It takes a special kind of author to create something that sticks with you all the way through adulthood. Their genius lies in their ability to capture the imagination of a three-year-old with a simple narrative. One that offers a sense of wonder and perspective with each turn of the page.
Whether it was Edward the Emu who showed you the power of individuality, or Hush and Grandma Poss who gave you your first taste of the Aussie Bush, we take a look back at some of the most timeless stories from much-loved Australian authors.
1. Possum Magic by Mem Fox
Using bush magic, Grandma Poss makes Hush invisible! A journey through the Australian bush leads them to a spacial panacea -- a Vegemite sandwich, of course!
2. Are we there yet? by Alison Lester
An endless, scorching hot journey through the outback is a fundamental part of Aussie childhood. Alison Lester captures it perfectly in this family favourite.
3. Grug by Ted Prior
Who could ever forget Grug?! The school library wasn't complete without his weird and wonderful adventures.
4. Magic Beach by Alison Lester
The book that depicts every Aussie kid's most loved memory: a day out at the beach.
5. Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
The book that taught you how to bust a rhyme, "Edward the Emu was sick of the zoo, there was nowhere to go, there was nothing to do."
6. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs
A much-loved Australian classic, Gibbs timelessly entices you into the magic of the Australian bush and all the creatures that exist inside.
7. Storm Boy by Colin Thiele
Set in South Australia's Coorong it tells the story of a boy and his pet pelican, Mr Percival.
8. The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
A pudding that replenishes itself is pure genius whether you are six or 60. This gem came to life in 1918 and continues to offer an early lesson in politeness and manners.
9. The Muddleheaded Wombat by Ruth Park
A treasured favourite from '60s Australia that tells the story of Wombat and his inseparable friends.
10. Fox by Margaret Wild
A tale that teaches you more about love, jealousy and possessiveness than most adults books do today.
11. Wombat Stew by Marica K. Vaughan
A lesson in loyalty: when the dingo requests cooking instructions for a special stew little does he know he's been thrown off course, as the other animals seek to protect their fellow wombat friend.
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