Joyful picture books about family life

When Billy Was a Dog

When Billy Was a Dog

Kirsty Murray, Karen Blair

Billy wants a dog. He really really really wants one. Billy's parents aren't so sure. So one morning, Billy takes matters into his own paws.

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Dear Grandpa

Kate Simpson, Ronojoy Ghosh

Grandpa, did you know that if you rub a needle with a magnet, one end will point to the north and the other end to the south? In the south there's an apartment building 160 metres tall. From the balcony, you can see the entire...

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 Read reviewI'll Always Be Older Than You

I’ll Always Be Older Than You

Jane Godwin, Sara Acton

A celebration of the bond between siblings from acclaimed author Jane Godwin, with glorious illustrations from Sara Acton.

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Mum's Elephant

Mum’s Elephant

Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O'Keefe, Christina Booth

Maureen Jipiyiliya Nampijinpa O'Keefe grew up in the remote community of Ali Curung in the NT. Her family lived a bush life. They didn't own much but her mother had a very special 'elephant'. It was her mother's most prized...

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A Trip to the Beach

Gwyn Perkins

Today's the day - Iggy's going to catch a wave without any help! Or at least that's what Grandad thinks. Iggy isn't quite so sure.

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Who's Your Real Mum?

Who’s Your Real Mum?

Bernadette Green, Anna Zobel

A beautifully illustrated story, written with a light and humorous touch, that celebrates nontraditional families and captures exactly what lies at the heart of family life - love.

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Love Makes a Family

Love Makes a Family

Sophie Beer

Whether you have two mums, two dads, one parent, or one of each, there's one thing that makes a family a family... and that's love. A book for EVERY family by dazzling illustrator Sophie Beer.

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Brother Moon

Brother Moon

Maree McCarthy Yoelu, Samantha Fry

Brother Moon is a powerful story lovingly told by a great-grandfather to his great-grandson. Beneath the dark sky of the Northern Territory, Hippy-Boy is captivated when Great-Grandpa Liman tells him the mysterious story of his...

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Baby Goes to Market

Baby Goes to Market

Atinuke, Angela Brooksbank

Join Baby and his mama at the bustling marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers.

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 Read reviewThe Witch in the Cherry Tree

The Witch in the Cherry Tree

Margaret Mahy, Jenny Williams

One damp, dull day, David's mother is baking cakes. Everything is fine until a naughty old witch comes to settle in the cherry tree in the garden. She tries to outwit David and persuade his mother to part with the cakes.

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 Read reviewThe Family Hour in Australia

The Family Hour in Australia

Tai Snaith

Local artist Tai Snaith reinterprets the daily lives of 15 Australian native animals in her signature style with vibrant watercolour illustrations, a quirky sense of humour, references to mid-century modern design and curious,...

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Remembering Lionsville

Bronwyn Bancroft

Renowned artist Bronwyn Bancroft's Remembering Lionsville brings to vivid life her family's oral history and her own childhood memories.

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Today We Have No Plans

Today We Have No Plans

Jane Godwin, Anna Walker

Award-winning author Jane Godwin and illustrator Anna Walker have created this delightful picture book about families' busy lives.

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Puddle Hunters

Puddle Hunters

Kirsty Murray, Karen Blair

This beautiful book captures the eternal delight of young children splashing about in puddles and experimenting with language.

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Rudie Nudie

Rudie Nudie

Emma Quay

'One, two Rudie Nudie, Rudie Nudie in the bath...' Emma Quay captures all the joy and energy of childhood in this irresistible rhyming tale.

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Cherries

Cherries

Carrie Gallasch, Sara Acton

With wistful illustrations by award-winning Sara Acton, Cherries is a story about the freedom of childhood and the magic of that first bite of summer fruit.  

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Grandma’s House

Alice Melvin

Often, after school, Sally goes to her grandmother's house where everything is different, but always the same. She puts her coat on the hook in the hall, pours a glass of milk for herself in the kitchen and tries to reach the...

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Rudie Nudie

Rudie Nudie

Emma Quay

This bestselling, award-winning picture book from author/illustrator Emma Quay is now is board book format. Perfect for little hands!     

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Tickle My Ears

Tickle My Ears

Jorg Muhle, Eva Eriksson

Tickle My Ears brings a wonderful new bedtime ritual: clap your hands, plump the pillow, give little rabbits ears a tickle, stroke his back, pull up the covers and plant a goodnight kiss. And dont forget to turn out the light:...

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Julian Is a Mermaid

Julian Is a Mermaid

Jessica Love

In an exuberant picture book celebration of self-love and individuality, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. Full color.

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Bee-Bim Bop!

Bee-Bim Bop!

Linda Sue Park, Ho Baek Lee

In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal. Includes the author's...

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My Home Broome

My Home Broome

Tamzyne Richardson, Bronwyn Houston

With a poem written by young Tamzyne Richardson as its centerpiece, My Home Broome captures the heart and soul of the multicultural town of Broome in Australia's north west.   

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Magic Beach

Magic Beach

Alison Lester

A new mini-edition of this best-selling picture book, about all the fun things you can do at Magic Beach.

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A Walk in the Bush

A Walk in the Bush

Gwyn Perkins

Little Iggy doesn't want to leave the house, but Grandad insists - they always have fun together. What follows is a wonderful journey in the great Australian outdoors with singing birds, wallaby surprises, secret caterpillar...

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Dear Juno

Dear Juno

Soyung Pak, Susan Kathleen Hartung

Juno's grandmother writes in Korean, and Juno writes in drawings, but that doesn't mean they can't exchange letters. As they each share words and pictures with the other, Juno's grandmother can tell Juno wants her to come for a...

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