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Children's Books: 2018 New Releases

As children there is a shared joy in reading with our parents. Reading aloud to young children is the beginning of fostering a lifelong love of books and reading. Whether it's beloved bedtime stories, activity books for busy hands or rhymes and riddles, your child will benefit from fostering listening and language development skills. Discover new release books for children from birth to five years.

A Monster in my House

Viking

A Monster in my House

A Monster in My House

A Monster in my House

There's a Monster in my Bedroom. Keep very, very still. Tell me you can see it. It's giving me a chill...

A charming, funny picture book from internationally acclaimed comedy duo The Umbilical Brothers, with gorgeous, rich illustrations by Berlin artist, Johan Potma.

Release: October 1, 2018

RRP: $24.99

Ho! Ho! Ho! There's A Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake

Viking

Ho! Ho! Ho! There's A Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake

Ho! Ho! Ho! There's A Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake

Ho! Ho! Ho! There's A Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake

'There’s a hippopotamus on our roof getting ready for Christmas. And he’s excited just like me!’

Share all the joy and fun of preparing for a family Christmas with your favourite characters from the best-selling picture book series, There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake.

Release: October 1, 2018

RRP: $19.99

BumbleBunnies

HarperCollins

BumbleBunnies

BumbleBunnies: Book 1 The Pond

BumbleBunnies

From one of Australia’s most respected and beloved author-illustrators, an absolute superstar in the picture book world, comes a fresh and fun adventure series for pre-school children about friendship, collaboration and problem-solving.  

Once upon a time, there were three little white rabbits who were ... Superheroes of the Garden. When disaster strikes, the BumbleBunnies are there, ready to solve the problem and to save the day.

Release: September 24, 2018

RRP: $16.99 

 

Ruby Red Shoes

HarperCollins

Ruby Red Shoes

Ruby Red Shoes Alphabet Book & Ruby Red Shoes Counting Book

Ruby Red Shoes

Ruby Red Shoes is back with a wonderful new pre-school concept book series that will inspire children to learn with everyone’s favourite hare.    

Alphabet Book
A is for angels
flying above and around.
Their softest of wings
make barely a sound.
Have fun learning the alphabet with Ruby Red Shoes -- everyone’s favourite hare!

Counting Book
One is for me. I’m one of a kind.
I’m separate from you and
I know my own mind.

Have fun learning how to count with Ruby Red Shoes -- everyone’s favourite hare!

Release: September 24, 2018

RRP: $14.99

 

Peppa Pig: At the Zoo

Ladybird

Peppa Pig: At the Zoo

Peppa Pig: At The Zoo

Peppa Pig: At the Zoo

A class trip to the zoo for Peppa and her friends. Join Peppa, George and all their friends on an exciting class trip to the zoo. Madame Gazelle and the zookeepers, Mr Lion, Mrs Crocodile and Mr Giraffe, introduce the children to the fun of feeding time in this funny, chunky lift-the-flap book.

Release: July 2, 2018

RRP: $14.99

Peppa Pig: Peppa's Magical Unicorn

Ladybird

Peppa Pig: Peppa's Magical Unicorn

Peppa Pig: Peppa's Magical Unicorn

Peppa Pig: Peppa's Magical Unicorn

Daddy Pig makes all Peppa's dreams come true when he makes her a real (toy) magical unicorn. Join Peppa and her best friend Suzy Sheep for a sleepover in this picture book. Daddy Pig hears them talking about how much they would LOVE a real magical unicorn to play with, and secretly gets to work. When they wake up in the morning, Horsey Twinkle Toes has undergone an incredible, and very sparkly, transformation.

Release: July 2, 2018

RRP: $14.99

Spot's Tractor

Puffin

Spot's Tractor

Spot's Tractor

Spot's Tractor

Spot is having a great day out on the farm, riding in the tractor and helping out with lots of jobs. But when Spot comes across a lost lamb, will he be able to save the day and find its mother. This entertaining story, featuring the much-loved Spot, is a perfect introduction to the fun of the farm. And the tractor-shaped board with moving wheels means its fun to read and to play with.

Release: July 2, 2018

RRP: $16.99

Charlie

Picture Puffin

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

A gorgeous picture book about fitting in and standing out. Charlie the lion would much rather eat cake than people. But wherever he goes, people are afraid of him. What he needs is a clever disguise. From Ronojoy Ghosh, the illustrator of I’m Australian Too and author of the CBCA shortlisted Ollie and the Wind, comes this humorous and gentle tale about fitting in and standing out.

Release: July 2, 2018

RRP: $24.99

Colin The Chameleon

Starfish Bay

Colin The Chameleon

Colin the Chameleon

Colin The Chameleon

At first, Colin is dismayed by his differences—but eventually he learns just how valuable his quirks can be. Colin the Chameleon tells the story of a chameleon who, unlike his siblings, cannot change color, and therefore faces certain dangers. Eventually, Colin finds that it his very difference that makes himself special and helps keep his family safe from a greater threat.

Release: July 1, 2018

RRP: $24.99

If I Were Prime Minister

HarperCollins

If I Were Prime Minister

If I Were Prime Minister

If I Were Prime Minister

The Prime Minister's job is to make our country as good as it can be. But every Prime Minister Australia has ever had has been a grown-up.What if the grown-ups weren't in charge? What would kids do if they ran the country? We could have submarines to scoop garbage out of the sea, or teach koalas how to do karate, and hang giant rainbows in the sky to make everyone happy. What would YOU do if you were Prime Minster?

Release: June 18, 2018

RRP: $24.99

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

HarperCollins

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Share in fifty years of magic. The classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary teatime guest is loved by millions of children and was first published fifty years ago. Now available in a new, cased board book format. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger. First published in 1968 and never out of print, it has become a timeless classic enjoyed and beloved by generations of children.

Release: June 18, 2018

RRP: $14.99

Sebastian and the Special Stack of Stories

HarperCollins

Sebastian and the Special Stack of Stories

Sebastian and the Special Stack of Stories

Sebastian and the Special Stack of Stories

Storytime is always special, but even more so when Mum is reading the stack of stories that Sebastian has collected. Where can you find the best spot to hear a story when you're the smallest and the slowest one in a big family? Sebastian knows. From newcomer Kelly Hibbert and award-winning illustrator Sue deGennaro comes a great book that celebrates the joy of reading and family. 

Release: June 18, 2018

RRP: $24.99

Puffin

There's a Dragon In Your Book

Oh look, there's an egg in your book! But this isn't any old egg - there's a dragon in it . . . And pretty soon she has set your book on fire, oh no! Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott have created a fantastically interactive sequel
to their bestselling There's a Monster in Your Book. Children will love stroking, poking and flapping the book to make magic happen as they turn the pages.Can they help Little Dragon find a way to stop the fire and fly off on her own adventure?

Release: June 18, 2018

RRP: $24.99

Puffin

Roald Dahl’s Opposites

A first book of opposites from the world of Roald Dahl - with big flaps for little hands!Day and Night, Big and Small, Hungry and Full - learn your opposites in this funny and clever book, starring the Enormous Crocodile. With lots of flaps, this sturdy board book is perfect for little hands!

Release: June 18, 2018

RRP: $12.99

Puffin

Roald Dahl’s 1 2 3

Starring the Enormous Crocodile, this is a counting book with bite! Count from 1 to 10 with the Enormous Crocodile in this first Roald Dahl board book, with one big flap and an enormous surprise - perfect for little hands!

Release: June 18, 2018

RRP: $12.99

I Am An Artist

Starfish Bay

I Am An Artist

I Am An Artist

I Am An Artist

A beautiful hand-crafted picture book that will inspire and encourage children to create art using everyday objects from the natural environment. Who needs paint, paintbrushes and paper to create art? This story follows an anywhere artist, a creative little girl’s artistic adventures as she makes art anywhere and with anything. Watch as she creates vivid creatures in the forest, at the beach, after the rain and in the sky. Through this visual treat, children will be inspired to make art out of anything because sometimes imagination is the best tool.

Release: June 1, 2018

RRP: $24.99

Seed Magic

Starfish Bay

Seed Magic

Seed Magic

Seed Magic

A beautifully illustrated story that explores how the tiniest creatures prepare for chilly months.As he gathers food for the winter, Anxious Ant disturbs the garden peace. But Little Spider has a better idea—Seed Magic! She shows Anxious Ant how to grow a giant spring feast, so he won’t need to work so hard next year. Seen through the eyes of the creatures preparing for winter, this kind-hearted tale of coping with the seasons, with its engaging language, will take you on a fascinating journey into the miniature natural world.

Release: June 1, 2018

RRP: $24.99

Paddington at St Paul's

HarperCollins

Paddington at St Paul's

Paddington at St Paul's

Paddington at St Paul's

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Paddington, the much-loved bear from Darkest Peru, with this brand new classic picture book. Paddington is now a major movie star! For six decades, stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world. When Mr Gruber takes Paddington on a special outing to St Paul’s Cathedral, there is one surprise after another. But the biggest of all comes when Paddington is mistaken for a choir bear and suddenly finds himself joining the choir for a most unusual rehearsal!

Release: May 21, 2018

RRP: $24.99

Puffin

Spot Goes to the Swimming Pool

Have fun with Spot and discover new experiences together.Spot is going to the swimming pool with Mum and his smart new rubber ring. At first he feels a little nervous, but with a bit of support from Mum and friends soon Spot is splashing about and having a whale of a time!

Release: April 30, 2018

RRP: $12.99

Random House Australia

Blast Off!

Rocket through the solar system in this funny, fact-filled whirl around the planets. Join two junior astronauts as they discover what makes each planet unique and what might happen if you were to get too close. 'You couldn't land on Mercury - the heat would burn your bum!' Written in rollicking verse and beautifully illustrated, Blast Off! is an enticing mix of narrative and information. The story is perfectly pitched for preschool and early primary school children who are brimming with curiosity about the world around them, while bonus fact pages add a little extra depth for children (and adults) who want to know more.

Release: April 30, 2018

RRP: $19.99

Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar

Puffin

Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar

Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar

Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold over 44 million copies worldwide, in over 60 languages. In this brand new lift-the-flap story, it's evening and everyone is going to sleep - children can lift-the-flap on each page to discover which animal is settling down for the night. Who's that hiding on the very last page? Could it be everyone's favourite caterpillar . . . ? A fun, interactive way to learn about different animals and where they settle down to sleep. The perfect bedtime read.

Release: April 2, 2018

RRP: $16.99

DK

Play With Art

With more than 50 fun art projects, this activity book is the perfect starting point for little ones who love painting, drawing, and messy fun. Children from ages 4 and up will love getting to grips with the basics of painting, print making, stencils, drawing, paper crafting, model making, and more. Every material has 7 different art projects to try, including making a stained glass window, drawing a map, and even origami animals which will keep kids busy for hours. Feed your child's imagination and encourage creative - and messy - play. 

Release: March 19, 2018

RRP: $29.99

100 First Animals

DK

100 First Animals

100 First Animals

100 First Animals

A first animal picture book for babies and toddlers. Build little ones' vocabulary with 100 important animals, all with bold photographs and beautiful illustrations. Bright and colourful themed pages cover pets, farm animals, big beasts, cute baby animals, and animal colours and patterns. 100 First Animals is a large board book with a padded cover and makes an ideal first gift for babies.

Release: March 19, 2018

RRP: $16.99

Wait

ABC Books

Wait

Wait! (Books That Drive Kids Crazy, Book 4)

Wait

'Wait! Just wait!' You find yourself saying this all the time, right? Well, we're sorry to say, but you're gonna hate this book! This book is going to make you wait too. Once you and the kids start reading it, you can't do anything else until it's finished. You'll just have to ... wait. And the kids will love it!

Release: March 19, 2018

RRP: $19.99

Peppa Pig: Peppa Throws a Boomerang

Ladybird

Peppa Pig: Peppa Throws a Boomerang

Peppa Throws a Boomerang

Peppa Pig: Peppa Throws a Boomerang

Peppa and her family are on holiday in Australia, staying with Kylie Kangaroo. When it's time for them to return home, Kylie gives Peppa a present to remember her trip, but what is this funny stick? It's a boomerang! Kylie teaches Peppa how to throw it, but the neighbours are not enjoying their new game!

Release: February 26, 2018

RRP: $9.99

Peter Rabbit

Puffin

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit

A story based on the major new movie, Peter Rabbit, hopping into cinemas in Spring 2018. Peter Rabbit is always breaking into Old Mr McGregor's garden and stealing his vegetables. And it's always getting him into trouble! But everything is about to change . . . Will Peter finally be able to take control of the vegetable patch, or will someone stand in his way?  Relive all the best moments of the movie in this action-packed chapter book.

Release: February 26, 2018

RRP: $12.99

Baby’s First Words

DK

Baby’s First Words

Baby's First Words

Baby’s First Words

With beautiful, clear pictures that have an eye-catching, raised effect and lots of bright colours, this baby book will help your little one learn first words and recognise familiar, real-life objects. This bright, bold baby book will fulfil your baby's thirst for discovering the world around them. Age Range: 0-5
 

Release: February 12, 2018

Thomas and Friends Character Encyclopedia

DK

Thomas and Friends Character Encyclopedia

Thomas and Friends Character Encyclopedia

Thomas and Friends Character Encyclopedia

Learn all about Thomas the Tank Engine, Harold the Helicopter, Sir Topham Hatt and all the other steam engines, diesels, vehicles and characters from Sodor. Thomas and Friends Character Encyclopedia includes a train toy and is packed with fun facts and details about each popular character as well as information about the real trains and vehicles. 
 

Release: January 29, 2018

Penguin

Love From Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit is a beloved children's book character from English literature. This gorgeous book with its charming illustrations and heart-warming rhyme will touch the heart of the one you love. Read it aloud and share a special family moment.

Release: January 29, 2018

RRP: $12.99

LEGO City: Busy Word Book

DK

LEGO City: Busy Word Book

LEGO® City: Busy Word Book

LEGO City: Busy Word Book

More than 500 words about vehicles, buildings, jobs and people label colourful LEGO® scenes and minifigures to help kids learn the building blocks of language. LEGO City© is a place for early readers to encounter lots of exciting words for the first time. There's always something happening, whether it's police officers catching crooks, firefighters training at the fire station or hotdog sellers cooking up tasty snacks! Interactive activities such as spotting recurring characters and finding hidden objects keep children engaged and encourage repeat reading.

Release: January 2, 2018

Is it warm enough for ice cream?

DK

Is it warm enough for ice cream?

Is it warm enough for ice cream?

Is it warm enough for ice cream?

Journey through Autumn and Winter to Spring and Summer, but when is warm enough for ice cream? Little ones can discover the seasons and the changes that occur in Is It Warm Enough for Ice Cream?, a charming introduction to the different weather, temperatures and both plant and animal life. From building a snowman in Winter and baby animals being born in Spring, children will love discovering nature right up to the Summer when it is finally warm enough to eat ice cream. Take a journey through the seasons and look out for the summer sun to discover when Is it Warm Enough for Ice Cream?

Release: January 2, 2018