In this updated and expanded edition there are all sorts of interesting facts and quirky information, strange, but true. movie making trivia and as a fan of Star Wars, things you never knew before. This  book is for people who love Star Wars. Find out about space travel and weapons, Darth Vader's castle, scrap dealers and learn trade talk, the deadly witch and so much more. There's even a handy index to help the reader look up the different facts and figures. This is a large and heavy 255 page book with a strong hard cover exceptionally well illustrated as one has come to rely on with books published by  DK.

 

 

 

Lintang and the Forbidden Island

by Tamara Moss

Published by Random House Publishers

ISBN 9780143783459

 

 

An adventure mystery with twists and turns that keeps the reader glued,  Lintang needs to find her captain, and it seems the only way to get to the Winda is to join and then escape, the Vierzan navy. Only then will Captain Shafira set sail for Allay, where the crew of the Winda must uncover what really happened to the country's missing ruler.  When disaster strikes, and Lintang is separated from her captain again, she and her friends must sneak through the heart of Allay, battle terrifying new mythies and overcome Captain Shafira's enemies to return to where they belong.  Once left behind, will Lintang let this happen again?

 

 

 

How to be a Fashion Designer

by Lesley Ware

Published by Dorling Kindersley

ISBN 9780241305539

 

 

How to be a Fashion Designer helps kids to learn where to look for inspiration and encourages experimenting with new ideas.  Fun photos and illustrations show kids how to choose gorgeous colours, design dress shapes, customise t-shirts, and add sparkle to their accessories in simple, easy-to-follow design tasks and simple practical projects.  Children can design outfits and learn how to put together the clothes and accessories they already own in different fun, stylish ways, encouraging the use of their practical skills while learning by combining art and design

 

 

 

The Slime Book

All you need to know how to make the perfect slime

ISBN 9780241336618
Published by  Penguin Random House

 

Looking for more fun these holidays? Does your child like the idea of playing with slime, but you'd like to make your own at home? We think they will love this book! There are 30 recipes of how to make that squishy, stretchy and goey slime. Everything from slime to glow in the dark, things to make their friends say, "gross", snot slime and even edible slime! Read about  the science behind slime, then learn how to make it with easy step by step directions and photos. Find out  how to colour your slime in different ways and make that edible slime too!

 

 

 

Granny's Place

by Allison Paterson and Shane McGrath

ISBN 9781925275636
Published by Big Sky Publishing

 

Granny and Pa's farm was the best place in the world. Just imagine a home brimming with treasures from their past. Delightfully illustrated this book brings to life the fun of cousins gathering in a country kitchen and planning adventures amongst the beauty of living in rural Australia in the 1960's.  A glimpse of the past told through charming story and  illustrations for younger readers.

 

 

Grace and Katie

by Susanne Merritt and Liz Anelli

ISBN 978140528720
Published by EK Books

 

Another book by the author of "Don't Think of Purple Elephants". Grace and Katie are twins and they both love to draw. They may be twins, but they have very different ideas of how their pictures should look. Grace likes drawing orderly pictures with her favourite black pens, whereas her sister Katie loves to draw with lots of colour and unstructured. One day they decide to draw pictures of where they lives and they soon discover that the best pictures are the ones they draw together. This book embraces their creative differences and shows the reader it's okay to have your own style. Fun illustrations by Liz Anelli.

 

 

The Night Box

by Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay

ISBN 9781405287203

Published by Hardie Egmont

 

An enchanting story for younger children  about the night.  As day ends a whole new world of night time begins. Max learns that  there are all sorts of animals that are busy and running around during the night. Charming illustrations help the reader to see the wonders and magical natural world at night. Would make an ideal story book for young readers.

 

 

Sarah and the Steep Slope

by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley

ISBN 9781742974675

Published by Little Hare Books

 

For children that have difficulties in facing some of life's hurdles this illustrated short story may help show them that with a little help these obstacles can be overcome.  Sarah's friends help her, after Dr Slope helps Sarah to see the slope is not so great after all.

 

 

Stitches and Stuffing

by Carrie Gallasch and Sara Acton

ISBN 9781760127787

Published by Little Hare Books

 

A lovely story of a little girl's realisation that her favourite Bunnybear isn't just about the stitches and stuffing, it's about the love, memories and relationships. Charming illustrations compliment the story.  A lovely book for younger children.

 

 

Finn and Puss

by Robert Vescio and Melissa Mackie

ISBN 978192533507

Published by EK Books

 

Young boy Finn, is rather lonely and cat called Puss is lost. Things change when  Finn and Puss meet and Finn isn’t lonely anymore, and Puss likes being  with Finn. But then one day  Finn sees a "Lost" poster put up by Puss’s owners. Now Finn is he’s with a tough decision. Will he do the right thing?  This story, simply explores themes of hope, despair, loneliness, and friendship and most of all dealing with and exploring  how to make tough choices in life. Finn learns  that ‘doing the right thing’ can bring  rewards. Simply written with lovely  illustrations, this book is a good choice for holiday reading for and with younger children.

 

 

The Chalk Rainbow

by Deborah Kelly and Gwynneth Jones

ISBN 978192533453

Published by EK Books

 

A  caring and loving sister tells the story of her brother who is different to other children. He absolutely hates the colour black,  makes up his own language, he lines things up and his father gets frustrated with his behaviour and his mum try to explain why Zane scrunches himself into a ball in the corner of the room.  One day his big sister tries something different, they draw a chalk rainbow at the top of their stairs outside the front door and what they do from their onwards makes a huge difference to Zane. This is a loving story of living with someone who has Autism.

 

 

Reena's Rainbow

by Dee white & Tracie Grimwood

ISBN 9781925335491

Published by EK Books

For ages 4+

A heartwarming story about Reena who cannot hear, but sees everything and is very observant and Dog who is homeless. Reena get annoyed that she doesn't always fit in , she longs to be the same as other children, but she soon finds out that she can and so can Dog. Charmingly illustrated, it is an ideal read for children who are different for whatever reason and who long to be part of the popular crowd.

 

 

Ginger Green Play Date Queen

The Cute Friend

by Kim Kane & Jon Davis

ISBN 9781760129613

Published by Hardie Egmont Books

For ages 4+

 

Play dates are fun, but what happens when Daya and Ginger get it all wrong?  What will happen, will Ginger get upset? Play dates are a fabulous way to explore friendships and social etiquette in a way young readers will love. In this fun series for young readers, the clever Ginger Green navigates a range of tricky social situations with  gentle humour. This book is ideal  for any child who is making their way from picture books into chapter books.

 

 

 

 

Bear Grylls Adventures

The Blizzard Challenge

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN9781786960122



 

Written to inspire young survival experts. Would be survival expert Olly is not enjoying camp, what with his rucksack trying to kill him and when building a shelter he's getting splinters!  Things  do change - one night when a mysterious compass transports Olly onto a glacier where his guide Bear Grylls is waiting for him. Olly's only way home is to trek across frozen lakes and through deep snow drifts... brrr... and Bear can see there's a blizzard coming. A good fun and thrilling read for younger children.

 

 

How to Hypnotise a Droid

By Joshie Lefers

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN 9781760128005

 

 


Joshie Lefers may be a grown up, but he still acts a lot like a kid - so  he's now writing for kids. Like Joshie Hectic, the cheeky protagonist in Hectic Electric, Joshie-the-author has never had a dull day in his life.Joshie-the-author has never had a dull day in his life. One day, Joshie is eating breakfast when a fancy robot thingy arrives in a box. The cool thing? It’s actually an incredibly sophisticated droid. The not-so-cool thing? It’s programmed to babysit Joshie while his mum is at work, which just happens to be quite a lot of the time.  It's a fun read with quite a few comic illustrations, it's hectic while also heartwarming and ridiculously funny.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Captain Moonlite

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132581

 

 

Andrew George Scott, as a lay preacher in the town of Mt Egerton in Victoria took everyone by surprise when they found out that he was in fact the masked villain and armed bank robber, who was known as Captain Moonlight.

 

This book in the series of Australian Bushrangers once again shows the sympathies for bushrangers at the time who they believed were hard done by and rather victims of the system.

 

Captain Moonlight upon release from prison led a rag tag bunch of young desperate men who staged a siege that would end in a shoot-out and the death of a policeman. A rather interesting read.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Captain Frank Gardiner

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132673

 

 

Frank Gardiner must be one of the most famous or infamous bushrangers who yielded great influence as a charismatic, clever and handsome looking fellow. Somehow he inspired many young men to abandon their honest work and the drudgery of their lives to turn to highway robbery instead.

 

He led the infamous Gold Escort Robbert at Eugowra Rocks and almost got away with the crime. He managed to escape to Queensland where he ran a public house until he was eventually and controversially arrested. The public petitioned on his behalf for an early release from prison which was granted amidst the storm of controversy.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Ben Hall

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132697

 

 

This book tells the story of Ben Hall's life and his notorious exploits as a bushranger and the events that lead to his ultimate betrayal and death.  He started out in life with good prospects but then met up with the notorious bushranger Frank Gardiner by whom he was heavily influenced.  Hall was a bushranger for three years  and his gang committed hundreds of  often violent robberies. For a while he was respected for his daring and courageous ways of outwitting the police. To some he was a hero  while to others he was a brutal criminal.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Paddy O'Melon

by Julia Cooper

Illustrated by Daryl Dickson

Published by EK Books

ISBN 9781925335637

 

 

An Irish family who live in the rainforest and often help wildlife on their adventures one day come across a young joey who has been separated from it's mum after falling asleep while hiding in some bushes from some black dogs that were chasing them. The family, the O'Melons look after and raise the young kangaroo along with their menagerie of other wildlife Paddy as he is named by dad O'Melon,  is keen to learn more about his human family, but also wants to know who he really is. Is he an Irish kangaroo?

A lovely book, beautifully written and illustrated.

 

Julia Cooper the author, from the UK but moved to Queensland and worked in wildlife education and rehabilitation. With her partner, Martin Cohen she was always busy caring for native animals from flying foxes to pademelons. Julia's passion included educating people, especially children about the wonders  of the natural world and for us to look after native wildlife.  In 2011 Julie sadly passed away from an auto-immune disease and has left this story as part of her legacy.

 

 

Through the Gate

by Sally Fawcett

 

Published by EK Books

ISBN:  9781925335415

 

Change can be difficult, challenging, even exciting, confusing and inspiring, but we can't avoid change and one things for certain, time changes all.

 

The story of change told through the eyes of a child who has moved house and struggling to cope with this big change. All she sees at first is this run down broken house, it's not a home, or the one she was used to. Gradually day by day as she arrives home from school and walks through the gate, she notices little changes happening, until one day she realises that it has become a lovely home with a beautiful garden, one to look forward to seeing every day after school. Life takes on a happier new meaning.

 

Ideal for playing the spot the differences as each page is turned to increase awareness of observation and showing that a little done step by step can bring good results. We loved the illustrations as well as the story.

 

 

Ella Saw the Tree

by Robert Vescio

illustrated by Cheri Hughes

Publishedby Big Sky Publishing

ISBN9781925520378

 


A delightful and entertaining book for young readers. Ella's mum helps her to realise all the good things happening around in her in their backyard, centred but she hasn't really noticed the big tree yet.

 

On a windy day the tree loses some of it's leaves and Ella is convinced it means the tree is crying and she wonders why she hadn't noticed the big tree before. She takes  time to smell, listen, feel and look - that she discovers the tree in her backyard, as if for the very first time. Ella slows down and explores more to appreciate the world around her.

 

A good book to sit down and read with younger children and explore the lovely illustrations

 

 

Stripes in the Forest

The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine

by Aleesah Darlison

Illustrated by Shane McGrath

ISBN 9781925275711

 

 

A very moving story about the last Tasmanian tiger or wild thylacine that once mainland Australian and New Guinea and Tasmania, eventually confined Tasmania.

 

The story is told through the courageous mother thylacine about the past and  to protect them in the future, just as she protects her cubs from humans and other predators.

 

 An interesting way to teach children about protecting vulnerable species and respecting nature. Be aware it is also rather a sad story.

 

 

 

Being You is Enough and other important stuff

written and illustrated by Josh Langley

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925275827


Being different is OK, not all everyone is perfect, people do make mistakes and what's perfect anyway?

A fun illustrated book, divided into chapters, well or sections, to help children through school life with 11 essential life affirming messages.

Superpowers abound, it's good to listen, daydream, have awesome thoughts, learn to change how you think instead of getting angry, make yourself a better person.

A good addition for home or school library.

 

 

 

The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie

by Irina Goundortseva


Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN:  9781925275964

 

 

 

A mozzie (mosquito) sees all the beautiful butterflies and admires them from afar. She wants to join them but they don't want her to because she's not pretty like them.

 

Not willing to include the Mozzie with the A Sharp Snozzie in their group, the Mozzie becomes creative, but then finds out being a butterfly is not necessarily always so good!

 

Without wishing to spoil the story, let's just say the Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie saves the day and realises  that just being your natural self is best.

 

 

 

Tommy Bell - The Horse Thief

by Jane Smith

Published by
Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925520064

 

 

All is going well for Tommy, he is popular, but now there's a new kid at school and he wants Tommy to join his gang, turns out it's not such a good idea because his friend is  trouble.

 

That's until he meet the bushranger while on holiday with his family. Tommy finds himself in the middle of a horse robbery, police chase and even an escape from prison.  While they're on holiday, Tommy asks his mum about the local bushranger, she vaguely remembers him and  looks up more information about him using her phone. Tommy becomes quite interested and it pleases his mum that he wants to know more about it.

 

 

Tommy Bell - Bushranger Boy

by Jane Smith

Published by
Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925275940



A bit of an adventure awaits as Tommy Bell, he's been told that he is going to his grandparents who live on a farm for the school holidays. He thinks its punishment for his bad behaviour, but it is not that at all.

 

The boy who thinks that history is sooo boring (just as school was closing for the holidays he got his history test results -  2 out 10). When he finds a cave from an old bushranger he soon finds out that history is anything but boring. Before long he is back in the days of the gold rush and find meets the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt and then, what is adventurous at first, becomes..

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Visiting You
A Journey of Love

By  Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg, Illustratged by Andrea Edmond
Published by EK Books

ISBN 9781925335668

 

A young boy and his mother set out on a journey to visit their loved one and on the way at different stages of the trip, they meet a series of commuters who look either gruff, unkept, cross or worried. One is visiting a daughter, another a son in recovery, another his wife's grave. Unafraid the young boy engages in conversation with all these people while is mother looks on and asks them who they are going to visit today.  Visiting you explores a sense of connection, not be scared of strangers or to judge people who may look different to him at first, rather to look beyond appearance. What he discovers is that no matter how these people look, they all have love in their hearts, and he realises that other people have as much in their hearts as she does. A good book to show children that despite appearances people have similar qualities as their own. Illustrations are thoughtful and gentle to compliment the story and the message.

 

 

 

The Art Garden
Sowing the Seeds of Creativity

By Penny Harrison and Penelope Pratley
Published by EK Books

ISBN 9781925335590

 

Sadie  loves colour and playing and finding patterns and because her friend Tom is a painter, she would like  to be one too, but she finds that painting pictures can be quite difficult and not everyone can paint. Instead of painting pretty pictures Sadie makes a mess and becomes rather downhearted, but when she looks at plants things taken on a whole different perspective and Sadie finds that the art she creates with plants is very satisfying. Sadie learns that there is more than one way to achieve her desires showing the reader to look for their strengths. This is a hardcover book with lovely illustrations and easy to read for you the young reader or to read to a child.

 

 

 

Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables
Fight Back

By Tim Harries, Illustrated by James Hart

Published Random House Australia / Penguin

ISBN 9780143785872

 

Talk about terrifying and strict, Miss Frost says discipline is the new order, but not if the class in room 12B has anything to do with it . They are just not used to a teacher who is a  disciplinarian  who makes the mood so glum and they're not going to let her get away with it. She gives the students detention for paying her a compliment or asking a question, Miss Frost won't even compliment her students when they are correct.  They want Mr Bambuckle back, he brought in the sunshine. Read the escapades of what they do to get Mr Bambuckle back. Good storyline and black and white illustrations.

 

Tim Harris is one of the most exciting new children’s authors in Australia. With over 15 years’ experience as a primary school teacher, Tim knows what it takes to get children reading.

 

 

 

100 Scientists Who Made History

Published by Dorling Kindersley

ISBN 9780241304327

 

100 Scientists who made history has them all, including clever chemists, brainy biologists, fast thinking physicists and pioneering programmers. Readers can dive into the world of theories and experiments, reactions and equations and meet the figures who helped us understand our Universe and our place in it, for instance they can find out why Copernicus shook the world, what elements Marie Curie discovered and how Franklin Crick and Watson unlocked the secrets of our DNA.  The presentation is appealing, as we usually find with books published by DK,with great caricature -like illustrations and it's easy to read. It is sure to be a hit for any child wanting to find out more the people who have shaped our world. Published with a hardback cover.

 

 

 

Explanatorium of Nature

Published by Dorling Kindersley,

ISBN 9780241286845

 

An amazing encylopaedia of nature showing fruit to flowers, shells to sharks, ants to elephants  with outstanding photography  to reveal details of the subject. This  book is sure to keep children busy and enthralled as they learn about the wonders of nature. It is the perfect way to find out how everything in our natural world works - why fungi, plants, animals, arthropods, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and ecosystems exist. They will discover how spiders spin their webs, how flying works, how snakes kill, see cross-sections, with clear explanations and more.  It is a substantial book, with a hard cover and beautifully presented.  An exceptional book to have in your child's library and for the primary school library.

 

 

 

 

Women in Science - Level 3

by Jen Green

Published by Dorling Kindersley,

ISBN 9780241315958

 

Do you know who is considered to be the Mother of the Internet, or who was the first computer programmer or  that Hedy Lamar, a famous American actress helped developed the technology that we use in our mobile phones today through an idea that she had to improve radio-guided missiles in World War II, or the first known woman scientist live in Ancient Egypt 4700 years ago?  Most of us know about Marie-Curie and the wonderful work she did, she is in this book along with many other women scientists who have been and who are influential in shaping our world today. Women in Science for children aged 7-9 years covers  women's scientific contributions, pioneers in the field, women in technology, engineers, and mathematical geniuses. We particularly like the quizz at the end of the book and the handy index. The diagrams and illustrations make it easy to read and it's published with a hardback cover.

 

 

 

Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Updated and Expanded

Published by Dorling Kindersley,

ISBN 9780241232392

 

In this updated and expanded edition there are all sorts of interesting facts and quirky information, strange, but true. movie making trivia and as a fan of Star Wars, things you never knew before. This  book is for people who love Star Wars. Find out about space travel and weapons, Darth Vader's castle, scrap dealers and learn trade talk, the deadly witch and so much more. There's even a handy index to help the reader look up the different facts and figures. This is a large and heavy 255 page book with a strong hard cover exceptionally well illustrated as one has come to rely on with books published by  DK.

 

 

 

Lintang and the Forbidden Island

by Tamara Moss

Published by Random House Publishers

ISBN 9780143783459

 

 

An adventure mystery with twists and turns that keeps the reader glued,  Lintang needs to find her captain, and it seems the only way to get to the Winda is to join and then escape, the Vierzan navy. Only then will Captain Shafira set sail for Allay, where the crew of the Winda must uncover what really happened to the country's missing ruler.  When disaster strikes, and Lintang is separated from her captain again, she and her friends must sneak through the heart of Allay, battle terrifying new mythies and overcome Captain Shafira's enemies to return to where they belong.  Once left behind, will Lintang let this happen again?

 

 

 

How to be a Fashion Designer

by Lesley Ware

Published by Dorling Kindersley

ISBN 9780241305539

 

 

How to be a Fashion Designer helps kids to learn where to look for inspiration and encourages experimenting with new ideas.  Fun photos and illustrations show kids how to choose gorgeous colours, design dress shapes, customise t-shirts, and add sparkle to their accessories in simple, easy-to-follow design tasks and simple practical projects.  Children can design outfits and learn how to put together the clothes and accessories they already own in different fun, stylish ways, encouraging the use of their practical skills while learning by combining art and design

 

 

 

The Slime Book

All you need to know how to make the perfect slime

ISBN 9780241336618
Published by  Penguin Random House

 

Looking for more fun these holidays? Does your child like the idea of playing with slime, but you'd like to make your own at home? We think they will love this book! There are 30 recipes of how to make that squishy, stretchy and goey slime. Everything from slime to glow in the dark, things to make their friends say, "gross", snot slime and even edible slime! Read about  the science behind slime, then learn how to make it with easy step by step directions and photos. Find out  how to colour your slime in different ways and make that edible slime too!

 

 

 

Granny's Place

by Allison Paterson and Shane McGrath

ISBN 9781925275636
Published by Big Sky Publishing

 

Granny and Pa's farm was the best place in the world. Just imagine a home brimming with treasures from their past. Delightfully illustrated this book brings to life the fun of cousins gathering in a country kitchen and planning adventures amongst the beauty of living in rural Australia in the 1960's.  A glimpse of the past told through charming story and  illustrations for younger readers.

 

 

Grace and Katie

by Susanne Merritt and Liz Anelli

ISBN 978140528720
Published by EK Books

 

Another book by the author of "Don't Think of Purple Elephants". Grace and Katie are twins and they both love to draw. They may be twins, but they have very different ideas of how their pictures should look. Grace likes drawing orderly pictures with her favourite black pens, whereas her sister Katie loves to draw with lots of colour and unstructured. One day they decide to draw pictures of where they lives and they soon discover that the best pictures are the ones they draw together. This book embraces their creative differences and shows the reader it's okay to have your own style. Fun illustrations by Liz Anelli.

 

 

The Night Box

by Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay

ISBN 9781405287203

Published by Hardie Egmont

 

An enchanting story for younger children  about the night.  As day ends a whole new world of night time begins. Max learns that  there are all sorts of animals that are busy and running around during the night. Charming illustrations help the reader to see the wonders and magical natural world at night. Would make an ideal story book for young readers.

 

 

Sarah and the Steep Slope

by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley

ISBN 9781742974675

Published by Little Hare Books

 

For children that have difficulties in facing some of life's hurdles this illustrated short story may help show them that with a little help these obstacles can be overcome.  Sarah's friends help her, after Dr Slope helps Sarah to see the slope is not so great after all.

 

 

Stitches and Stuffing

by Carrie Gallasch and Sara Acton

ISBN 9781760127787

Published by Little Hare Books

 

A lovely story of a little girl's realisation that her favourite Bunnybear isn't just about the stitches and stuffing, it's about the love, memories and relationships. Charming illustrations compliment the story.  A lovely book for younger children.

 

 

Finn and Puss

by Robert Vescio and Melissa Mackie

ISBN 978192533507

Published by EK Books

 

Young boy Finn, is rather lonely and cat called Puss is lost. Things change when  Finn and Puss meet and Finn isn’t lonely anymore, and Puss likes being  with Finn. But then one day  Finn sees a "Lost" poster put up by Puss’s owners. Now Finn is he’s with a tough decision. Will he do the right thing?  This story, simply explores themes of hope, despair, loneliness, and friendship and most of all dealing with and exploring  how to make tough choices in life. Finn learns  that ‘doing the right thing’ can bring  rewards. Simply written with lovely  illustrations, this book is a good choice for holiday reading for and with younger children.

 

 

The Chalk Rainbow

by Deborah Kelly and Gwynneth Jones

ISBN 978192533453

Published by EK Books

 

A  caring and loving sister tells the story of her brother who is different to other children. He absolutely hates the colour black,  makes up his own language, he lines things up and his father gets frustrated with his behaviour and his mum try to explain why Zane scrunches himself into a ball in the corner of the room.  One day his big sister tries something different, they draw a chalk rainbow at the top of their stairs outside the front door and what they do from their onwards makes a huge difference to Zane. This is a loving story of living with someone who has Autism.

 

 

Reena's Rainbow

by Dee white & Tracie Grimwood

ISBN 9781925335491

Published by EK Books

For ages 4+

A heartwarming story about Reena who cannot hear, but sees everything and is very observant and Dog who is homeless. Reena get annoyed that she doesn't always fit in , she longs to be the same as other children, but she soon finds out that she can and so can Dog. Charmingly illustrated, it is an ideal read for children who are different for whatever reason and who long to be part of the popular crowd.

 

 

Ginger Green Play Date Queen

The Cute Friend

by Kim Kane & Jon Davis

ISBN 9781760129613

Published by Hardie Egmont Books

For ages 4+

 

Play dates are fun, but what happens when Daya and Ginger get it all wrong?  What will happen, will Ginger get upset? Play dates are a fabulous way to explore friendships and social etiquette in a way young readers will love. In this fun series for young readers, the clever Ginger Green navigates a range of tricky social situations with  gentle humour. This book is ideal  for any child who is making their way from picture books into chapter books.

 

 

 

 

Bear Grylls Adventures

The Blizzard Challenge

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN9781786960122



 

Written to inspire young survival experts. Would be survival expert Olly is not enjoying camp, what with his rucksack trying to kill him and when building a shelter he's getting splinters!  Things  do change - one night when a mysterious compass transports Olly onto a glacier where his guide Bear Grylls is waiting for him. Olly's only way home is to trek across frozen lakes and through deep snow drifts... brrr... and Bear can see there's a blizzard coming. A good fun and thrilling read for younger children.

 

 

How to Hypnotise a Droid

By Joshie Lefers

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN 9781760128005

 

 


Joshie Lefers may be a grown up, but he still acts a lot like a kid - so  he's now writing for kids. Like Joshie Hectic, the cheeky protagonist in Hectic Electric, Joshie-the-author has never had a dull day in his life.Joshie-the-author has never had a dull day in his life. One day, Joshie is eating breakfast when a fancy robot thingy arrives in a box. The cool thing? It’s actually an incredibly sophisticated droid. The not-so-cool thing? It’s programmed to babysit Joshie while his mum is at work, which just happens to be quite a lot of the time.  It's a fun read with quite a few comic illustrations, it's hectic while also heartwarming and ridiculously funny.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Captain Moonlite

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132581

 

 

Andrew George Scott, as a lay preacher in the town of Mt Egerton in Victoria took everyone by surprise when they found out that he was in fact the masked villain and armed bank robber, who was known as Captain Moonlight.

 

This book in the series of Australian Bushrangers once again shows the sympathies for bushrangers at the time who they believed were hard done by and rather victims of the system.

 

Captain Moonlight upon release from prison led a rag tag bunch of young desperate men who staged a siege that would end in a shoot-out and the death of a policeman. A rather interesting read.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Captain Frank Gardiner

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132673

 

 

Frank Gardiner must be one of the most famous or infamous bushrangers who yielded great influence as a charismatic, clever and handsome looking fellow. Somehow he inspired many young men to abandon their honest work and the drudgery of their lives to turn to highway robbery instead.

 

He led the infamous Gold Escort Robbert at Eugowra Rocks and almost got away with the crime. He managed to escape to Queensland where he ran a public house until he was eventually and controversially arrested. The public petitioned on his behalf for an early release from prison which was granted amidst the storm of controversy.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Ben Hall

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132697

 

 

This book tells the story of Ben Hall's life and his notorious exploits as a bushranger and the events that lead to his ultimate betrayal and death.  He started out in life with good prospects but then met up with the notorious bushranger Frank Gardiner by whom he was heavily influenced.  Hall was a bushranger for three years  and his gang committed hundreds of  often violent robberies. For a while he was respected for his daring and courageous ways of outwitting the police. To some he was a hero  while to others he was a brutal criminal.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Paddy O'Melon

by Julia Cooper

Illustrated by Daryl Dickson

Published by EK Books

ISBN 9781925335637

 

 

An Irish family who live in the rainforest and often help wildlife on their adventures one day come across a young joey who has been separated from it's mum after falling asleep while hiding in some bushes from some black dogs that were chasing them. The family, the O'Melons look after and raise the young kangaroo along with their menagerie of other wildlife Paddy as he is named by dad O'Melon,  is keen to learn more about his human family, but also wants to know who he really is. Is he an Irish kangaroo?

A lovely book, beautifully written and illustrated.

 

Julia Cooper the author, from the UK but moved to Queensland and worked in wildlife education and rehabilitation. With her partner, Martin Cohen she was always busy caring for native animals from flying foxes to pademelons. Julia's passion included educating people, especially children about the wonders  of the natural world and for us to look after native wildlife.  In 2011 Julie sadly passed away from an auto-immune disease and has left this story as part of her legacy.

 

 

Through the Gate

by Sally Fawcett

 

Published by EK Books

ISBN:  9781925335415

 

Change can be difficult, challenging, even exciting, confusing and inspiring, but we can't avoid change and one things for certain, time changes all.

 

The story of change told through the eyes of a child who has moved house and struggling to cope with this big change. All she sees at first is this run down broken house, it's not a home, or the one she was used to. Gradually day by day as she arrives home from school and walks through the gate, she notices little changes happening, until one day she realises that it has become a lovely home with a beautiful garden, one to look forward to seeing every day after school. Life takes on a happier new meaning.

 

Ideal for playing the spot the differences as each page is turned to increase awareness of observation and showing that a little done step by step can bring good results. We loved the illustrations as well as the story.

 

 

Ella Saw the Tree

by Robert Vescio

illustrated by Cheri Hughes

Publishedby Big Sky Publishing

ISBN9781925520378

 


A delightful and entertaining book for young readers. Ella's mum helps her to realise all the good things happening around in her in their backyard, centred but she hasn't really noticed the big tree yet.

 

On a windy day the tree loses some of it's leaves and Ella is convinced it means the tree is crying and she wonders why she hadn't noticed the big tree before. She takes  time to smell, listen, feel and look - that she discovers the tree in her backyard, as if for the very first time. Ella slows down and explores more to appreciate the world around her.

 

A good book to sit down and read with younger children and explore the lovely illustrations

 

 

Stripes in the Forest

The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine

by Aleesah Darlison

Illustrated by Shane McGrath

ISBN 9781925275711

 

 

A very moving story about the last Tasmanian tiger or wild thylacine that once mainland Australian and New Guinea and Tasmania, eventually confined Tasmania.

 

The story is told through the courageous mother thylacine about the past and  to protect them in the future, just as she protects her cubs from humans and other predators.

 

 An interesting way to teach children about protecting vulnerable species and respecting nature. Be aware it is also rather a sad story.

 

 

 

Being You is Enough and other important stuff

written and illustrated by Josh Langley

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925275827


Being different is OK, not all everyone is perfect, people do make mistakes and what's perfect anyway?

A fun illustrated book, divided into chapters, well or sections, to help children through school life with 11 essential life affirming messages.

Superpowers abound, it's good to listen, daydream, have awesome thoughts, learn to change how you think instead of getting angry, make yourself a better person.

A good addition for home or school library.

 

 

 

The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie

by Irina Goundortseva


Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN:  9781925275964

 

 

 

A mozzie (mosquito) sees all the beautiful butterflies and admires them from afar. She wants to join them but they don't want her to because she's not pretty like them.

 

Not willing to include the Mozzie with the A Sharp Snozzie in their group, the Mozzie becomes creative, but then finds out being a butterfly is not necessarily always so good!

 

Without wishing to spoil the story, let's just say the Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie saves the day and realises  that just being your natural self is best.

 

 

 

Tommy Bell - The Horse Thief

by Jane Smith

Published by
Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925520064

 

 

All is going well for Tommy, he is popular, but now there's a new kid at school and he wants Tommy to join his gang, turns out it's not such a good idea because his friend is  trouble.

 

That's until he meet the bushranger while on holiday with his family. Tommy finds himself in the middle of a horse robbery, police chase and even an escape from prison.  While they're on holiday, Tommy asks his mum about the local bushranger, she vaguely remembers him and  looks up more information about him using her phone. Tommy becomes quite interested and it pleases his mum that he wants to know more about it.

 

 

Tommy Bell - Bushranger Boy

by Jane Smith

Published by
Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925275940



A bit of an adventure awaits as Tommy Bell, he's been told that he is going to his grandparents who live on a farm for the school holidays. He thinks its punishment for his bad behaviour, but it is not that at all.

 

The boy who thinks that history is sooo boring (just as school was closing for the holidays he got his history test results -  2 out 10). When he finds a cave from an old bushranger he soon finds out that history is anything but boring. Before long he is back in the days of the gold rush and find meets the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt and then, what is adventurous at first, becomes..

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