In honour of Book Week 2008 (where we celebrate the best of Australian children's books) I decided to share some of my favourite Australian children's books.
A great picture book is anything by Alison Lester. In particular Magic Beach, Imagine and Are We There Yet?
Alison Lester writes simply and succinctly, with a beautiful sense of rhythm. Her pictures are so sweet and full of detail - perfect for pouring over again and again.
I don't know many mid-primary age books, at that time in my life I was (rather unfortunately) addicted to The Baby Sitters Club and The Saddle Club. I can't think of many short chapter books I use to read.
I do quite like Libby Glesson and she writes some nice short chapter books, especially Hannah plus one and Hannah and the Tomorrow Room. I love how she is able to get into the mind of a young child without being sentimental.
My favourite Young Adult Fiction book by an Australian would have to be Borderland by Roseanne Hawke. It's a trilogy about a girl, Jamie, who returns to Australia in her teens after growing up as a missionary kid in Pakistan; through the books Jamie must learn how to reconcile her life back there and here new life here in Australia (Hmm, I wonder why I relate to this book . . .). Roseanne Hawke is an absolutely beautiful writer, and I love the fact that even though this is written from a Christians world view there is nothing explicitly Christian about it so that it can be sold in secular book shops and read in public schools.
Do you have any favourites?