Books for young kids

Books covering a diversity of subjects for babies and young readers. For this age group I favour, although am not limited to, books that have realistic pictures and tell stories about the real world. I especially like books that describe a world outside of (or hidden inside) our suburban life, and expose my children to the cultures that they will come into contact with in multicultural Australia. A note to the purchaser: I recommend always purchasing the hard cover version of a book. These are classics you will hopefully be able to hand down to the next generation if you spend a few extra dollars wherever possible. Young readers plus paperback covers don't mix well. If you plan to read these books with babies, look for a board book version - many of these books also come in board. My baby son likes to turn pages and pat (thwack) them, which I can only let him do on the board books as he would rip paper pages.


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Books for young kids

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The Peace Stick - Nidhi Misra *

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How many elephants in a Blue Whale

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Our Summer Garden

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Hello Baby! by Mem Fox.

Hello Baby! - Mem Fox

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Koala Lou by Mem Fox. From the author: "In 1984 Los Angeles was to host the Olympics. I thought about the young competitors from Eastern Bloc countries in particular, who had trained for four years to win gold, not silver. What happened I wondered, if they did come second. Did they go home and sob in their mothers’ arms?"

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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox. A children's book about age and youth based on the people the author met in her grandfather's nursing home.

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The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables, ISBN: 9780762428762. I borrowed this from the library, and it is a beautifully illustrated and laid out book, with simple short fables accompanied by big whole-page illustrations, one to each spread.

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Love Is a Family Roma Downey - Single Parenting - Parenting.com

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Who’s in a Family Robert Skutch - Books About Families - Parenting.com

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Cover Art for Are You a Grasshopper?, ISBN: 9780753405529 This series of books is magic. The illustrations are beautiful and accurate, and the information is simple yet specific and interesting.

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Are You A Dragonfly? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Backyard Books), ISBN: 9781417741052 This series of books is magic. The illustrations are beautiful and accurate, and the information is simple yet specific and interesting.

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Are You a Spider?, ISBN: 9780753404225 This series of books is magic. The illustrations are beautiful and accurate, and the information is simple yet specific and interesting. The hardcovers are out of print but can still be obtained second hand.

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Are You a Butterfly? (Up the Garden Path), ISBN: 9780753404195 This series of books is magic. The illustrations are beautiful and accurate, and the information is simple yet specific and interesting. The hardcovers are out of print but can still be obtained second hand.

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Are You a Ladybird? (Up the Garden Path), ISBN: 9780753404201. This series of books is magic. The illustrations are beautiful and accurate, and the information is simple yet specific and interesting. The hardcovers are out of print but can still be obtained second hand.

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When Im Feeling Sad, ISBN: 9781741245042

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When Im Feeling Lonely, ISBN: 9781741781144

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When Im Feeling Kind, ISBN: 9781741781151

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When Im Feeling Loved, ISBN: 9781741783568

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When Im Feeling Jealous, ISBN: 9781741783582. I don't know if these are the best books about feelings out there, but they at least start the conversation about emotional intelligence - knowing what your feelings are and what to do with them.

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Cover Art for The Island, ISBN: 9781741752663 What an eerie and sad fable this is. Another book that I would put in the graphic novel section rather than the children's section, despite the fact that it has won at least one children's book award. I find this a must-read for adults.

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Cover Art for Books Always Everywhere, ISBN: 9780857630896. A really lovely story that simply celebrates the physical presence of books in a child's life.

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Cover Art for The Arrival, ISBN: 9780439895293 This is one of those books that I think belongs in the graphic novel category more than the children's book section. Amazingly illustrated, told entirely in pictures and no words.

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Cover Art for The Dog on the Tuckerbox, ISBN: 9781742030081 Very beautiful, very Australian illustration. One of a few versions of the story behind the landmark that we stop at every time we drive between Melbourne & Sydney.

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Cover Art for Stars, ISBN: 9781442422490 This book is utter magic. So gentle, such beautiful illustration, and an encouragement to look again with wonder at really simple things. It is on my 'must have' list.

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Cover Art for Mister Seahorse, ISBN: 9780399242694 I saw inside this book at the shop and it had a few lovely transparent pages that added dimension to the reading experience. The story is sweet and factual, and unlike some other Eric Carle books that I consider duds, this one is welcome in my library.

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