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It happens every year, there are weeks of build-up and anticipation, to-do lists grow exponentially, there’s just so much on!

But it’s also wonderful.

So to get you started we have a bundle of books that would make amazing presents for any child. And who knows? Any one of these could be a new favourite!


  • Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow - Jessica Townsend

    It’s the book we’ve all been waiting for. Last year we were introduced to a very special but a very cursed girl named Morrigan Crow. Morrigan was not meant to live past midnight on Eventide… Now Morrigan has made it into Nevermoor and the mystical Wundrous Society she is sure that she's found a place to belong. But life is far from perfect. Can Morrigan prove that she deserves to be in the Society - or will an unexpected new enemy ruin her new life?

  • Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different - Ben Brooks

    Bjork, Dr Seuss, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Warhol, Ellen MacArthur, Greta Gerwig, Andrea Bocelli, Hua Mulan ... these are men and women who all dared to be different. This is the book for children who want to know about the lives of those heroes who have led the way, changing the world for the better as they go.

  • The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic - Cressida Cowell

    Now if you’re in the mood for a bit more magic: This was once the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who had been taught since birth to hate each other like poison. But now, the boy Wizard and girl Warrior have been brought together in the Badwoods and they have witnessed the shocking consequences of the Stone That Takes Away Magic. They will need to cast aside their differences once more - for an Evil Spell has broken free.

  • Wide Big World - Maxine Beneba Clarke

    Do you love gorgeous illustrated books? We have one for you. Wide Big World is a beautiful children's picture book about diversity from award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Isobel Knowles. Difference is everywhere, just look and see. This whole-wide-big-world is wondrous-unique.

  • Leaving the Lyrebird Forest - Gary Crew

    A beautiful story about friendship, change and our place in nature, from legendary Australian author Gary Crew. 'Are you lonely here?' her mother asked. 'Never,' Alice said. 'Not while I am friends with the lyrebird.'

  • Wisp - Zana Fraillon and Grahame Baker Smith

    A story of hope. Idris is a child refugee, born into a world of tents and fences. He has known no other life than this. He has no memories of the world outside. Then the Wisp arrives, floating in on the evening breeze. Everyone who holds it finds their memories reawakened, their hopes of freedom reborn.

  • The Night Before the Night Before Christmas - Kes Gray and Claire Powell

    'Twas the night before the night before Christmas (That's Christmas Eve Eve). And Santa was wiping his brow on his sleeve. Green elves were sewing, Blue elves were counting, Red elves were carving, The pressure was mounting! It's the day before Christmas Eve and Santa is ever so busy ... he's got presents to wrap, reindeer to wake and a sleigh to start. But has he forgotten something? And, more importantly, will he be ready in time?

Andrew Sinclair

Andrew Sinclair

Marketing and Publicity Coordinator in the colourful world of kids and YA books at Hachette Australia. I’m still trying to find a way to live inside picture book illustrations. I like robots (the ones that don’t decide human life is expendable), thinking about the outer solar system, rainy days at home, reading on the bus and cooked breakfasts with tea that is appropriately hot. Jessica Townsend once called me a scholar and a prince.

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