Book List: Australian Christmas Stories

Australian Christmas Picture Books_ by My Little Bookcase

Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle

Author/Illustrator: Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

Publisher: ABC Books

ISBN: 9780733322495

Format Hardback

RRP: $24.95

This is a beautiful Australian interpretation of the nativity story written with charm and superb prose. The Shepherds are a neighbouring family; the three wise men are replaced by three elderly aunties who bring plum pudding, shortbread and a crate of fruit; and the heralding angels are exchanged for a flock of cockatoos.

Applesauce, a pet pig, tries to find the true meaning of Christmas as he watches over the bushfire- ravaged land before him. As his owners welcome a new baby to their family he learns that new life, hope and joy can come at the saddest of times.

Suitable for ages 3+ (★★★★★)

Tea and Sugar ChristmasTea and Sugar Christmas

Author: Jane Jolly

Illustrator: Robert Ingpen


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: NLA Publishing, November 2014

RRP: $24.99

This one is a true and historical Australian Christmas story that will warm the cockles of your heart and help you remember the wondrous Christmas is for children.

Tea and Sugar Christmas is based on the Trans-Australian Railway train that would travel across the Nullarbor Plain servicing settlements with provisions, meat, medical staff and bank services. Once a week settlers could fill their wheelbarrows and stock up, and once a year Santa would ride the carriages and bring gifts for each of the children.

Black and white pages fold out to reveal exquisite large-scale colour illustrations by renowned illustrator, Robert Ingpen. The book features photos and images taken during the Sugar and Tea Train era. It truly provides an insight into an interesting aspect of Australian history.

LIttle Dog and the Christmas WishThe Little Dog and the Christmas Wish

Author: Corinne Fenton

Illustrator: Robin Cowcher

ISBN: 9781742032368

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Black Dog Books, October 2014

RRP: $24.95

Little Dog gets lost on Christmas Eve. He walks past many Melbourne landmarks in his efforts to find his way home to his best friend, Jonathan.

Christmas in AustraliaJohn Williamson’s Christmas in Australia

Author: John Williamson

Illustrator: Mitch Vane

ISBN: 9780670077724

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Penguin Australia, September 2014

RRP: $19.99

If you spend your entire Christmas Day trying to get the family together for a photo, then you’ll love this new Australian Christmas book. Mitch Vane has very fittingly illustrated the lyrics of John Williamson’s iconic Australian Christmas song, ‘Christmas Photo’ with comical illustrations. Look out for the family antics in the background illustrations on each page.

Deck the Shed with Bits of WattleDeck the Shed with Bits of Wattle

Authors: Colin Buchanan and Greg Champion

Illustrator: Glen Singleton


Format: Hardcover with CD

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, October 2014

RRP: $19.99

Written and sung to the tune of ‘Deck the Halls’, Syd the Echidna’s shed, decorated with gum leaves and wattle, is ruined by a cyclone. The local Australian animals pitch in to surprise Syd on Christmas morning with a tin shed that is decked like no other.

Blossom Possum and the Christmas Quacker

Australian Christmas Books for Children_compiled by My Little Bookcase

Author: Gina Newton

Illustrator: Christina Booth

ISBN: 9781742839592

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, November2013

RRP: $19.99

This is a sequel to Blossom Possum- The Sky is Falling Down under, an Australian adaptation of the popular fable, The Sky is Falling. Blossom Possum and her Australian animal friends return in this cumulative tale to wake Koala Claws from his sleep and save their Bush Christmas.

Australian Christmas Books for Children by My Little BookcaseA Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Christmas

Author: Mark MacLeod

Illustrator: May Gibbs

ISBN: 978-1742830223

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, October 2013

RRP: $19.99

This is such a beautiful Australian Christmas tale featuring original illustrations by May Gibbs. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie approach the Christmas season quite differently. Even though it’s Cuddlepie who works hard to organise the best Christmas, it is Snugglepot who saves the day and fixes the Christmas bush that is spoiled by the sneaky Mrs Snake.

Australian Christmas Books for Children_Compiled by My Little BookcaseWe Wish You a Ripper Christmas

Authors: Colin Buchanan and Greg Champion

Illustrator: Roland Harvey

ISBN      978-1742837239

Format:  Hardcover and CD

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, October 2013

RRP: $19.99

Written to the tune of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and complete with Aussie slang and bush terminology is this song/story with an Aussie twist. Koalas decorate their gum trees with tinsel, emus play cricket, dingos wrap bright coloured thongs and galahs play electric guitars.

Australian Christmas Books for Children_Compiled by My Little Bookcase

Santa’s Secret

Author: Mike Dumbleton

Illustrator: Tom Jellett

ISBN: 978-1742752396

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Random House Australia, November 2012

RRP: $19.95

This is a fun, light-hearted book, and Mike Dumbleton gives us a fictional glimpse into what Santa does during his free time. I can’t give his secret away, but I can give you a few clues. He travels to Australia during his winter break and has fun joining the locals in a leisurely activity.

Australian Christmas Books for Children_Compiled by My Little BookcaseChristmas Wombat

By Jackie French and Bruce Whately


Format: Hardback

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia), September 2011

RRP A$24.99

This is a Christmas book that will make all family members giggle. Everybody loves Christmas time, but for Mothball it’s still all about scratching, sleeping and carrots.

Only Mothball the Wombat could ignore all the Christmas festivities in favour of carrots. She finds a cosy place to nap aboard Santa’s sleigh and finds herself travelling the world on Christmas Eve.

She battles reindeers, pigeons, toucans and polar bears for carrots but arrives home feeling completely satisfied and looking forward to the reindeer’s next visit.

Santa’s Aussie Mix-up

Colin Buchanan and Simon Swinger


Format: Hardback

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, October 2011

RRP: A$19.99

Written and sung to the tune of ‘Advance Australia Fair’, this funny story sees Santa asking for help to fill his Christmas stockings. ‘Pick me! Pick me!’ calls each Australian animal. One by one, they all fail miserably. Santa eventually gives Emu and Kangaroo the job. Together they create the biggest present mix-up Australia’s ever seen.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★)

The Australian Twelve Days of Christmas

Author/Illustrator: Heath McKenzie

Publisher: Black Dog Books (Walker Books)

ISBN: 9781921167317

Format: Hardback

RRP: $14.99

This is a funny Australian rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas. All starts off quite romantic with a kookaburra up a gum tree, but with penguins licking ice-creams, flies hanging around mince pies and emus playing football it all becomes a bit of a ruckus. This will be a hit with kids that like a bit of silliness.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★)

Also available as a Board Book: ISBN: 9781742031118, Age suitability 1+ , RRP: $12.99

Wombat Divine

Author/Illustrator: Mem Fox and Kerry Argent

Publisher: Omnibus Books

ISBN: 9781862918412

Format: Paperback

Age suitability: 4+

RRP: $15.99

Wombat loves the Nativity Play so much that he tries out for every part, but he doesn’t seem to be right for any of them. Luckily, wise Emu knows the perfect role for a sleepy wombat, and it’s the best Nativity Play ever.

An Aussie Day Before Christmas

Author: Kilmeny Niland

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

ISBN: 9781741690972

Format: Hardback

RRP: $15.99

In this fun and colourful book children discover how Santa would prepare for Christmas Eve if he lived in Australia. He wears shorts and a singlet; eats a breakkie of snags, toast and honey; and he piles his sacks full of pressies into his old ute that is pulled by ‘roos.

Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★)


Also available as a Board Book, ISBN: 978-1741695090, Age suitability: 0-2, RRP: $9.99

An Aussie Night Before Christmas

Author/Illustrator: Yvonne Morrison and Kilmeny Niland

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781865046532

Age suitability: 3+

RRP: $15.99

Christmas in the middle of an Australian summer means Santa has to find new ways to deliver his presents. Every line of this traditional verse has been remodelled with Aussie references. The gentle illustrations are packed with familiar icons cleverly woven into the visual narrative to recreate the warm, comforting, family atmosphere that Christmas is all about.

Also available as a Board Book: 9781741691122, Age suitability 1+, RRP: $9.99

Santa’s Aussie Holiday

Author/Illustrator: Maria Farrer and Anna Walker

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781741690187

RRP: $15.99

After a night travelling the world, Santa takes a well-earned break and heads to Australia for a holiday. He has an adventrue travelling to the landmarks of the country and enjoying some iconic Aussie activities.

Suitable for ages 2.5+ (★★★★)

Also available at a Board Book, ISBN: 9781741695106, Age suitability 1+, RRP: $9.99

Aussie Jingle Bells (with CD)

Author/Illustrator: Colin Buchanan and Nick Bland

Publisher: Scholastic Press

ISBN: 9781865049700

Format: Hardback with CD

Age suitability: 3+

RRP: $19.99

One of the world’s best-loved Christmas carols is given a hilarious Aussie twist. ! Nick Bland’s comical illustrations show the whole family enjoying Christmas Day: see who you can recognise!

A Bush Christmas

Author/Illustrator: C J Dennis and Dee Huxley

Publisher: Black Dog Books (Walker Books), October 2011

ISBN: 9781742032078

Format: Paperback

RRP: $16.95

Written in 1931 by C.J. Dennis and whimsically illustrated by Dee Huxley, A Bush Christmas humorously attempts to tell the story of an Australian Christmas, with mothers unable to stray from a cooked lunch despite the dry, sweltering heat and children listening to stories of white, snowy Christmases.

Suitable for ages 5+ (★★★★)


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Book List: Australian Christmas Stories


  1. Our local kinder (four year old groups) is putting on a production of Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle next week which looks to be a lot of fun. I hadn’t heard of it before.

    We certainly have read some of these other Christmas books, though.

  2. Oh wow! I love CJ Dennis…thanks! I’ll definitely seek that one out. The illustrations in the twelve days of Christmas are just fantastic too. Great list!

  3. These look great – I want to read them all! Must come over for an Aussie Christmas again. Stopping by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop :)

  4. So many book treasures with Australian twist! It also serves as a timely list for holiday gifting and reading! I think people in other countries will enjoy them as well. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  5. OH Apple Sauce and the Christmas Miracle, looks wonderful, thanks for bringing these great books to our attention on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

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