Reading at home

Sharing books with your child is special and helps your child learn. You are close together, looking at the same thing. Talk about the pictures. Tell the story. Your child will hear many new words and phrases. You can ask each other questions. What is happening in the story? Do you like this book? You can talk about your experiences and compare them to what happens in the story.


Can You Dance book  

Title: Can you dance?
Author: Sally Morgan
Illustrator: Kathy Arbon
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

  Get your child up and moving like different Australian animals. Talk about the ways animals move. Ask your child to show you what it looks like when they feel ‘cheeky’, ‘scary’, ‘silly’, ‘happy’, ‘hungry’ and ‘grumpy’.


Baby Bilby book  

Title: Baby Bilby's question
Author: Sally Morgan
Illustrator: Adele Jaunn
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont

  ‘How long will you love me?’ asks Baby Bilby. His dad has a fun way to tell Baby Bilby that he will love him for a very, very long time. Talk together about family and love. Think of a fun way to tell your child how you love them.


Dingo in the Dark book  

Title: Dingo in the dark
Author: Sally Morgan
Illustrator: Tania Erzinger
Publisher: Scholastic

  Dingo is afraid of the dark. Is your child afraid of anything? It can make you feel better to talk about your fears. Talk with your child about what makes them scared. Ask them what makes them feel better when they are afraid. You can also talk with them about animals that are nocturnal.


Spinifex mouse book  

Title: Spinifex mouse
Author: Norma MacDonald
Publisher: Magabala Books

  A spinifex hopping mouse called Cheeky likes to sneak out after his family has gone to sleep to practise his tricks. You can talk with your child about taking risks, being safe and listening to grown-ups.


Go home, cheeky animals! book  

Title: Go home, cheeky animals!
Author: Johanna Bell
Illustrator: Dion Beasley
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children

  Cheeky animals invade the camp. What animals do you have at your place? Talk to your child about animals that are helpful to have around and animals that are not.


The two-hearted numbat book  

Title: The two-hearted numbat
Authors: Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Publisher: Fremantle Press

  Numbat has two hearts: one heart makes him helpful and the other heart makes him strong. Talk to your child about helping other people and looking after yourself.


I love me book  

Title: I love me
Author: Sally Morgan
Illustrator: Ambelin Kwaymullina
Publisher: Fremantle Press

  What do you love about the way you look and the way your body can move? Name parts of the body with your child and talk about how you can move.


Budburra’s garden book   Title: Budburra’s garden
Authors: Cherbourg State School and Cherbourg Artist Group
Publisher: Budburra Books Inc.
  It is fun to eat healthy foods. Talk with your child about what healthy and colourful food you like to eat at home. See how many you can name.


No way Yirrikipayi! book   Title: No way Yirrikipayi!
Authors: Alison Lester and children from Milikapiti School, Melville Island
Publisher: Indigenous Literacy Foundation
  Yirrikipayi is hungry, but the other animals do not want to be eaten. While you are reading let your child chant: ‘No way Yirrikipayi! You’re not eating me today!’


Shirley Purdie book   Title: Shirley Purdie: My story, ngaginybe jarragbe
Author: Shirley Purdie
Publisher: Kimberly Art Centre Series
  Shirley Purdie’s story is written in English and Gija. Can you and your child say words in different languages?


Main abija, my grandad book   Title: Main abija, my grandad
Author: Karen Rogers
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children
  This story is about Grandad and the things about Country and culture that he taught. This story is written in English and Kriol. What do you like doing with your child? What things do you teach them?


Baby business book   Title: Baby business
Author: Jasmine Seymour
Publisher: Magabala Books
  This is a story about welcoming a baby to Country with a Darug smoking ceremony. It is written in English with some Darug language words. Do you know other ways to say these parts of the body? Share some words in a home language with your child.


Same, but little bit diff'rent book   Title: Same, but little bit diff'rent
Author: Kylie Dunstan
Publisher: Windy Hollow Books
  When you read this story with your child you can talk about the parts of your lives that are the same or different to the lives of the two children in the book.


Tell 'em! book   Title: Tell 'em!
Authors: Katrina Germein, Rosemary Sullivan and the children from Manyallaluk School
Illustrator: Karen Briggs
Publisher: Working Title Press Au
  Children from Manyallaluk School talk about their lives. Talk to your child about the things you like to do together. You could talk about the things you used to do when you were younger.


Welcome to country   Title: Welcome to country
Author: Aunty Joy Murphy
Illustrator: Lisa Kennedy
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
  Aunty Joy Murphy talks about Welcome to Country ceremonies from the perspective of the Wurundjeri People. Talk with your child about Welcome to Country ceremonies in your area. What customs are shared?


Ernie dances to the didgeridoo   Title: Ernie dances to the didgeridoo
Author: Alison Lester
Publisher: Lothian Children’s Books
  Ernie has moved to the Northern Territory and writes letters to his friends about his experiences. Talk to your child about people you know who live in other places. Do you talk to them on the phone, send text messages or email to stay in touch?


Big Rain Coming   Title: Big rain coming
Author: Katrina Germein
Illustrator: Bronwyn Bancroft
Publisher: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  Old Stephen and the children try to stay cool as they wait every day for rain. Talk to your child about the days of the week and what it feels like to be waiting for something.


My mob going to the beach   Title: My mob going to the beach
Author: Sylvia Emmerton
Illustrator: Jaquanna Elliott
Publisher: Black Ink Press
  Everyone is walking to the beach. It is a long way and the children want to play. Talk to your child about where you live. Where do you like to go for walks? Where do you play?


Going to the footy   Title: Going to the footy
Author: Debbie Coombes
Publisher: Magabala Books
  Everyone is going to the footy. How do you travel to places? Talk about the different ways people travel.


The rabbit-hole golf course   Title: The rabbit-hole golf course
Author: Ella Mulvey
Illustrator: Karen Briggs
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children
  The children go to the golf course to try to find some rabbits. Do you have animals at your place? Talk to your child about the animals that are good to have and why some animals are a problem.


On the way to Nana's   Title: On the way to Nana's
Authors: Frances Haji-Ali and David Haji-Ali
Illustrator: David Hardy
Publisher: Magabala Books
  A family sees lots of things along their drive from Perth to Darwin to visit Nana. Count the things they see with your child. Have you and your child been on a road trip? Talk about where you went and what you saw.


Too many cheeky dogs   Title: Too many cheeky dogs
Author: Johanna Bell
Illustrator: Dion Beasley
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children
  The cheeky dogs do lots of naughty things. You and your child can count the cheeky dogs and name the days of the week.


Tom Tom   Title: Tom Tom
Author: Rosemary Sullivan
Illustrator: Dee Huxley
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  Tom Tom has a big family and likes to do lots of things. Talk with your child about the things they like to do. Talk about the things you used to do when you were younger.


Look see, look at me!   Title: Look see, look at me!
Author: Leonie Norrington
Illustrator: Dee Huxley
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children
  Now that he is three, this little person can do lots of things. Talk with your child about the things they can do now that they are getting bigger.