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Premier's Reading Challenge 2016 - Early childhood booklist

Reading to children as often as possible - not only to learn but also for enjoyment - is a critical element of improving reading for all students.

This list contains picture books that support the development of pre-reading and early reading strategies. While there is no compulsory reading list for the Premier's Reading Challenge, a booklist has been developed to help students, teachers, parents and guardians select appropriate reading material. Students may select any suitable books including those on previous years' Premier's Reading Challenge lists.

Children in approved kindergarten programs and long day care centres can ‘experience’ these books through activities during the participation period (15 to 26 August). For further information go to the Premier’s Reading Challenge website.

  • Early childhood books in the library catalogue

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Alborozo, Gabriel Let’s paint! NF 30 Painting; Creating
Allen, Pamela The big fish JF 32 Fishing; Poetry
Allen, Pamela The little old man who looked up at the moon JF 28 Family; Sharing; Philosophy
Base, Graeme My first Animalia NF 40 Alphabet; Animals
Bentley, Jonathan Little big JF 31 Comparison
Blabey, Aaron Piranhas don't eat bananas JF 22 Food habits
Brian, Janeen;
James, Ann (illus)
I’m a dirty dinosaur NF 20 Poetry; Dinosaurs
Byers, Chrissy The magic in boxes JF 54 Poetry; Imagination
Carnavas, Peter Blue whale blues JF 32 Problem solving;
Cox, Tania;
Blair, Karen (illus)
With Nan JF 32 Family; Exploring;
Natural environment
Crumble, P.;
Shea, Louis (illus)
There was an old lady who swallowed a thong NF 21 Humour; Poetry
Davey, Owen Laika the astronaut NF 28 Space; Dogs
Daywalt, Drew;
Jeffers, Oliver (illus)
The day the crayons quit JF 33 Humour
Daywalt, Drew;
Jeffers, Oliver (illus)
The day the crayons came home JF 35 Humour
Ferrell, Sean;
Santoso, Charles (illus)
I don't like Koala JF 40 Toys
Fox, Mem;
Horacek, Judy (illus)
Good night, sleep tight JF 30 Rhymes
Fox, Mem;
Quay, Emma (illus)
Baby bedtime JF 30 Rhymes; Love; Bedtime
French, Jackie;
Whatley, Bruce (illus)
Wombat wins JF 32 Sports carnivals
Ghosh, Ronojoy No place like home JF 32 Safety; Family
Gibbes, Lesley;
King, Stephen Michael (illus)
Scary night JF 30 Celebration; Journey;
Goodrich, Carter Mister Bud wears the cone JF 48 Humour; Friendship; Dogs
Gwynne, Phillip;
Okalyi, Sandy (illus)
Little Owl JF 32 Identity; Family
Hughes, Jenny;
Bentley, Jonathan (illus)
A house of her own JF 32 Independence; Security;
Family; Humour
Jeffers, Oliver The Hueys in... It wasn’t me [Hueys series] JF 30 Family; Arguments
King, Stephen Michael Snail and Turtle are friends JF 32 Friendship
Kitchin, Ben; Swan,
Owen (illus)
The red feather JF 28 Sharing
Kwaymullina, Ambelin; Tobin, Leanne (illus) The lost girl JF 26 Australian landscape
MacLeod, Doug;
Smith, Craig (illus)
Heather fell in the water JF 29 Water safety
McKimmie, Christopher Crikey and Cat JF 32 Resilience; Friendship;
Meschenmoser, Sebastian 3 wishes for Pugman JF 40 Cheer
Mitchell, Laine;
Shea, Louis (illus)
We’re going on a croc hunt JF 24 Humorous; Adventure
Rex, Alice; Francey, Amanda (illus) Onesie Mumsie! JF 29 Bedtime
Royce, Ellie; McLean, Andrew (illus) Lucas and Jack JF 32 Empathy; Elderly; Storytelling
Sims, Leslie;
Semple, David (illus)
Goat in a boat [Usborne phonics readers series] JF 20 Poetry; Phonics
Smith, Rosie;
Whatley, Bruce (illus)
My dad’s the coolest JF 21 Fathers
Temple, Jol; Temple,
Kate; Foye, Jon (illus)
I got this hat JF 28 Costumes; Poetry
Vass, Coral;
Cooper Smith, Heidi (illus)
Two birds on a wire JF 24 Sharing
Wild, Margaret;
Blair, Karen (illus)
Our baby JF 30 Babies
Wild, Margaret;
Vivas, Julie (illus)
Davy & the duckling JF 30 Belonging; Love
Wolfer, Dianne;
Blair, Karen (illus)
Granny grommet and me JF 23 Fear; Ocean


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Last reviewed
26 April 2016
Last updated
26 April 2016