Australian picture books

Here are a collection of picture books first published in Australia. We are like proud parents with this lot!
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Spirit of Hope by Bob Graham - Everyone knows and loves the Fairweathers, and they all love one another. But one day, they find out that their house is to be demolished to make way for a matchstick factory. Luckily, with the help of their friends and some inspiration from Mary, the littlest Fairweather, they are able to come up with a solution to save their home.

Spirit of Hope by Bob Graham - Everyone knows and loves the Fairweathers, and they all love one another. But one day, they find out that their house is to be demolished to make way for a matchstick factory. Luckily, with the help of their friends and some inspiration from Mary, the littlest Fairweather, they are able to come up with a solution to save their home.

Below Deck on the Sunken Wreck by Mandy Foot - Two children observe the amazing spectacle that goes on in and around a ship submerged beneath the waves. Pelicans swoop for fish, jellyfish drift haphazardly, turtles clamber to safety from the storm. Meanwhile, the sharks glide past like sentries. Everyone's favourite sea creatures make an appearance in party mood in this stunningly illustrated picture book with lyrical, rhyming text.

Below Deck on the Sunken Wreck by Mandy Foot - Two children observe the amazing spectacle that goes on in and around a ship submerged beneath the waves. Pelicans swoop for fish, jellyfish drift haphazardly, turtles clamber to safety from the storm. Meanwhile, the sharks glide past like sentries. Everyone's favourite sea creatures make an appearance in party mood in this stunningly illustrated picture book with lyrical, rhyming text.

The Wheels on the Bus by Mandy Foot - A cheeky wombat bus driver drives his animal passengers around Australia. Come snorkelling with the emu at the Great Barrier Reef. Get rescued by a surf-lifesaving koala at Bondi Beach. And sing ever so quietly as the bus crosses a river full of crocodiles in Darwin...

The Wheels on the Bus by Mandy Foot - A cheeky wombat bus driver drives his animal passengers around Australia. Come snorkelling with the emu at the Great Barrier Reef. Get rescued by a surf-lifesaving koala at Bondi Beach. And sing ever so quietly as the bus crosses a river full of crocodiles in Darwin...

Moon Bear Rescue by Kim Dale - Following her horrific discovery of bear farming, Animals Asia founder and CEO, Jill Robinson, began tireless work within China to set up a Moon Bear Rescue Centre to work towards the complete elimination of bear farming. Bears rehabilitating at the centre arrive in shocking condition and are in urgent need of veterinary attention, surgery and tender loving care. This is the true story of such a bear, a Moon Bear cub named Sunshine, renamed Star in the story.

Moon Bear Rescue by Kim Dale - Following her horrific discovery of bear farming, Animals Asia founder and CEO, Jill Robinson, began tireless work within China to set up a Moon Bear Rescue Centre to work towards the complete elimination of bear farming. Bears rehabilitating at the centre arrive in shocking condition and are in urgent need of veterinary attention, surgery and tender loving care. This is the true story of such a bear, a Moon Bear cub named Sunshine, renamed Star in the story.

The Night Before Christmas by Karen Erasmus - Clement Clarke Moore's 'The Night Before Christmas' is featured here in its original form, beautifully illustrated with Australian-centric watercolour images. There's a Hills Hoist, a possum or two, and everything else you'd expect to find in an Australian backyard.

The Night Before Christmas by Karen Erasmus - Clement Clarke Moore's 'The Night Before Christmas' is featured here in its original form, beautifully illustrated with Australian-centric watercolour images. There's a Hills Hoist, a possum or two, and everything else you'd expect to find in an Australian backyard.

All Set For The Big Wet by Mandy Foot - The ants come scurrying one by one, hurrah, hurrah! Quickly they're followed by swooping barn owls, trundling wombats, jumping kangaroos, striding brolgas and other favourite Australian animals (koalas, crocs, echidnas and dingoes) - all in their race to get to the ark before the flood.

All Set For The Big Wet by Mandy Foot - The ants come scurrying one by one, hurrah, hurrah! Quickly they're followed by swooping barn owls, trundling wombats, jumping kangaroos, striding brolgas and other favourite Australian animals (koalas, crocs, echidnas and dingoes) - all in their race to get to the ark before the flood.

Collecting Colour by Kylie Dunstan - Rose's best friend Olive's mother, Karrang, makes beautiful coloured baskets, mats and bags from leaves from the pandanus palm, a tall, thin tree with very long, spiky leaves. Rose and Olive spend a day helping to gather the pandanus leaves and stringy bark for making into strong bags and baskets. They collect the colour that the bags will be from special plants and berries. It is a hard day's work for Rose, but the results are worth it.

Collecting Colour by Kylie Dunstan - Rose's best friend Olive's mother, Karrang, makes beautiful coloured baskets, mats and bags from leaves from the pandanus palm, a tall, thin tree with very long, spiky leaves. Rose and Olive spend a day helping to gather the pandanus leaves and stringy bark for making into strong bags and baskets. They collect the colour that the bags will be from special plants and berries. It is a hard day's work for Rose, but the results are worth it.

The Last Tree by Mark Wilson - 'The Last Tree' is a story about a beautiful old eucalyptus tree that grew tall and strong over many years. It was the centre of life in the forest and provided food and shelter for many forest dwellers. But what happens when the tree is threatened as the surrounding forest slowly disappears?

The Last Tree by Mark Wilson - 'The Last Tree' is a story about a beautiful old eucalyptus tree that grew tall and strong over many years. It was the centre of life in the forest and provided food and shelter for many forest dwellers. But what happens when the tree is threatened as the surrounding forest slowly disappears?

Our DIY Dad by Ned Culic - What a very busy day it's going to be...First stop is the hardware shop to fill the ute with all the necessities; planks of wood, rivets, rope etc. Then it's time to start building! Starting with the supports, then the floor, ceiling, trapdoor, and everything a treehouse needs. Admiring their creation at the end of the day, the entire family is exhausted, so Mum suggests they stay where they are and sleep up amongst the branches.

Our DIY Dad by Ned Culic - What a very busy day it's going to be...First stop is the hardware shop to fill the ute with all the necessities; planks of wood, rivets, rope etc. Then it's time to start building! Starting with the supports, then the floor, ceiling, trapdoor, and everything a treehouse needs. Admiring their creation at the end of the day, the entire family is exhausted, so Mum suggests they stay where they are and sleep up amongst the branches.

Come Fly With Captain Kangaroo by Mandy Foot - From the arrival of the ground staff and the pilot, through to the passengers checking-in, boarding and the flight itself, the rhyming text in 'Come Fly with Captain Kangaroo' explores the excitement of air travel for young children. Mandy Foot's uniquely Australian cast of animal characters add fun and humour.

Come Fly With Captain Kangaroo by Mandy Foot - From the arrival of the ground staff and the pilot, through to the passengers checking-in, boarding and the flight itself, the rhyming text in 'Come Fly with Captain Kangaroo' explores the excitement of air travel for young children. Mandy Foot's uniquely Australian cast of animal characters add fun and humour.

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