Everyone Wants an Octopus Book!

Everyone Wants an Octopus Book! is a thought-provoking picture book about how everyone deserves to see themselves in books.

Inky the octopus wants to read a book with a character that looks like them. With their best friend, Quack the duck, they scour every shelf, but all they seem to find are more books about ducks! Why aren’t there any stories with octopuses? They decide maybe it’s time for one.

Author: Liz Ledden

Illustrator: Makoto Koji

Publisher: Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing (Bright Light)

ISBN: 9781761210846

Release date: 20 March 2024

Order online: here!

Schools: can order via Australian Standing Orders

Teachers’ Notes: available here

Goodreads: Add and review!


To celebrate the release of Everyone Wants an Octopus Book! I hosted a ‘takeover’ episode on Dani Vee’s Words and Nerds podcast, along with two fellow authors published by Hardie Grant’s Bright Light imprint, Dr Zewlan Moor and Sandhya Parappukkaran. We chat diversity and representation in kids’ books, how we present tricky topics in kid-centric ways in our picture books, stories we want more of – and lots more!


‘Ledden’s sparse yet thought-provoking text will ignite critical thinking from even the smallest child … This picture book is an essential addition to the diversity section of any library and a thought-provoking read for children 3+.’
CBCA Reading Time

‘A great message about acceptance and representation in the world in a wonderfully illustrated read full of colour and movement.’
Telarah Public School Library

‘I love the whole vision of this book – to create an inclusive story … Everyone wants to make a connection to the stories they read, especially children.’
Little Rainbow Reads

‘Told in fresh and funny dialogue … engaging and thought-provoking.’
My Picture Book Heart

‘Author Liz Ledden and illustrator Makoto Koji have crafted a powerful book here. One that could be a conversation starter across age groups.’
Get Kids Booked

‘There’s a whole lot of cuteness happening in this little slice of bookish goodness!’
Our Bookish Days

‘Congratulations Liz and Makoto on a magnificent picture book, we love it!’
Gleebooks Kids (Glebe)