Australia has produced some of the most beloved and enduring children’s books over the years. From classic tales of adventure and whimsy to heartwarming stories of friendship and family, these books have captured the imagination of generations of readers. Here are the top 20 Australian children’s books that every child should read:
Possum Magic by Mem Fox
This beloved classic tells the story of two possums, Hush and Grandma Poss, who journey around Australia in search of the magic that will make Hush visible again.
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
This hilarious tale follows the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum, a koala, as he tries to protect his magical pudding from being stolen.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs
This charming story follows the adventures of two gumnut babies as they explore the Australian bush.
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
This timeless classic tells the story of Ferdinand, a gentle bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight in the bullring.
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Although Roald Dahl was not Australian, this book is a favorite among Australian children. The story follows a young orphan named Sophie and her unlikely friendship with a Big Friendly Giant.
The Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths
This wildly popular series follows the hilarious adventures of two friends, Andy and Terry, as they add more and more levels to their ever-expanding treehouse.
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
This enchanting book tells the story of three children who discover a magical tree that leads to strange and wonderful lands.
The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs
This delightful tale follows the adventures of two gumnut babies as they encounter all sorts of creatures in the Australian bush.
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
This heartwarming story follows the adventures of three pets, a cat, a bull terrier, and a Labrador retriever, as they travel through the Canadian wilderness in search of their owners.
The Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton
This popular series follows the adventures of a secret society of children who solve mysteries and catch criminals.
Storm Boy by Colin Thiele
This touching story follows the bond between a young boy and a pelican he rescues from a group of hunters.
Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein
This humorous tale follows the trials and tribulations of a young girl named Erica Yurken as she tries to come to terms with her feelings towards her classmate, Alison Ashley.
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Although Dr. Seuss was not Australian, this book has been a favorite among Australian children for generations. The story follows the mischievous Cat in the Hat as he causes chaos in the lives of two children.
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
This charming book follows the daily life of a wombat and her adventures as she goes about her day.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
This classic tale follows the adventures of Mole, Rat, and Toad as they explore the English countryside.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Although Lewis Carroll was not Australian, this book has captivated generations of Australian children. The story follows the adventures of a young girl named Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole and enters a fantastical world.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
This epic tale of adventure and fantasy follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins as he sets out on a quest to reclaim a stolen treasure from a dragon.