Red White and Whole
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Rajani La Rocca, Red, White and Whole, HarperCollins Publishers, March 2024, 224 pp., RRP $19.99 (pbk), ISBN 9780063047433 Red, White and Whole is a verse, multi-award winning novel including a Newbery Honor and the Walter Dean Myers Award in 2022. The title refers to the red and white blood cells that are central to the story. Rajani La Rocca is an Indian American doctor, who is also a novelist, writing particularly for middle to upper primary readers. Reha, the main character and narrator of the book, is also an Indian American girl who is struggling to reconcile the two worlds and two ..read more
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Our Flag, Our Story: The Torres Strait Islander Flag
The Children’s Book Council of Australia
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19h ago
Bernard Namok Jnr and Thomas Mayo (text) and Tori-Jay Mordey (illustrator), Our Flag, Our Story: The Torres Strait Islander Flag, Magabala Books, May 2024, 32 pp., RRP $27.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781761381010 Our Flag, Our Story: The Torres Strait Islander Flag is co-written by two authors, but narrated by Bernard Namok Jnr, whose father designed the flag. Whilst explaining the symbols and history of the Torres Strait Islander flag, this book also celebrates its people and customs, their differences and connections, raising the profile of these Australians. This is a highly accessible text. The writin ..read more
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These Little Feet
The Children’s Book Council of Australia
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2d ago
Hayley Rawsthorne (text) and Briony Stewart (illustrator), These Little Feet, Allen & Unwin, October 2023, 24 pp., RRP $19.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781761069017 A good book for children welcoming a new baby in their family. There is no real story per se, simply a series of delightful illustrations with minimum text celebrating various babies’ little feet, hands, eyes, ears and mouths, followed by further vignettes showing how they will use them as they grow up. One of the babies is pictured wearing a breathing aid with his smiling mother nursing him beside a hospital bed and again at home, a valua ..read more
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Square Me, Round World
The Children’s Book Council of Australia
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2d ago
Chelsea Luker (text), and Eliza Fricker (illustrator), Square Me, Round World, Lightning Source Inc, Mar 2024, 106 pp., RRP $29.99 (hbk), ISBN 9780648605515 Stories of growing up in a world not built for you. How I rejoiced when this book came across my desk! I have spent many, many hours scouring the internet searching for a book that would perfectly detail what it is like for neurodiverse children to navigate this tricky world that is just not built for them. How to encourage a neurodiverse kid to persevere in a world that makes no sense, in a world that makes them feel so different? How to ..read more
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Big, Big Love
The Children’s Book Council of Australia
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3d ago
 Lisa Fuller (text), and Samantha Campbell (illustrator), big, big love, Magabala Books, April 2024, 32 pp., RRP $27.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781921248962 What could be closer to a parent’s heart than their love for their kids? So how to express that love through language to a very young child? A picture book can be a good starting point for discussion between parent and child: Love can be as large as a whale or giraffe, as fierce as a lion or as gentle as a calf. Using natural world analogies, the author emphasizes its all-pervasiveness; something that can’t be measured or quantified. Dagoman ar ..read more
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Creatures of Camouflage and Mimicry (How We Came to Be)
The Children’s Book Council of Australia
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4d ago
Sami Bayly, Creatures of Camouflage and Mimicry (How We Came to Be: Amazing Animal Stories), Lothian Children’s Books, 32 pp., September 2023, RRP $19.99 (hbk), ISBN 9780734421371 Creatures of Camouflage and Mimicry by Sami Bayly is a stunning picture book that showcases the remarkable strategies animals use to hide and survive. With its engaging text and vibrant illustrations, this book is perfect for curious kids who love animals and nature. The second book in the How We Came to Be series, Creatures of Camouflage and Mimicry was a CBCA Eve Pownall Award notable in 2024. The book is divided ..read more
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Eww Gross: Foul Facts and Putrid Pictures
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1w ago
Dan Marshall, Eww Gross: Foul Facts and Putrid Pictures, Pantera Press, 280 pp., RRP $29.99 (hbk), October 2023, ISBN 9780645624564 Eww Gross: Foul Facts and Putrid Pictures is exactly what is sounds like, a book about really gross stuff! Divided into five sections, Earth, Space, Science, Humans and Animals, it’s full of facts, statistics, graphic illustrations and hands-on activities that explain scientific concepts in an engaging and accessible way. A ‘grossometer’ scores topics from least disgusting (i.e. your pee glows under UV light, slime can navigate a maze) to most revolting (i.e. par ..read more
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The Real Cowgirl
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1w ago
Isabelle Duff (text) and Susannah Crispe (illustrator), The Real Cowgirl, EK Books, June 2023, 32 pp., $24.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781922539687 Sal wants to be a cowgirl. While out riding her pony on the family farm she feels brave and strong. But, in contrast to her confidence in horse riding, she is lonely and nervous at school. How can Sal develop the same self-confidence about school? With careful choice of words, author, Isabelle Duff, tells a heartwarming and hopeful picture book story, narrated by Sal’s caring pony who recognises her strengths and is concerned about her school anxiety. This is ..read more
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Bidhi Galing (Big Rain)
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1w ago
HEISS, Anita (text) and Samantha Campbell (illustrator), Bidhi Galing, Simon & Schuster Australia, June 2023, 32 pp., RRP $24.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781761105258 In the 1850s, Wagadhaany lived with her family close to the Marrambidya Bila (Murrumbidgee River) near Gundagai. Her father had always warned her that the river can be dangerous when the rains come. Wagadhaany goes to work for a white family, cooking and cleaning, all the while desperately missing her family. Although they were warned, this family refuses to move to higher ground when the river floods in what became known as the 1852 Gr ..read more
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Scout and the Rescue Dogs
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1w ago
Dianne Wolfer (text) and Tony Flowers (illustrator), Scout and The Rescue Dogs, Walker Books, June 2023, 224 pp., RRP $17.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781760655860 Set against the backdrop of the bushfires of 2019-2020, Dianne Wolfer has created a riveting but warm-hearted story of one girl’s journey with her dad in his big rig, as they find their place in the world after the loss of her mum. The story begins as Scout counts down the last day of the year at her boarding school. Her mission these holidays is to convince her dad to let her leave the school, so she can return to her old school. But this summ ..read more
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