The best picture books to read aloud

Mopoke

Mopoke

Philip Bunting

This is a Mopoke. Mopoke loves peace and quiet. He is about to find out that you can't always get what you want. Visually brilliant, and hysterically funny, Philips pictures tell a thousand words, with the support of some very...

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Harriet Gets Carried Away

Harriet Gets Carried Away

Jessie Sima

From the author and illustrator of the bestselling Not Quite Narwhal comes a sweet and funny story about remembering where you belong, no matter how far you roam, or what you're wearing when you get there.

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Oi Frog!

Oi Frog!

Kes Gray, Jim Field

Jam-packed with animals and silliness, this bestselling rhyming story is guaranteed to get children giggling. Over 1 million copies sold!

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Sleep Tight, Platypup

Sleep Tight, Platypup

Renee Treml

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The Book With No Pictures

The Book With No Pictures

B. J. Novak

A book, in which everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say ...Blork. Or Blurf. And even if the words include things like Blaggity Blaggity and My Head Is Made Of Blueberry...

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Clever Crow

Clever Crow

Nina Lawrence, Bronwyn Bancroft

Clever Crow is an endearing and witty tale that follows the exploits of a hungry and very clever crow.  

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Going to the Volcano

Going to the Volcano

Andy Stanton, Miguel Ordonez

Join two intrepid explorers on the perfect day out - visiting a volcano! A brilliantly funny rhyming story from multi-award-winning author Andy Stanton.

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 Read reviewAda Twist, Scientist

Ada Twist, Scientist

Andrea Beaty, David Roberts

A story of the power of curiosity in the hands of a child on a mission to use science to understand her world

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Wide Big World

Wide Big World

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Isobel Knowles

A beautiful children's picture book about diversity from award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Isobel Knowles.

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Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

Presents the story of Max's adventures when he sails away to the land where the wild things. This book is the winner of the Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, 1964.

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Oh No, George!

Oh No, George!

Chris Haughton

It's hard work being good all the time. And it's especially hard for a dog like George!

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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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When's My Birthday?

When’s My Birthday?

Julie Fogliano, Christian Robinson

A boisterous celebration of everything that is wonderful about birthdays by acclaimed author Fogliano and illustrated by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Robinson. Full color.

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Hattie And The Fox 25th Anniversary

Hattie And The Fox 25th Anniversary

Mem Fox, Patricia Mullins

Hattie, a large black hen, tries to warn the other animals on the farm that there is something or someone lurking behind the trees. Hattie and the Fox combines repetition and imagery to create a dramatic tale of a clever hen who...

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Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd

This attractive, classic tale that has delighted children for generations is the perfect book to read before bedtime.

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The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

The thrilling tale of a tiny snail and a great big grey-blue humpback whale...

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Noni the Pony

Noni the Pony

Alison Lester

Would you like to meet Noni? She's the nicest pony. She loves to entertain the cows and hens and ducks on the farm by the sea. And play hide and seek with her best friends Dave Dog and Coco the Cat.

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Go Go and the Silver Shoes

Jane Godwin, Anna Walker

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Did You Take the B from My _ook?

Did You Take the B from My _ook?

Beck Stanton, Matt Stanton

From the brilliant brains behind THIS IS A BALL comes a new giggle-inducing bestseller! 

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Triangle

Triangle

Jon Klassen, Mac Barnett

Multi-award-winning, bestselling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen conspire again on a slyly funny tale about some very sneaky shapes.

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 Read reviewAll the Ways to be Smart

All the Ways to be Smart

Allison Colpoys, Davina Bell

From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.    

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 Read reviewWelcome To Country

Welcome To Country

Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy

This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.

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Moo, Baa, La La La!

Moo, Baa, La La La!

Sandra Boynton

This raucous story about the sounds animals make-including three pigs who say la la la! -is just right for reading aloud.

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Pig the Pug

Pig the Pug

Aaron Blabey

Pig was a Pug and I'm sorry to say, he was greedy and selfish in most every way. Pig is the greediest Pug in the world. He is ill-tempered, rude and unreasonable. When Pig the Pug is asked to share his toys, something unexpected...

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The Very Noisy Baby

The Very Noisy Baby

Alison Lester

Here is the story of a very noisy baby. The baby loves to make all kinds of sounds. She's really very loud. But when some animals in the town go missing, can the very noisy baby help? Find out in this wonderfully boisterous...

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Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

Join the witch and her animal friends for a broomstick adventure!

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The Bunyip Of Berkeley's Creek

The Bunyip Of Berkeley’s Creek

Jenny Wagner, Ron Brooks

When the bunyip heaves himself out of Berkeley's Creek, he has no idea what a bunyip really is! So he sets off to find out for himself. 32 pages Paperback

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 Read reviewClaris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris

Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris

Megan Hess

From the author of the Chic and Fashion House series comes a new series that follows an adorable French mouse as she moves to Paris to follow her fashion dreams, and overcomes every obstacle in her path with warmth, humor, and--of...

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Who Sank the Boat?

Who Sank the Boat?

Pamela Allen

Who sank the boat? Was it the cow or the donkey or the sheep with her knitting? Surely it wasn't the tiny little mouse? This illustrated book lets children guess which animal spoilt a day's rowing by sinking the boat.

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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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Another Book About Bears

Another Book About Bears

Laura Bunting, Philip Bunting

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Monster Party

Monster Party

The children of Rawa Community School, Alison Lester, Jane Godwin

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Wrestle!

Wrestle!

Maya Newell, Charlotte Mars, Gus Skattebol-James, Tom Jellett

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Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

Lynley Dodd, David Tennant

Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk with a few of his friends - and comes up against a nasty surprise in the shape of Scarface Claw!

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Peggy

Peggy

Anna Walker

Peggy lives in a small house in a quiet street. One blustery day a big gust of wind sweeps down and scoops up leaves, twigs and...Peggy! The wind blows Peggy into the city, where she discovers strange new things, but how will she...

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 Read reviewThe Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 30 years ago. Now a new generation will enjoy this beautiful reformatted edition!

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Madeline

Madeline

Ludwig Bemelmans

'In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...' The small but feisty heroine, Madeline, and her charming Parisian world have been loved by children and adults alike for...

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 Read reviewI Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen

A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist. The bear's hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they...

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Poo Bum

Poo Bum

Stephanie Blake, Linda Burgess

A hilarious, read-aloud story for children with brilliant, endearing illustrations.

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Rodney Loses It!

Rodney Loses It!

Michael Gerard Bauer, Chrissie Krebs

A truly hysterical search for a missing pen, by award-winning author Michael Gerard Bauer

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Koala Bare

Koala Bare

Jackie French, Matt Shanks

For too long koalas have been called 'bears'. Some bears wear pants and live in cottages in the woods ... but this koala is out to prove to the world that he is BARE! And that never, ever ever can a koala be a bear... Ages: 3...

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There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake

There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake

Hazel Edwards, Deborah Niland

The imaginary Hippo can do what he likes on the roof. In fact, he does all the things a little girl wishes she could, but is not allowed. When she takes a bath, the hippo takes a shower; when she goes to bed, the hippo watches...

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 Special priceDon't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Mo Willems

In his hilarious picture book debut, the acclaimed Mo Willems perfectly captures a toddler's temper tantrum.

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The Detective Dog

The Detective Dog

Julia Donaldson, Sara Ogilvie

Join Nell the Detective and help solve the mystery of the missing books in The Detective Dog.

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Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Seuss

When Sam-I-am persits in pestering a grumpy grouch to eat a plate of green eggs and ham, perseverance wins the day, teaching us all that we cannot know what we like until we have tried it!

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Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas

Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas

Aaron Blabey

'Hey there guys. Would you like a banana? What's wrong with you, Brian? Youre a Piranha.' Brian is a piranha. He is also a vegetarian. But do you think he can convince his family to join him?

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 Read reviewWe're Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen, Helen Oxenbury

For brave hunters and bear-lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

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