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The Best Children’s Books About Australia

“What are the best Childrens books about Australia?” We looked at 228 of the top Australian Kids books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 15 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Australian Kids” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 15 Best Books About Or Featuring Australia



15 .) Amy and Louis written by Libby Gleeson and Freeya Blackwood

	Amy and Louis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bub Hub
  • Childhood 101
  • The Conversation

When Louie’s best friend Amy moves to the other side of the world, Louie must find a way to reconnect with her.




14 .) Grug written by Ted Prior

	Grug

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bub Hub
  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads

Aust’n. BOARD BOOK. Now even littler ones can enjoy Grug, that unforgettable hero of the Australian bush who began life as the nomadic, fallen top of the native Burrawang tree… Perfect in size (and perfectly chewable for little ones) this is a great way to introduce babies to one of Australia’s favourite characters.




13 .) Imagine written by Alison Lester

	Imagine

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Worm
  • Goodreads
  • The Conversation

Invites the reader to imagine what it would be like to live in various locations, such as a house, a jungle, and an icecap, and meet the animals that live there.




12 .) John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat written by Jenny Wagner

	John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bub Hub
  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads

Rose’s dog John Brown, feels he can look after her without any help from the midnight cat, but Rose has different ideas.




11 .) Koala Lou written by Mem Fox

	Koala Lou

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • Readings 2

A young koala, longing to hear her mother speak lovingly to her as she did before other children came along, plans to win her distracted parent’s attention.




10 .) Mirror written by Jeannie Baker

	Mirror

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • The Barefoot Mommy

In Sydney, Australia, and in Morocco, two boys and their families have a day of shopping. Readers are invited to compare illustrations in two wordless stories that are intended to be read one from left to right and the other from right to left.




9 .) The Very Cranky Bear written by Nick Bland

	The Very Cranky Bear

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bub Hub
  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads

On a rainy, cold day in the jungle, four animal friends hide in a cave to play, but unexpectedly meet a bear trying to nap.




8 .) Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia written by Alison Lester

	Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bub Hub
  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • Readings 2

For six months, Grace and her family travel around Australia, seeing sights and meeting people.




7 .) Magic Beach written by Alison Lester

	Magic Beach

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • Readings 2
  • Victorian Opera

Filled with fun rhymes and make-believe stories, this wonderfully illustrated children’s tale offers an imaginative view of a beach that includes swimming, surfing, and splashing. From sand castles and rock pools to boats and fish, the realistic scenes evoke images of a summer day along the waterfront where anything can happen.




6 .) Where is the Green Sheep? written by Mem Fox, Judy Horacek

	Where is the Green Sheep?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bub Hub
  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • The Conversation

A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.




5 .) Animalia written by Graeme Base

	Animalia

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bub Hub
  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • The Conversation
  • Victorian Opera

An alphabet book with fantastic and detailed pictures, bearing such labels as “Lazy lions lounging in the local library.”




4 .) Edward the Emu written by Sheena Knowles

	Edward the Emu

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Worm
  • Bub Hub
  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • Kids Yoga Stories

Tired of his life as an emu, Edward decides to try being something else for a change. He tries swimming with the seals, he spends a day lounging with the lions, and even slithers with the snakes. But Edward soon discovers that being an emu may be the best thing after all.




3 .) Possum Magic written by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas

	Possum Magic

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bub Hub
  • Goodreads
  • Kids Yoga Stories
  • The Barefoot Mommy
  • The Conversation
  • Victorian Opera

When Grandma Poss’s magic turns Hush invisible, the two possums take a culinary tour of Australia to find the food that will make her visible once more.




2 .) Wombat Stew written by Marcia Vaughan, illustrated by Pamela Lofts

	Wombat Stew

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bub Hub
  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • Kids Yoga Stories
  • Readings 2
  • Victorian Opera

A dingo intent on making wombat stew receives cooking suggestions from the other animals, unaware that they are protecting their fellow creature.




1 .) Diary of a Wombat written by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley

	Diary of a Wombat

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bub Hub
  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • Kids Yoga Stories
  • Readings 2
  • The Conversation
  • Victorian Opera

In his diary, a wombat describes his life of eating, sleeping, and getting to know some new human neighbors.





The 200 Additional Best Kids Australia Books



#BooksAuthorsLists
16Big Rain ComingKatrina GermeinChildhood 101
Goodreads
17Clever Crow Readings
Readings 2
18FoxMargaret Wild and Ron BrooksGoodreads
The Conversation
19Hello Sydney! Readings
Readings 2
20Hello, Australia! Readings
Readings 2
21Hello, Melbourne! Readings
Readings 2
22If I Was Prime Minister Readings
Readings 2
23Josephine Wants to DanceJackie FrenchChildhood 101
Goodreads
24Koalas Eat Gum Leaves Readings
Readings 2
25Kung-fu Kangaroo Readings
Readings 2
26Max Bub Hub
Readings
27My Farm Bub Hub
Childhood 101
28My PlaceNadia WheatleyGoodreads
Readings 2
29One Woolly WombatRod TrincaGoodreads
Kids Yoga Stories
30Rose Meets Mr WintergartenBob GrahamBub Hub
Goodreads
31Shake a Leg Readings
Readings 2
32The Complete Adventures of Blinky BillDorothy WallBook Worm
Victorian Opera
33The Eleventh HourGraeme BaseChildhood 101
Goodreads
34The Little RefugeeAnh DoGoodreads
Readings 2
35The Magic Pudding : The adventures of Bunyip BluegumNorman LindsayGoodreads
Victorian Opera
36The Muddle-Headed WombatRuth Park, illustrated by Noela YoungGoodreads
Victorian Opera
37The Rainbow SerpentDick RoughseyReadings 2
Victorian Opera
38The Silver BrumbyElyne MitchellBook Worm
Goodreads
39
There’s a Sea in My Bedroom
 Bub Hub
Childhood 101
40Too Many Pears!Jackie FrenchChildhood 101
Goodreads
41Under the Southern Cross Readings
Readings 2
42Welcome To Country Readings
Readings 2
43Why I Love Australia Childhood 101
Readings 2
44WindowJeannie BakerChildhood 101
Goodreads
45Wombat DivineMem FoxChildhood 101
Goodreads
46A Is for Australia Readings 2
47A is for Australian Animals Readings 2
48A Little Bush MaidMary Grant BruceGoodreads
49A Particular CowMem FoxGoodreads
50A Walk in the Bush Readings
51Adorable AliceCassandra WebbGoodreads
52
All the Way to W.A.: Our Search for Uncle Kev
 Readings 2
53
Amazing Aussie Animal Stories
 Book Worm
54
An Aussie Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Australian Kids
 Childhood 101
55
Animals of Australia, Book 1: Colour-In and Stickers
 Book Worm
56At the Beach Readings 2
57Audrey of the OutbackChristine HarrisGoodreads
58
Australia’s Endangered Animals
 Book Worm
59Banjo and Ruby Red Childhood 101
60BelindaPamela AllenGoodreads
61
Benny Bungarra’s Big Bush Clean-Up
 Readings 2
62Blinky BillDorothy WallGoodreads
63Blue Gum Ark Kids Yoga Stories
64Bobbie DazzlerMargaret WildGoodreads
65Boy OverboardMorris GleitzmanGoodreads
66Bright StarGary Crew
Home Schooling Down Under
67Bush Bash Readings
68Callie’s CastleRuth ParkGoodreads
69Chatterbox Childhood 101
70Circle Readings 2
71Colour Me Readings
72
Come Fly with Captain Kangaroo
 Kids Yoga Stories
73
D is For Down Under: An Australia Alphabet
 
The Barefoot Mommy
74Deltora Quest (Deltora Quest, #1-8)Emily RoddaGoodreads
75Echo the Dolphin Book Worm
76Ernie Dances to the DidgeridooAlison LesterGoodreads
77Eureka StockadeAlan Bordman
Home Schooling Down Under
78Farmer Schulz’s DucksColin Thiele
Home Schooling Down Under
79Feathers and FoolsMem FoxGoodreads
80Finders KeepersEmily RoddaGoodreads
81
Found in Melbourne (Simplified Chinese Edition)
 Readings
82Grug Plays Cricket (Grug Series)Ted PriorGoodreads
83
Gus and the Driftwood Puppy: The Adventures of Gus the Galah
 Book Worm
84
Gus Meets Auntie Hazel: The Adventures of Gus the Galah
 Book Worm
85Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s DairyLynley DoddGoodreads
86Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild!Mem FoxGoodreads
87Hating Alison AshleyRobin KleinGoodreads
88Hattie and the FoxMem FoxGoodreads
89Hello Baby!Mem FoxGoodreads
90Hello, Mama Wallaroo 
The Barefoot Mommy
91Home in the Rain Readings 2
92
How the Birds Got their Colours: An Aboriginal Story
 Book Worm
93
How the Kangaroos Got Their Tails: An Aboriginal Story
 Book Worm
94How to Scratch a Wombat: Where to Find It . . . What to Feed It . . . Why It Sleeps All DayJackie FrenchGoodreads
95Human Torpedo (Lockie Leonard, #1)Tim WintonGoodreads
96Hunwick’s EggMem FoxGoodreads
97I Can Jump PuddlesAlan MarshallGoodreads
98I Do It Myself! Book Worm
99I Don’t Believe in Dragons Childhood 101
100
I Said Nothing; The Extinction of the Paradise Parrot
 
Home Schooling Down Under
101I’m Australian Too Readings 2
102In the City I See Readings
103Kangaroo and Crocodile Childhood 101
104Kangaroos Hop Book Worm
105Kookaburras Love to Laugh. Readings 2
106Little Brown Bushrat Kids Yoga Stories
107
Little Dog and the Christmas Wish
 Readings
108
Little Dog and the Summer Holiday
 Readings
109Looking for AlibrandiMelina MarchettaGoodreads
110
Luke’s A to Z of Australian Animals: A Kids Yoga Alphabet Coloring Book
 Kids Yoga Stories
111Luke’s Beach Day Kids Yoga Stories
112Majestica’s Dreaming Book Worm
113Mamie Readings 2
114
Marngrook: The long-ago story of aussie rules
 Readings
115Meet Captain Cook Childhood 101
116Melbourne Word By Word Readings 2
117
Millie, Jack and the Dancing Cat
 Childhood 101
118
Miss Lily’s Fabulous Pink Feather Boa
 Bub Hub
119
Molly The Pig (Moli Det Bigibigi)
 Readings
120Mr Archimedes’ BathPamela AllenGoodreads
121Mr Huff Readings
122Mulga Bill’s BicycleA.B. PatersonGoodreads
123
My First Book of Australian Birds and Animals
 Book Worm
124
Nardika Learns to Make a Spear
 
Home Schooling Down Under
125New Zealand ABCs 
The Barefoot Mommy
126
Ngana Ngai? Who Am I? (Kaurna edition)
 Readings
127Nighty Night! Childhood 101
128North Pole South Pole 
The Barefoot Mommy
129Obernewtyn (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1)Isobelle CarmodyGoodreads
130Olga The Brolga Readings 2
131One Very Tired Wombat Readings 2
132Only a Donkey Book Worm
133Parachute Bub Hub
134Peggy Bub Hub
135Pete the Sheep-SheepJackie FrenchGoodreads
136Pig the Pug Childhood 101
137Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas Bub Hub
138Playing Beatie BowRuth ParkGoodreads
139Possum Goes to School Kids Yoga Stories
140Possum in the HouseKiersten JensenGoodreads
141PuggleCatriona Hoy
Home Schooling Down Under
142Rascal The Dragon (Rascal the Dragon, #1)Paul JenningsGoodreads
143Robert Mumpkin Myer and the Wish MakersHayley MerelleGoodreads
144
Rod Campbell’s Aussie Animals
 Readings 2
145Round the TwistPaul JenningsGoodreads
146Rowan of Rin (Rowan of Rin, #1)Emily RoddaGoodreads
147Rudie Nudie Bub Hub
148Rules of Summer Readings 2
149Seven Little Australians (Woolcots, #1)Ethel TurnerGoodreads
150Silver Buttons Childhood 101
151Sleepy BearsMem FoxGoodreads
152Sophie Scott Goes South 
The Barefoot Mommy
153Sorry Day Readings 2
154Stanley PasteAaron BlabeyThe Conversation
155StarNatalie Jane PriorGoodreads
156Steve Parish Storybooks Kids Yoga Stories
157Storm Boy Picture BookColin ThieleGoodreads
158SunshineJan OrmerodGoodreads
159Tales from Outer SuburbiaShaun TanGoodreads
160Tashi (Tashi, #1)Anna FienbergGoodreads
161Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little ToesMem FoxGoodreads
162The 12th Dog Readings
163The ArrivalShaun TanGoodreads
164
The Australian Animal Atlas: An Illustrated Guide to Australia’s Wildlife and its Habitats
 Book Worm
165
The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales
 
The Barefoot Mommy
166
The Bat and the Crocodile: An Aboriginal Story
 Book Worm
167The Bunyip of Berkeley’s CreekJenny WagnerGoodreads
168
The Children Who Loved Books
 Childhood 101
169The CoatJulie HuntGoodreads
170The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and CuddlepieMay GibbsGoodreads
171The Croc and the Platypus Readings 2
172The Diary of a Wombat 
The Barefoot Mommy
173The Dream of the Thylacine Book Worm
174
The Echidna and the Shade Tree: An Aboriginal Story told by Mona Green
 Book Worm
175The Family Hour in Australia Readings 2
176The Flying Optometrist Readings 2
177The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest #1)Emily RoddaGoodreads
178The Great Expedition Childhood 101
179The Hero of Little StreetGregory RogersThe Conversation
180
The Kangaroo and the Porpoise: An Aboriginal Story
 Book Worm
181The Legend of the Golden SnailGraeme BaseGoodreads
182The Lost ThingShaun TanGoodreads
183The Magic HatMem FoxGoodreads
184The Muddleheaded Wombat Book Worm
185
The Pipeline CY O’Conner Built
 
Home Schooling Down Under
186The RabbitsJohn MarsdenGoodreads
187The Red TreeShaun TanGoodreads
188The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice, #1)John FlanaganGoodreads
189The Runaway Hug Childhood 101
190The Secret of the Tower RoomDiana KupkeGoodreads
191The Singing Seal Readings 2
192The Tales of Snugglepot and CuddlepieMay GibbsVictorian Opera
193The Terrible UnderpantsKaz CookeGoodreads
194The Water HoleGraeme BaseGoodreads
195The Wrong Book Bub Hub
196Thelma the Unicorn Childhood 101
197Thunderstorm Dancing Bub Hub
198Tiddalick The Frog Who Caused a FloodRobert RoennfeldtThe Conversation
199Time for BedMem FoxGoodreads
200To the Goldfields! 
Home Schooling Down Under
201Toad Heaven (Toad, #2)Morris GleitzmanGoodreads
202Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)John MarsdenGoodreads
203Too Loud Lily Bub Hub
204Tucking Mommy InMorag LohGoodreads
205Twinkle Bub Hub
206Unbearable!Paul JenningsGoodreads
207Unbelievable!Paul JenningsGoodreads
208Uncanny!Paul JenningsGoodreads
209Undone!Paul JenningsGoodreads
210Unmentionable!Paul JenningsGoodreads
211Uno’s GardenGraeme BaseGoodreads
212Unreal!Paul JenningsGoodreads
213
We Wish You a Ripper Christmas (with CD)
 Book Worm
214What Do You Wish For? Childhood 101
215When I Was a KidRachel Tonkin
Home Schooling Down Under
216When I was Little, Like You 
Home Schooling Down Under
217
When the Forest Meets the Sea
 Bub Hub
218
When the Snake Bites the Sun: An Aboriginal Story
 Book Worm
219When You Go To Melbourne Readings 2
220Where Does Thursday Go? Childhood 101
221Where is Galah? Readings
222Where the Forest Meets the SeaJeannie BakerGoodreads
223Where the Giant SleepsMem FoxGoodreads
224White Crane (Samurai Kids, #1)Sandy FussellGoodreads
225Who Did That? Book Worm
226Who Sank the Boat?Pamela AllenGoodreads
227Why I Love Summer Readings 2
228Wilfrid Gordon McDonald PartridgeMem FoxGoodreads


11 Best Australian Kids Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Book Worm Australian Children’s Books – Australian Animal Books for Children
Bub Hub 25 awesome Aussie picture books for children
Childhood 101 40 of the Best Australian Picture Books by Our Favourite Australian
Goodreads Australian Children’s Literature (329 books)
Home Schooling Down Under Australian Picture Books List
Kids Yoga Stories 12 Children’s Books About Australia
Readings Blog: Australian picture books for international friends
Readings 2 Great Aussie picture books
The Barefoot Mommy Global Passport: Children’s Books Set in Australia and Antarctica
The Conversation Worth a thousand words: the top ten best Australian children’s picture
Victorian Opera 10 classic Australian children’s books

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