Karen has selected the following new children’s books for you to check out in October and November, the Nyungar season of kambarang.
Her number one pick is a stunning graphic novel by ‘story catcher’, Trace Balla called Leaf-light.
You can reserve the books by clicking on the cover image of the item you would like to borrow.
So, check them out and get reading today!
PICTURE BOOK PICKS
How to Hatch a Dragon by Nick Bland
Bunny and Bird are best friends. As a gift, Bunny buys Bird a dragon’s egg. While the two friends wait for the egg to hatch, they learn that if the dragon is blue, it will make a great pet, but if it’s yellow, it will spell trouble! What I love about this picture book is that the pictures are telling a story all of their own. Bunny and Bird are oblivious to the fact that the egg has already hatched and of what is going on behind their backs. This makes for a very clever and funny story.
Gigantic by Rob Biddulph
Gigantic is the smallest blue whale in the whole pod. But while he might be small for a whale, he has a big heart. When his older brother, Titan, finds himself in trouble, Gigantic shows that sometimes you don’t have to be big to be mighty. With rhyming text, a heartwarming story of brotherly love and beautiful vibrant illustrations this picture book is a standout. I also like the friendship between Gigantic and Myrtle the turtle. Did you know that one of the new library mascots is a turtle named Myrtle?
A Unicorn, a Dinosaur and a Shark Walk Into a Book by Jonathan Fenske
According to the author, everyone loves books about unicorns, dinosaurs and sharks. So, by putting them all in a book together, he hopes to create the best book ever! But what happens to a book when its characters won’t play their parts? This is a funny and silly story that children will enjoy. The brightly coloured cartoon style illustrations are appealing, and the text is minimal. I like the bright yellow cover and the silly humour.
JUNIOR FICTION PICKS
The Bin Shed by Danny Katz
This is a brand-new title in the Little Lunch series. All the characters we know and love feature in three new stories of the antics and adventures that kids can get up to in the 15 minutes that is recess time, aka “Little Lunch”. At Little Lunch, Atticus made a mud cake in the long jump pit, Amba was a secret agent and almost everyone brought in exactly 100 items from home. What else can happen in 15 minutes? More funny illustrations and crazy adventures of Aussie school kids to enjoy.
The Broken Rainbow by Tasma Walton
This is the first title in a new Australian adventure series. Nerra is gifted with an old mysterious wooden box that has been handed down through the generations. When Nerra picks up some clapsticks found inside the box, she is transported back in time to the Dreaming, where she discovers that everything is out of balance. Can Nerra defeat a powerful foe and restore the broken rainbow? This is an engaging story, with a strong female protagonist, who has a strong connection to her traditional culture.
The Thunder Egg by Maddy Mara
This is an adventure-packed fantasy about three kids who are transported into a magical, dragon-filled land, called Imperia. Luca, Yazmine and Zane are tasked with returning one of three dragon’s eggs to its secret location. In order to return the egg, the kids must face off against the evil ruler of Imperia in a dangerous and perilous game. Friendship and teamwork will help the classmates as they try to save the realm. Will they succeed? This is the first book in the Dragon Games series.
GRAPHIC NOVEL PICKS
Leaf-light by Trace Balla
This book is SO incredibly AMAZING that I cannot recommend it enough! It is so visually engrossing that you will spend hours just poring over its exquisite and detailed illustrations. You will be glad you joined Miri on her quest to help a rescued baby emu. Along the way, Miri connects to Country and her community in joyful and unexpected ways. Loved it! You will too.
Ghost Book by Remy Lai
A haunting and spooky book about a girl who sees ghosts. July Chen pretends ghosts aren’t real because her dad insists they don’t exist. But during Hungry Ghost Month, July saves a boy ghost from being devoured, and he becomes her first ever friend. As the new friends embark on an adventure to return William to his body, they discover that for William to live, July must die. Intriguing and touching. A perfectly ghoulish read for Halloween.
Woe is for Worm! by Sean Avery
Friendly Bee wants to make friends with every bug and creepy crawly he meets, whether they like it or not! Thus, when he meets a miserable and pessimistic earthworm, he is determined to make a new friend. Can he convince the gloomiest creature alive to go to a dress-up party? I really like the humour, crazy antics and detailed graphic images in the Friendly Bee and Friends graphic novels. I also like the bright covers and ‘Get the facts with clever cricket’ sections. Did you know that dresses were first made for men, not women?