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In Episode 9 of Cover to Cover, two guests join Meri to discuss their favourite WA children's books of 2015.  The six titles they discuss and many other great books are listed below.

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Picture Books

Harold and Grace

Harold & Grace, Sean E. Avery  (Fremantle Press, $24.99)
A heart-warming story about the metamorphosis of friendship between Harold, the tadpole, and Grace, the caterpillar.



The Jungle Bully

The Jungle Bully, Jasmine Berry (R.I.C Productions, $29.95)
A story that deals with the subject of bullying and friendship when a small monkey runs away after being bullied by other monkeys in his community.



abc dreaming

ABC Dreaming, Warren Brim (Magabala Books, $17.95)
A vibrant introduction to the alphabet, beauty of Indigenous art and to the array of creatures in the rainforest for young children.




My Dead Bunny

My Dead Bunny, Sigi Cohen, illust. James Foley (Walker Books, $19.95)
A hilarious, rhyming tale about a zombie bunny who comes back to visit his owner. Suitable for age 8+.

(Discussed on Cover to Cover Ep 9)

Hush Little Possum

Hush, Little Possum (with CD), P Crumble, illust. Wendy Binks (Scholastic Australia, $19.95)
A delightful story about Mama possum who hurries to find somewhere safe for her baby. Accompanied by a CD performance by Indigenous entertainer Deborah Mailman.

 Kookoo Kookaburra Kookoo Kookaburra, Gregg Dreise (Magabala Books, $24.95)
  A heart-warming morality tale about kindness set within the cultural 
  context of the Dreamtime.

The Mice and the ShoemakerThe Mice and the Shoemaker, Gabriel Evans (Five Mile Press, $29.95)
 A retold traditional Christmas tale which explores the idea of giving   
 when the Woodlands Whiskers move in under the floorboards of the 



 fish jamFish Jam, Kylie Howarth (Five Mile Press, $19.95)
Dive on in to see if this jazzy sea-minor will ever find a place to play without being shoo, shoo, shooed away.


 can a skeleton have an xrayCan a Skeleton have an X-Ray?, Kyle Hughes-Odgers (Fremantle Press, $24.99)
Enjoy this artist’s unique take on the many extraordinary and unexplainable questions about life. From the practical to the philosophical, this book is guaranteed to fire young imaginations.

 (Discussed on Cover to Cover Ep 9)

 caterpillar & butterflyCaterpillar & Butterfly, Ambelin Kwaymullina (App from Google Play & App Stores/ via $2.49)
There was once a caterpillar who lived all alone in fear. After hiding herself away, she finally discovers the inner strength that she needs to truly live.


 we all sleepWe All Sleep, Ezekiel Kwaymullina, illust. Sally Morgan (Fremantle Press, $24.99)
A story that takes readers on a journey through a day of celebrating the interconnectedness of people and animals in lyrical language and sumptuous colour.


 a is for australiaA is for Australia, Frane Lessac (Walker Books, $24.95)
Discover why Australia is one of the most amazing countries in the world in this ‘factastic’ tour of Australia from A to Z. 



 bush surprisesBush Surprises: Rhyming Fun for Young Readers, Frances Maber, illust. Jennifer & Alexander Hills (Self-publisher, $25)
A story that takes teachers and children for a walk through the bush, sharing ideas and information about flora and fauna.

 the toast treeThe Toast Tree, Corina Martin, illust. Fern Martins (Magabala Books, $17.95)
A story about family and the search for magic through the power of a child’s imagination.



 dans grandpaDan's Grandpa, Sally Morgan, illust. Bronwyn Bancroft (Fremantle Press, $14.99)
A gentle story about Dan and his Grandpa’s special friendship that explores death, mourning and the very special role of Grandparents.


 perfectPerfect, Danny Parker, illust. Freya Blackwood (Hardie Grant, $24.95)
A whimsical book that tells the story of three children and how they spend a perfect day.




 the great wondrous storytellerThe Great and Wondrous Storyteller, Michael Scott Parkinson (Five Mile Press, $19.95)
Norbert is a little monster with very big ideas who decides to become The Great and Wondrous Storyteller. But he can’t read!  A story about the importance of learning.


 my lost mobMy Lost Mob, Venetia Tyson (Magabala Books, $12.95)

With simple language and charming illustrations, this book follows an emu who has lost his mob.


 dave the dump truckDave The Dump Truck, Aaron White (Self-published, $22)
Follow Dave the Dump Truck on an adventure around a mine in Australia and experience a day in the life of a Dump Truck Operator, interacting with all the other mining machines.


our babyOur Baby, Margaret Wild, illust. Karen Blair (Working Title Press, $24.99)
Told through the eyes of an older sister, the story celebrates the richness and diversity of family life and the many different babies who are so special to their families.



Middle Readers

at my doorAt My Door, Deb Fitzpatrick (Fremantle Press, $14.99)
When Poppy’s Dad opens the front door to find a small, distressed child, the family try their hardest to do the right thing.A story that explores newfound friendships.




dropping in Dropping In, Geoff Havel (Fremantle Press, $14.99)
An action-packed tale about friendship, bullying and living with a disability when a friendship duo unexpectedly turns into a trio.





the flyaway girls

 The Flyaway Girls, Julia Lawrinson (Penguin Books Australia, $14.99)
When new girl Telia arrives, Chelsea becomes jealous of her flawless talent for gymnastics. A novel about determination, exploring limitations and figuring out what’s really important in life.




a single stone

A Single Stone, Meg McKinlay (Walker Books, $16.95)
Every girl dreams of being part of the line, until Jena makes one tiny discovery that challenges everything they know. A novel that challenges and provokes thought and would also be enjoyed by YA readers.

(Discussed on Cover to Cover Ep 9)



 bella and the wandering houseBella and the Wandering House, Meg McKinlay, illust. Nicholas Schafer (Fremantle Press, $12.99)
When the house starts to move, Bella is the only one that notices and can solve the mystery of the wandering house.

(Discussed on Cover to Cover Ep 9)



 girl from the great sandy desertThe Girl from the Great Sandy Desert, Jukuna Mona Chuguna and Pat Lowe, illust. Mervyn Street (Magabala Books, $16.95)
A gentle collection of accessible stories that demonstrate the rich cultural lives of pre-contact Aboriginal Australians, through Mana, a young Walmajarrigirl and her family.



 sister heartSister Heart, Sally Morgan (Fremantle Press, $19.99)
When a young Aboriginal girl is taken away, she slowly makes a new life for herself and finds strength in new friendships. A moving story about the power of family and kinship.




seahorseSeahorse, Bruce Pascoe (Magabala Books, $16.95)
An adventure story about Jack and his family that is reminiscent of endless summers, blue seas and sandy white beaches.





 lolaLola's Toybox Series, Danny Parker, illust. Guy Shield (Hardie Grant, $12.95)
Follow Lola and her trusty clown, Buddy, on their adventures into the Kingdom where toys live when they aren’t being played with in the real world.



 deadly dDeadly D and Justice Jones: The Search, Scott Prince and David Hartley (Magabala Books, $12.95)
A thrilling journey that sees Dylan and his loyal friend Justice Jones try desperately to keep the secret of Deadly D from being revealed to the world.



 mamangMamang, Kim Scott, Iris Woods and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project, illust. Jeffery Farmer, Helen Nelly and Roma Winmar (App from Google Play & App Store/ via $2.49)
Told in old Noongar, contemporary Noongar and English, Mamang captures the deep spiritual connection of the Wirlomin people with the sea.

Young Adult

kirrali lewisBecoming Kirrali Lewis, Jane Harrison (Magabala Books, $19.95)
After leaving her rural home to study law in Melbourne, Kirrali Lewis is adopted into a white family and her journey of discovery unfolds as her true identity comes to light.




the tribe georgie spider

The Tribe Bk 3: The Foretelling of Georgie Spider, Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books, $19.95)
The third and final book of this thrilling eco-dystopian series follows Georgie Spider and Ashala Wolf who must save each other and the world from a storm that is swallowing everything into nothing.

(Discussed on Cover to Cover Ep 9)




Carousel, Brendan Ritchie (Fremantle Press, $19.99)
Nox, Taylor, Lizzy and Rocky are young people with different life paths. But when they all become trapped together in a shopping centre, the days turn into weeks and a sense of menace grows.

 (Discussed on Cover to Cover Ep 9)




a small madness

A Small Madness, Dianne Touchell (Allen & Unwin, $16.99)
A novel that presents teenage pregnancy from new and disturbing angles along with the consequences that come with denial.

(Discussed on Cover to Cover Ep 2)





Buying the books

Try your local bookshop or the publishers' websites.

Crow Books

If you live in regional Western Australia and don't have a local bookshop where you can buy these books, then you can order these books via Crow Books in Perth. Mention the code 'Cover to Cover' and you'll get the postage for free.

Crow BooksPhone 9472-9737




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