As I explained in our Booklist introduction page, we do not read aloud longer books. So this list is a collection of our favourite picture books. I attempt to read aloud one picture book (either from this list, or from our much larger general collection) at the beginning of each school day for the little ones.. This collection is constantly expanding as I collect new titles.
Click Go The Shears (Folk Song) – Robert Ingpen – Note, this is the uncut version, the old shearer drinks himself to death at the end, and ‘goes to hell at last’
My Country (Dorothea Mackellar) – Andrew McLean
The Spider and the Fly (Mary Howitt) – Tony DiTerlizzi – I was a goth in my teenage years, the illustrations in this book are gorgeous.
(Ensure you are aware of the content of Patersons poems before buying/reading these books to your kids. We love them but some families will object to the themes, as these were not originally written to be children’s poetry!)
Mulga Bill’s Bicycle (Banjo Paterson) – Kilmeny & Deborah Niland
Clancy of the Overflow (Banjo Paterson) – Kilmeny Niland
The Man From Ironbark (Banjo Paterson) – Quentin Hole
A Bush Christening (Banjo Paterson) – Quentin Hole
Waltzing Matilda (Banjo Paterson) – Freya Blackwood
The Man Fron Snowy River (Banjo Paterson) – Freya Blackwood
The Geebung Polo Club (Banjo Paterson) – Ninon Phillips
National Geographic Science Reader Series
Scholastic Science Reader Series
World Alphabets Series
A Child’s Day Series
Children Return to their Roots Series
The Katie Series – James Mayhew – These books are fiction but I am placing them as non-fiction, because their primary focus is on famous art, and they use a story to engage kids with classical artists and paintings. So I have them in my science/history/art rotation rather than my fiction rotation.
Hairy Maclary Series – Dame Lynley Dodd
Olga the Brolga – Rod Clement
Wombat Stew – Marcia K Vaugham & Pamela Lofts
Possum Magic – Mem Fox & Julie Vivas
There’s a Hippopotomus On Our Roof Eating Cake – Hazel Edwards & Deborah Niland – My second child adores this book, it is her absolute favourite
Diary of a Wombat – Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
Only a Cat – Jutta Ash
Sam Vole and His Brothers – Martin Waddell & Barbara Firth – A book from my husbands childhood about a youngest brother realizing things are more fun with brothers than alone, great for large families
Mouse Mischief – Bronwen Ross
There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe – Kate Toms – A gorgeous re-writing of the tale which made this large family mummy tear up. A must-have for kids with lots of siblings.
Disneys Elegant ABC Book – Vincent Jefferds – A memory from my own childhood, I loved this book