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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!

Mr. Huff

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.