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My Dad by Anthony Browne

Read by Amber from Lavington Library. Written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. Published by Penguin Random House.

My dad can wrestle with giants, eat like a horse, swim like a fish ...Can yours? This is a humorous and heartfelt look at fatherhood from a child's point of view, from this multi-award-winning author/illustrator.

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

Read by Allan from Lavington Library. Words and music by Craig Smith, illustrated by Katz Cowley. Published by Scholastic New Zealand (2009).

"I was walking down the road and I saw…

a donkey,

Hee Haw!

And he only had three legs!

He was a wonky donkey."

Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect tale of an endearing donkey.

My Grandma is 100 by Aimee Chan

Written and read by Aimee Chan. Illustrated by Angela Perrini and published by Little Steps Publishing, 2019.

My Grandma is 100 is a picture storybook about the relationship between young children and their grandparents and great-grandparents. It focuses a child's wonder, awe and interest in what it means for someone to turn 100 years old.

When someone has 100 year old ears, can they hear you to answer questions? When someone has 100 year old teeth, what kinds of food can they eat? How many candles do you put on a 100 year old person's birthday cake? And what present do you buy for someone who is turning 100? Based on the story of a real centenarian, My Grandma is 100 explores those essential intergenerational relationships and gives a glimpse into just how much things have changed in 100 years.

Millie loves Ants by Jackie French

Read by Katrina from Lavington Library. Written by Jackie French and illustrated by Sue deGennaro (Harper Collins, 2019).

Come and follow Millie, the echidna, as she ventures inside and out to forage for ants. Millie’s young friend narrates this lovely story, telling us that Millie’s whole world is ants, ants, ants.

Jackie French builds lovely momentum using rhythm and rhyme, as we discover that the ants themselves are interesting characters, busily working together to carry away anything they can (especially food scraps!) to their ants nest…but ants beware….

Millie is hot on their trail….but why is Millie collecting so many ants….follow her closely and see.

Too Many Elephants by Ursula Dubosarsky

Read by Amber from Lavington Library. Written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner (Penguin Group, 2012).

In Eric’s house there were too many elephants – in the living room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom and even in his bedroom!

This delightful tale is also available on Storybox Library.

Hunwick’s Egg by Mem Fox

Read by Katrina from Lavington Library. Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Pamela Lofts (Penguin, 2011).

Hunwick is a very cute bilby who discovers a curious egg near his burrow. Hunwick checks with his Emu, Echidna and Cockatoo to see if they know who the egg might belong to. His friends do not know where the egg has come from, but they all see that it is special.

Hunwick decides it needs a home, and takes it back to his burrow where he nurtures it, and wonders what will happen when it hatches?

Hunwick grows very attached to the egg, and while his friends are wondering why the egg hasn’t hatched yet….Hunwick understands. He is the only one who knows the egg’s secret…

When Billy was a dog by Kirsty Murray

Read by Alyson Evans. Written by Kirsty Murray and illustrated by Karen Blair. Allen and Unwin, 2019.

If you can't have a puppy, maybe the next best thing is to be a puppy. Billy wants a dog. He really really really wants one but Billy's parents aren't so sure. So one morning, Billy takes matters into his own paws.

Puddle Hunters by Kirsty Murray

Read by Alyson Evans. Written by Kirsty Murray and illustrated by Karen Blair.

When the rain stops it's time to go puddle hunting. Ruby and Banjo and Mum go up the street, and into the park, over the bridge and down to the river flats where the puddles lie waiting... A glorious celebration of splashing and squelching all the way home!

Collecting Sunshine by Rachel Flynn

Read by Alyson Evans. Written by Rachel Flynn, illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie (Penguin Books, 2018).

This is the perfect book for those magical days when a walk to the park is nothing short of an adventure. Join Mabel and Robert as they celebrate the wonders of the natural world but oops, it’s starting to rain…

Read by Alyson Evans, who has worked around the world as a performer, theatre maker, community artist and loves reading stories in her lyrical Welsh accent.

Duck’s Away by Mem Fox

Read by Janien from the LibraryMuseum. Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Judy Horacek.

Mother Duck and her five little ducks waddled out one day. Onto a bridge, then – ducks away. A fun counting storybook with a dilemma for Mother Duck!

Zippo the Super Hippo by Kes Gray

Read by Amber. Written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Nikki Dyson. 2015. Macmillan Children’s Books.

Zippo doesn't want to be an ordinary hippo. He wants to be super! Being good at swimming and splashing in mud aren't really superpowers, though. Perhaps he can fly like his friend Roxi. But who's ever heard of a flying hippopotamus?

Rodney Loses It by Michael Gerard Bauer

Read by Amber. Written by Michael Gerard Bauer and illustrated by Chrissie Krebs. Scholastic 2017

Rodney was a rabbit who loved nothing more than drawing. He never found it tiresome, tedious or boring. But then one day, disaster struck, the one thing Rodney feared, while working at his drawing desk his pen just...DISAPPEARED! ...

Noah’s so noisy by Judith Heneghan

Read by Katrina. Written by Judith Heneghan and illustrated by Jack Hughes. 2013, Wayland Publishers.

Noah is a noisy dragon. He roars, he shouts and he loves to stamp about. When his friends are listening to a story, Noah keeps interrupting. But if he can't keep quiet, how will he discover what happens at the end?

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

Read by Katrina. Written and illustrated by Nick Bland. Scholastic Australia, 2008

Moose, Lion, Zebra, and Sheep take shelter in a cave on a cold and rainy day, only to realize that a bear is there.. a very cranky bear.

Fireman Piggy Wiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox

Read by Amber from the Lavington Library.

PiggyWiggy imagines just waht he would do if he were a fire fighter: With faithful Teddy at his side, PiggyWiggy slides down the pole in the firehouse, climbs tall ladders, and drives a glorious red fire truck. But what would PiggyWiggy do in a real emergency?

Pig the Grub by Aaron Blabey

Read by Amber from the Lavington Library.

Pig isnt just the worlds greediest Pug, he’s the DIRTIEST too. I’ts high time he had a bath! But try telling Pig that . . .

Koala Lou by Mem Fox

A heartwarming story, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Pamela Lofts, read by Katrina from Lavington Library.

Everyone loves Koala Lou, but no-one loves her more than her mother. Now Koala Lou has younger brothers and sisters and her mother is kept very busy looking after them, and Koala Lou is missing her mother’s attention. Maybe if Koala Lou competes in the Bush Olympics, and wins, her mother will fling her arms around her saying “Koala Lou, I do love you!”

There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

Read by Janien from LibraryMuseum.

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and it just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. But what will bear do now? Who will he find at his house?

Hooray for Birds! by Lucy Cousins

Read by Janien from LibraryMuseum.

In an exuberant display of color, Lucy Cousins invites little ones to imagine themselves as brilliant birds.

Birds of all feathers flock together in a fun, rhyme-filled offering by the creator of Maisy. From the rooster’s “cock-a-doodle-doo” at dawn to the owl’s nighttime “tuwit, tuwoo,” the cheeps and tweets of many bright and beautiful avian friends will have children eager to join in as honorary fledglings.

Duck’s Key Where Can It Be? By Jez Alborough

Read by Katrina from Lavington Library

Duck wants to go for a drive in his truck…but there’s only one problem…he’s lost his key! Oh, no…Where can it be??

Keep a close eye on that cheeky frog…and maybe you will see!!

Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford

Read by Amber from Lavington Library for a very special National Simultaneous Storytime. Written and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford.

Whitney and Britney are two gorgeous chooks who live alongside Dora von Dooze. But Dora is perplexed - why do her dear chickens seem to sleep all day long? Dora decides to snoop. She follows the chooks out at night to the local jazz club where she discovers, to her amazement, that they are Whitney and Britney: Chicken Divas!

Bitsy by Nicki Greenberg

Read by Janien from the LibraryMuseum. Written and illustrated by Nicki Greenberg (Hachette Australia,2019).

Meet Bitsy, a cheeky little bat with daring dreams. Nocturnal Bitsy wants to discover what life is like when the sun comes up. But is the daytime ready for Bitsy? A story about spreading your wings, meeting your monsters, and weaving the magic of friendship.

Noni The Pony Goes To The Beach by Alison Lester

Read by Amber from Lavington Library. Written and illustrated by Alison Lester.

Noni The Pony Goes To The Beach written and illustrated by Alison Lester. Do you know Noni the Pony? Today she is off for a visit to the beach with her good friends Coco and Dave.

The Man with the Messy Hair by Pamela Allen

Read by Janien from the LibraryMuseum. Written and illustrated by Pamela Allen (Penguin Books, 2015).

There was a man with messy hair. He liked the mess. He didn't care. But his messy hair soon got him into all sorts of trouble!

Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose written by Julia Donaldson

Read by Amber from Lavington Library. Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Nick Sharratt.

This wonderful rhyming story is all about getting busy in the kitchen. Will Greedy Goose get to eat all of his chocolate mousse?

Can We Lick the Spoon Now? By Carol Goess

Read by Janien from the LibraryMuseum. Written by Carol Goess and illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie (Working Title Press, 2010)

What's the best thing about making a cake? Licking the spoon, of course! What's the worst thing about making a cake? Waiting! A fun story about making a chocolate cake and all the things that can go wrong in the process.

Where's My Teddy by Jez Alborough

Read by Katrina from Lavington Library

Where's My Teddy is the story of Eddy, who is looking for his lost teddy in the deep dark woods.....BUT.... there is something else waiting for Eddy in the deep scary woods....a HUGE surprise!

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd

Read by Janien from the LibraryMuseum

Hairy Maclary's friends join him for a walk until, with a sudden yowl, a wail and a howl, they all run off. What could have caused such a scatter of paws?

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