Date : July 9, 2019
Australian kids’ books are an incredibly important source of new language, concepts, and lessons for young children, and so the books you and your child read together while in their infant stage are very important. The years before school are vital for developing skills and knowledge your little ones will use all their lives. For more information about the kinds of books you and your child can read together, read on!
The best Australian kids’ books to encourage learning
Picture books can support children’s learning and the application of that knowledge and information in the real world. This type of information can include words and letters, basic science concepts, problem-solving techniques, and morals. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 Australian children’s picture books that will open your child to a new range of concepts and lessons they can use throughout their development.
Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker
Where the Forest Meets the Sea is a beautiful, timeless picture book written by an iconic Australian children’s author, Jeannie Baker. The images – beautifully put-together collages of various materials – are breathtaking. The story involves a young boy and his father who travel in their boat, appropriately named ‘Time Machine,’ to a stretch of beach beside an ancient rainforest in far north Queensland. The boy imagines what the forest might have been like in the past and he climbs through the trees. He imagines dinosaurs, Indigenous children playing as he now does, and what might happen to the forest in the future. The book encourages young children to use their imaginations, to develop empathy and understanding, and builds on their critical thinking skills. The language used is fun and evocative and contains words children might not have encountered before.
Where is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox
Mem Fox is an Australian author beloved by generations of Australian children, and Where is the Green Sheep? is a favourite among her younger readers. The wonderful verse helps to teach children what rhyming words mean, as well as introducing them to new language. The story involves a wonderful adventure through rolling hills to find the green sheep.
Noises at Night by Beth Glass and Susan Lubner
A boy lies wide awake in bed, listening to all the night noises he can hear. Rather than being scared, he decides that the night noises are actually fun invitations to play. In the boy’s imagination, a dripping faucet becomes a pirate ship at sea. A hissing radiator becomes a snake that has been charmed to sleep. This wonderful book not only encourages children to use their imaginations for play, it encourages them to think about things that may be scary to them, and to come up with fun, imaginative ways of dealing with them.
The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs
Surely one of the best known Australian kids’ books, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie follows the adventures of two Gumnut Babies in the Australian bush. The illustrations are lovely and enhance the vivid storytelling. The story is a charming way to learn lessons of friendship and resilience, while also exploring native Australian flora and fauna.