About Us

What we are

Carnival is a 100% Australian family owned and operated company situated in Belrose, Sydney. For over 30 years, we have been one of Australia's leading library suppliers of children's books to schools and Public Libraries. Carnival Book Fairs has been operating since 2006, and we also have an online school bookshop at www.carnivaleducation.com.au and a parents bookshop www.carnivalbookshop.com.au

Our warehouse has one of the most comprehensive ranges of children's library resources in the country, including Australia's largest holding of backlist, fiction, non-fiction, STEM, Accelerated Reader, Picture Books, Manga, Graphic Novels and Australian Curriculum supporting books.

Our strengths include our team of librarians and book industry experts, our collective knowledge of librarians' needs and our relationships with local and international publishers and distributors. The Carnival team has decades of experience in library supply, publishing and book distribution, and every aspect of children's books are our passion.

Why Choose Carnival Book Fairs?

  • We offer a literary, educational focus
  • Exciting way to promote literacy to students
  • Fantastic commission structure provides a great way to get all the latest releases and core non-fiction into your library
  • Streamlined workflow
  • Flexible delivery options
  • We can tailor the Book Fair to your school needs, as we recognise you have diverse literary and cultural requirements
  • Our books cover all reading levels and interest areas to entice even the most reluctant readers
  • Fiction, non-fiction, novels, picture books, early chapter books, graphic novels, easy readers and more
  • CBCA shortlist
  • Our publishers include Allen & Unwin, Penguin/Puffin, Random House, Australian Geographic, Capstone, Curious Fox, Five Mile Press, Redback Publishing, BookLife, Hardie Grant Egmont, Little Hare, PanMacmillan, Simon and Schuster, Raintree, Walker Books, Weigl and more
  • Our warehouse has over 50,000 titles - thousands more titles are available, apart from those we include in the Book Fairs, for librarians placing commission orders or purchasing new resources for your school.

Our Philosophy

We believe that a child's recreation and family time is as important as school time in developing a well-balanced base for life.

Our research in education, physical and mental health identifies 5 areas of a child's recreation time required to ensure kids develop into healthy, happy and creative learners.

All children need;

  • physical activity
  • reading time
  • creative time
  • cooperative activity
  • rest time
These activities are the foundation of school programs, but it's just as important to engage in these activities at home.

The Carnival Juggler shows a child's ideal day at work, rest and at play to help children stay healthy, happy and become lifelong learners.

Read for Fun

Having an enjoyment of books and being read to is vital for language development. Reading for fun encompasses reading books, jokes, poems, rhymes, letters, newspapers, comics, magazines etc. Recommended 30 mins a day.

Huff 'n' Puff

Physical activity is vital to keep the body and thus the mind in top shape. Huff 'n' Puff means running, jumping, playing games, skipping, playing with balls, climbing and walking, doing anything that gets the heart rate up. Recommended 60 mins a day.

Create 'n' Think

Creative and thought provoking activity helps to build and grow the mind. Create 'n' Think activities are doing art, craft, drawing, painting, singing, cooking, exploring, discovering, building and experimenting. Recommended 30 mins a day.

Help 'n' Care

Helping and caring for others encourages children to become socially responsible. Help 'n' Care covers activities like volunteering, charity work, simple chores, being environmentally aware or looking after something. Recommended 30 mins a day.

Chill Out!

Time to relax is so important in assisting children to handle stress, sleep better and perform better at daily tasks. Chill Out activities include doodling, praying, meditating, listening to music or just watching the clouds. Recommended as much as possible.

Our Services

We offer the best and widest selection of highest quality books from over 70 publishers

All our books are discounted

We offer a very generous commission structure with a huge range of Library suitable products

Help every step of the way

We are Proudly Australian owned and operated


  • Address: PO Box 525, Terrey Hills
    NSW 2084
  • Email: Contact Us
  • Website: www.carnivalfairs.com.au
  • Phone: (02) 9457 1170