Diary of a Wombat – our favorite. Very humorous look at a wombat’s life with humans. It keeps information about wombats super simple, but even so, Bear could tell her Daddy that wombats sleep in the daytime, dig holes, live in the dirt, and eat grass after I read the story just once.
Wombat Stew – more of a fable. We enjoyed it. It shows lots of Australian animals.
Wombat Goes Walkabout - Another good one to show the different Australian animals.
The Biggest Frog in Australia – another fable involving Australian animals. The biggest frog in Australia is so thirsty it drinks up all the water. What are the thirsty animals supposed to do now?
Snap! – The story of how a kangaroo joey doesn’t want to nap and convinces all the other animals to play with him. They each teach him a game, but the crocodile teaches him a game only a crocodile would want to play…a game of snap!
My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch - This is a great book for learning place names (as is the next book), but it you are not familiar with Australia, that can be a bit confusing. This book is one long poem. It reads well and has interesting illustrations full of things to look at and for.
Are We There Yet - This book gives a complete tour of the coast of Australia. I enjoyed this book a lot, but unfortunately we kept getting interrupted during our reading of it so Bear couldn’t appreciate it as much. It’s a bit lengthy too (as is the above book)
Where the Forest Meets the Sea – beautiful illustrations using mixed media collages to show the rainforest of Australia (I didn’t even know Australia had rainforests). Good book if doing an ecology theme.