Toy Mountain

USD $18.99 USD $15.19

Available now in AU/NZ/UK and CAN. Due for release 9th November in the USA.

Sam’s dreams seem to have come true when he becomes a toy tester for the Tiny Hands Toy Factory, and his house is filled with plastic toys in all sorts of shapes and colours. But one by one and plonk by plonk, his shiny new toys start to break. Soon enough, Sam has a mountain of broken toys that just won’t stop growing!

This whimsically illustrated story highlights the huge amounts of plastic waste generated by ‘consumer culture’, and empowers children to take sustainability into their own hands.



SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820966 | Hardback | 245 x 255mm / 9.5 x 10in | 32 Pages | Full Colour

For a generation of children who are already passionate about sustainability…

Treasuring Toys

“As a child I had just a handful of hand-me-down toys … Never did it cross my mind that we would discard these treasured toys for new ones. On having my own children I discovered how ‘disposable’ and short lived 21st century toys are and wanted to capture the nostalgia associated with the quality toys of past times.”

– Author Stef Gemmill, on her motivation for writing Toy Mountain




Reducing our Mountains

Toy Mountain outlines the plastic waste crisis in a way that is simple for children to understand and shows them how they can help. It empowers children to take sustainability into their own hands, and their parents, through their toy purchases. This is a vitally important message in a world where we generate 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic each year, 79% of which goes into landfill.




All while having fun!

Tough topics don’t always need to be depicted seriously to make an impact.
“I have created colourful and vibrant illustrations that bring atmosphere, joy and adventure to the story. I particularly wanted to depict the wonders of childhood and create a window into the world as a child sees it: bright colours and an innocent sense of fun.”
– Illustrator Katherine Hall





Stef Gemmill is a children’s author and former technical writer, teacher, and freelance music journalist. Her writing career kicked off with reviewing rock gigs. After becoming a mum, she swapped the mosh pit for toys and tantrums and is the author of children’s books telling stories of friendship, hope and adventure. She lives on the Surf Coast of Victoria, Australia with her surf mad family and skateboarding cat, Luna.

Stef won the children’s category of the International Rubery Book Awards with her picture book A Home For Luna in 2020. Toy Mountain is her third book.

Katharine Hall is an illustrator based in Wellington. From her studio in Aotearoa, she tells stories that translate across language – specialising in ink work and digital design. In addition to picture book illustration, she has also worked on various projects for individuals, start-ups and businesses both big and small.

Her lively, happy-go-lucky, and detailed style is inspired by a few simple loves; intricate details, fluffy cats, funny stories, bright colours, and nature. The quirky stuff in between is always an option too!

Meet the whole EK family!


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