BOOKS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD 




Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough pb 9780007302628 $14.99
A wonderful story describing how duck’s truck gets stuck in the mud and how his three friends help. Very funny with delightful rhyme and repetition

Fix-it Duck by Jez Alborough pb 9780007302895 $14.99
Duck is a very engaging character. When there is a leak in the roof, it sets off a hilarious chain of events as he tries with disastrous results to try and fix it.



Captain Duck by Jez Alborough pb 9780007302901 $14.99 
When Duck takes Sheep and Frog out on Goat’s boat there are bound to be adventures they didn’t want!

Tall by Jez Alborough pb 9781406301731 $16.95
An ingenious almost textless picture book in which only five words are used. Bobo is a little chimp but as he sits on top of a variety of animals he becomes tall. An engaging picture book which will spark lots of talk amongst very young readers. 



Watch Out! Big Bro’s Coming! by Jez Alborough pb 9780763605841 $13
When little mouse comes running and calls out “Watch Out! Big Bro’s Coming!” “He’s rough, he’s tough and he’s big” all the animals are scared. Children will love the surprise when they discover that Big Bro isn’t so big - though as little mouse’s big brother he is much bigger than little mouse!

Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough pb 9781844284818 $16.95 Big Book 9780744536201 $44.95
Eddy’s lost his teddy Freddy and is searching for it in the dark wood. Bear has lost his teddy and is also searching for him in the dark wood. Children will love the mix-up when Eddy finds Bear’s huge teddy and Bear finds Eddy’s tiny teddy.



It’s the Bear! by Jez Alborough pb 9781844284757 $16.95
is a funny and slightly spooky sequel. 






Who sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen pb 9780140509403 $14.99
This is a marvelous story illustrating a science concept. Which animal finally caused the boat to sink?


Fancy That! by Pamela Allen pb 9780140509717 $14.95
There is lots of clucking in the hen house as the little red hen proudly shows off her six new chicks!

My Cat Maisie by Pamela Allen pb 9780140542370 $14.95
Andrew understands why the cat doesn’t like his rough play when he gets frightened by the boisterous dog.


Bertie and the Bear by Pamela Allen pb 9780140509724 $14.99
When Bertie is chased by the bear, all sorts of other people join in the chase. Lots of fun with lots of noises.

The Bear’s Lunch by Pamela Allen pb 9780140562415 $14.99



Bertie by Pamela Allen hb 9780670076956 $19.99
A book for littlies about feelings and whether we feel happy or sad.








Mr McGee by Pamela Allen pb 9780140509694 $14.99
These are simple stories, especially popular with preschoolers because of their noisy exuberance.
Mr McGee Goes to Sea pb 9780140544039 $14.95
Mr McGee and the Biting Flea pb 9780140564198 $14.99
Mr McGee and the Perfect Nest pb 9780140564969 $14.95
Mr McGee and the Big Bag of Bread pb 9780143501411 $14.99
Mr McGee and the Elephants hb 9780670076512 $24.99 



Belinda by Pamela Allen pb 9780140544930 $14.99
Belinda the cow has a mind of her own but Old Tom is determined to match her, and milk her.

Alexander's Outing by Pamela Allen pb 9780140554786 $14.99
Alexander is a wayward duckling who has to be rescued when he strays from his family.



Clippity-Clop by Pamela Allen pb 9780140553321 $14.99
Two stubborn donkeys won't shift and so the little old man and woman have to think hard...

The Pear in the Pear Tree by Pamela Allen pb 9780140564976 $14.99
Lots of action and fun as two children want to get the pear on the pear tree but how? It’s too high. Pamela Allen uses their attempts to illustrate a number of science concepts such as gravity and water displacement, beautifully integrated into this very simple story.

The Potato People by Pamela Allen pb 9780143500865 $14.99
When Jack and his grandma make potato people, Jack is very surprised when he sees what happens to them over a few months.

Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen pb 9780143501312 $14.99
Grandpa and Thomas spend a delightful day at the beach enjoying each other’s company as they paddle, picnic and feed the screeching seagulls. Lots of familiar rhythmic repetition as the sea swooshes and swishes in the background. Also



Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella by Pamela Allen pb 9780143503682 $14.99

Our Daft Dog Danny by Pamela Allen pb 9780143503446 $14.99
Going to the beach with Uncle Peter and his dog Millie should be such fun but their dog Danny gets overexcited and spoils the fun. Toby has the brilliant idea of getting a long rope which Danny can bite and tug and soon everyone joins in this new game. A very entertaining book with a lively text and exuberant illustrations.

There’s a House inside my Mummy by Giles Andreae & Vanessa Cabban pb 9781841210681 $14.99
Written from the point of view of a little boy who imagines there is a house inside his mummy where the new baby brother or sister is growing. Charming illustrations and a simple rhyming text.

Giraffes can’t Dance illus by Guy Parker-Rees pb 9781841215655 $14.99
When the other animals laugh at Gerald the Giraffe and say he is clumsy at the annual Jungle dance, Gerald becomes very embarrassed about his dancing. But cricket encourages him to find his own giraffish way of dancing and then he is a great success. Great fun with rhyming and rhythmic text and very expressive illustrations.

Cleversticks Bernard Ashley & Derek Brazell (illus) pb 9780517883327 $16
When Ling Sung starts school, he doesn’t like it because everyone can do things that he can’t do. However all his problems disappear when he discovers that he can do something that no one else can do – he can use chopsticks. A picture book which is a great confidence builder.

Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words by Bronwyn Bancroft hb (larger format) 9781921272585 $24.95 pb (larger format) 9781921541674 $16.95
These books are not actually big books, but are a larger format than normal picture book size. This is a great format for displaying the colourful and detailed illustrations painted in the traditional indigenous style. The text is very simple, with just a few words per page. In the last few pages, there is a glossary of words used in the book. MC

All Join In by Quentin Blake pb 9780099964704 $24.99
Quentin Blake is most well known for his illustrations of Road Dahl's work, but he also has a wonderful verbal rhythmic sense of fun. This is a rollicking noisy infectious romp for very young children where everyone joins in the fun.

Mr Magnolia pb 9781862308077 $16.99
Mr Magnolia is well loved and well remembered because of the remarkable fact that he had only one shoe.

The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland & Freya Blackwood (illus) pb 9781741698909 $14.99
This is a lovely story about a little girl called Lucy who wants a hug. However her mother is very busy with the washing and so it has to be her last hug and Lucy can just borrow it. Lucy promises to give it back. Lucy goes to each member of the family, including the baby, giving them each a hug and receiving one back. Annie the dog proves a problem as she races off with the hug Lucy gave her. Freya Blackwood’s illustrations show beautifully the warmth and love in the family, as well as the chaos just before bedtime.




Faster, Faster, Little Red Train by Benedict Blathwayt pb 9780099264996 $19.99
When the fast train to Pebblecombe breaks down the little red train takes its place and it is an exciting dash with lots of rhythm and repetition and train noises to help the train get to the Fair in time.

A Nice Walk in the Jungle by Nan Bodsworth pb 9780140541274 $14.99
Miss Jellaby is such an enthusiastic teacher that as she walks and talks her way through the jungle she doesn't notice that her class is, one by one, being consumed by a hungry boa constrictor.

Handa’s Hen by Eileen Browne pb 9780744598155 $16.95 big book 9780744583878 $44.95
When Handa searches for Mondi the black hen, she finds two fluttery butterflies and then three stripy mice and other animals till they finally find Mondi the hen and her ten chicks. A charming story that is a counting book and also shows us about life and the animals in a Kenyan village.

Would You Rather? by John Burningham pb 9780099200413 $17.99
A book of choices which invites lots of discussion as children decide whether they would rather help a witch make stew or help Santa when he delivers presents, whether they would rather eat mashed worms or spider stew.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell pb 9780140504460 $14.95 Big Book 9780330516891 $49.99
This is a well-loved classic. It is also a lift-the-flap book in which the flaps are truly an integral part of the story. The zoo sends all sorts of pets in all sorts of packages but none of them is right until finally a puppy is sent in a basket.


Oh Dear! pb 9780230707214 $14.99
Is a charming lift-the flap book in which a little boy called Buster searches for eggs for grandma and says Oh Dear each time he is not successful in finding them.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle hb 9780241017982 $29.95 pb 9780140569322 $16.95 Big Board book 9780141338484 $19.95
Highly innovative for its time, this classic story is beautifully illustrated and told and is much loved by young children. The hungry caterpillar eats his way through various foods till he becomes fat and finally becomes a beautiful butterfly.

Sebastian lives in a Hat by Thelma Catterwell & Kerry Argent (illus) pb 9781862910980 $15.99
The true story of Sebastian, the baby wombat who was orphaned and lived the first few months of his life in a woollen hat.

Counting on Frank by Rod Clement pb 9780207173226 $14.95
This is the story of a boy who is a true enthusiast about mathematics and is always estimating, calculating and working things out. How many Franks would fill up the bedroom? (Frank is a dog). Striking illustrations add to the fun.







So Much by Trish Cooke & Helen Oxenbury (illus) pb 9781406306651 $16.95
The exuberant warmth of this Afro-Caribbean family is joyously portrayed as more and more of the family arrive and greet the baby who is loved by everyone just "so much".

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper pb 9780552545105 $17.99
A delightful story about Cat, Squirrel and Duck and the problems caused when Duck decides he will stir the pumpkin soup instead of Squirrel. It takes a while but gradually everything is worked and cooperation reigns again.





Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins pb 9781406345018 $16.95
A joyful brightly coloured look at many different sorts of fish in the ocean. The DVD is excellent with movement and colour.

Millie’s Special Something by Tania Cox & David Miller (illus) hb 9781921504389 $24.99
Mille and her friends are dinosaurs, wonderfully created through the very colourful paper sculptures of David Miller. Millie is tiny and is very scared by the big bully Reggie who loves to scare Millie but Dan who is even bigger comes to her rescue by stomping his huge feet and frightening off Reggie. But Millie is delighted when she discovers that her brightly coloured tail feathers tickle the dinosaurs and make them laugh so that all the dinosaurs, big and small, line up happily for a tickle.

Where’s Jamela? Niki Daly pb 9781847803252 $16
Jamela is not happy about shifting to a new house in a new neighbourhood but when they shift in and Jamela looks out of the window she is reassured by the sight of the same stars in the night sky. A story set in a lively black South African neighbourhood.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd hb 9780143306153 $19.95 pb 9780723278054 $14.99 Big Book 9780947212117 $48.95
Hairy Maclary and his friends are all terrified of Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town. This rhyming story has a rollicking pace and lots of humour. There are many sequels including
Hairy Maclary’s Bone hb 9780143505303 $19.95 pb 9780140505580 $14.95
Hairy Maclary Scattercat hb 9780143505327 $19.95 pb 9780140505801 $14.95
Slinky Malinki hb 9780143505433 $19.99 pb 9780140544398 $14.95
Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack hb 9780143505235 $19.95 pb 9780141330969 $14.95
is about a playful duckling who is too fast for Hairy Maclary.
Hairy Maclary, Shoo pb 9780141328065 $14.95
There is a big shemozzle as Hairy Maclary gets lost and causes havoc as he races through shops and the school till he is found taken back home.
Scarface Claw hb 9780143505242 $19.95 pb 9780140568868 $14.95
is the toughest tom cat in town. Can anything frighten him? 



Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (illus) hb 9780333710920 $29.99 pb 9780333710937 $14.95 Big Book 9780333901762 $39.99
A deliciously scary book. When a quick-witted mouse takes a walk through a dark wood and Fox and owl and Snake want to eat him he makes up tales of a fearful Gruffalo to scare them off. But then he does come across a real hungry Gruffalo.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (illus) hb 9780803726574 $32 pb 9780333903384 $14.95 big book 9781405021746 $39.99
Cat, dog, bird and frog all manage to find room on the broom and join the witch in an exhilarating ride. Rhyme, rhythm and repetition, great illustrations and a scary dragon make this great fun.


Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (illus) pb 9780333963968 $14.95 big book 9780230013896 $49.99
George decides to get new clothes. However he gives away his new clothes when he discovers that his animal friends need his help … and his clothes.

Scarecrow’s Wedding by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (illus) pb 9781407144689 $15.99
Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay plan the perfect wedding but things don’t go entirely to plan…

A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (illus) pb 9781405004770 $14.95 big book 9780230013902 $49.99
A little old lady thinks her house is too small but when all the farm animals squash in she realises how roomy it feels once they have gone.


Possum Magic by Mem Fox & Julie Vivas (illus) hb 9781742990002 $29.99 pb 9781742990040 $15.99 big book 9781862916678 $39.99

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox & Julie Vivas (illus) pb 9780140505863 $17.50






Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox & Patricia Mullins (illus) pb 9781741698206 $15.99
The rhythm and repetition of this story about a hen which sees a fox makes it an excellent story to read aloud to young children.

Wombat Divine by Mem Fox & Kerry Argent (illus) pb 9781862918412 $15.99
Wombat, who is a most appealing creature, wanted desperately to take part in the Christmas nativity play but for each part he was too big, or too small or .... A marvellous text to read aloud and the illustrations have charm and humour.

Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox & Judy Horacek (illus) hb 9780670041497 $19.99 Board book 9780143501763 $14.95
Great fun to read aloud. In this rhythmic rollicking quest for the green sheep, we come across many other amazing sheep.



Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox Helen Oxenbury (illus) hb 9780670072392 $24.99 board Book 9780143503583 $16.95
A delightful book about babies’ fingers and toes.

Mum Goes to Work by Libby Gleeson & Leila Rudge (illus) hb 9781921529825 $24.95
A new edition of the 90s favourite Mum Goes to Work. Rich in detail and often amusing, this is an engaging look at both the busy small children in a day nursery, and their equally active mothers while they are at work. The outline drawings have browns and greys and this contributes to the palette of warm, softer colours. LP

Arthur by Amanda Graham & Donna Gynell (illus) pb 9780947212124 $16.95 big book 9780947212100 $44.95
Children love this story about Arthur, a dog in a pet store desperately wanting a home but nobody seems to want him. He imitates all the other pet shop animals in the hope of being bought but just when he has given up hope a little girl buys him.

It’s a Miroocool! by Christine Harris & Ann James (Illus) hb 9781921541018 $24.95
A simple picture book which introduces Audrey (heroine of the Audrey of the Outback series of short novels) to much younger readers. Readers will be engaged by Audrey’s ingenious efforts to ensure that the tooth fairy will be able to find their house in the middle of nowhere. Ann James captures Audrey, her family and the Australian outback in glorious, full-page colour illustrations. MC

This is the Bear by Sarah Hayes & Helen Craig (illus) pb 9780744594812 $16.95 big book 9780744536218 $44.95
Very engaging rhyming story about a boy and his teddy bear. The repetition of the text and delightful illustrations make it a perfect story for very young children.

That’s Not a Daffodil! by Elizabeth Honey hb 9781742372488 $24.99
When young Tom’s neighbour gives him a brown bulb, Tom just can’t believe that it is a daffodil. Together they plant it, and Tom watches over the earth in the pot for ever-so-long. When the daffodil finally bursts open, Tom is delighted, and is at last convinced that it is, indeed, a daffodil! It is also the blossoming of the friendship between the old gardener and the little boy. A delightful story about patience, anticipation and friendship. MC

Alfie’s Feet by Shirley Hughes pb 9781862307841 $17.95
There are many charming stories about Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose. In this one Alfie gets new yellow boots and discovers he has put them on the wrong feet.

Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins hb 9780027458503 $34 pb 9781862308060 $16.99 board book 9780370324463 $16.99
The classic story of Rosie the hen who goes for a walk around the pond, and the farmyard and doesn't once notice the fox trailing her. Needless to say the children reading the story notice the fox and much more besides. 

Titch pb 9780099262534 $16.99 by Pat Hutchins
With an older brother and sister, Titch is the youngest member of the family and this has its problems

The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen pb 9780340918197 $16.99
A classic about a wondrous blue balloon which does amazing things. 









Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles & Rod Clement (illus) pb 9780207170515 $14.99
Edward is the most expressive emu imaginable as he shows his boredom at being an emu and checks out the behaviour of the other animals in the zoo and then tries to imitate them. The engaging sequel is Edwina the Emu pb 9780207189142 $14.95







We All Went on Safari A Counting Journey through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs & Julia Cairns (illus) hb 9781841484785 $24.99 pb 9781841481197 $12.99
This is a delightfully illustrated counting book which as well counting up to ten in numbers and in Swahili introduces us to some of the wonderful African animals which range across the grasslands of Tanzania. This bright and lively counting book also serves as a very helpful introduction to this African country.

Clive Eats Alligators by Alison Lester pb 9780733621093 $16.99
Tessa Snaps Snakes pb 9780733621109 $16.99
Rosie Sips Spiders pb 9780733621079 $16.99
When Frank was Four pb 9780733621086 $16.99
These simple picture books show the individuality and strong likes and dislikes of seven children. Good to use as a catalyst for discussion of what students like and dislike. 



Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo pb 9780733621055 $16.99
is a vibrant introduction to Aboriginal life and to the tropical seasons in the north of Australia.

I’m Green and I’m Grumpy pb 9780143502944 $14.99 and





Who’s that Knocking pb 9780143502951 $14.95
Each of these inviting books involves a guessing game of who is behind the door.

Noni the Pony hb 9781741758887 $24.99
This is an engaging rhyming story about Noni the Pony and her other animal friends. Noni is friendly and funny and loves to dance with the hens and ducks. The illustrations are simple but warm in colours. Fun to read aloud to the very young .

Noni the Pony goes to the Beach hb 9781743311141 $24.99

Kissed by the Moon hb 9780670076758 $19.99
Written jointly with Boori Pryor this book is a treat. Gentle watercolour illustrations accompany text that is both a lullaby to a new baby and a wish for baby to experience the best of our beautiful world: ‘May you grow sleepy at sunset, sing to the stars, and drift into dreams. And may you, my baby, be kissed by the moon.’ Winner 2014 Indie Book Awards, Children’s category. MC

My Dog Bigsy hb 9780670078936 $24.99

How to be a Baby by Me, the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd-Jones & Sue Heap (illus) hb 9780375838439 $31 pb 9780375873881 $14
This is such fun. The illustrations are absolutely delightful and the text just begs to be read aloud. In fact as you read the book the voice of the big sister is loud and strong! As she says, “When you’re a baby, it’s not good because you don’t have any hair. (I have long hair like a princess.) When you’re a baby, you don’t read books. You eat them.” She takes great delight in listing all the things a baby can’t do and all the things that she, the Big Sister can do extremely well. But she also shows her love and says that she will always be the big sister but one day he will be as big as she is!

Elmer by David Mckee hb 9780688091712 $31 pb 9781842707319 $16.99
Elmer is a patchwork elephant of many colours. When he decides he wants to become a plain grey elephant like all the others, they soon let him know that they prefer him just as he is.

Suddenly! by Colin McNaughton pb 9781842706213 $19.99
So much to talk about as each time in this very amusing cause and effect book involving Preston Pig who suddenly changes his direction and this causes calamities each time for the wolf pursuing him.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle (illus) hb 9780805017441 $32
Another classic picture book which introduces young children to colours and a range of animals through engaging illustrations and simple repetitive text.

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski (illus) pb 9780718194420 $14.95
This is the well loved story of Meg the witch and her black and white striped cat Mog.
Many more titles are in the series:
Meg, Mog and Og pb 9780140569384 $16.99
Meg up the Creek pb 9780140568936 $14.95
Meg at Sea pb 9780141341651 $14.95
Meg on the Moon pb 9780140501209 $14.95
Meg’s Car pb 9780140502596 $14.95
Meg’s Castle pb 9780140502602 $14.95
Meg’s Mummy pb 9780140569780 $14.95
Meg’s Veg pb 9780140503562 $14.95
Mog at the Zoo pb 9780140504316 $14.95
Mog in the Fog pb 9780140504972 $14.95 



Annie’s Chair by Deborah Niland pb 9780143501985 $14.99
Annie has a very special chair that no one else is allowed to sit in. But she makes an exception for Benny the dog and says that they can sit in the chair together. Very appealing bright illustrations show Annie as a character with a very distinctive personality.

Look See, Look at Me! by Leonie Norrington & Dee Huxley (illus) hb 9781741758832 $24.99
A very simple text describes the exuberance and pride of a three year old who describes all the things he can now do. Free flowing delightful illustrations by Dee Huxley show families and life in northern indigenous communities.

Have you Seen My Egg? by Penny Olsen & Rhonda N Garward (illus) pb 9780642277886 $17.99
The very realistic illustrations in this picture book are stunning and we see close-ups of Eddy’s head and his very piercing eyes as he asks echidna, magpie, lizard, frog and other Australian bush creatures if they have seen his missing egg, which is big and green. As the creatures reply, they describe their own eggs and a lift up flap reveals their eggs just hatching into the babies. The pages are large format in stiff glossy card. Additional information about each of the twelve creatures and how their young are hatched is included at the end of the book.

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root & Jane Chapman (illus) hb 9780763603342 $29 board book 9780763611040 $13
When “one duck gets stuck in the muck, down by the deep green marsh”, it takes many different creatures to help her free. Repetition, alliteration, rhythm and rhyme ensure this is great fun to read aloud. Also a counting book with lively engaging illustrations.

This is Our House by Michael Rosen & Bob Graham (illus) pb 9780763628161 $14
George has decided that he is the only one who can play in the big cardboard house but the other children are determined that everyone shall play in it. A charming and humorous picture book about sharing and cooperation.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt illus by Helen Oxenbury hb 9780689504761 $34 big book 9780744547818 $44.95 pb 9780744523232 $16.95
A wonderfully illustrated and retold version of the well know action rhyme. Children will love to act out walking through the grass “Swishy swashy!’ and wading through the mud “Squelch squerch!”

One is a Snail Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book by April Pulley Sayre, Jeff Sayre
& Randy Cecil (illus) pb 9781844281640 $16.95
This is a counting book with a difference for it encourages children to add up and to see the differences between numbers and patterns of numbers and even to attempt simple multiplication. The snail with its one foot is used for one. A boy has two feet and so three is a person and a snail. Six is an insect, and seven is an insect and a snail. It gets more complicated at ten which is a crab and that means twenty is two crabs. Thirty is three crabs or ten people and a crab. And so on up to one hundred which is ten crabs or “if you're really counting slowly” one hundred snails.

My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton & Lynley Dodd (illus) pb 9780143506072 $14.99
This is a very popular repetitive and cumulative nonsense rhyme about cats from countries round the world.

Roadworks by Sally Sutton & Brian Lovelock hb 9781921150166 $27.95 pb 9781921529535 $16.95 big book 9781921529719 $44.95
The text is noisy and full of action as the trucks and loaders and bulldozers and graders make the road. This is an exuberant story showing how the road is made and how the signs and lights and trees are added till finally the cars and buses and trucks can drive along the road.

The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont pb 9780140500486 $16.99
A rollicking nonsense romp about a bad baby, who goes for a romp through the town riding on the elephant’s back, but who never once says please.

Ginger by Charlotte Voake pb 9781406312690 $16.95
Ginger the cat is not happy when the little girl gets a small kitten who wants to share his basket and food. This is a delightful tale of how he and the kitten learn to get along.

It’s Quacking Time by Martin Waddell & Jill Barton (illus) hb 9780763627386 $30
Duckling is amazed to be told that he (and Granda) came in a beautiful blue egg just like the one in the nest. The quacking and the celebration starts when the new baby duckling hatches out the egg. A lovely celebration of the wonders of birth.

Owl Babies illus by Patrick Benson pb 9780744531671 $16.95 big book 9780744563139 $44.95 
 A warmly reassuring story of three owl babies left on their won while their mother goes hunting. The text is simple and certain refrains are repeated. The wide-eyed apprehensive baby owls are beautifully drawn.

The Pig in the Pond illus by Jill Barton pb 9781406301595 $16.95 big book 9780744543919 $44.95
It is a very hot day at Neligan’s farm but the ducks and geese are cool swimming in the pond. The pig is watching and getting hotter and hotter and all pandemonium breaks out when he finally decides to jump into the pond. Great fun to read aloud.

Goodnight, Mice! by Frances Watts & Judy Watson (illus) hb 9780733324215 $24.99 pb 9780733331763 $14.99
This is such an engaging picture book. The four little mice are so tired at bedtime but somehow they suddenly come to life again over bath time. Frances Watts’ writing has an infectious rhyme and rhythm which is a delight to read aloud. Judy Watson captures through her very appealing illustrations the vitality and individuality of each little mouse and of their loving parents.

Yoko by Rosemary Wells pb 9781423119838 $13
Yoko is devastated when the children make fun of the sushi that she brings for her lunch. However a thoughtful teacher, a hungry friend and an International Food Day all help solve Yoko’s problems.

The Firefighters by Sue Whiting & Donna Rawlins (illus) hb 9781921150296 $29.95 pb 9781921529498 $16.95 Big Book 9781921529702 $44.95
The children at kindergarten pretend to be real firefighters getting into their truck and racing along to get to the fire and squirt it with their hoses. Later the real fire engine arrives and two firefighters arrive to show them their truck and tell them stories about fires. Bright illustrations and the lively text will make this book very popular with preschoolers.

Leo the Littlest Seahorse by Margaret Wild & Terry Denton (illus) pb 9780143505105 $14.95
A delightfully rhythmic and expressive story to read aloud. When Potbelly the father seahorse gives birth to 100 little seahorses, he and Polly teach them skills that they will need to survive in the coral reef. Denton has created a wonderfully colourful world under the ocean in which there are 100 little individual seahorses to search for!

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion & Margaret Bloy Graham (illus) hb 9780060268657 $32 pb 9780099978701 $16.99
Published first back in 1956, this is the classic much loved story of Harry the white dog with black spots who ran away because he didn’t like having a bath. He came back so dirty that he wasn’t recognized because he was now a black dog with white spots.


Non-Fiction

Deron Goes to Nursery School (First Experiences series) by Ifeoma Onyefulu hb 9781845078645 $32
Deron is four years old and he lives in Ghana. This book describes his first day at nursery school. Through simple text and colourful photos.