ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- If you know a pre-schooler who is captivated by insects and micro-creatures, then this colourful and uncomplicated book will be the perfect thing! There's lot to see in the backyard, from the ant that marches up a tree to the ladybird that lands upon a sleeve. An emphasis on active verbs and gentle rhymes mark out the text, but it is the bright illustrations that bring extra pleasure. The critters are rendered fairly naturalistically and placed against abstract Indigenous patterning - a very sweet mix! Lindy Jones
From beautiful butterflies to kaleidoscopic Christmas beetles, First Nations author and illustrator Helen Milroy returns to the backyard with a picture book designed to teach kids (and their handlers) all about the scurrying, scuttling, scooting, buzzing, zooming splendour of insects.