The Feather by Margaret Wild (ill) Freya Blackwood
When a great feather drifts from the leaden sky, two children recognise its extraordinariness and take it to the village for protection. The villagers, however, want to encase it, upon which the feather loses its radiance. The children take it home and care for it through the night. In the morning it is again radiant, and when they set it free it leaves behind the first signs of blue sky and colour. Riffing on Emily Dickinson’s line, ‘Hope is the think with feathers that perches in the soul’, Margaret Wild’s new book offers an ambiguous ending that invites multiple interpretations about the effects of selflessness and kindness. ($17, PB)
Tiger by Jan Jutte
When Josephine returns to town after a walk in the woods, a tiger strolls along with her—and she decides to take him home. And after their initial fright, the whole town that becomes very fond of Tiger. But however much they all love him, Tiger must return to the place where he belongs. And Josephine will take him there. Three-time winner of the Golden Brush Award [best illustrator], Jan Jutte’s pictures are radiant with Tiger & Josephine’s mutual affection. ($20, HB)
Me and My Boots by Penny Harrison (ill) Evie Barrow ($20, HB)
This is the first book staring Bronte, a fun-loving character who inadvertently challenges gender stereotypes through her everyday adventures. In this tale Penny Harrison, who grew up on a farm in central-western NSW, introduces Bronte’s family & friends, and Bronte who resoundingly rejects the label bossy boots—offering up alternative ways to describe assertive girls like herself.
Coming Home To Country by Bronwyn Bancroft
Run to the creek, perch on a rock, slip into clear crystal water. A visual and lyrical depiction of coming home to country by Bronwyn Bancroft, a proud Bundjalung Woman and Artist who has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over three decades. ($25, HB)
FICTION 8 & Under
The Besties Show and Smell; The Besties to the Rescue by Felice Arena ($10, PB) From the author and illustrator of the popular Sporty Kids books comes an exciting new beginner-reader series featuring Oliver & Ruby who have been besties forever. In To the Rescue they save a baby bird from Cutie Pie, the cat next door. In Show & Smell Ruby’s much looked forward to show & tell at school takes a whiffy turn.
Series: Evie and Pog by Tania McCartney
High in a treehouse live two very best friends. One is a six year old girl and one is a pug pup. And everyone knows them as Evie and Pog. So far there’s 2 volumes: Puppy Playtime! and Take Off!, with Party Perfect! to come in April. With 3 adventures per book and lotsof silly pictures your early reader is sure to become an Evie & Pog fan. ($13, PB)
Danny Best #4: Watch This! by Jen Storer ($18, PB)
This is the fourth hilarious book about a legend named Danny Best. A collection of Awesome new stories including: The boy with the musical bum, rampaging dead dinosaurs, freaked-out ninjas in outer space and so much more!
Tiger Heart by Penny Chrimes ($16, PB) This is the magical tale of a bold young chimney sweep & a remarkable tiger, a hypnotic ruby & a mystical land found across an ocean, through a storm. Fly never meant to end up in a cage with a man-eating tiger. And though she’s sure she’s no princess, when the tiger addresses her as ‘your majesty’, she can’t help but vow to free him & return him home. But the bird-filled jungles & cloud-topped mountains of the tiger’s homeland are an ocean away. And not everyone wants the tiger—or Fly—to get there alive. Will Fly be able to fulfil her promise & become the queen her tiger knows her to be?
H is for Happiness by Barry Jonsberg ($17, PB)
This isn’t just about me. It’s also about my mother, my father, my dead sister Sky, my pen pal Denille, Rich Uncle Brian, Earth-Pig Fish & Douglas Benson From Another Dimension. These are people (with the exception of Earth-Pig Fish, who is a fish) who have shaped me, made me what I am. I cannot recount my life without recounting elements of theirs. This is a big task, but I am confident I am up to it. Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little—odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to ‘fix’ all the problems of all the people (and pets) in her life. A laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully touching book.
Thirteen Secrets by Michelle Harrison In the finale to the 13 Treasures trilogy, Red is now living at Elvesden Manor under her real name, Rowan, and trying to put her terrible adventures behind her. But staying out of trouble isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Haunted by awful dreams of Hedgewitch’s cottage—and of Eldritch, who swore revenge when she left him there to die—Red fears the fairy realm is about to draw her back in. Will she make it back, this time? Or will dark forces finally claim her? ($17, PB)
Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly
Life is hard on the island of Sanlagita. To the west looms a vengeful mountain that threatens to collapse and bury the village at any moment. To the north, a dangerous fog swallows sailors who dare to venture out, looking for a more hospitable land. The women live in fear of the deadly mender’s disease, spread by the sharp needles they use to repair the men’s fishing nets. When Lalani Sarita’s mother pricks her finger and falls ill, she gives twelve year-old Lalani an impossible task—leave Sanlagita and find the riches of the legendary Mount Isa, which towers on an island to the north. Inspired by Filipino folklore Newbery Medal winner (for Hello, Universe) Erin Entrada Kelly’s new novel is about bravery, self-reliance and the choice between accepting fate or forging your own path. ($15, PB)
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 lessons on how to wake up, take action & do the work by Tiffany Jewell Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation. Biracial writer and Montessori educator Tiffany Jewell offers 20 chaptes that build on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. Her book aims at the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life, the kid who has lost themself at times trying to fit into the dominant culture, the children who have been harmed (physically & emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn’t stand up for themselves & also for their families, teachers & administrators. With this book, be empowered to actively defy racism to create a community (large and small) that truly honours everyone. ($17, PB)
I Heart the World by Tania McCartney
Ready for a global adventure? Pack your passport and a sense of wonder as you travel our amazing world through the gorgeous pages of this book! Australian author, illustrator and editor Tania McCartney is your ticket to the breathtaking flora, fauna, people, sights and eye-popping wonders of our land, sea and sky. Make sure to pack your passport when you explore our amazing world through the pages of this book! ($30, HB)
Earth Heroes: Twenty Inspiring Stories of People Saving Our World
Here are 20 inspirational stories to counter the sense of hopeless helplessness in the face of Climate Change. From Greta Thunberg & David Attenborough to Yin Yuzhen & Isatou Ceesay, each tale is a beacon of hope in the fight for the future of our planet, proving that one person, no matter how small, can make a difference. Featuring Amelia Telford, Andrew Turton & Pete Ceglinski, Bittu Sahgal, Chewang Norphel, David Attenborough, Doug Smith, Ellen MacArthur, Greta Thunberg, Isabel Soares, Isatou Ceesay, Marina Silva, Melati & Isabel Wijsen, Mohammed Rezwan, Renee King-Sonnen, Rok Rozman, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Stella McCartney, William Kamkwamba, Yin Yuzhen & Yvon Chouinard. With illustrations by Jackie Lay. ($20, HB)
The Conference of the Birds: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children 5 by Ransom Riggs ($25, PB)
With his dying words, H—Jacob’s final connection to his grandfather Abe’s secret life—entrusts Jacob with a mission: deliver newly contacted ‘peculiar’ Noor Pradesh to an operative known only as V. Noor is being hunted. She is the subject of an ancient prophecy, one that foretells a looming apocalypse. Save Noor, save the future of all ‘peculiardom’. With enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into this newest instalment of Ransom Rigg’s Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.
The Toll by Neal Shusterman ($17, PB) In the explosive conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Arc of a Scythe series, it’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.