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By Stephanie Owen Reeder Illustrated by Briony Stewart Reviewed by Margarite Igras Stephanie Owen Reeder  has spent many childhood hours on Bondi Beach and  has transformed her experiences into a true story about the dangers of the surf as well providing  an introduction

by Karen Swann Reviewed by Jillian Custance This is the first picture book written by UK author Karen Swann.  Padmacandra, a Scottish author and illustrator of a number of books has provided the beautiful illustrations for this story. The poetic style of this

By Coral Vass Illustrated by Christina Huynh Reviewed by Margarite Igras Coral Vass is an award-winning Australian children’s author who wanted to write a book about walking in someone else’s shoes. Together with the illustrator Christina Huynh, they have created a beautiful, simple

By Katrina Germein Illustrated  Helene Magisson Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Katrina writes picture books about family life in Australia and Helene is a French artist now living in Brisbane. She recently wrote and illustrated a book about a puppet Claudette. In Before You Were

By Jackie French & Bruce Whatley Reviewed by Melissa Salisbury Picture book royalty – Jackie French and Bruce Whatley – have united again to create a timely story simply titled Pandemic. It tells a story based on the arrival of Spanish flu in

By Roger Hargreaves Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Did you know this has been around for 50 years?  It was the first Mr Men book and now there  is a handsome gold anniversary edition out now which includes the story of how it

By Jo Kasch Illustrated by Jonathan Bentley Reviewed by Barbara Braxton Mo lives in a little house high on a hill, protected by a thick stone wall that is stronger than both the wind and the rain.  It keep out everything that Mo

Written by Wenda Shurety Illustrated by Andrea Stegmaier Reviewed by Zewlan Moor  Jake starts off in a place many of us are familiar with at this COVID moment. He lives in Grey Street. ‘Glum, gloomy, Grey Street.’ But he fantasizes about being anywhere

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 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 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 Corinne 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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