Yippee! Lily's cousin Fern is coming over for a sleepover.

Lily has everything ready for Fern's sleepover: books, games and cheesy acorn pie for dinner. Will Lily's first sleepover be the best night ever?


Anna Branford was born in the Isle of Man and spent her early childhood in Sudan and Papua New Guinea before moving to Australia. Creative writing was her favourite subject at school and she wrote stories in all these different countries. Anna is a doll maker and a sociology lecturer at Victoria University. Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot was her first published work for Walker Books Australia and was Honour Book in the 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers category. In 2013, Violet Mackerel’s Personal Space won the Young Readers/Picture Book Award category of the Australian Family Therapists’ Award and was short-listed for the 2013 Children’s Peace Literature Awards. Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend was short-listed for the 2014 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers category.

Lisa Coutts is an illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She has studied graphic design and her illustrations have graced books, greeting cards, magazines, festivals, posters, packages and even tea cups. Lisa exhibits her work at various galleries and serves on the committee of Illustrators Australia. The Lily the Elf series are her first illustrated novels with Walker Books Australia.


This was a really easy book to read and the pictures were cute. It would be great for girls who are just starting to read chapter books. I gave The Sleepover 4 stars. – Aijay, Kid Reviewer

Creative Kids Tales

Branford has deftly described the fears that are part of young children’s lives… The black and white illustrations by Lisa Coutts bring the emotions of the characters alive and help support the easy text in the simple sentences.

Read Plus

This is a lovely book which would be great for emerging young readers. It has simple text with clear illustrations giving the young reader an opportunity to form their own ideas of how an elf should be dressed and in what colours.

Booksellers NZ

Anna Branford’s Lily the Elf series are delightful instalments of childhood wonder and gentle life lessons.

Reading Time

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