After School Book Club

Join us for a special online edition of After School Book Club in collaboration with Story Box Library!

Listen to stories read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers, test yourself with our fun questionnaires and create some interesting craft. All you need to get involved is to be aged 5+ and have a library card.

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Midnight at the Library

The story of a book that travels through history.
A book that was opened and loved, given and taken, closed and lost,
found and forgotten before being discovered, uncovered and preserved at the library.

Written by Ursula Dubosarsky
Illustrated by Ron Brooks
Read by Lauren Dubois


When Mae has to move house from the country to the city, she feels lonely and sad – until she discovers a beautiful place full of green in the centre of Paris.

What she finds there sparks something special and beautiful that will make her feel much more at home.   read by Emmanuelle Mattana. Master picture-book creator, Anna Walker, has created a delicate, exquisite story about the magic of the natural world, resilience in the face of change, and the power of one child’s imagination.

Mr Chicken arriva a Roma

Join Mr Chicken (or as he’s known in Rome, Signor Pollo) on his latest travelling adventure as he experiences all the cultural delights of Italy’s capital city, Rome. 

You’ll visit the magnifico historical sites of the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and Il Colosseo, then sample the many delicioso delights of Italian cuisine from gelato to pasta alla papalina!

Leigh Hobbs’ story and illustrations are as equally charming and simple as they are humorous and engaging. 

Read delightfully by comedian and born storyteller Scott Edgar, Mr Chicken arriva a Roma is another triumph from Leigh Hobbs. 

That’s Not The Monster We Ordered

The Turner family has just got a monster ! Everyone in the neighborhood wants their own monster. But sometimes the monster you order isn’t necessarily the monster you get

Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones have created a playfully silly story about dealing with envy, welcoming unconditionally and being thankful for what you get.

Read delightfully by Richard Fairgray, this story will have kids clamouring to get their own monsters, too!


One, two, three . . .One, two, three . . . 
Every day was a skip and a hop for Three. He was happy to walk from here to there, wherever his nose led or wherever his legs took him . . . all the way to new friends.

Stephen Michael King’s striking story of Three, a homeless three-legged dog, is filled with humour and has a clear message of accepting difference and disability.
It reminds us to be thankful—even for the small things, and is a great resource for teaching empathy. Read by Lisa McCune

The Family Hour in Australia

Cuddle up with someone from your family and visit 15 of Australia’s native animals and their families. Find out what they eat and how they play, where they live and who looks after them.

Written and Illustrated by Tai Snaith
Read by Missy Higgins

Mr Chicken all over Australia

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Mr Chicken gets lots and lots of letters pleading with him to visit Australia, and can’t resist setting off on another adventure!

There are so many things to see and do in Australia, and Mr Chicken can’t wait to go everywhere, see everything and meet everyone.

Luckily, a helpful marsupial from Tourist Information helps Mr Chicken organise his hectic itinerary.

Scary Night

Once upon a scary night, three friends set out on a journey. Hare, Cat and Pig wander through the darkness. But, where are they going? It’s a mystery!

Written by Lesley Gibbes, Illustrated by Stephen Michael King. Read by Chanelle Sheehan.

Somewhere Else

George has no interest in exploring the world. He’s far too busy at home baking fine pastries. Or so he tells everyone when they invite him along on their wonderful adventures.

But when his friend Pascal digs a little deeper, the real reason George won’t leave home is finally revealed . . .

Written, illustrated and read by Gus Gordon

We’re Stuck!

When Turtle races into the lift of Building 24, there is a nod and a blink and a step to the side. A grunt and a sigh and a
lean to the right. But what happens when the lift in Building 24 stops moving?

Written and illustrated by Sue DeGennaro
Read by Ashleigh Marshall

Hop Up! Wriggle Over

“Hop up! Wiggle over! Wakey-wakey: hungry!” This starts a full and busy day for a diverse family of adorable Aussie animals.

Written, illustrated and read by Elizabeth Honey

All Monkeys Love Bananas

All monkeys love bananas. For breakfast, dinner, snacks and lunch, they crave bananas, munch, munch, munch! Well, maybe not all monkeys…

Written and illustrated by Sean E Avery and read by Brian Nankervis.

No Bears

Ruby is in charge of this book. And she’ll tell you something right now. There are NO BEARS in it. Not even one.
Ruby wants to tell you a story. A story with absolutely no bears.

Written by Meg McKinlay Illustrated by Leila Rudge Read by Emma Baker

The Sloth Who Came To Stay

Amy’s family is speedy! They are always in such a rush that there is no time to talk or play – until the afternoon Amy
brings home a sloth. Then things start changing very, very slowly …

A timely tale about enjoying the little things in life from author Margaret Wild and illustrator Vivienne To.
Read by Jessica Rudd.

The Terrible Plop

Written and read by award winning author, Ursula Dubosarsky and with colourful and energetic illustrations by Andrew Joyner, this is a funny new picture book about a little rabbit who learns that some things in life aren’t as scary as they seem.

Koalas Eat Gum Leaves

This book tells the tale of one little koala, who has had quite enough of his gum leaf diet so he goes on the lookout for some tastier tucker.

Written and illustrated by Laura and Philip Bunting. Read by Rohan Browne.

I Just Ate My Friend

I just ate my friend. He was a good friend. But now he is gone. Would you be my friend?

This hilarious story will make you laugh out loud.

Written and illustrated by Heidi McKinnon. Read by Tim Rogers.

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon

Life is cursed for the townsfolk of Twee.  The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts their every waking hour and they’ve had enough!  But then one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has the most extraordinary idea . . . 

Written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey. Read by Nick Cave.


Mopoke the owl loves peace and quiet, but the bush is full of many, many annoying disturbances.
Poor Mopoke is about to find out that you can’t always get what you want.

Written and illustrated by Philip Bunting. Read by Tim Rogers

Now That’s a Hat

Dog is looking for a new hat. But that hat is too BIG! That hat is too SMALL! That hat is too SHORT! That hat is too TALL!
That one’s too CRAZY! And that one might BITE! How hard can it be to find a hat that’s JUST RIGHT?! Now That’s a Hat! is the perfect story for hat-lovers everywhere.

Written and illustrated by Heath McKenzie Read by Dolly Diamond


Written by award-winning author Catherine Jinks and illustrated by award-winning author and illustrator, Stephen Michael King. Read by Yasmin Greenhalgh

Barney the dog loves to eat. In fact, Barney not only loves every food he has ever encountered, but he also loves to eat all sorts of things that aren’t really food at all!

Hip Hip Hooray

The big day is almost here. The invitations are sent, the presents made pretty – there’s some fun to prepare!

Written and read by Tania McCartney. Illustrated by Jess Racklyeft.

Isabella’s Garden

These are the seeds that sleep in the soil all dark and deep, in Isabella’s garden.

Follow Isabella and her friends during their delightful and lyrical exploration of growth and change in the natural world
of her garden.

Written by Glenda Millard
Illustrated by Rebecca Cool
Read by Maddie Thiele

Alfie’s Big Wish

Alfie’s Big Wish tells the story of a little boy who is determined to find a friend who truly knows and understands him.
Despite his best efforts, Alfie spends a whole day playing alone. Exhausted and dispirited, he falls asleep only to find,
in the morning, that wishes made on stars sometimes really do come true.

Written and Illustrated by David Hardy Read by Dan Sultan

The Last Peach

This is a story about a beautiful peach.
And two bugs…
Who REALLY want to eat the peach.
But wait…
It’s the last peach of the season.
They can’t eat the last peach of the season!
Can they?

Written and Illustrated by Gus Gordon Read by Gus Gordon

Wolfie An Unlikely Hero

Wolfie may want to be a hero, but he’s about to discover that arguing with this book’s narrator is not the best way to improve his image 

Written by Deborah Abela Illustrated by Connah Brecon Read by Osamah Sami