Our Top 3 Children’s Books featuring Australian Animals

 In Childrens Reading

Animals have been popular in Children’s literature for a long time, classic characters like Blinky Bill and Peter Rabbit have captured the imagination of children for generations, my children also love books with animal characters, our family’s favourites are:

Wombat Stew by Marcia K Vaughn and Pamela Lofts 

This is a fun story of a Dingo who catches a big fat Wombat and wants to make a stew of him.

Lots of other Australian animals come to give him advice on how to make the stew, and the Dingo gets a big surprise in the end.

There is repetition in this book to help children master their reading, and a little song to make it fun to read and sing along together.

Our Day care centre introduced our family to this book and it quickly became a part of our book collection.

“I like that it has Australian animals” – Arabella 7years old

Edwina the Emu by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement 

This book has been a favourite in our house for many years.

Edwina the Emu looks for a job while Edward takes care of the eggs she has laid, Edwina gets herself into some funny situations while looking for work, and in the end the couple welcome 10 baby emus to their family.

The story involves some counting and plenty of rhyming for phonemic awareness.

“It’s Funny” – Arabella 7years old

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French 

This book was a first birthday gift for our youngest daughter.

Diary of a Wombat is a story of a very cheeky Wombat and all he gets up to during his days.

This book is great for children learning about the days of the week and times of day (Morning, Afternoon, Evening) 

“I like the carrots because carrots are good for you” – Josie 3years old 

Children's Books featuring Australian Animals, Edwina the Emu, Wombat Stew and Diary of a Wombat

We hope you enjoy these books as much as our family do.

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  • Linda – VA Bunyip Creations

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