Book recommendations

13 picture books to share this Australia Day

January 21, 2019

Your local library is a treasure trove of picture books to delight and share with your favourite little people — and if you seek them out, there’s bound to be a stockpile that celebrate our unique culture and lifestyle. This Australia Day, our pick is the fabulous Koalas Eat Gum Leaves by local Queensland author/illustrator team Laura and Philip Bunting.

A fun and quirky tale, Koalas Eat Gum Leaves celebrates diversity by exploring an unlikely food that one particular koala enjoys – ICE CREAM!! The story encourages conversation about embracing the differences of others. Have fun looking at all the similarities and differences between the koalas on each page. After you finish, share it again and this time go on a word hunt for all the times you find ‘gum leaves’ in the book (hint: there’s a lot!!). Talk about the way words appear on the page. Some of them are even upside down!

If you’re on or visiting the Sunshine Coast, you can experience this story in nature by taking the story walk at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens.

Share this and some of these other great titles this Australia Day. Look for copies at your local library!

  • Possum Magic | Mem Fox,  Julie Vivas (Illustrator)
  • I’m Australian Too | Mem Fox, Ronojoy Ghosh (Illustrator)
  • At the Beach I See | Kamsani Bin Salleh
  • Colours of Australia |  Bronwyn Bancroft
  • Are we there yet? | Alison Lester
  • Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo | Alison Lester
  • The Croc and the Platypus | Jackie Hosking, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall
  • Once I Heard a Little Wombat | Renee Treml
  • Once There Was a Boy | Dub Leffler
  • Wombat Stew | Marcia Vaughan, Pamela Lofts
  • Hello, Australia! | Megan McKean
  • Mad Magpie – Gregg Dreise