Publishing stories with Humour & Heart.

Hey there and welcome to our House of Larrikins.

As the owner of Learning Discovery, one of Australia’s largest booksellers to the education market, I’ve been buying and selling children’s books for close to 30 years.

I’m really excited to share what I’ve learnt from my experience working directly with young readers. This will give our new imprint a clear direction and focus to ensure we’re creating books that ‘Little Larrikins’ will love. The name Larrikin is the perfect fit because it fully encapsulates the heartbeat of what I love most about children’s books; stories with humour & heart.

So far we’ve been described by others as ‘left of centre’, ‘cheeky’, ‘naughty’ & ‘quirky’. – Exactly what I had hoped for!

In 2020 we published our first fourteen picture books, with another twenty in production for 2021. (Covid wasn’t going to stop us)

With new submissions coming in daily, watch this space for some great emerging Aussie talent. Over 80% of our books are from first-time published authors & illustrators too!

We hope you love our books as much as we do. 🙂


James Layton

Larrikin’s Publishing Division Publishing stories with Humour & Heart.

Check out our new releases, or submit your manuscript or illustrator folio to become our next Larrikin.

Formerly Learning Discovery, Larrikin Education delivers fun and educational books from all over the world.

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Larrikin Book Fairs are curated to showcase home grown talent, sourced from all the good Aussie publishers, and of course all the laugh out loud titles from our very own Larrikin House. Ready for a change? Call us on 1800 841 569 to chat about your next .custom book fair

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Larrikins Out Loud is our Artists Agency where you can book an author or illustrator to come to your school. (Coming in 2021)

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Our Larrikin Assessment service offers Authors the chance to have their manuscript professionally assessed by publisher James Layton.