Christmas Gift Guide: Picture Book Perfection

If you’re still on the hunt for festive gifts, a picture book might well make the perfect present. Our shelves are bursting with beautifully designed titles to suit a range of ages and interests – here are some favourites from our Summer Reading Guide!

Numerical Street by Hilary Bell & Antonia Pesenti ($24.99)


The talented team behind the popular Alphabetical Sydney are back, and their latest bright and colourful volume takes young readers on a trip along Numerical Street. Guided by fun rhyming text, they’ll discover a numerical treat on every page!

ABC Dreaming by Warren Brim (17.95)


This stunning ABC book by Queensland artist Warren Brim introduces children to the alphabet and the unique beauty of Indigenous art through vibrant illustrations of Australian animals.

The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubac and Sarah Ardizzone ($29.99)


The adorable story of an unlikely friendship. When a dungarees-wearing lion and a bird with a broken wing meet one autumn day, they soon find themselves swapping stories in front of the fireplace and going on sleigh rides together – until spring brings the arrival of other birds …

Footpath Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith ($24.95)


A gorgeous tale about gift-giving, this wordless picture book tells the story of a little girl who collects wild flowers. Each one she gathers becomes a gift for a person or animal – and in every case, the gift recipients are transformed by their encounter.

My Dog Bigsy by Alison Lester (special price: $19.99)


A fun story about a little dog who causes a big commotion on the farm! A cute and engaging story from one of Australia’s favourite picture book authors, this is a great choice for toddlers and young animal lovers.



Christmas Gift Guide: Marvellous Middle Readers

Stuck in the middle? Well, the good news is you’ll have plenty to read while you’re there. This edition of our online Christmas Gift Guide is all about marvellous middle readers from eight to 13 years. We’ve picked some of our favourite titles from the Summer Reading Guide and listed them below. If you’d like even more to choose from, check out our shiny new website or pop in-store and browse our middle reader book tree!

The River and the Book by Alison Croggon ($16.95)


This imaginative magical realist tale explores the dark consequences of colonial invasion. In Simbala’s village, the people have two treasures: the River and the Book. But when big corporations begin poisoning the river, the villagers’ lives will be changed forever.

Monstrum House Bind-up by Z Fraillon (now just $9.95!)


Jasper McPhee has been expelled from school so many times that he’s down to his last chance – but the Monstrum House School for Troubled Children is no ordinary place of education. In fact, it trains kids to be monster hunters – and there are all sorts of monstrous surprises in store.

300 Minutes of Danger by Jack Heath ($9.99)


This gripping thriller will have young readers on the edge of their seats! This book tells the dramatic tales of 10 kids in dangerous situations, from being trapped in falling planes to being covered in radioactive waste. They’ve all got just 30 minutes to escape – how will they do it?

The Cat with the Coloured Tail by Gillian Mears, illustrated by Dinalie Dabarera ($19.95)


Mr Hooper owns an ice cream truck that looks like a full moon, and together with his companion, a cat with a coloured tail, they create ice creams to suit every mood – and they’re especially good at cheering up the sad. A charming fable about hope, friendship and kindness.

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels ($19.99)


As her name suggests, Miss Petitfour is excellent at baking and eating tiny, pretty cakes, and she loves flying through the air with a few of her favourite cats trailing along behind her. Follow five of her whimsical adventures in this beautiful illustrated volume.