How do you create children’s fiction that children love? You ask children what they would like to read!

Early Harvest is 100 Story Building’s annual children’s fiction publication. However, instead of asking adults to put it together, each year we get a team of young editors (ages 10-12) to decide the theme, commission stories and artworks, build a structure, select and edit the stories and produce the magazine. The editors are mentored by publishing professionals throughout the process but all editorial decisions are ultimately made by them.

The contributors are a mix of young writers and famous children’s authors. In the past, award-winning authors such as Andy Griffiths, Alice Pung, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Davina Bell, Andrew McDonald, Goerge Ivanoff and more have contributed to the issue. The latest issue includes a story by the Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman.

“The right mix of brilliant ideas and polished stories.” – Author Maxine Beneba Clarke

“My students love reading work from children their own age, and using their ideas to create their own creative stories.” – Renee D, teacher 

“I love amazing stories written by children the same age as us. Some of them are better than the professionals” – Kristeen, Year 5

Read more about our Early Harvest publishing program.

We offer upto 25% discounts to schools and libraries. Download our school/library order form for prices. Email us the filled order form at to place the order. 

All sales between 21st December 2018 and 4th January 2019 will be posted on 5th January 2019. 

Early Harvest 7: Dreams

Missing a dream or two? You might just find them hiding between the pages of Early Harvest 7. Thirteen young editors, 12 young writers and Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman saved the world from a dreampocalypse and swept the lost dreams into the issue!

The book has been featured in Guardian Australia, ABC Breakfast Radio, MamaMag, Child Mag and Kookie Magazine. It also won the Australian Book Designers Association award for the Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book.

Readership age: 7+

Price: $19.95

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Early Harvest 6: Crime & Murder Mystery


Where do criminal masterminds learn to master their minds? From esteemed publications like Early Harvest 6 of course!

Early Harvest 6 brings together a host of colourful characters and diabolical plots for you. Look out for caterpillars that kill, books that wail, shootouts at abandoned carnivals and the world’s worst detective who also happens to be a panda! Featuring 13 young writers and children’s authors Davina Bell, George Ivanoff and Andrew McDonald.

Readership age: 7+

Price: $19.95

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Early Harvest 5: The Impossible

EH5 Cover SHOP PAGE 2Bend your mind – if you dare – with our impossible stories, quizzes and games. Meet worms that are afraid of the dark, philosophical bunnies, mutant meatballs, shapeshifting creatures, a unicorn doing the latest dance craze and emojis that come to life!

The stories are by 16 young Melbourne-based writers and award-winning authors: Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton (creators of the Treehouse series) and Alice Pung (author of Laurinda and Unpolished Gem).

Readership: 7+

Price: $19.95

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Early Harvest 4: Technology

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SUCCESSFUL DOWNLOAD: Early Harvest 4. Switch your scrolling for page turning and discover tales of great technological wizardry, from robotic cats and raging cyborgs to troublesome printers and teleportation. Delivered to you by the advanced technology of the printing press and the imaginations of young writers. And possibly artist and children’s writer Shaun Tan (Cicada and Tales from the Inner City) but you can decide that.

Readership: 7+

Price: $19.95

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Early Harvest 3: Darkness & Mystery (SOLD OUT)


Jump into the black hole that is Early Harvest 3. On your journey, you will discover stories of mystery, darkness and the Unknown.

Young writers have concocted stories and poems which will transport you to an incredible, inspiring, invigorating and interesting universe of creepiness and creativity.

Featuring works by 16 young writers from Melbourne and award-winning authors Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton and Chris Miles.

Readership: 10+

Price: $19.95

The issue is currently SOLD OUT but please inquire for pre-orders.

Early Harvest 2: Alien & Undead (SOLD OUT)


Don’t bother putting socks on because Early Harvest 2 will scare ‘em right off!

Early Harvest issue 2 is exactly what you have been waiting for. Between the covers is a spooky and spectacular collection of stories, comics, poems, games and artwork.

Twelve local writers in Year 5 and 6 are joined by famous children’s authors Sally Rippin (Our Australian Girl series) and Jen Breach (Something’s Amiss At The Zoo) to scare your socks off with their stories and poems. Or just blow your mind with gamma rays.

Readership: 10+

Price: $19.95

The issue is currently SOLD OUT but please inquire for pre-orders.

Early Harvest 1: Secrets


Psst! You! Yes, you. Want to know a secret? You’ll find a bunch in Early Harvest 1, written by a covert team of talented young writers. Don’t tell anyone, but inside these pages you’ll uncover secret stories, a dinner to remember and things you didn’t know about your best friends.

Readership: 10+

Price: $19.95

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