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Read Around The Continents | An Australia/Oceania BookList for Kids

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Welcome back to the fifth installment of our series Read Around the Continents! So far we’ve read our way through Western Europe,  Eastern EuropeAfrica, South America and North America.

This time we are exploring the reading, books, and culture of Australia/Oceania!

FROM WIKIPEDIA-Oceania (UK /ˌʃɪˈɑːniə, ˌsɪ/[1] or US /ˌʃˈæniə/),[2] also known as Oceanica,[3] is a region centered on the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean.[4] Opinions of what constitutes Oceania range from its three subregions of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia[5] to, more broadly, the entire insular region between Asia and the Americas, including Australasia and the Malay Archipelago.[6] The term is often used more specifically to denote a continent comprising Australia and proximate islands,[7][8][9][10] or biogeographically as a synonym for either the Australasian ecozone (Wallacea and Australasia) or the Pacific ecozone (Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia apart either from New Zealand[11] or from mainland New Guinea).[12]



1. Possum Magic by Mem Fox, Julie Vivas
After Grandma Poss uses her best magic to make Hush invisible it sets off an adventure across Australia in search of the magic food which will make her visible again. A really fun and whimsical story.
8-year-old Grace, her two brothers, and parents set out on a six-month-long journey to discover Australia. Written from Grace’s point of view, they tour around the perimeter of Australia visiting the Outback and enjoy the varied and changing landscapes. There are little maps throughout the book and beautifully detailed watercolors. This is a great introduction to Australia.
3. Audrey of the Outback by Christine Harris
In a word, Audrey is Australia’s Pippi Longstockings. Set in the 1930’s Audrey has a lot to deal with. Her dad has gone away to work, one brother thinks he’s too old to play and games and the other pretends to be a bird all the time. All that’s left is her best friend Stumpy. Together they contemplate life’s more important questions, such as: Is it better to be a sheep or a cow? Which is lonelier, being a bush traveler or just being a girl. There is so much mischief, imagination, and curiosity in this entertaining story.
Ernie has to say goodbye to his friends and he makes the long journey to his new home in Arnhem Land in the Australian outback. Ernie writes each one of his friends about a different season- Kudjewk, Bangekerreng, Yekke, Wurrkeng, Kurrung, and Kurnumeleng, sharing new things that each season brings. Back home his friends get together and try some new and fun activities that Ernie has shared with them from the Australian outback.
5. Patterns of Australia by Bronwyn Bancroft
Each richly patterned landscape contains animals, birds, plants, and flowers particular to that landscape hidden within it, accompanied by text evoking the place and listing the things to find. The book is designed to give children—and adults—an opportunity to see the environment around them in a new way, as they discover that there is so much more to see if we know how to look.
6. Here is the Coral Reef by Madeleine Dunphy
A great exploration into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This rhyming tale introduces readers to the fun and interesting residents. From sharks, parrot fish, sea anemones and the great abundance and beauty which lives under the sea. Author Madeleine Dunphy using simple verse to explain the ecosystem of the coral reef itself. A stunning and captivating book.
7. Outback Odyssey (Adventures of Riley) by Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz
Riley, Cousin Alice, Aunt Martha, and Uncle Max visit the Australian Outback where they research the local koala population, which has scattered and shrunk due to increased drought, brush fires, and farming in the Outback. While staying at a working sheep station, they see kangaroos, a platypus, Ayers Rock, and much more. Riley becomes an official Jackaroo (Australian cowboy) and helps save the sheep from a wild dingo, but can he find a way to save the koalas and the Outback?
8. This is Australia by Miroslav Sasek
With facts updated for the 21st century, Sasek’s classic series still rings true to the charm. This is Australia takes us to the highlights of this beautiful country, keeping a travel keepsake which delights both children and adults alike. 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.
A great series introducing children to different countries in the world. This series is for the older child giving lots of detail, maps, and text.
10. Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan
One day, on the banks of a billabong, a very clever dingo caught a wombat and decided to make gooey, brewy, yummy, chewy, Wombat stew! However, when Wombat’s friends decide to help, things go very wrong for Dingo.
11. D is for Down Under by Devin Scillian
D is for Down Under: An Australia Alphabet captures the spirit of this proud country and its many treasures, natural and man-made. Visit spectacular Sydney Harbor, try your hand as a jackaroo working a sheep station, or just sit back and enjoy a Vegemite sandwich. Below the starry night glitter of the Southern Cross constellation, Australia’s “down under” wonders shine brightly. Devin Scillian is an award-winning author and Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist.
Scholastic’s True Book series is written for strong readers ages 6-9. The photographs are beautiful and very enjoyable. Also included are maps and great text and information laid out in a simple and concise manner.
13. A Land of Two Halves by Joe Bennett
After 10 years in New Zealand, Joe Bennett asked himself what on earth he was doing there. Other than his dogs, what was it about these two small islands on the edge of the world that had kept him—an otherwise restless traveller—for really much longer than they seemed to deserve? Bennett thought he’d better pack his bag and find out. Hitching around both the intriguingly named North and South Islands, with an eye for oddity and a taste for conversation, Bennett began to remind himself of the reasons New Zealand is quietly seducing the rest of the world.
Explore Australia and Oceania by Bobbie Kalman, Rebecca Sjonger
This great read leads children on an exciting journey through Australia’s beautiful and diverse landscapes. Australia is considered both a country and a continent. There are full-color photographs and concise and easy text to help young readers learn a fascinating new fact about this incredible country.
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~Oceania is the smallest continent
~There are more sheep in Oceania than people
~Australia means “land of the south”
~Oceania has winter in June and July
~Rugby is the most popular sport in Australia
~Cricket is a popular summer sport
~Home to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world
Australia/Oceania BookList for Kids

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1 thought on “Read Around The Continents | An Australia/Oceania BookList for Kids

  1. I am an Aussie writer living in Oregon USA, and your list of children’s books for Australia look awesome. Of course I do wish you had added my rhyming PB, Kangaroo Clues, and my two young teen books, Taconi and Claude – Double Trouble, + Down Under Calling. All three received terrific reviews, and are available on Amazon + Kindle.
    I just did a SKYPE author visit with a US mid-grade class this morning. They are doing a project on Australia, and the kids there would have loved seeing all these Aussie stories and animals.

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