Children’s Book Week 22-28 August 2015

Reading aloud to your child is not just a great way of spending time together. Storytelling helps promote language, literacy and brain development. Plus, it’s fun!

August 22-28 August is Children’s Book Week, organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, celebrating the work of Australian authors and illustrators. A number of titles have been shortlisted for early childhood prizes, so check them out here if you’d like to share some with your children.

There are so many fabulous books available for young children these days, and including stories told from a uniquely Australia perspective is important for helping create a shared sense of identity for our kids.

You’re probably quite familiar with Mem Fox (Where is the Green Sheep?, Possum Magic, among others!), Jackie French (Diary of a Wombat), Graeme Base (Animalia), Aaron Blabey and Shaun Tan already, and there are some great up and coming authors and illustrators to help stoke the Australian connection and support our local industry for our children’s future. Keep your eyes peeled for great Australian stories, and especially for the Children’s Book Council of Australia sticker for the prizewinners.

So what are you waiting for? Bedtime, probably…

Lists of great picture books by Australian authors and illustrators

Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlist for 2015

Top 10 Australian children’s picture books (as listed in The Conversation)

Australian Picture Books blog

30 of the best picture books for children from the BubHub website (Australian and other countries)

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