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Reading to young children

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Research shows reading to children from an early age helps develop language, thinking and literacy skills at home and in the classroom.

Make reading together a special time and you'll encourage your child's love for learning.

For tips on reading with young children, download the once upon a time factsheet (PDF, 261KB)​ (DOC, 84KB)​ or visit The Early Years Count website.

Let's Read

The Let's Read program is designed to encourage parents/carers to have fun reading with young children from birth to 5 years.

Books for children aged 0–5

There are many great books for children aged 0–5 available from one of more than 300 local libraries in Queensland. 

Search for your local library.

The State Library of Queensland also has a range of information, activities and services to encourage your child's interest in reading.

Books your local librarian recommends may include:

Suggested booklist

Title Author
ABCMcDonnel, Fiona
All about meMcKinnon, Debbie
At the beach I seeBin Salleh, Kamsani
Baby bilby where do you sleep?Oliver, Narelle
Baby bird's blankieWild, Margaret
Baby danceGermein, Katrina and Chang, Doris
Baby wombat's weekFrench, Jackie
BelindaAllen, Pamela
Bertie and the bearAllen, Pamela
Big red hen and the little lost eggWild, Margaret
Boo to a gooseFox, Mem
Brown bear, brown bear what do you seeMartin Jr, Bill and Carle, Eric
(The) cat in the hatDr Seuss
Cows in the kitchenCrebbin, June and McEwen, Katharine
Crocodile boatJorgensen, Gail and Mullins, Patricia
Dear ZooCampbell, Rod
Early learning big book of Australian natureParish, Steve
Fuzzy bee and friendsPriddy, Roger
Go home, cheeky animalsBell, Johanna and Beasley, Dion
Going shoppingGarland, Sarah
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's DairyDodd, Lynley
Here come Poppy and MaxGardiner, Lindsey
HugAlborough, Jez
I need a hugBlabey, Aaron
I went walkingMachin, Sue and Vivas, Julie
Jump and shoutDumbleton, Mike and Carnavas, Peter
Kiss kissWild, Margaret
Let's get a pupGraham, Bob
Let's playDurham, Ali
(The) little yellow diggerGilderdale, Betty and Alan
Maisie's bedtimeCousins, Lucy
Millie loves antsFrench, Jackie and deGennaro, Sue
No Way Yirrikipayi*Lester, Alison with children from Milikapiti School, Melville Island
Old MacDonald had a barnGublis, Stephen
On your potty!Miller, Virginia
Owl babiesWaddell, Martin and Benson, Patrick
Possum magicFox, Mem
(The) rainbowMoriarty, Ros
Rosie's walkHutchins, Pat
Shhh! Little mouseAllen, Pamela
Spot goes on holidayHill, Eric
Ten in the bedDale, Penny
That's not my teddyWatt, Fiona and Wells, Rachel
Time for bedFox, Mem and Dyer, Jane
Toddlerobics animal funNewcombe, Zita
Tomie's baa baa black sheep and other rhymesdePaola, Tomie
(The) very hungry caterpillarCarle, Eric
We're going on a bear huntRosen, Michael and Oxenbury, Helen
What colour are your knickers?Llyod, Sam
(The) wheels on the busDan, Penny
We all sleepKwaymullina, Ezekiel and Morgan, Sally
Where is the green sheep?Fox, Mem
Where the wild things areSendak, Maurice
Where's my teddy?Alborough, Jez
(The) wide-mouthed frogFaulkner, Keith and Lambert, Jonathan
Who sank the boat?Allen, Pamela
Whose tail?Rowe, Jeannette
Wombat diaryFrench, Jackie
Yakanarra Songbook: About Our Place in Walmajarri and English*Wamarla Moora, Jessie; Purnjurr Vanbee, Mary; Aitken, Chris; Lester, Alison
Yo Yo goes to the beachRowe, Jeannette
Za-za's baby brotherCousins, Lucy

* Books published by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation—a national book industry charity which aims to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in remote Indigenous communities across Australia, by lifting literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading.​​

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Last updated 12 December 2018