Animal Planet - Elephant

The story of a young elephant as it grows from calf to adult. Discover the details of its everyday life – from the secure comfort of the family group to the daily dangers of life in Africa and threats from fierce predators.

Animal Planet - Lemur

The story of a young lemur as it grows from an infant to an adult. Discover details of its life as it roams the forests of Madagascar with its mother and troop – learning how to survive in the wild.

Doodledum Dancing  

Here's a book of giggly, wiggly, squiggly poems
You can munch them for breakfast
You can crunch them for lunch
You can gobble them for dinner
But most of all -
You can read them out loud
And share them with your friends
Again and again . . .


‘Exuberance in celebrating the familiar world of the very young leaps from every page of the book. Children will meet it first as a ‘read aloud’ treat and later as a ‘read-by-myself-treasury.’ -- Reading Time

‘Costain’s use of language is great fun. Her words, snap, hum and jiggle, making this book a joy to read out loud.’ -- Sydney Morning Herald

‘A book for dipping into and enjoying over and over.’ -- Readings

‘Filled with rhyme, rhythm and playful language. A lovely book to dip into or read from cover to cover.’ -- Queensland Library Services

‘Come and doodledum dance with the delightful poems in this book!’ -- Good Reading

‘The fantastic use of language accompanied by fun and vibrant illustrations make this one perfect to read aloud. I loved it!’ -- Pages and Pages

• Honour Book in the Early Childhood category in the 2007 CBC Awards

• Nominated for the Lower Primary category of the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award

Bed Tails


There are two in the bed . . .

Mum and Dad are slumbering,
snoring, rumbling,
tucked up cosily and peacefully in bed . . .

Until a scary storm outside brings everyone into Mum and Dad’s bed, one by one.
Will they ever get a good night’s sleep?


'Children's tale up with the best' - Amanda Horswill, Brisbane Courier Mail

'Funny and attractive, full of life and lively action ... a delightful romp' - Reading Time

‘with its bouncy rhyme and infectious rhythm... the illustrations reflect the exuberant text. A humorous read aloud for 3 to 7 year olds.’ -- Magpies

• Nominated for the Lower Primary category of the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award

• CBCA Notable Book


Bed Tails YouTube trailer     Click to view!

Dog Squad

For the Dog Squad there’s no job too small, no mission too dangerous. Especially if there’s cash involved.

But when they take on Operation Collect Big-time things don’t go to plan. Has the Dog Squad bitten off more than it can chew?


‘Fast-paced, fun-filled entertainment ... [a] mini-masterpiece.’ -- Jo Burnell, The Reading Stack

‘Perfect for readers who want short chapter books that are fast paced, full of giggles and excitement and are great reads.’ -- Chris Cheng, New Kidz Books in Oz

A Year in Girl Hell


It’s the first year of high school and everything’s changing. 

Lexi feels like a loser in her new class.

Michi's being bullied because of a boy.

Mia's going through a hard time at home.

And Alysha is desperate to get in with the popular group.

And that's before they've even worked out where to sit at lunch.

High School is shaping up to be HELL!



A heart warming story about friendship that matters and how being true to yourself helps you find it. Highly recommended.' - Reading Time

‘An insightful and realistic exploration of issues familiar to the teen years... It captures the teenage voice and will be popular with readers’-- Magpies

‘an insightful glimpse into the dramas of approaching the teenaged years’
-- Susan Whelan,