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Article  •  20 February 2024

 

9 of the best new books for early readers to read this summer

Check out some of the best books for early readers this summer. From your kids’ favourite characters to heartwarming tales, children will adore these fun reads.

Summer isn't over yet, and there are still pleny of great books for your kids to dive into before the temps drop. From your kids’ favourite characters hosting summer barbies to heartwarming tales about adorable pups, children will adore these fun reads.

 

Emma Memma: The Wheels on the Butterfly Bus cover

Emma Memma: The Wheels on the Butterfly Bus by Emma Memma

Join Emma Memma on the butterfly bus as she drives around town to pick up her friends. Kids will love guessing which friend lives in which house as they follow along with this fun book starring the beloved Emma Memma.

 

Bluey: BBQ book cover.

Bluey: BBQ by Bluey

What could be better than a backyard barbie? This gorgeous board book follows Bluey and Bingo as they prepare for a family BBQ. But with so much going on, will Bingo ever get time to relax? With the signature Bluey sense of humour and the beloved Heeler family at the centre of this story, young fans of the TV show will adore this summery Bluey book.

 

Bluey: Let's Stick book cover.

Bluey: Let’s Stick by Bluey

For little ones that need a bit more activity, this Bluey sticker book is a must-have. From days at the beach to market trips, sleepovers and so much more, this book is the perfect way to keep kids entertained through the end of summer. With over 200 stickers, the book provides endless hours of fun.

 

Peppa Pig: Peppa's Favourite Nursery Rhymes book cover.

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Favourite Nursery Rhymes by Peppa Pig

This tabbed board book joins Peppa Pig as she and her friends sing their favourite nursery rhymes at playgroup. With chunky tabbed pages, this book is the perfect way to introduce young children to classics like Mary Had a Little Lamb, Hickory Dickory Dock, Itsy Bitsy Spider and so many more!

 

Spot Goes to a Party book cover.

Spot Goes to a Party by Eric Hill

This durable board book follows Spot the Dog as he goes to his friend Helen’s fancy-dress party. With fun flaps to develop fine motor skills, children will love seeing what Spot chooses to dress up as. As a trusted character for over 40 years, parents will enjoy reminiscing on their memories of Spot as they read this cute book with their little ones.

 

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Fairy book cover.

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Fairy by Rhiannon Fielding and Chris Chatterton

Written specifically for bedtime, this cute board book will help kids relax into a deep slumber as they hear the tale of Poppy the fairy. She wishes she could fly as high as her friends, but her wings are very small! When she spots a lost gnome from his glade, she must figure out how to use her little wings to fly to the rescue and still get home before bedtime.  

 

Chico the Schnauzer book cover.

Chico the Schnauzer by Taryn Brumfitt

From 2023 Australian of the Year, Taryn Brumfitt, comes this delightful story of a dog who learns to embrace all the wonderful things his body can do. When Chico goes on the biggest playdate of his life, he’s thrilled to spend time with all of his dog friends: Susie the Sausage Dog, Penelope the Poodle, Digby the Dalmatian and more! He’s amazed to see all the things they can do, but while he might not be the exact same, he discovers that he too can do some pretty incredible things.

 

Alfie the Kind book cover.

Alife the Kind by Richard Harris and Simon Howe

Another pup-centric story, Alfie the Kind, follows a dog named Alfie as he discovers his special talent. He might not be the bravest dog – he’s scared of magpies, swimming in the sea, and things with noisy wheels – but could Alfie be the kindest dog? Written by the 2019 Australian of the Year, the heartwarming story highlights the talent of being nice.

 

Voice of the Sea book cover.

Voice of the Sea by John Williamson, Andrea Innocent and Jonathan Chong

This powerful picture book comes from Australia’s beloved singer-songwriter John Williamson. A ‘new national anthem of the sea’, the book captures everything special about our oceans. Not only does the book highlight the beauty of our beloved sandy beaches, but it also draws attention to the fact that we all need to become part of the voice to save our seas.

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Emma Memma: The Wheels on the Butterfly Bus
Sing, dance and sign the much-loved nursery rhyme with Emma Memma.
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Bluey: BBQ
Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show!
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Bluey: Let's Stick!
Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show!
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Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Favourite Nursery Rhymes
Join Peppa and sing classic nursery rhymes!
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Spot Goes to a Party
Join Spot as he heads to a fancy-dress party in this classic lift-the-flap tale, now available as a board book!
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Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Fairy
A magical new story in the no.1 bestselling Ten Minutes to Bed series!
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Chico the Schnauzer
From Australian of the Year and founder of the Body Image Movement, Taryn Brumfitt, comes the delightful story of Chico the Schnauzer, a dog who learns to embrace all the wonderful things his unique body can do!
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Alfie the Kind
A heartwarming story about Alfie, who may not be the bravest dog, but just might be the kindest, by Richard Harris 2019 Australian of the Year and key member of the international cave-diving team that rescued the Wild Boar soccer team.
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Voice of the Sea
From Australia's beloved icon, singer-songwriter, JOHN WILLIAMSON, who brought us the bestselling Old Man Emu and Christmas in Australia, comes a new national anthem of the sea, now a powerful picture book.
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