Special Dyslexia Collection – Leichhardt and Balmain Libraries

We are pleased to inform you all that we have a new collection within our Children’s section of Leichhardt and Balmain Libraries. The collection will be included in the Junior Fiction collection, but it will have a special label. The Dyslexia Friendly collection will have a distinctive label. These books were purchased from Soundtext Media, one of our books suppliers. They are books which may be borrowed by all readers but they are especially geared towards those children with Dyslexia.

We will have special displays at Leichhardt and Balmain libraries and then we will be putting them in the collection. You may borrow these items at any time, just like you would borrow other books and items in the collection.

It is hoped that this collection of fun and innovative books will help those with Dyslexia and be enjoyed by the general public.


Christmas DVDs in Leichhardt and Balmain Library

imagesCAUZ4MG512 dogs of Christmas

12 dogs of Christmas 2

5 Christmas movies – collection

A fairytale Christmas

Adventures of Bailey, Christmas Hero

The Angel doll

Arthur Christmas

Babes in Toyland

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Bob the Builder Christmas

Bush Christmas

8 Christmas Crackers

The case for Christmas

Celebrate Christmas with Mickey, Donald and Friends

Christmas Carol, A (several versions)

Christmas comes home

Christmas in Wonderland

Christmas Magic

Christmas Story2

Christmas Town

Disney Christmas Favourites

My dog’s Christmas Miracle

Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Rocking Christmas


Elmo’s Christmas

Enchanting Christmas Stories

The Fairies: Christmas Carols in Fairyland

The Family Holiday

The Flight Before Christmas

Frosty The Snowman

The Happy Elf

Jingle all the way

Miracle on 34th Street (Both Versions)

Muppets Christmas Carol

Peanuts Christmas Specials

Polar Express

Princess for Christmas

Shrek the Halls

Santa Claus is coming to town and other Rankin favourites

Christmas Star


A trend in picture books – famous musicians writing…..

A relatively new trend in picture books these days appears to be the growing amount of famous musicians who are writing picture books, or have picture books based on their songs. People like Bob Dylan, Paul Kelly, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Billy Joel, Judy Collins and many others. Look out for them on our shelves. Some of them have cds in them.


School/Going to school picture books

Amelia Bedelia’s first day at school – Parish, Herman

Bunny starts school  – Byrne, Mike

Dandylion – Finlay, Lizzie

Dinosaur Starts School – Edwards, Pamela

Elmo’s day at school – Hood, Susan

Fiona the pig’s big day – Hobbs, Leigh

Foxy – Dodd, Emma

Harry and the dinosaurs go to school – Whybrow, Ian

I am really, really concentrating (Charlie and Lola) – Child, Lauren

Jessica’s box – Carnavas, Peter

Late for school – Reiss, Mike

Marley goes to school – Grogan, John

Miffy at School – Bruna, Dick

Miss Mingo and the first day of school – Harper, Jamie

Mouse’s first day of school – Thompson, Lauren

Ready, set , school – Mitchard, Jacquelyn

Sunday Chutney – Blabey, Aaron

The terrible suitcase – Allen, Emma

We heart school – Billingsley, Lucie


imagesCA4QKT3QAnimal Stories

Charlotte’s Web E.B. White
Dick King-Smith’s Animal friends Dick King-Smith
The enormous crocodile/ Roald Dahl
Jungle Book/Rudyard Kipling
Dr Doolittle/ Hugh Lofting
Tales of Peter Rabbit and his friends/ Beatrix Potter
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie/ May Gibbs
Winnie the Pooh / A. A. Milne
The wind in the willows/ Kenneth Grahame
Selby series/Duncan Ball
The shadow brumby/Alison Lester
My friend Flicka/Mary O’Hara
Pure chance/Gillian Rubinstein
Saddle up: thoroughbred horse stories/Christine Pullein-Thompson
Jerry/Ursula Dubosarsky
Horse called Elvis/John Heffernan
Last chance zoo/Victor Kelleher
Rover/Jackie French
Outback Odyssey/Amanda Lumry
Shark Attack/Anthony Masters
Tiger,Tiger/Lynne Reid Banks
Babar the King/Jean de Brunhoff
Horton hatches the egg/Dr Seuss
Cunning cat tales/ Emma Chichester-Clark
Paddington Bear/Michael Bond
Boris and Borsch/Robin Klein
Nim’s island/Wendy Orr
Akimbo and the lions/Alexander McCall Smith
The adventures of Nanny Piggins/ R. A. Spratt
Blinky Bill/Dorothy Wall

Australian Children’s
Illustrators and Authors

Abela, Deborah
Allen, Pamela
Arena, Felice and Lyon, Garry
Ball, Duncan
Baker, Jeannie
Baillie, Allan
Bancroft, Bronwyn
Barber, Shirley
Base, Graeme
Carmody, Isobelle
Clark, Margaret
Clarke, Judith
Clement, Rod
Daddo, Andrew
Denton, Terry
Fienberg, Anna
Fox, Mem
French, Jackie
Gamble, Kim
Gibbs, May
Gleeson, Libby
Gleitzman, Morris
Graham, Bob
Griffiths, Andy
Hathorn, Libby
Heffernan, John
Hirsch, Odo
Hobbs, Leigh
Ingpen, Robert
Jennings, Paul
King, Stephen Michael
Larkin, John
Lester, Alison
Lindsay, Norman
Lofts, Pamela
Measday, Stephen
Rodda, Emily
Tan, Shaun
Thiele, Colin
Thompson, Colin
Tonkin, Rachel
Whatley, Bruce
Wheatley, Nadia
Wild, Margaret

Authors of Adventure/Action Stories for Children

Arena, Felice and Lyon, Garry
Measday, Stephen and Sironen, Paul
Panckridge, Michael and Daley, Laurie
Abela, Deborah and Warren, Johnny
McSkimming, Geoffrey
Hunter, Erin
Ball, Duncan
Beecroft, Simon
Allende, Isabel
Rodda, Emily
Ibbotson, Eva
Marsden, John
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Twain, Mark
Fienberg, Anna
Lindgren, Astrid
Colfer, Eoin
Snicket, Lemony

Some Books about: SummerNathan saves Summer by Renert, Gerry
Horse mad Summer by Helidoniotis, Kathy
Summerhouse time by Spinelli, Eileen
Grandpa’s farm, a Summer Day by Robinson, Alan
My Summer holiday by Haley, Patty
One day in the Summer Holidays, by Petrov, Elena
The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits and a very interesting boy by Birdsall, Jeanne
Princess Ellie’s Summer Vacation by Kimpton, Diana Stage fright on a Summer Night by Osborne, Mary Pope
Summer by Factor, June
Summer days by Pelling, Lenny
Summer is Summer by Gershator, Phillis
Summer with horses by Nicholson, Trudy
All you need for a beach by Schertle, Alice
At the beach by Foster, John
At the beach: Postcards from crabby spit by Harvey, Roland
Bats at the beach by Brian Lies
Beach sports car by Oxenham, Darlene
Beach treasures by Lunn, Helen
Greetings from Sandy Beach by Graham, Bob
Grug at the Beach by Prior, Ted
Magic Beach by Lester, Alison
Miranda’s Beach Day by Keller, Holly

Funny authors

Jennings, Paul
Gleitzman, Morris
Danziger, Paula
Denton, Terry
French, Jackie
Fine, Anne
Whatley, Bruce
Simons, Moya
Ball, Duncan
Seuss, Dr
Dahl, Roald
Cole, Babette
Harris, Christine
Hobbs, Leigh
Griffiths, Andy
Klein, Robin
Larkin, John
Hirsch, Odo
King-Smith, Dick
Mawter, Jeni
Jinks, Catherine
Cooke, Kaz
Rosen, Michael
Killeen, Gretel
Honey, Elizabeth
Mahy, Margaret


Book Lists (temporary)

Spies and Secret Agents and Special Investigators

Harriet spies again by Helen Ericson
Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
Max Remy Super Spy Series by Deborah Abela
Zac Power Series by H.I. Larry
Jack Stalwart series by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Famous Five by Enid Blyton
Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
Enemy Spy series by Wendelin van Draanen
Jane Blonde series by Jill Marshall
Kyla May Miss series by Kyla May
Emily Eyefinger by Duncan Ball
Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell
Hardy Boys by Franklin W Dixon
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
Raven Hill Mysteries by Emily Rodda


Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Amazing Adventure stories by Tony Bradman
Arachnid the Spider King by Adam Blade
Arthur series by Luc Besson
Barefoot Kids by Steve Hawke
Biggles and Co by W.E. Johns
Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman
Brumby Plains by Joanne van Os
Cairo Jim series by Geoffrey McSkimming
Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Crocodile Attack by Justin D’Ath
Crocodile Catcher by Phil Kettle
Danny, champion of the world by Roald Dahl
Cat Royal books by Julia Golding
Helicopter Man by Elizabeth Fensham
Geronimo Stilton books
Ice boy by Patricia Elliott
Ice Claw by David Gilman
Jack Black and the ship of thieves by Carol Hughes
Journey to the river sea by Eva Ibbotson


The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Mary Poppins by P. L Travers
Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Sarah, plain and tall by Patricia McLachlan
Little house books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The sword in the stone by T.H.White
Charlotte’s Webb by E B White
The Cat in the hat by Dr Seuss
Chitty Chitty bang bang by Ian Fleming