Books for Early Childhood

Book suggestions for the early childhood age of 0 to 5 years. 

Early Childhood Book of the Year 2012

(for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages)

WINNER: The Runaway Hug: Nick Bland & Freya Blackwood

HONOUR: Come Down,Cat! by Sonya Hartnett & Lucia Masciullo

HONOUR: That's Not a Daffodil! by Elizabeth Honey
Books that are suitable for baby:

Nana's Colours by Pamela Allen
Usborne Farm Cloth Cot Book by Stella Baggott
Hello Baby!
by Mem Fox
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
Time for Bed by Mem Fox

Black on white by Tana Hoban (Black and white)
Red blue, yellow shoe by Tania Hoban
White on black by Tana Hoban (Black and white)

Who are they? by Tana Hoban
Yellow is my favourite colour by Judy Horacek

Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden
First Focus Cloth Cot Book by Ladybird Books
Mesmerised by Katey Love (Black and white)
When I Was a Baby by Deborah Niland
I can by Helen Oxenbury
I touch by Helen Oxenbury
Tickle tickle by Helen Oxenbury

Little Cloth Book of Colours by Roger Priddy
Night-Night Baby, a Touch and Feel book
I Went Walking by Julie Vivas
That's Not My Teddy by Fiona Watt


Reading and your Child website includes:

  • How reading and language skills develop
  • How can we make reading part of our family’s lifestyle
  • How to read to a baby
  • Ideas and resources for fun reading and literacy activities
  • If my child is having trouble with reading
  • What about parents who have trouble reading
  • Resources related to kids and reading

Early Words early literacy - Prepare your child from birth for reading and writing.  Early Words offers resources for parents, carers and child care workers on introducing children to a love of words, and preparing them for the world of reading and writing.

Picture Books of Distinction 2010

from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Early Words Book suggestions for babies from birth to 5 years from a program funded by the NSW government.

2010 Book of the Year Early Childhood category from Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) :

WINNER Bear & Chook by the Sea by Lisa Shanahan (read review)

HONOUR Kip by Christina Booth

HONOUR Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House  by Libby Gleeson

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2008 Book of the Year Early Childhood category from Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) :

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey

'Why are Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley friends? They are just so different.' Ages 3+. (read review)

Honour Books




Early Childhood Notable Books 2008 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA)


Best Picture Books of 2008   from Early Childhood Australia

Babies and toddlers section (up to three years) are:

I'm still awake, still! by Elizabeth Honey & Sue Johnson

Sleep tight, my honey by Lisa Shanahan & Wayne Harris

Baby bird's blankie by Margaret Wild & Gwyn Perkins

Cheeky monkey by Andrew Daddo & Emma Quay

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 Must-have classics for children aged from birth to four suggested by Mem Fox - Australian Author

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