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By Tamzin Merchant Illustrated by Paola Escobar Reviewed by Sarah Custance Tamzin Merchant is a British actor best known for playing period roles. The Hatmakers is her first novel and the start of a series with the second book, The Mapmakers, due to

By Belinda Murrell Reviewed by Sarah Custance Belinda Murrell is a popular Australian author known for her many middle-grade time-slip novels such as The Ivory Rose, The Ruby Talisman, The Locket of Dreams, The Forgotten Pearl, and many more, as well as

By Inda Ahmad Zahri Illustrated by Anne Ryan Reviewed by Mia Macrossan In the last decade there have been many stories written for children about people suffering loss and  hardships as they flee their war torn country. Each journey is different and Salih's

Written and illustrated by Gregg Dreise Reviewed by Des Crump Gregg Dreise is a proud Kamilaroi and Euahlayi writer and illustrator who shares stories and culture through his colourful books. Younger readers have been engaged with his previous books on birds, e.g.,

By Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam Illustrated by Omar T. Pasha Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zahri This powerful and emotional verse novel inspired by the experience of co-writer Yusef Salaam of the ‘Exonerated 5.’ 16-year-old Amal Shahid is facing charges of assault, a

By Sonya Hartnett Illustrated by Gabriel Evans Reviewed by Barbara Braxton Each morning when she wakes up, the little girl doesn't want to go to school. There are so many reasons why.  She doesn't make friends as easily as you're supposed to; she

By Michael Wagner Illustrated by Heath McKenzie Reviewed by Margarite Igras. In this wildly imaginative story about sibling rivalry, I can see a mental subtitle on each page saying these activities are dangerous, do not do this. Regardless, little brother imagines that his bigger brother

By Sibeal Pounder Reviewed by Sarah Custance Sibeal Pounder is the award winning author of the Witch Wars series as well as the Bad Mermaids books. Her newest book, Tinsel, puts an imaginative twist to the classic ‘Santa Claus’ story by asking

By Eunice Day Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Eunice Day is an Aboriginal Elder from Blackwater. The Coloured Echidna  is one of the twelve new picture books for Queensland’s youngest readers published as part of First 5 Forever, an early literacy program  initiated

Written by Dimity Powell Illustrated by Siobhan McVey Reviewed by Zewlan Moor   Oswald Constantine Dorian Messweather is a young boy who hates his name because it is confusing and messy. He also hates other messy situations around the home, such as his father’s

Written by Robert Vescio  Illustrated by Mel Armstrong Reviewed by Sandy Driessens The cover of “Into the Wild”, is so engaging, it makes you want to soar with the blue bird, but also conveys the joy of the little person watching it

by Kathryn Apel Illustrated by Renee Treml Reviewed by Jillian Custance Here is another charming title  by Kathryn Apel,  who has published work, mostly in verse,  for children across age ranges.  Kathryn grew up on a Queensland grazing property giving her a unique

by Corrie Fenton Illustrated by Owen Swan Reviewed by Jillian Custance Corinne Fenton is the Australian author of over a dozen picture books. For One Lone Swallow she has once again teamed up with illustrator Owen Swan, after working together for the two

By Sue Lawson Illustrated by Liz Annelli Reviewed by Margarite Igras This gentle story explores the relationship of food and members of a busy community. Benedict Stanley lives with his cat Audrey Mae in Marvin Road. People who pass by his house are much

By Hilary Robinson and Mandy Stanley Reviewed by Mia Macrossan This bright, colourful, traditional rhyming counting book has the added bonus of all the characters doing yoga and an invitation to the reader to join in. Little children often have trouble sitting still

By Penny Harrison & Sharon Davey Reviewed by Mia Macrossan   Everyone loves their mum but sometimes you can’t help yourself looking at other people’s mums and comparing. In this story a little girl talks about all the wonderful ways in which her friend’s

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