April 2013

Dear teachers and librarians,

Welcome to the April edition of Bear Necessities! It's graphic novel month here at Walker Books and we've created a great new kit to help you pick the right graphic novels for your students.  Graphic novels are fantastic tools for developing visual literacy, engaging reluctant readers and studying text adaptation. We publish a wide variety of graphic novels from early reader right through to young adult including manga, classic adaptations and books by Australian authors. Check out the graphic novel kit here and on our website.

Walker Books is thrilled to have three books short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, including:

The Wrong Boy
Suzy Zail
Short-listed in the Older Readers category

The moving story of a Jewish girl sent to Auschwitz with her family. She falls in love with the wrong boy; the German son of the camp commander. Although this novel is fiction, it is rooted in history and is an engaging resource for study of World War II and the Holocaust.

13+ | 9781742031651 | Aus $18.95 | NZ $21.99
Classroom ideas available | Chapter sample available

Other Brother
Simon French

Short-listed in the Younger Readers category
A touching novel about a young boy's life that is disrupted by the arrival of his cousin. Dealing with themes of bullying, acceptance and friendship, Other Brother is both an entertaining read and a great novel for classroom use.

9+ | 9781921720833 | Aus $18.95 | NZ $21.99
Classroom ideas available | Chapter sample available

Nature Storybooks: Python
Christopher Cheng and Mark Jackson (illus)
Short-listed in the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
A stunning illustrated look at a day in the life of a python with a narrative story teamed with non-fiction facts. A great way to study Australian wildlife and different text types for lower primary.

5+ | 9781921529603 | Aus $29.95 | NZ $32.99
Classroom ideas available

I'm very excited to announce that Patrick Ness, author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls, will be touring Australia and New Zealand in May. He'll be at Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, Sydney Writers' Festival and Melbourne Writers Week, check out Patrick's blog for more details.

Would you like an author to visit your school? Do you have some ideas for classroom ideas? Have something to say about the newsletter? Let me know! Email me or call on (02) 9517 9577. I'm always happy to hear from anyone in education!

Happy reading!
Steve Spargo
Walker Books Education

New releases


Picture Books

Leila Rudge

Ted is a beautiful and quirky picture book by the illustrator of Duck for a Day, Definitely No Ducks and  the CBCA short-listed No Bears. Ted is a smart dog with his own jumper who does his best to make a good impression but nobody ever notices him. Dealing with friendships, acceptance and belonging, Ted is a lovely story that will make a great read-aloud for lower primary-aged students. The classroom ideas also include two colouring sheets for classroom use.

3+ | 9781921977503 | Aus $27.95 | NZ $29.99
Classroom ideas available

Illustrated Fiction
Stacks of Maxx!
Michael Wagner & Terry Denton

Eight Maxx Rumble footy books in one bind-up. With spaced out text and fun illustrations by Terry Denton, these books are a hit with reluctant readers and footy fans.

8+ | 9781922179067 | Aus $19.95 | NZ $22.99
Classroom ideas available

Mysterious Traveller
Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham

Mysterious Traveller is a beautifully illustrated tale set in Africa about camels, lost princesses and the strength of wisdom and knowledge. An unillustrated version of this and two other stories was published previously in Painting Out the Stars.

7+ | 9781406337075 | Aus $29.95 | NZ  $32.99

East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Jackie Morris

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is an updated and re-imagined version of the traditional Scandinavian fairytale of the same name. Jackie Morris's stunning watercolour illustrations complement the text that is a unique mixture of folklore and modern elements.

11+ | 9781847802941 | Aus $19.95 | NZ $24.99

Check out these other great illustrated fiction titles:

Our Stories: For Valour: Australia's Victoria Cross Heroes
Nicolas Brasch

The Our Stories series are extremely useful and popular in the classroom as they provide digestible chunks of information complemented by a wealth of interesting photos and illustrations. For Valour covers Australian and New Zealand Victoria Cross recipients and discusses bravery, patriotism and wars that Australia has been involved in. Great for use in upper primary history classes and as an example of a non-fiction text in English classes.

8+ | 9781742032313 | Aus $17.95 | NZ $19.99
Classroom ideas available

Funny Bums
Dr. Mark Norman
A collection of interesting facts about a variety of animals' rear ends. This books is a fun way to introduce evolution, environment, life cycles and survival to lower primary classrooms.

4+ | 9781742032504 | Aus $16.95 | NZ $18.99
Classroom ideas available

Just Ducks
Nicola Davies and Salvatore Rubbino
Part of the Nature Storybooks series, this book blends together non-fiction facts with a lyrical narrative to make an engaging reference book for lower primary. The Nature Storybooks series also includes Bilby Secrets and Python, both of which have been short-listed for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.

4+ | 9781406344776 | Aus $16.95 | NZ $18.99

Eye on the Wild: Orangutan and Sea Otter
Suzi Eszterhas
The Eye on the Wild series appeals to younger readers with minimal text, a clear layout and amazing wildlife photography. They are great resources for classwork on wild animals. This series also includes Gorilla , Cheetah, Brown Bear and Lion.

4+ | Aus $27.95 | NZ $29.99
Orangutan: 9781847803139
Sea Otter: 9781847802033

Guinea Pig Town and Other Animal Poems
Lorraine Marwood

All creatures are celebrated in this inspiring poetry collection from award-winning poet Lorraine Marwood. This collection is a great resource for introducing students to different forms of poetry and as inspiration for writing poetry of their own.

8+ | 9781922077424 | Aus $16.95 | NZ $18.99
Classroom ideas available

Graphic Novel
The Sleepwalkers
Viviane Schwarz

Bad dreams just got good in this inventive and bold new graphic novel from Kate Greenaway short-listed Viviane Schwarz. Created in the classic tradition of comic books, this accessible format is ideal for newly-independent readers, and developing visual literacy.

7+ | 9781406323597 | Aus $16.95 | NZ $18.99

Young Adult
Portraits of Celina
Sue Whiting

Celina O'Malley was sixteen years old when she disappeared. Now, almost forty years later, Bayley is sleeping in Celina's room, wearing her clothes, hearing her voice. What does Celina want? And who will suffer because of it? This fantastic new Australian gothic mystery from Sue Whiting will appeal to secondary school students with its strong relationships, genuinely creepy supernatural elements and gripping pace.

13+ | 9781922077479 | Aus $16.95 | NZ $18.99 | eBook available
Classroom ideas available

The Bane Chronicles: What Really Happened in Peru
Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the number-one New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

14+ | eBook only

Book of the Month
Elizabeth Pulford and Angus Gomes
Zara is broken. She’s in a coma, trapped in the world of her subconscious. A world of painful memories, distant voices and dark secrets. Secrets she has to unlock. Her life depends on it.

Broken is an enthralling fusion of prose and graphic novel elements that blends mystery, family life and the subconscious.

View the book trailer and read a sample chapter.

"It is cleverly done, and through the duality of the narrative, Pulford keeps the reader alert, attempting to unpick the web Zara is creating."
Reading Time

13+ | 9781921529887 | Aus $19.95 | NZ $21.99
Classroom ideas available

 Upcoming Events


Ballarat Reading with Ananda Braxton-Smith


Tina Matthews storytime
11AM - Waterloo Library
2PM - Ultimo Library


That Boy, Jack by Janeen Brian Book Launch. Part of the Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival.
11AM Kadina Community Library SA

Award News

CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlist
The Wrong Boy by Suzy Zail - Older Readers category
Other Brother by Simon French - Younger Readers category
Nature Storybooks: Python by Christopher Cheng and Mark Jackson - Eve Pownall Award for Information Books category

NSW Premier's Literary Awards shortlist
Dragonkeeper Book 4: Blood Brothers by Carole Wilkinson - Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature category

Aurealis Award shortlist
The Tribe: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina - Science Fiction and Young Adult categories
Princess Betony and the Unicorn by Pamela Freeman - Children's Fiction category


To win one of three graphic novel book packs, send an email briefly telling us what your favourite graphic novel is. Winners will be drawn at random on 15 May 2013.

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