Top Ten Early Childhood Books of 2015

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…according to me anyway!

Oh me, oh my how I wish I was a clever as the authors and illustrators of the books below! How cleverly they manage to capture the attention of children and adults alike! I liken good picture books for young children to ‘The Simpsons’ – written on two levels – level one for the children, and then level two for the adults with a whole other layer of complexity and/or humour. The books below are absolute MUST HAVES in your home and in libraries around the country. They are, as far as I’m concerned, the best of the best in early childhood books and you will never, ever regret spending money on them. Picture books are expensive and I’m well aware of this. However they are an investment and you are far better off spending $30 on one PERFECT picture book, then purchasing several $5 ones from a remainders bin or large department store – trust me; I’m a librarian and librarians always speak the truth! For my Top Twenty books for babies see here.

For more about the importance of bedtime reading see here.
Top Ten Early Childhood Books 2015

My Top Ten Early Childhood Books for 2015

Click on titles to purchase.

‘Jessica’s Box’(Cerebral Palsy Edition) by Peter Carnavas. Interview with Peter here.

‘The Amazing A-Z Thing’ by Bronwyn Bancroft and Sally Morgan

‘Hurry up Alfie’ by Anna Walker

‘I’m a Hungry Dinosaur’ and ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ by Janeen Brian and Ann James. Interview with author here and full replay of our dinosaur parties here and here!

‘This is a Ball’ by Beck and Matt Stanton. Full review of this must-have book here.

‘Dreamers’ by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally Morgan. Full review here. Interview with Sally Morgan here.

‘Sylvia’ by Christine Sharp. Full review here.

‘Mr Huff’ by Anna Walker

‘A Curry for Murray’ by Kate Hunter and Lucia Masciullo

‘Emu’ by Claire Saxby and Graham Byrne

First Birthday Books. Photo by Danica of Licorice Lane
First Birthday Books. Photo by Danica of Licorice Lane

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I really like the range of books in your list- covering additional needs,indigenous themes,the very current focus on sustainability (very current at prior to school services at the moment),alphabet and the ones that all the prior to school kids and educators love- that very delightful dinosaur!I’m adding a section to the 100 stories list , so I’d already decided to add the cerebral palsy edition of Jessica’s box and our friend the dinosaur .I’m going to get a copy of Sylvia and see how that would go in the list.
    All the best,
    Sue

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