Best Children's Books About Australia

14 Children's Books About Australia

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
A Is for Australian Animals book
#1
A Is for Australian Animals
Written and illustrated by Frané Lessac
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

There are so many amazing animals to be found in Australia -- and many of them are found nowhere else in the world. Discover thirty-eight of the weird and wonderful creatures of Down Under -- from the iconic kangaroo to the puzzling echidna; from the tiny crusader bug to the enormous saltwater crocodile; from the adorable quokka to the terrifying Tasmanian devil. Did you know that lyrebirds can mimic almost any sound? Or that an oblong turtle has the longest neck of any turtle in the world? Vibrant paintings and fascinating facts introduce readers to a wide array of incredible animals in this vivid celebration of the fauna that makes Australia unique.

ABC of Australian Animals book
#2
ABC of Australian Animals
Written and illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduces the letters of the alphabet through colorful illustrations from indigenous artists and simple text which examine the wildlife of Australia, featuring the kangaroo, bandicoot, echidna, cockatoo, goanna, and more.

123 of Australian Animals book
#3
123 of Australian Animals
Written and illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

This delightful counting book of Australian animals has lizards hissing and wallabies hop- ping. Both a charming introduction to the numbers one through 12 and a unique exploration of Australian wildlife—some familiar, others more unusual—it also features sugar gliders, emus, geckos, and many more.

The Rainbow book
#4
The Rainbow
Written by Ros Moriarty and illustrated by Balarinji Studio
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A perfect read-aloud story which revels in the kaleidoscopic colours of the Australian landscape featuring Indigenous art by Balarinji. The land bakes...RED. The sun sets...ORANGE. The dawn glows...GOLD. The flowers burst...YELLOW. A joyous serenade to colours that show country before a storm, illustrated by Balarinji, Australia's leading Indigenous design studio.

The Great Kiwi ABC Book book
#5
The Great Kiwi ABC Book
Written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Here is the ABC like you ve never seen it: featuring Donovan Bixley s uniquely Kiwi characters. Look out for the milkshake-making cow, the All Black lambs, the cute pink ski-bunny, the colossal squid, and many more of Donovan s vibrant, amusing illustrations. Fun for the kids and fun for the adults!"

The Great Kiwi 123 Book book
#6
The Great Kiwi 123 Book
Written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Here is a counting book like you've never seen: featuring Donovan Bixley's most popular characters from his uniquely Kiwi Wheels on the Bus and Old MacDonald's Farm. Look out for the milkshake-making cow, the All Black lambs, the cute pink ski-bunny, and the colossal squid and many more of Donovan's vibrant, amusing illustrations. Fun for the kids--and fun for the adults!

The Alien Next Door 3: Alien Scout book
#7
The Alien Next Door 3: Alien Scout
Written by A.I. Newton and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

In the third book of the Alien Next Door series, Harris knows Zeke is an alien, and they go away for a weekend trip as Beaver Scouts. Will Harris be able to help Zeke keep his secret when another scout starts suspecting something? Zeke has revealed to Harris that he's an alien and Harris is thrilled to have an alien best friend! This weekend, Harris has a Beaver Scout outing in the wilderness, so he invites Zeke to join in on the fun. Zeke doesn't quite understand all the activities, like sleeping outside and telling ghost stories, and he is a little careless with using his powers, which leads one scout to become a little suspicious. Will Harris be able to help Zeke hide his identity from everyone?

Small Walt and Mo the Tow book
#8
Small Walt and Mo the Tow
Written by Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Small Walt befriends a tow truck when he comes across a car in need of help in this irresistible companion to Small Walt, which Kirkus Reviews called “charming and endearing” in a starred review. We’re Gus and Walt We plow and we salt We clear the snow so the Cars can go! A bitter blizzard. A snowbound town. When a car skids off the road, Small Walt and Gus might not have what it takes to save the day on their own. But who does? Mo the Tow to the rescue! When we need a tow, We call on Mo… We can depend On our new friend! Text filled with onomatopoeia and Walt’s affirming chants make this story about friendship and accepting help from others a real winner.

Under the Southern Cross book
#9
Under the Southern Cross
Written and illustrated by Frané Lessac
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-12

Night-time in Australia, animals are waking, people are exploring, discoveries are being made – under the Southern Cross. What makes ribbons of colour swirl in the sky? What are the spooky balls of light that bounce across the outback? What animal lays eggs that look like squishy ping-pong balls? Where can you watch a movie with bats circling overhead? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this factastic picture book tour of Australia after dark.

Letters from Australia book
#10
Letters from Australia
Written and illustrated by Maree Coote
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Every picture is made with the letters that spell its name! This tour of Australia is unlike any other. Readers spell their way through the pictures of landmarks and animals of Australia, via illustrations created entirely with letters. This is a unique graphic device. Letter Art encourages letter recognition, observation, and spelling, and helps associate words with the pictures they describe. Colors are bold and bright, and the book is supported by Teachers' Notes via the back page and online.

Where Is Galah? book
#11
Where Is Galah?
Written and illustrated by Sally Morgan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Dingo is on the prowl. He can see Emu, Swan, and Turtle. He can hear Crocodile, Frog, and Kookaburra. But where is Galah? Sally Morgan brings the Australian landscape alive in this colorful exploration of animals and animal sounds. Children will have fun with the search-and-find element. Galah is hiding on every page!

The Pumpkin Runner book
#12
The Pumpkin Runner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nearly all the sheep ranchers in Blue Gum Valley rode horses or drove jeeps to check on their sheep. But Joshua Summerhayes liked to run...with Yellow Dog trailing behind him." So it's no surprise when Joshua decides to enter a race from Melbourne to Sydney. People laugh when old Joshua shows up in his overalls and gumboots, calmly nibbling a slice of pumpkin for energy. But then he pulls into the lead, and folks are forced to sit up and take notice. Inspired by a true event (and just in time for fall's pumpkin harvest!) a talented team introduces a humble and generous hero who knows that winning isn't always the reason to run a race.

The Most Marvelous International Spelling Bee book
#13
The Most Marvelous International Spelling Bee
Written by Deborah Abela and illustrated by Aleksie Bitskoff
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

"India Wimple can spell with the best of them. How else would she have won the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and garnered an invitation to the Most Marvelous International Spelling Bee? India couldn't be more thrilled to travel to London along with the rest of the Wimples. And at first, it seems like a dream come true; she reunites with her spelling bee friends, and they even get to meet the Queen! But there is skulduggery afoot, with some rather mysterious goings-on going on and a series of accidents that seem to be not-so-accidental after all. India has her suspicions about who is behind the duplicitous demonstrations. But can she solve the mystery in time to save the competition?"

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee book
#14
The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee
Written by Deborah Abela
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

India Wimple can spell. Brilliantly. Every Friday night, she and her family watch the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee on TV. When the Wimples suggest she enter the next bee, India finds the idea disconcerting. She's sure she's not good enough—but her family won't accept that and encourages her to sign up. There are plenty of obstacles to reaching the finals, and the whole thing seems rather calamitous to India. But with hope, hard work, and a little bit of heart, something splendiferous might be on the horizon…

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