30 Jan 2010

10 of the best Aussie picture books

My Grandma lived in Gooligulch by Graeme Base
  1. The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek by Jenny Wagner
  2. My Place by Nadia Wheatley
  3. The Man from Snowy River A B Paterson illustrated by Freya Blackwood
  4. Are We There Yet? A Journey around Australia by Alison Lester
  5. A Year on Our Farm by Penny Matthews
  6. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
  7. My Grandma lived in Gooligulch by Graeme Base
  8. Window by Jeannie Baker
  9. A Bush Christmas by C J Dennis illustrated by Dee Huxley
  10. The Potato People by Pamela Allen

Do you agree? What would you put on the list to make it 20 of the best? If you're not an Aussie, why not hop over to The Peaceful Community and tell us 10 of the best picture books from your country? I for one would love to see what you come up with. For what is is worth, I limited myself to one book for each author. You might like to do the same. Or not.

Mel's list is here!


  1. Nice pictures!
    By the way, I have started a blog which will comprise study literature in a more entertaining form than standard textbooks, see
    CrisisMaven’s Economics Study Guide. It also contains a Reference List which aspires to eventually become the "one stop shop" for all economic data seriies, history, bibliographies etc.

  2. we have 4 on that list and will be getting another one that's on our Australian book traveller list, would have to get back to you with my top picks, I LOVE Aussie kids books and have been finding lots more great ones lately on my search for older books to supplement the book traveller with!!

    Love your passion for books Jeanne :-)

  3. Your blog makes me want to buy books!

  4. Ahhh!

    11. Jeannie Baker's Where The Forest Meets the Sea

    12. Mem Fox's Possum Magic

    13. The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan

    14. Silly Galah by Janeen Brian and Cheryll Johns

    15. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

    17. Greetings from Sandy Beach by Bob Graham

    18. Olga the Brolga by Rod Clement

    19. Imagine by Alison Lester

    20. Simpson and his Donkey by Mark Greenwood and Frane Lessac

  5. We just picked up Koala Lou and Hunwick's Egg from the library for bedtime tonight. Wished I'd had your list with me.

    10 best...hmmm...is it better to just pick the first ten favorites that come into my head or agonize over the list for days?

  6. Hi there Jeanne - love the books on your list. I've just written a post with 10 of my own favourites - hop on over and tell me what you think! :)

    Mel x

  7. I've been out of picture books for a while but the Graeme Base books are delightful for all ages.
    Koala Lou was a special favourite of one of my girls and she has kept it. Have a post in mind regarding her and that book... you just reminded me.
    Have a good week.

  8. I added the best Japanese books, which is pretty easy because, outside of anime, not many Japanese books seem to have been translated to English. (I didn't include Japanese-western authors like Allen Say and Satoshi Kitamura, who are expats, I believe.)

  9. Whenever I read one of your posts on 10 favorite books or something like that - I get to wonder over my ignorance. But there is an antidote to that, so it'll be over to view the library catalogue in a minute.

    But I will add 'Magic Beach' by Allison Lester and 'Diary of a Wombat' by Jackie French

  10. Well adding another 10 to make your 20 list.

    Koala Lou - Mem Fox
    Bush Song - Tricia Oktober
    Great Bullocky Race - Michael Page & Robert Ingpen
    Land of the ... People Series - Percy Trezise
    Possum Creek - Yvonne Perrin & Dan Vallely
    Crowns of Fire - Michelle Morrow
    Puddy - Kathleen Henry
    Sarli the Barrier Reef Turtle - Leslie Rees
    Strongest Man in Gundiwallanup - Richard Tulloch
    Mulga Bills' Bicycle - AB Patterson (love all illustrated poetry book by Banjo)

  11. I would like to add just one book at the moment. I have a couple of picture books in list to read them to my DC.

    "Wilfredo Gordon McDonald Partridge " by Mem Fox.


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