Aussie Book List: Stories about our Icons and Landmarks

Riley and the Curious Koala

Author and Illustrator: Tania McCartney and Kieron Pratt


Format: Paperback

Publisher: Tania McCartney, October 2010

The third book in the fantastic Riley travelogue series for young children, Riley and the Curious Koala takes this intrepid aviator on a trip around Sydney in search of a very elusive koala. Ages 5+.

Buy online: The Co-op| The Nile|Emporium Books

Read a review at Kid’s Book Review

This is Australia

Author: Miroslav Sasek


Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Universe Publishing, September 2009

We love this retro book!:

In This is Australia, first published in 1970, Sasek swings down under, winging his readers into Sydney, with its famous bridge and space-age Opera House; bustling, modern Melbourne; colonial Adelaide; semitropical Brisbane; the garden city of Canberra; mineral-rich Perth; and Alice Springs, Australia’s most famous outback town.

Buy online: The Book Depository| Booktopia | The Nile

Read a review at Kids’ Book Review

Aussie Book List: Stories about our Icons and Landmarks


  1. I’m going to have to try and get my hands on This is Australia after reading your Then and Now post as well. I am a bit of history nerd in hiding.

    • Hi Catherine,
      I was really surprised to find a copy in my local library. Give yours a try! . Otherwise Book Depository, Booktopia and The Nile sell it at a reasonable price if you like online shopping!

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