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  • Published: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143783183
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $9.99

Sporty Kids: Little Athletics!




Get sporty with these great new books for beginner readers.

Lucy willed herself to run faster. But the girl was sprinting ahead of her! This can’t be happening, she thought.

Lucy loves being a champion at Little Athletics. But what if she can’t win first place?

  • Pub date: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143783183
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 80
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Authors

Felice Arena

Felice Arena is one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children's books for all ages, including the acclaimed historical adventures The Boy and the Spy and Fearless Frederic, the bestselling Specky Magee books and the popular Andy Roid and Sporty Kids series.

Tom Jellett

Tom Jellett is an Australian illustrator based in Sydney. Tom has been an editorial illustrator for News Limited, working on The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Daily Telegraph and his work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The Week and Medical Observer.

He is an acclaimed children's book illustrator whose work includes a series about a little pirate (The Littlest Pirate), books about a teddy bear called Ted (Ted Goes Wild, Ted Gets Lost and Ted Hits Town) and the Sporty Kids series, written by Felice Arena.

His picture books with Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting, The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book and The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle have been Australian bestsellers. His other acclaimed picture books include Why I Love Footy and Why I Love Summer with Michael Wagner, and Grandpa's Big Adventure written by Paul Newman.

In 2011, Tom was included in the editorial category for Illustrators 53, exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, New York.


Praise for Sporty Kids: Little Athletics!

“ 66 Felice Arena's new series is very approachable...First, in its subject matter – the series plans to cover all the most-loved sports in this country, and will feature girls as well as boys as the main characters. And secondly, in the just-right text for a reader starting chapter books, who still loves the reassurance of a few illustrations, larger font and manageable sentences.”

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Awards & Recognition

  • REAL Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 2019 • Younger Readers


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