ISBN 978-1-922803-59-7

The EXTRAordinary Ordinary Harry

Young Harry is an ordinary koala who desperately wants to be EXTRAordinary.

Join him on his quest to find out what makes him special. Maybe he will discover he can fly. Maybe he will discover he can move things using only the power of his mind. Maybe he will find out that he is already EXTRAordinary. With the help of his elderly neighbour Mr George and Harry’s adventurous spirit, you will discover how to be EXTRAordinary too!

HENDRICS, Eliza Johanna

ISBN 978-1-922803-87-0

Mrs Tate

Come along with Mrs Tate,
as she prepares for the fete
for all the witches in the East
and their exciting feast.

eliza author profile

About the Author

We would like to introduce you to Eliza Johanna Hendrics a children’s book author. She is originally from Holland, and is currently living in New South Wales, Australia.

She is a single mother to two daughters, whom she mesmerised with her story telling, and whom in turn inspired her to write children’s story books.

Ada Rovai illustrator

About the Illustrator

Ada Rovai is a Brazilian visual artist currently based in Adelaide, Australia.

Her artwork is a form of meditation and storytelling that permeates graphics and crafts to bring unique stories, memories and identities to life.


ISBN 978-0-646857-89-3

My Promise

With its stunning illustrations and intriguing heart-warming text, “MY PROMISE” provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of children at their Early Learning Centre.

The story is based on Woden Valley Child Care Centre’s philosophy that promotes opportunities for young children to learn and explore nature through hands-on experiences, recognising their connection, rights and responsibilities to the land, challenging their abilities, and finding a sense of self.

WITNEY, Graeme

ISBN 978-0-977577-92-7

Dragon Dream

Michael and most of the other children living in their small community are somewhat neglected.

A victim of his parents’ physical and emotional abuse, like all children, he has an instinctive need to please, and he tries to do his best to limit the punishment. Because it is the only world he and the other children know, they don’t realise the extent to which they are being mistreated.

Then one particularly dreadful day, his parents’ lack of care leaves Michael and his cousin Julie in mortal danger, only seconds away from death, or perhaps a fate even worse.

Graeme Witney Author

Growing up in small country towns, adventure became a part of almost every day. We often disappeared on weekends at dawn on our push-bikes and returned at sunset. While on these journeys we let our imagination soar and within it encountered many monsters and battled countless foes.

We also understood how lucky we were that after our battles against seemingly impossible odds, we could return safely to our homes. There, our battle wounds of grazed knees and splinters would be tended by our loving parents and siblings. We would find lovely meals waiting for our starving bodies. Then a hot shower, a hug, and off to a warm bed. Resting our bodies for the next day’s adventure and inevitable battle with terrible beasts.

Our adventures with monsters were all happening in our imaginations. However, what we couldn’t imagine was what some other kids were going through. They were confronted with unimaginable trauma every day where just survival would take all their skill and energy. They received deep physical and psychological scars that became impossible to heal. Emotional scars that are reopened daily.

I only realised how these kids had been affected when I became a Foster Carer in 2014. Many children later, I learned to sense the burdens they are carrying that they wouldn’t talk about. Their trauma often surfaced every day. Hopefully, I have shown some of them ways to cope. Ways to override their distress. Provide them with new wonderful memories that they might use to temper some of their distressing pain. 

I can tell you, though, that being a Carer is not for everyone. The children’s trauma can seep in and invade your own thoughts. The transfer is worth it if their burden can be lightened.

WHEELER, Correna

ISBN 978-1-922803-95-5

Moving to a New School

Created for Defence Families and Children

Hello and Welcome to Your New School!

Are you a Defence student moving or posting to a new city, and do you get worried and upset because you don’t know what your new school will be like?

This book is a great navigational tool and has been creatively designed to support the Defence family and child through the New School experience.