Little Lon

by Andrew Kelly, illustrated by Mark Jackson and Heather Potter

Little Lon is a picture book that scrapes back the layers of history to show how people lived and worked in a post settlement Australian city. Behind the grand buildings of the big streets was Little Lon. A working-class district of little houses and narrow lanes, bursting with life and the stories of the people who lived there. The poor of the time are not often celebrated in traditional histories, but Little Lon shows us something of the way people really lived.

“A glimpse at the life of Melbourne girl Marie Hayes a century ago…a delight to revisit in modern times.”

Herald Sun

Little Lon…is a joyous story of growing up in an area that others thought of as a slum.”

“This is…a history of a special place and time, a story behind the story, when migrants from all over the world, made Australia their home and were accepted no matter where they came from.”

Kids’ Book Review

Wilam: A Birrarung Story

In this stunning picture book beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy, respected Elder Aunty Joy Murphy and Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly tell the story of one day in the life of the vital, flourishing Birrarung (Yarra river).

Wilam is published by Black Dog Books, and is an ode to Australian rivers, the flora and fauna that live on them, and the function they perform as a part of modern day life.

ISBN: 9781925381764
RRP: $24.99

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“This book is a must-have for every school, library and home in Victoria.”


Wilam is a truly beautiful story in both its words and pictures.”

Reading Time

“This is a book to treasure.”

Kids’ Book Review