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Leonard the Lyrebird - Blue Mountains children's book - Hard & soft cover


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Leonard the Lyrebird is an award-winning children's picture book set in the Blue Mountains, Australia.

Leonard the Lyrebird is created by Blue Mountains locals - written by Jodie McLeod and illustrated by textiles designer and artist, Eloise Short.

Published in September 2018, the book was awarded Best Children's Book in the NSW Royal Zoological Society's 2019 Whitely Awards, and was also shortlisted for a REAL Award (Reading and Enjoying Australian Literature) - aka the KOALAs in NSW and the YABBAs in Victoria.



Leonard the lyrebird is friends with everyone, and boy can he sing! But will Leonard’s singing talents impress the one friend he really wants?

Set in the beautiful bush of the Blue Mountains, Australia, this story is about friendship, bravery and being yourself.

It’s first and foremost an Australian bush animal story – about Leonard and his quest to find a pal – and features landmarks in the Blue Mountains you may know, have visited or even live near.

Including a mix of prose and verse, it’s playful and meaningful with a bunch of fun sounds, and it has a bit of tension towards the end with cameos from a fox and the mysterious Australian Aboriginal mythical creature: the bunyip.

Whether you live in the Blue Mountains, you’ve visited before or you just love good Australian bush animal stories – Leonard the Lyrebird is the perfect book for the little ones in your life. Order your copy now!


Find out what people are saying about Leonard the Lyrebird at www.jodiemcleod.com/books

Be sure to check out our follow-up book, Lilah the Lyrebird!



If you live between Springwood and Katoomba I can deliver your order for free! Simply apply the coupon code LOCAL on checkout to receive free shipping. Note: You must be okay with me dropping the book off at your door in person :)



"This gem of a book touches on the themes of friendship, courage and finding your own voice. With local references sprinkled throughout, Leonard the Lyrebird is very much a tribute to the Blue Mountains, showcasing Australian bush animals and their habitat, but will undoubtedly appeal to children and families far beyond."

~ Maura Pierlot, author and playwright, and reviewer for the Children's Book Council of Australia.


"Here you have told us a very special story that touches the heart, both through the words and through the beautiful illustrations. Well done!"

~ Dr Belle Alderman AM, Emeritus Professor of Children's Literature, Director - National Centre for Australian Children's Literature Inc.


"A glorious story to read out loud...."

"Rich and vibrant illustrations..."

"Stunningly produced...."

"This is a book to treasure..."

~ Penny Harrison, Kids Book Review.


“Leonard the Lyrebird is a great example of how a children’s story can not only entertain, but educate and encourage young readers to discover more about our unique animals.”

~ Adele Haythornthwaite, Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Whitley Awards committee member



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20 reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Buyers in Australia are raving!

This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful book, my goddaughter & fam adore this book & I cant wait to see it for myself. Jodie was so kind posting the very next day after purchase, so we could receive it before Easter, especially as we are all in isolation it was special for the family. Thank Jodie, cant wait for the next book

laineymacaulay1 15 Apr, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

This book is beautiful and I have been told that my friend’s son adores it. I love that it’s clearly set in the Blue Mountains and allowed me to send a piece of my home to my friend and her son’s home, making it a great long distance gift. I’m excited for the next instalment in the series!

gammadelta 19 Aug, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

A wonderful book with gorgeous prose, beautiful illustrations, and a heartwarming tale of friendship. Our daughters have loved them and request them often as bedtime stories. The books have inspired further explorations of the Blue Mountains landscape, the flora and fauna of the area and of course the lyrebirds themselves. We have loved the books in our household and have gifted a set to the local preschool upon our youngest daughters commencement.

L B 26 Jul, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous book. Beautiful messages throughout. Love it.

Katherine 03 Jul, 2021

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