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2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge - 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 (14 to 25 August). For further information go to the Premier’s Reading Challenge website.

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Author Title and book summary JF/F/NF Pages Theme ISBN
Allen, Ed; Hardy, Sarah (illus) Hokey pokey NF 24 Australian animals; Rhyme 9781760159924
Allen, Pamela The man with messy hair JF 28 Hair; Birds; Rhyme 9780670078677
Allen, Pamela Where's the gold? JF 28 Pirates; Treasure; Parrots 9780143501473
Bell, Davina; Acton, Sara (illus) Oh, Albert! JF 31 Dogs; Family 9780670078608
Bell, Johanna; Beasley, Dion (illus) Go home, cheeky animals! JF 30 Animals 9781760291655
Blabey, Aaron Pig the elf JF 24 Christmas; Humour; Manners 9781760154271
Bland, Nick The very brave bear JF 22 Bears; Buffaloes; Rhyme 9781760150365
Brian, Janeen; James, Ann (illus) I'm a hungry dinosaur JF 30 Cooking; Dinosaurs 9780670078103
Buchanan, Colin; Williams, Simon (illus) Aussie Easter hat parade JF 21 Easter; Australian animals; Rhyming text 9781760157227
Daddo, Andrew; Bentley, Jonathan (illus) When I grow up JF 30 Imagination 9780733333422
Daywalt, Drew; Jeffers, Oliver (illus) The crayons’ book of colours JF 18 Drawing; Colours 9780008212858
Daywalt, Drew; Jeffers, Oliver (illus) The crayons’ book of numbers JF 18 Counting 9780008212865
Dewar, Jim; Williams, Simon (illus) Why did the chicken cross the road? JF 21 Chickens; Australian animals; Humour 9781760159276
Do, Anh; Wood, Laura (illus) What do they do with all the poo from all the animals at the zoo? JF 24 Zoo animals; Song; Humour 9781760276324
Dunstan, Kylie Nannie loves JF 32 Grandparents; Farms 9781921504839
Fox, Lee; Wilcox, Cathy (illus) Ella Kazoo will not brush her hair JF 30 Girls; Personal grooming; Hair 9780733636356
Fox, Mem; Horacek, Judy (illus) This & that JF 30 Imagination; Bedtime; Rhyme 9781743622537
French, Jackie; Whatley, Bruce (illus) Grandma wombat JF 32 Wombats; Grandparents 9780732299590
Germein, Katrina; Jellett, Tom (illus) My mum says the strangest things JF 25 Mothers; Speech 9781925126310
Gleeson, Libby; Blackwood, Freya (illus) Clancy & Millie and the very fine house JF 32 Friendship; Family 9781760126681
Graham, Bob Home in the rain JF 28 Family; Siblings; Rain 9781406368239
Kwaymullin, Ezekiel; Jellett, Tom (illus) My amazing dad JF 22 Fathers 9781921894862
Lahn, Dean Bad Ned JF 32 Bushrangers; Imaginative play 9781742991313
Lee, Andy; McKenzie, Heath (illus) Do not open this book JF 28 Humour; Books; Reading 9781760451691
Lester, Alison Hello little babies JF 26 Babies 9780733330414
Lester, Alison My dog Bigsy JF 31 Dogs; Farm animals 9780670078936
Lester, Alison Noni the pony goes to the beach JF 23 Beach; Horses; Rhyme 9781743311141
McKenzie, Heath I wanna be a great big dinosaur! JF 22 Imagination; Dinosaurs 9781743626009
Melling, David Hugless Douglas and the great cake bake JF 32 Bears; Cake; Honey 9781444919899
Mem Fox; Judy Horacek (illus) Ducks away! JF 32 Counting; Ducks; Nursery rhymes 9781760158514
Morgan, Sally; Ambelin Kwaymullina (illus) Dream little one, dream NF 32 Australian animals; Mothers; Bedtime 9780670078868
Morgan, Sally; Kwaymullin, Ambelin (illus) Joey counts to ten JF 24 Counting; Australian animals; Rhyming text 9781760121266
Morrison, Yvonne; Gordon, Gus (illus) My Aussie dad JF 22 Fathers; Family; Rhyming text 9781742838700
Pignataro, Anna Agatha in the dark JF 32 Overcoming fears 9781760402075
Quay, Emma Not a cloud in the sky JF 32 Birds; Friendship; Clouds 9780733332678
Shanahan, Lisa; Rudge, Leila (illus) The whole caboodle JF 24 Dogs; Rhyme 9781743629321
Skinner, Tom; Goss, Mini (illus) Round fish square bowl JF 30 Diversity; Attitude 9781921042799
Treml, Renee Ten little owls JF 20 Counting; Owls; Animals 9780143780564
Vance, Paul; Pockriss, Lee; Mailman, Deborah (singer); Argent, Kerry (illus) Itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka-dot bikini NF 21 Songs; Rhyme 9781760152642
Walker, Anna Mr Huff JF 30 Resilience; Attitude; Moods 9780670078042
Walker, Sue; Tortop, Anil (illus) My perfect pup JF 29 Dogs; Pets 9781925059601
Wild, Margaret; King, Stephen Michael (illus) The pocket dogs and the lost kitten JF 30 Dogs; Cats; Sharing 9781742991054
Wild, Margaret; Rossell, Judith (illus) Bogtrotter JF 24 Monsters; Flowers 9781925126938
Wilson, Tony; Wood, Laura (illus) The cow tripped over the moon JF 32 Poetry; Nursery rhymes 9781743623541


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Last reviewed
5 May 2017
Last updated
5 May 2017