Books for Pre-Schoolers

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The books featured in this category are suggestions suitable for girls and boys aged from 0 to 4 years of age, but may be enjoyed by children of all ages. It is never too soon to read a book with your child. Babies respond to the sound of the central voices in their life and to the rhythm of the words long before they understand the story or focus on pictures. When selecting books for babies remember to look for clear, bright illustrations. Interactive books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Hill’s Spot series and Pamela Allen’s picture books are perfect for story time with pre-schoolers. Enjoy sharing books as long as your child will let you - as long as it's fun they won't want to stop!

Book Cover:  Very Hungry Caterpillar's Pop-Up Playmat, The
Tummy time is play time in the world of Eric Carle!
Tummy time is play time in the world of Eric Carle!
Published: 25/02/2015
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780141356341
RRP: $16.99
Book Cover:  Spot's Easter Surprise
A seasonal Spot adventure for Easter
A seasonal Spot adventure for Easter
Published: 05/03/2007
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780723258445
RRP: $12.99
Book Cover:  Starting School
Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.
Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.
Published: 09/08/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076765
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Little Bug Books: Cows Say Moo
Graeme Base's distinctive artwork comes alive in this beautiful fold-out book for the very young.
Graeme Base's distinctive artwork comes alive in this beautiful fold-out book for the very young.
Published: 01/04/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670077618
RRP: $9.99
Book Cover:  Too Many Elephants in this House
From the creators of The Terrible Plop comes this delightfully energetic story, full of fun and exuberance.
From the creators of The Terrible Plop comes this delightfully energetic story, full of fun and exuberance.
Published: 02/07/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075461
RRP: $24.95
Book Cover:  Peppa Pig: Practise With Peppa: Wipe-Clean Writing
By Ladybird

Practice your writing with Peppa. Trace the letters and learn new words in this wipe-clean activity book. Perfect for Peppa Pig fans who are starting school and developing their writing skills and pencil control. Children can wipe the page clean and practice again and again. Includes a free pen.  

Based on the hit pre-school animation, Peppa Pig, shown daily on ABC4Kids.

Practice your writing with Peppa. Trace the letters and learn new words in this wipe-clean activity book. Perfect for Peppa Pig fans who are starting school and developing their writing skills and pencil...

Published: 28/05/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780723292081
RRP: $6.99
Book Cover:  Tim and Ed
From the award-winning team that brought you The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in this House comes this energetic and delightful story about the beginnings of independence, and about being the same – but different!
From the award-winning team that brought you The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in this House comes this energetic and delightful story about the beginnings of independence, and about being the same – but different!
Published: 22/10/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670074631
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Max
From the winner of the 2013 CBCA Crichton Award for Australia's best new illustrator comes this heartwarming picture book of enduring friendship.
From the winner of the 2013 CBCA Crichton Award for Australia's best new illustrator comes this heartwarming picture book of enduring friendship.
Published: 26/03/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670077434
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Peppa Pig: Treasure Hunt! Sticker Book
By Ladybird

Shiver me timbers, it's Pirate Day! Peppa and George and all their friends have lots of pirate adventures and even find some treasure in this sticker scene book. With 24 pages of sticker scenes and 16 pages of stickers. 

Based on the hit pre-school animation, Peppa Pig, shown daily on Five's Milkshake and Nick Jnr.


Shiver me timbers, it's Pirate Day! Peppa and George and all their friends have lots of pirate adventures and even find some treasure in this sticker scene book. With 24 pages of sticker scenes and 16...

Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780723288602
RRP: $12.99
Book Cover:  Peter Rabbit Finger Puppet Book

A reissue of the much-loved Peter Rabbit finger puppet book, with a brand new cover! This simple counting book with a soft finger puppet of Peter Rabbit will really brings Peter to life. The Peter Rabbit puppet is cleverly stitched into the book so it can't get lost, and is integral to every page! A great fun read to share with very young children.

A reissue of the much-loved Peter Rabbit finger puppet book, with a brand new cover! This simple counting book with a soft finger puppet of Peter Rabbit will really brings Peter to life. The Peter Rabbit...

Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780723287124
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Very Hungry Caterpillar, The
A bright and beautiful pull-out journey from tiny caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.
A bright and beautiful pull-out journey from tiny caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780141352220
RRP: $12.99
Book Cover:  Peter Rabbit Animation
Stealing Old Brown's glasses is really NOT a good idea, but silly Squirrel Nutkin just can't resist! Luckily his good friends Peter Rabbit, Benjamin and Lily are around to help him find them before the angry owl tracks him down. It's a matter of remembering where he's been and retracing his steps and some of his footsteps are PURPLE . . . 

Peter Rabbit and his friends have just hit the screen...

Stealing Old Brown's glasses is really NOT a good idea, but silly Squirrel Nutkin just can't resist! Luckily his good friends Peter Rabbit, Benjamin and Lily are around to help him find them before the...
Published: 29/01/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141350530
RRP: $9.99
Book Cover:  Peter Rabbit: I Love You

This lovely book features classic Beatrix Potter characters, including Peter Rabbit, accompanied by a warm and charming rhyme. Celebrating all the lovable and adorable things little babies do, and ending with a mirror surprise, this book is perfect for reading with the little bunny you love the most.

This lovely book features classic Beatrix Potter characters, including Peter Rabbit, accompanied by a warm and charming rhyme. Celebrating all the lovable and adorable things little babies do, and ending...

Published: 29/01/2014
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780723286400
RRP: $16.99
Book Cover:  Peppa Pig: The Story Of Prince George
By Ladybird

Mummy Pig is telling Peppa and George a bedtime story. This time it's the story of Prince George the brave knight. Prince George lives in a castle with his sister Princess Peppa and a cook and a wizard. But when a fearsome dragon appears, it's up to George to save the day. A new hardback storybook for little princes everywhere. Based on the hit pre-school animation, Peppa Pig, shown daily on Five's...

Mummy Pig is telling Peppa and George a bedtime story. This time it's the story of Prince George the brave knight. Prince George lives in a castle with his sister Princess Peppa and a cook and a wizard...

Published: 06/12/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780723292159
RRP: $12.99
Book Cover:  Peppa Pig: Peppa Goes To Hospital
By Ladybird
Pedro Pony is poorly, so Peppa Pig and her friends go with Madame Gazelle to visit Pedro in hospital. Pedro shows everyone what the hospital is like - the nurses, the doctor, and of course, the food. Peppa and her friends discover that the hospital isn't so scary after all!

Pedro Pony is poorly, so Peppa Pig and her friends go with Madame Gazelle to visit Pedro in hospital. Pedro shows everyone what the hospital is like - the nurses, the doctor, and of course, the food. Peppa...
Published: 22/02/2012
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9781409312147
RRP: $9.95
Book Cover:  Starting School
Starting School is easy and fun with Janet and Allan Ahlberg's picture-book classics.  From first-day nerves to finding your peg, this helpful and reassuring read is full of humour for children and parents alike.
Starting School is easy and fun with Janet and Allan Ahlberg's picture-book classics.  From first-day nerves to finding your peg, this helpful and reassuring read is full of humour for children and parents alike.
Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780723273462
RRP: $14.99
Book Cover:  Spot's Touch And Feel Playbook

Learning about animals, words, shapes, colours and numbers is fun with Spot! Children will love exploring the different textures on every page. Includes a flap and a mirror, with pictures of lots of bright, familiar objects from a child's world. Ideal for older babies and toddlers, this sturdy board book is perfect for sharing and encouraging interactive play.

Learning about animals, words, shapes, colours and numbers is fun with Spot! Children will love exploring the different textures on every page. Includes a flap and a mirror, with pictures of lots of bright...

Published: 29/01/2014
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780723286561
RRP: $16.99
Book Cover:  Spot's Big Book Of First Words

A big early-learning book that introduces toddlers to first words with their favourite puppy, Spot! Each page of the book focuses on a familiar theme from a child's world: home, animals, birthday, park, beach, food and school. Lively pictures and  big flaps provide plenty of entertainment for children as they explore each theme. Featuring Spot and all his friends, this book is ideal for teaching...

A big early-learning book that introduces toddlers to first words with their favourite puppy, Spot! Each page of the book focuses on a familiar theme from a child's world: home, animals, birthday, park...

Published: 29/01/2014
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780723271024
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Very Hungry Caterpillar, The
Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike. Its imaginative illustration and clever cut-out detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week.
Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike. Its imaginative illustration and clever cut-out detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar...
Published: 01/05/1986
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780241017982
RRP: $29.95
Book Cover:  Gobbledygook Is Eating A Book, The
Much-loved ABC Play School presenter Justine Clarke has taken her years of experience with children in TV, theatre and song, and poured it into this delightful book for preschoolers, Gobbledygook is Eating a Book.
Much-loved ABC Play School presenter Justine Clarke has taken her years of experience with children in TV, theatre and song, and poured it into this delightful book for preschoolers, Gobbledygook is Eating a Book.
Published: 17/04/2013
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781743481462
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes Board Book
As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes . . .

From two of the most gifted picture book creators of our time, here is a celebration of babies and the joy they bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!

'This is a perfect read-aloud picture book . . . full of warmth and appeal.  It was a joy to read and a pleasure to hold.'

Margaret Hamilton, Bookseller...

As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes . . .

From two of the most gifted picture book creators of our time, here is a celebration of babies and the joy they bring...

Published: 29/06/2009
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780143503583
RRP: $16.95
Book Cover:  Who Sank The Boat?
One warm sunny morning, a donkey, a cow, a pig, a sheep, and a tiny little mouse, decide to go for a row in a boat...
One warm sunny morning, a donkey, a cow, a pig, a sheep, and a tiny little mouse, decide to go for a row in a boat...
Published: 01/11/1988
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140509403
RRP: $14.99
Book Cover:  Davy and the Duckling
From picture-book masters Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas comes this gentle and moving story about the love between a little boy and the duckling that stays with him all of its life.
From picture-book masters Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas comes this gentle and moving story about the love between a little boy and the duckling that stays with him all of its life.
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670075614
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Ten Little Fingers And Ten Little Toes
As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes...

From two of the most gifted picture book creators of our time, here is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes and the joy they - and the babies they belong to - bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!

As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes...

From two of the most gifted picture book creators of our time, here is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes and...

Published: 29/09/2008
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670072392
RRP: $24.99
Book Cover:  Spot Goes To School
Spot's first day at school turns out to be an exciting adventure as he and his friends take their first steps into the world of learning. This book is the perfect tool for parents readying themselves and their children for the concept of school, and all the fun that can be had there. Young children can learn along with everyone's favourite puppy, Spot, and his friends.

This classic Spot story is re-issued...

Spot's first day at school turns out to be an exciting adventure as he and his friends take their first steps into the world of learning. This book is the perfect tool for parents readying themselves and...
Published: 24/07/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141343785
RRP: $16.99
Book Cover:  Hairy Maclary And Friends: Touch And Feel Book
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy finally appears in an interactive touch and feel book.

This attractive production has different textures on every page spread. Children can now explore the textures of Bitzer Maloney all skinny and bony, Muffin McLay like a bundle of hay, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy and the rest of the gang.

View YouTube video: http://youtu.be/Zi4cYPaFYoo

www.hairymaclary.com...

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy finally appears in an interactive touch and feel book.

This attractive production has different textures on every page spread. Children can now explore the textures...

Published: 22/02/2012
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780143505150
RRP: $19.95
Book Cover:  Green Sheep Buggy Book
A small buggy book with keyring adapted from the picture book Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek, featuring simplified text for babies.

A small buggy book with keyring adapted from the picture book Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek, featuring simplified text for babies.

Published: 27/09/2010
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780143504610
RRP: $9.95
Book Cover:  Peppa Pig: My Granny
By Ladybird

Peppa and George's granny is very good at many things, from playing games to gardening. Peppa and George love their granny very much and this funny storybook is perfect for sharing with grannies everywhere. 

This adorable book is brought  to you by the best-loved characters from Peppa Pig - the number one award-winning preschool children's TV show on ABC4Kids.


Peppa and George's granny is very good at many things, from playing games to gardening. Peppa and George love their granny very much and this funny storybook is perfect for sharing with grannies everywhere. ...

Published: 26/03/2014
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780723288619
RRP: $9.99
Book Cover:  Where Is The Green Sheep?
Here is the blue sheep, and here is the red sheep. Here is the bath sheep, and here is the bed sheep. But where is the green sheep? Mem Fox and Judy Horacek take you on a wildly wonderful adventure in their rollicking search for the green sheep. Mem has never owned a sheep, let alone a green one, but she does admit to having woolly thoughts from time to time. Judy loves drawing things, especially...
Here is the blue sheep, and here is the red sheep. Here is the bath sheep, and here is the bed sheep. But where is the green sheep? Mem Fox and Judy Horacek take you on a wildly wonderful adventure in...
Published: 03/05/2004
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670041497
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Very Hungry Caterpillar, The
Introducing first concepts, this wonderful board book collection makes a perfect first library. Each book is filled with Eric Carle's much-loved collage art and large, simple text. Ideal for little hands to hold the sturdy board pages are durable enough to withstand the rough and tumble of toddlers. Preschoolers will love learning with The Very Hungry Caterpillar !

Introducing first concepts, this wonderful board book collection makes a perfect first library. Each book is filled with Eric Carle's much-loved collage art and large, simple text. Ideal for little hands...
Published: 04/05/2009
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780141385112
RRP: $12.99
Book Cover:  Are We There Yet?
The year I turned eight, Mum and Dad took us on a trip around Australia. Luke, Billy and I missed school for the whole winter term. Join Grace and her family on their adventurous and sometimes funny expedition. A warm, heartfelt story based on an actual journey undertaken by the much-loved, award-winning author and illustrator, Alison Lester.
The year I turned eight, Mum and Dad took us on a trip around Australia. Luke, Billy and I missed school for the whole winter term. Join Grace and her family on their adventurous and sometimes funny expedition...
Published: 08/10/2004
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670880676
RRP: $24.95
Book Cover:  I'm a Dirty Dinosaur
From award-winning author Janeen Brian and award-winning illustrator Ann James comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young.
From award-winning author Janeen Brian and award-winning illustrator Ann James comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young.
Published: 20/03/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670076154
RRP: $19.99
Book Cover:  Very Hungry Caterpillar Doodle Book, The
Scribble, sketch, draw and paint with the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Use your brightest colours and lots of imagination to colour in and complete the pictures in this very busy book.
Scribble, sketch, draw and paint with the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Use your brightest colours and lots of imagination to colour in and complete the pictures in this very busy book.
Published: 26/02/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141352237
RRP: $14.99
Book Cover:  Little Bug Books: Monkeys Live In Trees
Graeme Base's distinctive artwork comes alive in this beautiful fold-out book for the very young.
Graeme Base's distinctive artwork comes alive in this beautiful fold-out book for the very young.
Published: 01/04/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670077632
RRP: $9.99
Book Cover:  Little Bug Books: Pigs Have Piglets
Pigs have piglets. But what are other baby animals called?
Pigs have piglets. But what are other baby animals called?
Published: 01/04/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670077625
RRP: $9.99
Book Cover:  Little Bug Books: Birds Fly
Graeme Base's distinctive artwork comes alive in this beautiful fold-out book for the very young.
Graeme Base's distinctive artwork comes alive in this beautiful fold-out book for the very young.
Published: 01/04/2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780670077649
RRP: $9.99

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20 May 2016
Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlist Announced
We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley
Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

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