Book List: Wonderful Books about Books

It’s a Little Book

Author/Illustrator: Lane Smith


Format: Board book

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan), 30 August 2011

Publisher’s Description: Now in diapers! For the youngest of readers who still prefer to chew on a book rather than read it, It’s a Little Book asks what a book is for–Is it for chewing? Is it for wearing?–and answers the question in a warm and charming way. As funny and captivating as the bestselling It’s a Book, It’s a Little Book promises to delight a new generation of readers.

Babies Love Books

Author: Laurence Anholt


ISBN: 9781408312292

Board Book

Publisher: Hachette, June 2010

Publisher’s Description: Babies love books – and they’ll love this one best of all! This fabulous rhyming celebration of books and the fun ways to share them will send your little one bouncing into a lifetime love of reading. Find this title in your local bookstore.

I Like Books

Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Walker Books, March 2009

Mini Review: Anthony Browne’s chimp likes books, all types of books. I Like Books is a simple, colourful way for children to find out about the wonderful world of books in all their shapes and sizes. Find this title in your local bookstore. (★★★★)

Look, a Book!

Author: Libby Gleeson

Illustrator: Freya Blackwood


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Little Hare (Hardie Grant Egmont), October 2011

Publisher’s Description: Look, A Book! You never know where it might take you. When two ragamuffins stumble across a book in the dust their world begins to change. The familiar becomes fantastical, the mundane becomes magical, and a fractured community finds a focus. Set in a dreary, underprivileged, contemporary world, Look, A Book! is an exhilarating whirl through the magic of imagination that leaves the reader in an vertiginous trance.

Read our full review of Look, a Book!


Author/Illustrator: Emily Gravett


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Macmillan, November 2011

Publisher’s Description: A stubborn little dragon with a favourite book – and a fiery temper! It’s nearly Cedric the dragon’s bedtime – there’s just enough time for his mum to read him his favourite book. Unfortunately for her, Cedric likes the story so much that he wants to hear it again… and again… and again… with incendiary consequences!

Otto the Book Bear- Buy Online

Author: Katie Cleminson


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Jonathan Cape (Random House), July 2011

Publisher’s Description: Otto is a Book Bear and nothing makes him happier than when people read his book. But he also has a very special secret – when no one is looking he can come to life and explore the house. But one day something terrible happens: Otto’s book is left behind when the family moves away, and now there is no one to read Otto! Otto must set off on his biggest adventure yet – to find a new home. But where is the best place for a Book Bear to live?

I Love You Book- Buy Online

Author: Libby Hathorn

Illustrator: Heath MacKenzie


Format: Paperback

Publisher: IP Kidz, December 2010

Publisher’s Description: Do you love books? Well, then, you should dive into this one! Come on a romp through the pages of this enchanting picture book. It reminds us of all the books we love, and why we like to see and to feel, to touch and to smell and even to taste the books and the stories that light up our lives.

The Wonderful Book

Author/Illustrator: Leonid Gore


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic Press, November 2010

Mini Review: How would we ever know that books are for reading unless someone reads one to us?

Each creature in this book thinks they know what a book is for: A rabbit thinks it would make a cosy house; a bear thinks it would make a pretty hat; a mischief of mice think it would make a perfect table; a fox thinks it would make a comfortable bed; a worm thinks it would make a delicious lunch. Luckily, a curious boy spots the book before the worm can devour it and asks ‘I wonder what it’s about?’

Soon everyone gathers to listen to the boy read the book (the same book that you are reading) and they all think it’s wonderful. A sweet story accompanied by cute illustrations and a delightful message. Find this title in your local bookstore. (★★★★)

This is my Book- Buy online

Author: Mick Inkpen

ISBN: 9780340989630

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hachette, October 2010

Publisher’s Description: The Snapdragon is up to his tricks again eating the letters from the words in the book. It really is very naughty. How will Bookmouse stop Snapdragon and is there anything the Woollywolves can do to help?

We Are in a Book! An Elephant and Piggie Book

Author/Illustrator: Mo Willems


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Hyperion Books, September 2010

In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?!

It’s a Book- Read our review

Author/Illustrator: Lane Smith

ISBN: 9781921720147

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Walker Books, August 2010

Mini Review: This is a book that is entertaining for children and adults alike. It humorously highlights everything a book can’t do. Yet at the same time we are reminded of how enchanting a book can be in its simple and ‘old-fashioned’ state.

The story is a simple one, made up of three cleverly selected characters. We are observers of a conversation between Monkey and Jackass. Tech-savvy Jackass is trying very hard to understand what exactly a book can do, and Monkey seems to be getting increasingly frustrated with the questions. Read our full book spotlight. Find this title in your local book store. (★★★★★)

Beware of the Storybook Wolves

Author/Illustrator: Lauren Child


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Orchard (Hachette), August 2010

Mini Review: Herb loves reading before bedtime. He even loves books with wolves as characters, but when it comes time for his mum to leave the room and for him to go to sleep he insists that his mum take the book with her. He is afraid that the wolf might escape from the story, and so he does one night. There is a clever interconnectedness between the text and illustrations that help to tell an exciting story of the wolf’s adventures outside of a story book. With the wolf finally back where he belongs, Herb weights his books down just in case anyone else is thinking of escaping from their story book. Find this title in your local book store. (★★★)

Dog Loves Books- Buy Online

Louise Yates


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Jonathan Cape (Random House), March 2010

Publisher’s Description: Dog loves books! Dog loves books about dinosaurs and Dog loves books about aliens: in fact Dog loves all books! Dog has his very own bookshop, although he doesn’t have many customers. But that’s all right, because when Dog is surrounded by books, he is never short of friends or fun. And when someone does come into the shop, Dog knows just which books to recommend…

Library Lion

Author: Michelle Knudsen

Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Candlewick Press (Walker Books), June 2009

Publisher’s Description: Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. An affectionate storybook tribute to that truly wonderful place: the library. Find this title in your local book store.

A Book- Buy Online

Mordicai Gerstein


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan),  April 2009

Publisher’s description: Once upon a time there was a family who lived in a book. All but the youngest had stories they belonged to–fighting fires, exploring space, entertaining in the circus–but she didn’t have one yet. Walking through all the possibilities of story types Mordicai Gerstein presents her quest in unique and changing perspectives: readers look down into the books below at the characters in their worlds. A funny and touching celebration of books, stories, and finding yourself.

Read It, Don’t Eat It!- Buy Online

Author/Illustrator: Ian Schoenherr


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins), April 2009

Mini Review: Read It, Don’t Eat It is an easy-to-follow book about how to treat books. Each page features an instruction about caring for books, and is accompanied by fun and bright illustration of a creature that helps explain the rule. The book is colourful and written in rhyme. Among some of the things children will learn from this book are dog-earing, borrowing, renewing and sharing books. (★★★)

Surprise!-Buy Online

Author: Karen Andrews

Illustrator: Kim fleming


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Miscellaneous Press, October 2008

Mini Review: This is a feel good story about a library book. Each borrower of the book is treated to a surprise left behind by the previous borrower, and the chain reaction continues to the end of the book where the reader is also treated to a surprise. This book celebrates the joy that random acts of kindness can bring but also the act of sharing library books with others. (★★★★)

That Book Woman- Buy Online

Heather Henson

Illustrator: David Small


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Atheneum (Simon & Schuster), October 2008

Publisher’s Description: Cal is not the readin’ type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he’d rather help Pap plough or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that’s not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish — or is she braver than he ever thought?

That Book Woman is a rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history — the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers.

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Book?- Buy Online

Author: Lauren Child

ISBN: 9780340956526

Binding/Format: Hardback

Publisher: Hachette, October 2008

Lauren Child’s bestselling ‘Big Bad Book’ is brought to life in this exciting pop-up, full of all your favourite fairytale characters turned upside down!

This is the second stunningly original pop-up book by Lauren Child about Herb – star of Beware the Storybook Wolves.

Have you ever fallen into a storybook? Well, if you do, just make sure it isn’t a fairy tale! Because in every one there is a ‘wicked this, an evil that and a hungry somebody.’ Readers will be amazed as, this time, Herb is trapped inside his very own storybook.

Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books

Author: Frances Watts

Illustrator: David Legge

ISBN: 9780733321450

Format: Hardback

Publisher, ABC Books (HarperCollins), August 2007

Mini Review: This is a quirky, unique and light-hearted way to introduce children to books and their features. Parsley Rabbit tells a story but every page, including the imprint page, includes annotations explaining the parts of a book.

Parsley talks directly to the reader explaining terminology such as publisher and illustrator and provides lots of advice about books and reading. Some things you might learn include how to read from left to right, how to turn a page, sometimes books can have flaps in books, books can make you feel and books can be read with other people. Ask your local bookshop about this title. (★★★★★)

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Author/Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers


Format: Paperback

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, May 2007

Mini Review: This is a splendid book about a boy who has developed a taste for books. Henry is quite pleased with the rapid rate in which his knowledge grows with every book that he digests. It’s not until he becomes ill that he discovers reading books is enjoyable too.  Oliver Jeffers makes use of original book pages to create his quirky illustrations for this book. Find this title in your local bookshop. (★★★★★)

Rainy Day!

Author: Patricia Lakin

Illustrator: Scott Nash


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Dial Books for Younger Readers, March 2007

Mini Review: Where’s the perfect place to spend a rainy day? In the library, of course. Written in repetitive and predictive rhyme, this is a wonderful book to read aloud. It is about four alligators looking for something to do on a rainy day. They head outside to play anyway but after a day of misadventure they end up in the library. The final page saying,

“They each took a look. They each took a book. They each took a nook” and we see the alligators engrossed in a perfect book just for them. (★★★★)

Winston the Book Wolf

Marni McGee


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC,  June 2007

Mini Review: Winston is not your usual wolf; It’s not grandmas that he’s interested in eating, instead is a ‘gobbler of books”. He loves words and thinks they’re delicious. Without them he thinks he might possibly die. He finds it difficult to be banned from the library until he meets Rosie who teaches him that words are even better when you eat them with your eyes. She teaches him to read “sweet and juicy” words like rambunctious, trickle and icicle.  He eventually returns to the library in disguise and manages to take out a borrowing card and enjoy reading books. (★★★★)


Author/Illustrator: Emily Gravett


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books, May 2006

Mini Review: This is an absolutely wonderful book by Emily Gravatt. Rabbit borrows a book from the library and the book he borrows becomes the book that we read. Rabbit becomes so engrossed in his reading that the main character jumps out of the book and enjoys a snack with him. The fun of this book is opening, removing and unfolding all the extra bits to this book. Find this title in your local bookstore. (★★★★★)

Wild About Books

Author: Judy Sierra

Illustrator: Marc Brown


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Walker Books), July 2006

Publisher’s Description: All the animals are very curious when a mobile library arrives but soon they can’t wait to learn about this new something called reading. They read thin books and fat books and Cat in the Hat books. Molly even found waterproof books for the otter, who never goes swimming without Harry Potter! Read along with the book-loving animals and go wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.

Ben’s Book

Author: Nanette Newman

Illustrator: Georgie Birkett


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Chrysalis Children’s Books, July 2005

Publisher’s Description: As amusing as it is instructive, this picture book teaches children about the joys of reading and sharing stories   When Ben receives a book for his birthday, he’s not sure what to do with it. Perhaps it would make a good tunnel for his cars, or an exciting new hat? But none of the uses he comes up with seem quite right—until he shows it to his older sister Lulu, who knows exactly what a book is for! A story to encourage young readers, enlivened by bright, friendly artwork.

The Red Book- Read our review

Author/Illustrator: Barbara Lehman


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  September 2004

This is one clever and thought-provoking book from Barbara Lehman. It is a book within a book within a book and it is rich with layers. Want to read more? Read our book spotlight.Find this title at your local book store. (★★★★★)

The Old Woman Who Loved to Read

Author/Illustrator: John Winch


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Scholastic, March 1997

Mini Review: An old lady decides to move from the city to the country because she thinks it will give her more time to read. Unfortunately,  she finds that country life is just as busy.

The illustrations are very beautiful and clearly show how much this old woman treasures books. You can see them everywhere:  in the pocket of her apron and piled high all over her house. Tending to the farm is too busy for her to settle down with a book and relax, instead she makes time to read as she feeds the animals, shears the sheep and cooks her dinner.

This is definitely a beautiful book for anyone who loves reading, and book-lovers are treated with a lovely supplement. At the back of the book is a ‘Books I’ve Read’ list for the reader to fill in. (★★★★)


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Books about words, reading and stories:

No Bears by Meg McKinlay (Walker Books)

The Wrong Book by Nick Bland (Scholastic)

Grug Learns to Read by Ted Prior (Simon & Schuster Australia)

How Rocket Learnt to Read by Tad Hills (Scholastic)

Max’s Words by Kate Banks (Scholastic)

The Boy who Loved Words by Ronny Schotter

My Life as a Book (Junior Fiction) by Janet Tashjian (Square Fish/Macmillan)

Book List: Wonderful Books about Books


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