Since I moved to Australia I have discovered some wonderful books about Australian animals to share with children. With so many unique and wonderful creatures large and small that aren’t found anywhere else in the world these books are a great way to introduce Australian animals to your children whatever their ages.
If you are planning to visit Australia or even move there these books will introduce them to Aussie wildlife. Of course, if you live in Australia this post will also provide you with loads of ideas for great books to read to your kids.
If you are emigrating to Australia these books will also help children feel more at home at school when other kids talk about possums, kangaroos, quokkas, platypus and wombats amongst others!
I have loved learning about the different animals and I enjoy reading some of these popular books to the children I teach.
So here are some great books about Australian animals to share with children of all ages.
- BABY TO AGE 2
- AGES 2 – 4
- AGES 4-7
- OVER IN AUSTRALIA
- DIARY OF A WOMBAT
- DIARY OF A BABY WOMBAT
- POSSUM MAGIC
- WOMBAT WALKABOUT
- KOALA LOU
- SOMETIMES I LIKE TO CURL UP IN A BALL
- HEART IN THE POCKET
- THERE’S AN OUCH IN MY POUCH
- EDWARD THE EMU
- EDWINA THE EMU
- WOMBAT STEW
- MARSUPIAL SUE
- HOP UP! WRIGGLE OVER!
- I LOVE IT WHEN YOU SMILE
- THEODORE DOWN UNDER
- ESCAPE TO AUSTRALIA
- A KID’S GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA
- BOOKS ABOUT AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS TO SHARE WITH CHILDREN
BABY TO AGE 2
AN AUSTRALIAN ABC OF ANIMALS
An Australian ABC of Animals is a beautifully illustrated alphabet book by well-known Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Bancroft. A great way to introduce the alphabet and explore Australian wildlife! Animals include kangaroo, bandicoot, wombat, echidna, cockatoo, frog and goanna—and many more.
AN AUSTRALIAN 123 OF ANIMALS
An Australian 123 of Animals is a beautifully illustrated first numbers book by well-known Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Bancroft. A great way to introduce numbers and explore Australian wildlife!
E IS FOR ECHIDNA
A great introduction to Australian words in this beautiful book by Bronwyn Bancroft.
A lovely board book which tells the story of a baby kangaroo’s first steps towards independence.
AGES 2 – 4
CAN YOU CUDDLE LIKE A KOALA
A book about little animals from around the world. A great book to read at bedtime with your little one.
SWIM LITTLE WOMBAT SWIM!
Another great story about wombats! Age 2+
OVER IN AUSTRALIA
A fun book to share with your children! Australian animals are unique. Sing, clap and count to the rhyme of “Over in the Meadow” and learn about wallabies, koalas, wombats, and more.
DIARY OF A WOMBAT
A wombat’s work is never done! Take a trip with a wombat, and discover the ins and outs of her day in this modern classic Australian picture book. There are holes to be dug and territory to be defended – and don’t forget all the eating and sleeping that needs to be squeezed in too!
DIARY OF A BABY WOMBAT
A wombat’s work is never done! The star of the international bestseller Diary of a Wombat is back with a new mouth to feed! .
A great book for 5-7-year-olds and a firm favourite in Australia! Got to love the possums!
Early one morning when the sun came out, Six woolly wombats went walkabout. This whimsical counting poem follows six brave little wombats on a walkabout in the Australian outback.
But the wilderness is bound to bring more excitement than an innocent counting game. Soon enough, the curious wombats learn to beware of the hungry dingo!
When Koala Lou’s mother becomes so busy that she forgets to tell her firstborn how much she loves her, Koala Lou enters the Bush Olympics, intending to win an event and her mother’s love all at one time.
SOMETIMES I LIKE TO CURL UP IN A BALL
Sometimes I like to curl up in a ball So no one can see me because I’m so small.
Little wombat spends a day doing favourite things! What could they be?
HEART IN THE POCKET
In this tender tale about growing up, a young kangaroo learns that what’s familiar isn’t always what’s best.
THERE’S AN OUCH IN MY POUCH
Willaby Wallaby is not happy. There’s an ouch in the pouch and it’s making him grouch!
So off he hops to the Blue Billabong to find a new home.
EDWARD THE EMU
A lovely story about Edward the Emu. He decides he is tired of being an emu, so he decides to try being something else for a change.
EDWINA THE EMU
The sequel to the popular “Edward the Emu”, Edward and his mate, Edwina, are the proud parents of 10 little emu chicks.
A favourite in Australia with a few generations enjoying the tale since it was first published in 1984.
Young Sue really doesn’t like being a kangaroo, so she goes off to find something better.
First she tries climbing the trees like a koala, but that doesn’t work.
HOP UP! WRIGGLE OVER!
“Hop up! Wriggle over! Wakey-wakey: hungry!” Thus starts a full and busy day for an appealing animal family.
Simple onomatopoeic words and irresistible illustrations capture familiar routines in a young read-aloud containing a warm and subtle reminder that families come in all shapes and sizes.
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I LOVE IT WHEN YOU SMILE
When Little Roo wakes up he just feels grumpy. His mother tries everything to make him feel better but nothing seems to work.
THEODORE DOWN UNDER
Are you going to Australia soon or want to learn more about the land down under?
This cute, well-designed Australian Children’s Book for young kids featuring hand-drawn artwork of cute, Theodore the bear teaches young readers all about Australia, Australian slang and what life is like down under.
ESCAPE TO AUSTRALIA
In this adventurous instalment of James Patterson’s bestselling Middle School series, everyone’s favourite underdog hero Rafe Khatchadorian is headed to the dangerous wilds of Australia!
Join intrepid explorer Benjamin Blog and his inquisitive dog Barko Polo as they travel to Australia!
A KID’S GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane… Whichever city or part of Australia your family plans to visit, make sure you have the Kids’ Travel Guide – Australia.
BOOKS ABOUT AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS TO SHARE WITH CHILDREN
I am sure you will have found lots of great books about Australian animals to read to (and with) your kids from this selection.
If you want to learn more about Australian animals
- Where to see kangaroos on a beach at sunrise or
My selection of books about Australian animals is also the place to look for more information and (if you think you know enough already) why not take my Australian animals quiz – Do you know your quokka from your quoll?! or even my Australian General Knowledge Quiz and test yourself!
If you enjoy reading books about lots of different places around the world take a look at my best book guide for lots of travel inspiration (there is a selection of books about Australia)