Aussie Book List: Stories about Living in Australia

The books in this list are very special. They each feature the seasons and events that occur in Australia through the eyes of children. Encourage your child to keep track of their year by creating their own almanac or record book.

All Through the Year

Author and Illustrator: Jane Godwin and Anna Walker


Format: Hardback

Publisher: Viking Australia, September 2010

A personal almanac of a little girl and her family that opens a window onto each month of her year. Each spread is devoted to one month and we are taken on a journey through the Australian seasons as well as this girl’s loves and family traditions.

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Are We There Yet?

Author: Alison Lester


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Viking Children’s Books, August 2005

Join Grace and her family on their adventurous and sometimes funny expedition. A warm, heartfelt story based on an actual journey undertaken by Alison Lester when she was 8 years old and missed a whole term of school.

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Book review here at Kids Book Review

My Farm

Author: Alison Lester


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, December 2005

Alison Lester grew up on a farm by the sea in eastern Victoria. My Farm is her story of a memorable year, the year she got a palomino pony for Christmas. Trick-riding horses, mustering cattle, training the dog, competing at the local show, feeding calves, picking mushrooms, raising a baby wombat, building cubbies, cutting hay, swimming ponies in the dam, hypnotizing chooks . . . all the activities through the seasons are depicted with child-like mischief and humour.

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Two Summers

Author and Illustrator: John Heffernan and Freya Blackwood


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Scholastic Australia, August 2004

Same friend. Same farm. Totally different landscape. A book about the great cycles of nature that rule our lives in Australia.

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A Year on Our Farm

Author and Illustrator: Penny Matthews and Andrew McLean


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Omnibus Books

Published in: Australia, August 2003

This picture book by Penny Matthews describes a year on an Australian farm from the viewpoint of a farm child. Each month of the year dictates the tasks that must be done on a small mixed farm.

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Book review here

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