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Article  •  12 October 2020


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Australian authors and personalities read some of our favourite picture books.

To celebrate CBCA Book Week, we are sharing these incredible read-aloud videos. Will you join us for a story? 


Andrew Daddo reads Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


Jamila Rizvi reads Bluey: Bob Bilby


Hamish Blake reads No One Likes a Fart by Zoë Foster Blake and Adam Nickel


Teresa Palmer reads Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn by Rhiannon Fielding and Chris Chatterton 


Kathy Lette reads Where's Spot? by Eric Hill


Paul Kennedy reads I Love You Dad With The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Julia Gillard reads Bluey: The Beach


Fiona McIntosh reads There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake by Hazel Edwards and Deborah Niland


Zoë Foster Blake reads her latest book, Back to Sleep with illustrations by Mike Jacobsen


Frank Woodley reads We Love You, Magoo by Briony Stewart


Turia Pitt reads Ten Sleepy Sheep by Renee Treml


John Williamson and illustrator Simon McLean read their book, Old Man Emu


Sam Thaiday reads Bluey: My Dad is Awesome


Monica McInerney reads Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester


Paul Kelly reads Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen


Josh Pyke reads his book, Lights Out, Leonard


Greg Fleet reads Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham


Richard Harris reads Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek


Judy Nunn reads It's Not Scribble to Me by Kate Richie and Jedda Robaard


John Wood reads Bluey: The Creek


Nicole Alexander reads Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury


Morris Gleitzman reads Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd


Kate Ritchie reads her book, I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You


Tristan Bancks reads Finding François by Gus Gordon


For more read-aloud stories, plus Q&A videos, book trailers and more, be sure to subscribe to the Penguin Books Australia YouTube channel

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Bluey: Bob Bilby
Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show!
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No One Likes a Fart



A sweet, funny story about accepting yourself and finding a friend who loves you just the way you are. Mostly, though, it's about a fart. And fart jokes. Loooots of fart jokes.

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Where's Spot?
A special 40th anniversary edition of the very first lift-the-flap book featuring lovable Spot and his family.
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I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
This beautiful little gift book from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect way to say 'I love you, Dad!'
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Back to Sleep

A warm and funny bedtime story where it’s the parents who won’t go to sleep.

The perfect follow-up picture book to No One Likes a Fart by the inimitable Zoë Foster Blake.

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We Love You, Magoo
Magoo has his own ideas about what a dog should do – in the kitchen, in the car, at dinnertime and bedtime! But there are so many rules! So many things a dog can't do. But wait! Magoo, THIS is for you... Silly dogoo, we do love you! A perfect read-aloud picture book that captures Magoo's energy and emotion in every line.
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Ten Sleepy Sheep

A perfect bedtime book for small children, introducing the concept of counting down from ten.

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Old Man Emu
A new picture book adaptation of John Williamson's first and now legendary hit song, 'Old Man Emu’, to celebrate John’s 50th year of performing and the song’s 50th anniversary in 2020.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle's classic and much loved picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
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It's Not Scribble to Me
A warm and hilarious story about a cheeky little bear who's bursting with creativity.
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Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn
Twinkle the unicorn has a knack for finding adventure... but will she get to bed on time?
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Bluey: The Beach: Winner of the 2020 ABIA Book of the Year
Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show! An exciting enhanced ebook version.
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Bluey: My Dad is Awesome
Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show!
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Kissed by the Moon
From Australia's favourite picture-book creator Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.
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Harry The Dirty Dog
The perfect recipe for children's picture book classic - a mischievous mutt and bathtime.
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Where is The Green Sheep?
THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE CBCA BOOK OF THE YEAR EARLY CHILDHOOD Mem Fox and Judy Horacek take you on a wildly wonderful adventure in their rollicking search for the green sheep in this Australian classic.
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Bluey: The Creek
Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show!
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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes . . . A delightful Australian classic that will have children begging to hear it again and again.

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Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
Hairy Maclary is 40! To celebrate the raggedy rascal's birthday, this is a very special upsized hardback edition of Lynley Dodd's iconic first Hairy Maclary story.
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I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You

Much-loved actor and radio host Kate Ritchie's first book is a beautiful tribute to the joy and anticipation of expecting a child.

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Finding Francois
A heartwarming story from award-winning author and illustrator Gus Gordon about hope, possibility and finding a friend.
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Lights Out, Leonard
A cheeky story about night-time fears from award-winning Australian singer and songwriter Josh Pyke.
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