One of the many joys of children’s books is the messages that sit behind what appears a simple story. Which book did you read as a child that carried an important message?
The illustrations are exciting, the stories are inspiring and the characters are funny. Children’s picture books are a joy to read. Which was your favourite to read as a child?
It’s a short week this week and the last week of the school holidays here in Victoria. On the blog we’ll be sharing the best picture books to read to little ones these school holidays. Be sure to check back on Thursday for our top picks.
Children all over the country are preparing to begin the new school year next week and we are all hoping that it will be a year that has far fewer interruptions than the last two years.
Starting school is such an exciting time and while it’s fun to shop for new shoes, pencil cases and lunch boxes, there is always a little trepidation at the thought of a new routine, new friends to make and new teachers to meet.
We have found six wonderful books that all aim to help the smallest students have a smooth start to their schooling.
The Wild Guide to Starting School by Laura and Philip Bunting
The familiar and much loved animals from previous Bunting tales—Mopoke, Kookaburra, Liarbird, Koala, Quokka, and a few new friends—guide you from starting the day just right (mmm, GumFlakes) to first day jitters, meeting teachers, making friends, lunch time, home time and all the things in between. It is time to get set for your wildest adventure yet. Follow this simple guide and you’ll learn everything you need to know.
All The Ways to Be Smart by Davina Bell
This book has been out for a few years, and it remains a firm favourite in bookshelves all around the country.
Smart is not just ticks and crosses, smart is building boats from boxes. Painting patterns, wheeling wagons, being mermaids, riding dragons. From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.
Ally-saurus and the first day of school by Richard Torrey
When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes she’ll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, she’s the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be “princesses” snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends? With its humorous art, appealing heroine and surprise ending, this fun board book celebrates children’s boundless imagination.
You can read more of Ally’s adventures here.
Let’s Get Ready for School by Jane Porter
Starting school can be a great adventure, but it can make you feel a bit nervous too. Let’s Get Ready for School is a perfect book to reassure any new school-starter. Jane Porter answers all of these questions and more in this warm, witty and reassuring book for young children that explores everything they’ll need to know before starting school. Marley, Maya, Theo, Akiko, Ella and Zakir are all getting ready to start school. Why not come along with them and see what it’s like? Illustrated with charming characters by Carolina Rabei, this is the perfect introduction to joining a new class.
Old Friends, New Friends by Andrew Daddo
What do you do when none of your old friends are in your new class? From the team who brought you First Day and When I Grow Up comes an empowering and relatable picture book about making friends and being yourself.
Hello World by Kelly Corrigan
From New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan comes a book that celebrates the people in our lives and the meaningful connections we make that come from asking each other questions. Hello World! is the perfect reminder that the journeys we take through life are all about the people we will meet along the way, people who will make us smarter, stronger, and more amazing than we ever thought possible. With her trademark inspirational wisdom, Kelly Corrigan writes the perfect book for anyone about to embark on a new adventure.
Bluey has been a phenomenal success since airing on ABC KIDS in 2018, amassing legions of dedicated fans and hugely popular ranges of books. Daddy Putdown is one of our favs.