10 Books for Children about Australia

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Are you doing a unit on Australia? These children's books are a great way to study and introduce this culture to kids. There are both fiction and nonfiction books included in this list for early readers. Let's celebrate the culture and animals of Australia! 

Australia is a large country with many unique habitats. This country is full of wildlife and interesting animals. Immerse your students in these fun children's books. Read the books to your students for an added level of connection. Or have your students read them by themselves if they are up to the task.

Living in . . . Australia: Ready-to-Read Level 2

Living in... Australia by Chloe Perkins

"Discover what it’s like to grow up in Australia in this fascinating, nonfiction Level 2 Ready-to-Read, part of a series all about kids just like you in countries around the world!"

 Australia: Travel for kids

Australia: Travel for Kids by Dinobibi Publishing

"Make sure you get the most out of the trip with Australia – Travel For Kids. Dinobibi and Hayden will join you in every step of the journey. You will have so much fun discovering Australia – its history, geography, flags and symbols, wildlife, culture and more! Whether preparing for a vacation, or simply wanting to learn about Australia, this book gives you all you need to know, fun places to visit, tasty food to try, and fun, interactive pop quizzes throughout."

Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under

Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes

"Learning becomes fun with this book about the animals that are unique to Australia. In Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under, amazing artwork will inspire children in classrooms and at home to appreciate environment, ecology, and the world around us!"

 Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue

Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue by Deborah Rose

"This warm and inspirational photographic picture book for ages 4 to 8 is a compelling and uplifting true story, with a sweet message about coping with loss that draws attention to an important and threatened wild animal. Jimmy is an adorable baby koala whose tender tale is sure to strike at the heartstrings of every animal lover. This book also introduces young readers to the need for conservational awareness: Through Jimmy's life story readers will come to understand the many obstacles koalas and other species face today."

 One Day On Our Blue Planet: In the Outback

One Day On Our Blue Planet: In the Outback by Ella Bailey

"From Ella Bailey's acclaimed series of children's books comes another tale of how one young animal friend spends his day. He's only a little kangaroo in the middle of the vast Australian outback, but that doesn't stop him being curious and learning all about life in his corner of our blue planet. For every copy of this book sold, a donation will be made to WIRES, the New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education service!"


Possum Magic by Mem Fox

"Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible. But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way across Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more. “Another treat from Mem Fox that is sure to be treasured."

Where's My Joey

Where's My Joey? by Wendy Monica Winter

"Mamma Kangaroo cannot find her Joey! Will she find her baby kangaroo before dinner gets cold? Who will help Mamma Kangaroo in Australia? Does Koala, Emu or Kookaburra know where Joey is? Journey with her through Australia landscapes like the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Victoria Desert on her quest to find her precious little one."

Edward the Emu

Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles

"Tired of his life as an emu, Edward decides to try being something else for a change. He tries swimming with the seals, he spends a day lounging with the lions, and even slithers with the snakes. But Edward soon discovers that being an emu may be the best thing after all."

 The Ultimate Kangaroo Book for Kids

The Ultimate Kangaroo Book for Kids by Jenny Kellett

"It’s hard not to fall in love with the adorable kangaroo. Like much of Australia’s wildlife, kangaroos are unique. Their joeys live in pouches, they hop to get around and they can freeze their embryos. Crazy, right?"

"In The Big Kangaroo Book for Kids by Australian non-fiction author Jenny Kellett you will learn only the kangaroo that kids will love."

 Diary of a Wombat

 Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

"Wombats are cuddly-looking, slow-moving Australian animals. Their favorite activities are eating, sleeping, and digging holes. Here, in the words of one unusually articulate wombat, is the tongue-in-cheek account of a busy week; eating, sleeping, digging holes . . . and training its new neighbors, a family of humans, to produce treats on demand. This entertaining book, with its brief, humorous text and hilarious illustrations, will endear the wombat to young children, who may recognize in the determined furry creature some qualities that they share."


Are you looking for engaging resources for introducing Australia?

Check out these engaging resources for early readers! 

Australia Mini Book

Australia Flash Cards

Australia Lapbook

Australia Fact Sheet

Australian Woodlands

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