Children’s Literature Recommendations
Five great picture books to enjoy over the school holidays.
Here are some touching, funny and ingenious recommendations to enjoy. We hope they become new favourites!
They All Saw a Cat
by Brendan Wenzel
This brilliant book features illustrations from the perspective of various animals. The bird views the cat from high above the trees, while the flea can barely see past the the cat’s long fur. The text repeats so children at all levels can read along. This fun book can be enjoyed solely for its beautiful illustrations, teach about animals or lead to rich conversations about perspective and point of view.
I’m Australian Too
by Mem Fox
Illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh
From the one and only Mem Fox comes this great new picture book. Its simple graphic illustrations beautifully show the varied landscapes and regions of Australia while the rhyming text celebrates Australia’s multiculturalism and diversity. The characters share the many countries they or their families come from and then ask the reader, “How about you?” This book can lead to meaningful conversations about family origins.
The Koala Who Could
by Rachel Bright and Jim Field
With the help of a group of his Native Australian animal friends, Kevin the Koala, learns to overcome his fears and try new things!
by Anna Walker
This book by Melbourne writer and illustrator Anna Walker won award for best picture book in 2016 by the Children’s Book Council of Australia! This gentle story is about the things in our lives that make us happy and sad and how our views and attitudes can change the situation.
Ada Twist: Scientist
Rosie Revere: Engineer
Iggy Peck: Architect
by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
In these three amazing picture books, the main characters learn about the world through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The rhyming text and fun illustrations will keep children engaged while inspiring them to explore their world, follow their passions, and persevere.