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Picture Books and Educational Activities on Australia

Here is a list of picture book reviews that would be useful to people wanting to explore the theme, Australia, with children. You'll find many picture books here about Australian animals, as well as picture books that encourage kids to think about what it truly means to be an Australian. You'll also find some educational resources with an Australian theme.




From my review: "...There’s the front cover - gouged by cracked earth lines that kids can run fingertips along. Then there’s the rhyme - not the rollicking kind, but couplets that enhance the story with gentle echoes. The word pictures - carefully chosen to convey perspectives and scenes kids will remember and relate to. The illustrations..." Read more at The Book Chook.

Australian Animal Finger Puppets from Mother Natured

Barking Owl, Lady Beetle, Turtle and Koala - free download.


Bird to Bird

Bird to Bird

From my review: "As we have come to expect in Saxby’s books, the text is lyrical and creates beautiful word pictures. It’s also satisfying as it helps us understand the cycle of nature and mankind." Read more at The Book Chook.


My Australia

My Australia

From my review: "It’s easy to forget what truly amazing country Australia is! Such an ancient land, and with such diverse physical, botanical and zoological features. My Australia is a real celebration of this diversity. The partnership of Murphy and Fleming works very, very well..." Read more at The Book Chook.


I Remember

I Remember

From my review: "The story starts with an older woman remembering her youth, Specifically when her younger self went on family camping trips to the Murchison River. Crawford’s words and Jordinson’s images immerse us in all the joys of a family camping trip - setting up camp, fishing, playing in the water, cooking damper over the fire, falling asleep to a chorus of strange night time sounds..." Read more at The Book Chook.


Kookaburras Love to Laugh

Kookaburras Love to Laugh

From my review: "You’ll find the same quirky humour and delightful illustrations in this as the Bunting’s previous books. Though at first glance very simple, with no fussy detail, yet I predict kids will return again and again to this book. Yes, it’s partly the pun and visual gags about bodily “wind” which will always appeal to the primary school set. But it’s also Australian humour that kids will relate to from their own lives ..." Read more at The Book Chook.


Somewhere in the Reef

Somewhere in the Reef

From my review: "Pennacchio has taken the framework of the children’s rhyme Over in the Meadow and piggybacked on it come up with a new rhyming text that takes us on a tour of the amazingly diverse Great Barrier Reef. We meet various inhabitants in their specific settings. .." Read more at The Book Chook.

Resources on Australia for Primary Students - ABC Education

4000+ educational games, videos and teaching resources for schools and students. Free Primary resources covering history, science, English, maths and more

The Book Chook: Reviews: Recent Children’s Picture Books about Animals, 2017

"Lift the flap books are perennial favourites with kids. They love that element of suspense, and then surprise when something hidden is uncovered. Children are also drawn to books where things must be located. Oliver cleverly uses this book concept to invite kids to explore a real-life place where things are not always as they seem and where creatures hide: a rock pool." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, I’m Australian Too

What is the children's picture book, I'm Australian Too, all about? "I loved the emphasis in I'm Australian Too on celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity, but doing it in a matter-of-fact way that avoids the tub-thumping kids don’t need to hear. Instead, we meet a range of kids who share their backgrounds with us. One Melbourne-born child has a dad born in Sydney, and a mum born in Ballarat; three kids looking out of an apartment window tell us Dad grew up in Darwin, Mum in Humpty Doo and that their “mob’s been here forever…” leading us to infer their heritage is indigenous. Kids whose families came from Ireland, Italy, England, Somalia and Syria share brief snippets of their past and current life, and we slowly become aware that some of those lives have been very difficult and different to ours." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review and Activities, Jeremy

Read review and suggested activities at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, On the River

"Follow the mighty Murray River from the mountains to the sea on an epic journey with Roland Harvey and his pelican friend, in this glorious picture book full of humorous, intricate illustrations and fascinating information." Read more at The Book Chook.

Review, Nannie Loves

"The large colourful collaged illustrations bring the characters and setting to life, and children’s own imaginations will supply all the baa-ing, clucking, smells of Sunday roast and hugging necessary for a beloved Grandma living in Australia: Story Country." Read more at The Book Chook.

Review, Rockhopping

"Join Clancy and Uncle Egg on a rambling, rockhopping adventure in Gariwerd (the Grampians), to find the source of the Glenelg River. A story about following your flow, and the unexpected places you may go." Read more at The Book Chook.

Review, Crabbing with Dad

Seden’s illustrations zing with action, colour and fun and his story is simple but evocative of the Australian coastal life, and of kids who love to spend time with Dad. Read more at The Book Chook.

Children's Book Review, The Great Expedition

What is the children's book, The Great Expedition, all about?

Free printable koala mask

Add some koala play to your day with this free koala mask. From Mother Natured.

Where the Forest Meets the Sea

A boy and his father travel in their boat, ‘Time Machine’ to a stretch of beach beside a primordial tropical rainforest. As the boy walks among the trees he imagines the forest as it might have been in the past. Dinosaurs emerge, barely perceptible, from a tangle of trunks and vines; the faint outlines of an aboriginal child melt into a background of trees and in the final haunting scene the unspoiled vista readers have toured is overlaid with translucent images of a possible future civilisation. Jeannie Baker.

Recent Picture Books for Kids with an Australian Theme

Teachers and librarians often look for books with an Australian theme to complement studies kids are involved in at school. Books like this make a great gift for young children overseas, too, as they transmit a little about the Australian culture or way of life. Here are some 2013 children's picture books I've read recently, all of which have something to do with Australia.
Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, Hello

Hello is illustrated by Tony Flowers and published by National Library of Australia Publishing (2016). It’s a children’s picture book which gives little snippets of the different cultural backgrounds of kids living in Australia.

Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Review, Stories for Simon

What I adore about this beautiful picture book is how accessible it is to children. Sarzin has done a brilliant job of telling a story that kids will understand. The message is not bleak, but optimistic, encouraging us to move forward with shared understanding and respect. As Australian of the Year 2014, Adam Goodes, says of Stories for Simon: “Sometimes to move forward, we first need to look back.” He goes on to talk of “…the value and power of saying sorry and creating a vision for the brightest possible future.”

Read more at The Book Chook.

Gus Dog Goes to Work | Penguin Books Australia

Gus Dog Goes to Work is the warm and comical story of a not-so-usual day in the life of a sheep dog, by the top author/illustrator team of the best-selling...

Children's Book Review, The Windy Farm

Fun picture book with a great Australian flavour. Read my review at The Book Chook.