Babies and Toddlers

Crinkly Book of Aussie Animals: From the Bush – Illustrated by Jill Brailsford

If your little one isn’t quite old enough to read just yet, this soft, tremendously tactile book can put the story in their hands. Designed for sensory stimulation the crinkly pages also pack an auditory punch! The simple contrast illustrations make silhouetted images ideal for baby eye engagement and development.

Part of the Crinkly Book of Aussie Animals Series, which includes From the Bush, From the Ocean and From the Outback, this simple storybook is a beautiful way to introduce your bub to the wonderful world of Australia’s native fauna. This would also be a cute little gift idea for overseas newborns.

A gorgeous way to introduce wee ones to our native fauna, this collection would also make a wonderful gift for overseas newborns (nice and light to post, too!).

With just two words of text per page, this graphic story will have your baby mesmerised in monochrome.

The Book is available from: www.walkerbooks.com.au

Price: $13.99

Pre-schoolers

I Just Ate my Friend – Written and Illustrated by Heidi McKinnon

A story of friendship, belonging and impulse decision!

I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon follows the tail of a nameless yellow-speckled monster, who is in search of a new pal, after eating his first one. This simple, innocent and humorous story takes the reader on a friendship journey, filled with marvelous illustrations.

Our little monster discovers the implications of his snacking blunder when searching for a new friend. Each potential new chum comes up with a reason as to why the friendship wont work and hope is almost lost until we come across another green-speckled monster of similar size and shape. A friendship is struck, but that’s not the end, can you guess what happens?

The hilarious storyline pays tribute to the impulsive nature of children and the consequences of that spontaneous action. It also sweetly epitomizes a child’s search for friendship and belonging.

Perfect for ages 2 and up I Just Ate My Friendcan be used to discuss friendship and why we shouldn’t mistreat friends or it could simply be read as a comical monster story.

The gorgeous illustrations are accentuated by the black starlit background, which makes the book both easy to read and magical to look at.

The book is available from: www.allenandunwin.com

Price: $24.99

Young Kids 4-6

Grace and Katie – Written by Susanne Merritt and illustrated by Liz Anelli

Step into the world of Grace and Katie, two twins who don’t always see eye to eye. Grace loves everything to be organized and neat, while Katie likes all things bright, bold and messy. We sure do know some siblings like this!

The two sisters come head to head when they decide that they want to draw a map of their home and street. When it becomes obvious that they wont be able to agree on how the map should be done, they each decide to create their own. To their surprise this doesn’t go quite as planned. Perhaps working together might have been more fun for everyone!

This book is an imaginative exploration of individuality, sisterhood, creativity and appreciating each other’s differences. This story encompasses a beautiful lesson for any siblings.

The illustrator of Grace and Katie, Liz Anelli makes pictures using collage and printmaking as well as paint, pencils and computer generated images. Her picture books are known to explore the world we live in through detailed illustrations, cityscapes and maps.

The book is available from: www.exislepublishing.com.au

Price: $19.99

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse – Written by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Jon Klassen

They may have been swallowed, but they have no intention of being eaten…

Turns out it’s pretty nice inside the belly of the beast – there’s delicious food, elegant table settings and, best of all, dancing.

With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to entertain the big and small.

The book is available from www.booktopia.com.au

Price – $17.50

Children 6-8

Radio Rescue! – Written by Jane Jolly and illustrated by Robert Ingpen

We love that Radio Rescue! Is a uniquely Australian story, which tells the tale of the introduction of pedal radios to outback communities. This fascinating and informative book uses detailed Illustrations and a thoughtful storyline to give a realistic portrayal of Australian history.

Jim and his parents love station life. Jim hunts for rabbits, explores with his dog bluey and chases goannas. Life on the station is an outdoor wonderland full of discovery, but sometimes it gets a little lonely. Jim’s parents are always busy working and his only friend lives miles away.

One day, the arrival of something strange and foreign ignites immense excitement at the station. This weird contraption otherwise known as the pedal radio means that Jim and his family can now send messages by morse code and even hear voices from the main base. As the story continues the importance of communication becomes even more apparent.

Australia’s past in bought to life in the beautiful contrast between highly detailed grey scale illustrations and fold out spreads of colourful rich landscapes.

This story highlights the benefits of instant contact in a world were iPads and smartphones are our new dummies and rattlers. Modern tech kids will find this past intriguing and the story is bound to ignite some questions, hopefully nothing along the lines of ‘when can I play on the iPad mummy?!’

The book is available from: www.booktopia.com.au

Price: $20.95

All Ages – Songbook

Justine Clarke Songbook

Australia’s beloved Justine Clarke is both a child and adult favourite. Channeling her Playschool days she has released a fantastic songbook collection of 16 songs, arranged for voice and easy piano. A fun and energetic book to excite kids into bringing words off of the page. the songbook includes full lyrics, chord symbols, colourful illustrations and fun activity pages.

The book is available from: shop.abc.net.au

Price: $34.99

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