CBCA Short-listed Books 2016

The Children’s Book Council of Australia is a not for profit organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards for books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.

Over the coming weeks, I will post information about the books that made the CBC Shortlist this year .





Launching into chapter books?


Are you  ready for easy to read chapter books?

Here are some suggestions for you. These are mostly ‘series’ books,so if you enjoy a particular book ,there are others in the same series to read as well.

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Billie B Brown by Sally Rippin.

Hey Jack by Sally Rippin

Zac Power Test Drive Series by H.I.Larry

Katie Woo by Fran Manushken

Ella and Olivia by Yvette Poshoglian

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown.

EJ Spy School by Susannah McFarlane

Aussie Nibbles Series.

Solos Series

Gigglers Series

Supa Doopers series.

Pearlie series  by Wendy Harmer

Robert Irwin Dinosaur Hunter by Robert irwin, Lachlan Creagh & jack Wells

Ava Anne Appleton by Wendy Harmer


AND A BRAND NEW SERIES IN OUR LIBRARY……………………………………………………………..

LOLA’S TOY BOX    by Danny Parker.

When Lola is given an old toy box, she discovers it’s a magical passageway……………..to a world where toys come to life!




THE CLEO STORIES by Libby Gleeson

Meet Cleo, a little girl with a big imagination. Winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Award for Young Readers in 2015, the stories show how a little girl with a big imagination can always find ways to have fun.


Come and ask the library staff, we are always happy to help you select “good fit” books.

Introducing………Wesley Booth Super Sleuth by Adam Cece


“Hub Hill Primary School is in the grip of a crime wave. Wesley Booth is a Super Sleuth, which is like a detective only awesomer, and this is his biggest (and first) real case. It’s not easy when he has to deal with an arch enemy (new-girl-at-school Cassidy Strong), traitorous friends and incompetent assistants, prison warden parents, a delusional big brother, a client who wants to snap him in half like a stick, and over eighty-one million suspects. But he has to solve the case before his detective equipment gets confiscated and he is grounded forever.”

A new book by Adam Cece, suitable for ages 8-12 yrs……in our library now!

Battle Bugs by Jack Patton

Let the insect battles begin!

A new six-book series full of epic battles and creepy crawlie facts! After finding a strange old encyclopaedia of bugs, eight-year-old Max Darwin finds himself mysteriously shrunken and whisked away to tropical Bug Island. There, he learns that he can he talk to the incredible bugs and insects that populate the island and that they need his help. A rival island populated by reptiles is threatening to take over.

Can Max save the day, using his knowledge of all things insect?

Ages 7-10 years.

Latest in the Deltora Series….”Star of Deltora”

This is a fantasy series  written by Emily Rodda.  The series is set in the same universe as Deltora Quest, The Three Doors and Rowan of Rin.


Book 1 “Shadows of the Master”    Britta has always wanted to be a trader like her father, sailing the nine seas and bringing precious cargo home to Del harbour. Her dreams seemed safe until her fathers quest to find the fabled Staff of Tier ended in blood and horror. Now his shamed family is in hiding, and his ship, the Star of Deltora, belongs to the powerful Rosalyn fleet. But Brittas ambition burns as fiercely as ever.When she suddenly gets the chance to win back her future she knows she has to take it whatever the cost. She has no idea that shadows from a distant, haunted isle are watching her every move.

Book 2 Two Moons”   Britta is now aboard the Star of Deltora with her three rivals for the Trader Rosalyn Apprenticeship. Nothing can prepare Britta for the terror that awaits her in the perilous, forbidden swamplands of Two Moons.

Shadows of the Master : Star of Deltora : Book 1 - Emily RoddaTwo Moons : Star of Deltora : Book 2 - Emily RoddaTowers of Illica : Star of Deltora : Book 3 - Emily Rodda

We Have Book 1 “Shadows of the Master” and Book 2 “Two Moons” in the library now.

Book 3 “The Towers of Illica” will be out in April 2016 and Book 4 “The Hungry Isle” in September 2106.

For ages 10+

A New Series for Early Readers

We have four new books from the  Katie Woo Series by Fran Manushkin that have recently joined our library.

Katie Woo and Friends.

Katie Woo Rules the School

Katie Woo don’t be blue.

Katie Woo Celebrates.

Katie Woo is smart and funny………and good at getting into trouble!

These fun,light-hearted stories are great for early readers who are just wanting to venture into chapter books. 


Katie Woo and FriendsKatie Woo Rules the SchoolKatie Woo, Don't Be Blue



If you enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid…….you’ll love Big Nate.


The Big Nate series of books is based on the Big Nate comic strip by Lincoln Peirce. This series follows the small and sometimes large dramas of a sixth grader . Nate really doesn’t enjoy school and is very sarcastic but deep down he is a good kid. These books are very funny and are a great mix of comic strip illustrations and narrative so they are easy reads. There are many books in this series available in our library. The latest book which has only recently arrived is……………….

BIG NATE BLASTS OFF. (Book 8 in the series) . Suitable for ages approx 8-12 years.





A Great Book for young readers.


This is a great book for young readers from author Aaron Blabey called “The Bad Guys”.  Take a look at the clip below and if you like what you see……ask us at the Library Help Desk.

Do you remember “Pig the Pug” ( also by Aaron Blabey) ?  We have the sequels in the library now….”Pig the Fibber”and his latest, “Pig the Winner” . Come in and take a look.