On Monday I shared the books we’ll “officially” be reading as part of our Family Book Club. But perhaps your library doesn’t have Mem Fox’s Possum Magic, or perhaps you just want one or two dozen others to read because your kids are like mine and can’t get enough picture books. In that case, I’ve compiled a list of 50 possibilities for you.
Headed to the library? I’ve got a printable for that.
If you want to look for any of these titles at your library, here’s a PDF printable of all 50 books.
(Asterisks (*) mark ones I especially enjoyed)
- * The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold, illustrated by Brad Sneed
- Window and Mirror by Jeannie Baker
- Kangaroo and Crocodile by Bronwyn Bancroft
- Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Jill Dubin
- A Home for Bilby by Joanne Crawford, illustrated by Grace Fielding
- Look What Came from Australia by Kevin A. Davis
- Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox, illustrated by Marla Frazee
- Hunwick’s Egg by Mem Fox, illustrated by Pamela Lofts
- * Koala Lou by Mem Fox, illustrated by Pamela Lofts
- * Wombat Divine by Mem Fox, illustrated by Kerry Argent
- * Half a World Away by Libby Gleeson, illustrated by Freya Blackwood
- * Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson, illustrated by Freya Blackwood
- Malu Kangaroo: How the First Children Learnt to Surf by Judith Morecroft, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
- Baby Bilby’s Question by Sally Morgan, illustrated by Adele Jaunn
- The Emu That Laid the Golden Egg by Yvonne Morrison, illustrated by Heath McKenzie
- Ready to Dream by Donna Jo Napoli and Elena Furrow, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
- * Lizzie Nonsense by Jan Ormerod
- * Big Red Kangaroo by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Graham Byrne
- * Emu by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Graham Byrne
- * D is for Down Under: An Australian Alphabet by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Geoff Cook
- Old Shell, New Shell: A Coral Reef Tale by Helen Ward, illustrated by Wayne Anderson
- Bilby: Secrets of an Australian Marsupial by Edel Wignell, illustrated by Mark Jackson
- * Bobbie Dazzler by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Janine Dawson
And some others, which I didn’t have the chance to preview:
- Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker.
- An Australian ABC of Animals, An Australian 1, 2, 3 of Animals, and Why I Love Australia by Bronwyn Bancroft
- Diary of a Wombat, and several others in the series, including sequels Diary of a Baby Wombat, Christmas Wombat, and the connected title Josephine Wants to Dance by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley
- Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
- Hop Up! Wriggle Over! by Elizabeth Honey
- Don’t Dig So Deep, Nicholas! by Troon Harrison
- Australia ABCs by Sarah Heiman, illustrated by Arturo Avila
- Edward the Emu, and Edwina the Emu by Sheena Knowles, illustrated by Rod Clement
- Outback Odyssey by Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz
- Hello, Mama Wallaroo by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne
- Wombat Goes Walkabout by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Christian Birmingham
- The Outback by Annaliese Porter, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
- Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
- Bilby Moon by Margaret Spurling, illustrated by Danny Snell
- Colour for Curlews or One Very Tired Wombat by Renée Tremi
- Wombat Stew or Snug as a Hug: An Australian Lullaby by Marcia K. Vaughan, illustrated by Pamela Lofts or Snap, also by Marcia K. Vaughan, but illustrated by Sascha Hutchinson
- The Old Woman Who Loved to Read by John Winch
Still Want More?
Despite including several titles by Mem Fox already in this list, she’s got plenty more – not all of them very Australia-heavy on their content, but every one of hers I’ve read has been worthwhile. My kids are particularly partial to Where Is the Green Sheep?
In addition, Bronwyn Bancroft has many additional picture book titles besides the three listed in this post, and all are very Australia-focused.
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