Reading with your kids is such a timeless and excellent way to bond - many of our fondest memories are created snuggled up with mum or dad being transported to a different world. It's also super beneficial for kids' literacy, comprehension, cultural understanding and imagination. Plus - no screens! We've put together 21 of our most favourite children's books that both you and your little one can enjoy.
1. Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
After breaking the record for the literature category on Kickstarter, this book has become a cherished and much loved way to teach young kids about inspirational women, profiling heroines from Marie Curie to Malala Yousafzai.
2. Shout Out To The Girls by Various Authors
What's better than celebrating awesome women? Celebrating awesome Australian women. 50 stories of go-getting women from molecular biologists to race-car drivers, Cathy Freeman and everything in between.
3. Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Julian Frost
The title of this book immediately drew our attention, and we're sure it'll intrigue your little one's too (evidenced by the slobber marks found over this book in the stores). Min the Microbe takes us on an informative adventure of the tiny world of microbes, written by an award-winning Australian micro-biologist and illustrated by the author of the hilarious Dumb Ways To Die videos.
4. We Found A Hat by Jon Klassen
The turtle illustrations take the cake for this story of two turtles, and one hat. A story about sharing loved by adults around the world, almost as much as their kids!
5. I Am Yoga by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
A beautiful and calming book perfect for introducing the littlies to yoga. The cute illustrations will have them trying yoga positions before they realise it!
6. I Wrote a Book About You by M.H. Clarke
A beautiful way to practice writing and gratitude for loved ones. To be filled out and given to a friend, a loved one or a family member - the perfect gift to be regifted.
7. Natural World by A.J. Wood
We love how this book unfolds as an 'information tree'. A clever way to learn about the natural world, and how the flora and fauna within it survives together.
8. My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley
A hilarious book to be enjoyed by all the parents who feel like they've lost their cool... and their kids!
9. Wild by Emily Hughes
The "where the wild things are" for the new generations, Wild is a sweet story about a girl who is plucked form her nature-filled life and placed in a concrete jungle.
10. 9 Months by Courtney Adamo and Esther Van de Paal
Mummy's growing tummy can be confusing for lots of kids, and this cute book is an excellent way to explain pregnancy and the arrival of a new sibling.
11. My Wish For You by Kathryn Hahn
We wish so much for our kids, and this is a beautiful expression of those hopes and dreams, meant to inspire and warm a little person. A beautiful gift for your child, god-child, niece, nephew, grand children or little friend.
12. The Happysads by Bobo Choses
Life is an emotional rollercoaster... and no-one knows that better than a toddler who swings from laughing to crying faster than the speed of life! A stylish explorations of emotions and contradictions from Spanish label Bobo Choses.
13. Hello Sydney by Megan McKean
Maybe you've just come back from a work trip to Sydney, or you're a Sydney sider with out-of town family. Either way, this is a fantastic way to introduce Sydney to your family, exploring 15 of Sydney's famous spots.
14. My First Tool Box by Jessie Ford
Toddlers and kids LOVE tactile books and activities, so we love this tool-box meets counting book that allows kids to pop out the tools and use them for themselves.
15. Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts
Girl in STEM = always a winner. From a New York Times Best Selling author, this book is inspired by Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie.
16. I've Been Meaning To Tell You by M.H. Clark
A gorgeous gift for your little one to offer their friends. A dedication to their friendship in the sweetest of ways.
17. Harriet You'll Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox
Mem Fox is a classic, and this book is just so on point! We've definitely lost out tempers at our kids and regretted it after, and this book so elegantly talks about parents and kids that do things they wish they hadn't. Perhaps a good read after your toddler eats your newest MAC lipstick?
18. My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain
We love how this picture book explores multi-cultural families, and the sometimes not so subtle friendly rivalry between Grannies!
19. Big Dog by Libby Gleeson and Armin Greder
A classic! And just in time for Chinese New Year!
20. The Family Hour in Australia by Tai Snaith
Australia is home to such an awesome array of animals - and this beautiful book from Melbourne artist Tai Snaith takes us on a picturesque journey in the lives of 15 of them.
21. My Mum Is Fantastic by Nick Butterworth
Because sometimes they need a little reminding!