Books about Australian animals to share with children. Australia has so many wonderful creatures large and small that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. A great way to introduce Australia to your children before you move (or even to teach them more when they arrive) is to find out about all the great animals and birds there are here!
It will also make them feel more at home at school when other kids talk about possums, kangaroos and wombats! I have loved learning about the different animals and I enjoy reading some of these books to the children I teach.
So here are some great 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
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 f0r 5-7 year olds an 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 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 the hungry dingo!
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?
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.
HEART IN THE POCKET
All about little Joey leaving his Mum’s pouch!
An Australian classic!
HOP UP! WRIGGLE OVER!
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 seem to working
THEODORE DOWN UNDER
ESCAPE TO AUSTRALIA
Join intrepid explorer Benjamin Blog and his inquisitive dog Barko Polo as they travel to Australia!
A KID’S GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA
LINKS TO SOME GREAT PLACES TO SEE AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS IN THE WILD
Koala – Noosa National Park
Kangaroos – Cape Hillsborough National Park
Platypus – Eungella National Park
FURTHER INFORMATION FOR VISITING AUSTRALIA
I have lots of information on my blog about travel in Australia so do check out some of these posts. There is sure to be something to help you plan your trip or move to Australia.
- My ultimate guide to Australia with links to every post is a great starting point when planning your visit.
- There are more posts about Australian life including films to watch before you visit, Christmas in Australia, and 10 Aussie myths debunked.
- My post all about the top things to do in Queensland gives an idea of some of the amazing places to visit in the state.
- If you are interested in learning more about Queensland wildlife there are posts about kangaroos at Cape Hillsborough. platypus at Broken River and whales off the Brisbane coast. A more general post all about the amazing wildlife you can find in Queensland
- If you are visiting Brisbane you can find out more about what there is to do in and around the city including South Bank, Mount Tamborine and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
- If Tasmania is on your itinerary I have a number of great posts all about this beautiful island – a 2 week road trip itinerary, general tips to make the most of your trip and a post all about the beautiful wildlife you can see in Tasmania.
- Click here if you are interested in learning more about the 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia.
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Books about Australian animals to share with children
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