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Monday 14 July 2014

CBCA (Tas Branch) Inc.: A selected Early Childhood book list, 2014

The lists below relate to children from birth to around five years of age. In fact, it is not really possible to ‘level a book’; it all depends what you do with it. A simple picture book can lend itself to personal closeness and comfort with a baby; the same book can lead to literary analysis and visual literacy with an older child. So, the titles are grouped purely to reflect the age ranges I have successfully used these books with, where the illustrative palette and style appealed and the young listeners engaged with the story. The list includes some CBCA shortlisted titles, but I’m assuming that parents, educators and adult buyers go to the CBCA lists as a first resource. Hence, this list also includes titles that happen to be my favourites that are reasonably current and therefore should still be available. CBCA’s annual publication of Notable Australian Children’s Books provides annotated descriptions of many of the titles.

From Jenni Connor

Books for Babies
·        Let’s Go to Sleep, Margaret Wild & Michelle Dawson (Working Title Press, 2013)
·        Kissed by the Moon, Alison Lester (Viking, 2013)
·        Hello Baby, Mem Fox & Steve Jenkins (Atheneum, 2009)
·        Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Mem Fox & Helen Oxenbury (Penguin, 2008)
·        Bushland Lullaby, Sally Odgers & Lisa Stewart (Scholastic, 2012)
·        Let’s Go Baby-O! Janet & Andrew McLean (Allen & Unwin, 2011)
·        Hushabye, John Burningham (Red Fox, 2000)
·        My Baby Love, Meredith Costain & Beatriz Martin Vidal (Lothian, 2009)
·        Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? Martin Waddell & Barbara Firth (Little Mammoth Australia, 1990)
·        Squish Rabbit, Katherine Battersby (UQP, 2011)
·        Baby Bedtime, Mem Fox & Emma Quay (Viking, 2013)
·        How I love you, Anna Pignataro (Scholastic, 2014)
·        On the Day You Were Born, Ron Brooks & Margaret Wild (A & U, 2013)

Books for Toddlers
·        Where is the Green Sheep? Mem Fox & Judy Horacek (Penguin, 2004)
·        The Runaway Hug, Nick Bland & Freya Blackwood (Scholastic Press, 2011)
·        Rudie Nudie, Emma Quay (ABC Books, 2011)
·        Noni the Pony, Alison Lester (A & U, 2011)
·        B is for Bedtime, Margaret Hamilton & Anna Pignataro (Little Hare, 2014)
·        A Feast for Wombat, Sally Morgan & Tania Erzinger (Scholastic, 2014)
·        Esther’s Rainbow, Kim Kane & Sarah Acton (A & U, 2013)
·        Tell me about your day today, Mem Fox & Lauren Stringer (Scholastic, 2012)
·        The Bear in the Cave, Michael Rosen & Adrian Reynolds (Bloomsbury, 2007)
·        This Little Piggy Went Dancing, Margaret Wild & Deborah Niland (A & U, 2013)
·        I Love You Too, Stephen Michael King (Scholastic, 2013)
·        Too Many Elephants in This House, Ursula Dubosarsky & Andrew Joiner (Penguin/Viking, 2012)
·        I Have a Dog, Charlotte Lance (A & U, 2014)
·        Today we have No Plans, Jane Godwin & Anna Walker (Penguin/Viking, 2012)
·        Good Night, Sleep Tight, Mem Fox & Judy Horacek (Scholastic, 2012)
·        The ABC Book of Seasons, Helen Martin, Judith Simpson & Cheryl Orsini (ABC Books, 2014)
·        Concept books by Graeme Base – Cows say Moo etc (Viking, 2014)

Books for moving on
One Sunday, Pamela Allen (Penguin, 2014)
Silver Buttons, Bob Graham (Walker Books, 2013)
Octopuppy, Martin McKenna (Scholastic, 2013)
Max, Marc Martin (Penguin/Viking, 2014)
King Pig, Nick Bland (Scholastic, 2013)
Don’t Wake the Troll! Ben Kitchen & Ben Redlich (Scholastic, 2013)
The pros and cons of being a frog, Sue de Gennaro (Scholastic, 2012)
How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth, Michelle Robinson & Kate Hindley (Koala Books, 2013)
Wombat Goes to School, Jackie French & Bruce Whatley (Harper Collins, 2013)
The Hairy-Nosed Wombats Find a New Home, Jackie French & Sue de Gennaro (A & R, 2014)
Davy and the Duckling, Julie Vivas & Margaret Wild (Penguin, 2013)
Pig the Pug, Aaron Blabey (Scholastic, 2014)
Peggy, Anna Walker (Scholastic, 2012)
Ten Blue Wrens and what a lot of wattle! Elizabeth Honey (A & U 2011)
Henry the Goat, Ella Watkins (Hardie Grant Egmont, 2011)

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