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Australia is still quite a young country in the big scheme of things, and so part of passing on the history of our culture and our land is through stories. Discover 22 of the best Australian children’s books about the Aussie bush to get your kids excited to see more of Australia.
Discover some of the best Australian children’s literature and classic Australian picture books with your children.
The Benefits Of Reading With Kids
Reading has many benefits for kids, including helping them to develop their language skills, improving their concentration and memory, and encouraging imagination.
There is no better way to inspire wanderlust in children than through stories and picture books. These Australian children’s books are sure to excite curious minds.
With native animals who will soon become your child’s new favourite book character to adventures that only the imagination can create.
These classic Australian kids books will have your children excited to visit Australia or simply see more of this beautiful country together if you are an Australian looking to share your childhood favourites with your own child.
Here are 22 children’s books about the Australian Bush that are a must-read, not just for a bit of magic, but for education, too.
Tiddalick: The Frog Who Caused A Flood
by Robert Roennfeldt
You might remember reading this one when you were a child, published in 1980, Tiddalick is a legend from Aboriginal Mythology about a rather thirsty frog.
Tiddalick woke up so thirsty one morning that he drank all the water from all of the billabongs, lakes and rivers leaving everything dry. There was no water left for the other animals and so they had to come up with a plan to make him laugh and spit the water out.
Another Australian Classic, The Rainbow Serpent tells the story of the creation of massive ridges, mountains and gorges by The Rainbow Serpent as it pushed up from underground.
The story also represents the way water meanders across the landscape like a snake and captures the sun reflecting light and colours. The Rainbow Serpent is well known for representing fertility and abundance.
The adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are something children need to experience; it’s pure magic and as real as the Easter Bunny is to young children.
Tales from the Bush is yet another adventure in the Australian Bush where Snugglepot and Cuddlepie go on the search for gold. They also go camping, make new friends and explore the wonders of the Australian Bush.
may have recently had a lot of rain, but the drought is always a reality for
many parts of Australia. This book by Jackie French provides an excellent
opportunity to explain to children the effects that drought has on the land and
Through the Smoke tells the story of a fire roaring through the Australian Bush from the perspective of three children. The fire is frightening, but the children’s imaginations tell the story of cruel beasts and brave knights.
This book, inspired by the 2011 floods, tells the story of how floods can have such a significant impact on homes and livelihoods. Flood is a book that helps children understand the impact floods can have, without being too confronting.
It also reminds children that amongst chaos and disaster, there are heroes and helpers, too.
Did your parents read this to you when you were young? Published in 1983, this is still a favourite on the family bookshelf, particularly because Grandma Poss makes the bush magic and the little possum Hush, invisible!
But Grandma Poss gets stuck, she can’t remember how to make Hush visible again. The best part of this book is their journey across Australia to find the food that will make Hush visible again.
Here are a few more of our favourite classic Australian children’s books:
Any of these books would make great gift ideas for families planning to visit Australia with kids, as a fun way to introduce some of the Australian wildlife and landscape in a way that is entertaining for kids.
They are also essentials for every Aussie kid’s home reading collection!
Nothing beats the magic of the bush at storytime, nor a good, honest lesson about the realities of living in our beautiful yet often relentless country. Books also make wonderful travel gifts for kids!
Do you already have any favourite Australian childrens books?