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Below is a small list of my absolute favourite children's books. These are books I love with my whole heart, that inspire me, and that I believe possess a timeless, special sort of magic. These are the sort of books I want to write.

I also support #LoveOzYA and #LoveOzMG and recommend everyone search these hashtags on social media to discover and support our truly great Australian literature for young people.


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber

The Mouse and his Child by Russell Hoban

The King Under the Copper Mountain by Paul Biegel

Monster Blood Tattoo (series) by D.M. Cornish

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

Ship Kings (series) by Andrew McGahan

Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Ingo (series) by Helen Dunmore

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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

How to Catch a Bogle (series) by Catherine Jinks

My Sister Sif by Ruth Park

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Little Grey Men by B.B.

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr

Taronga by Victor Kelleher

Scarecrows by Robert Westall

Siberia by Ann Halam

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Scarecrow and his Servant by Philip Pullman

The Toymaker by Jeremy de Quidt

The Midnight Folk by John Masefield

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