Australian Picture Bird Books

Sharing some recent and not so recent picture bird book reads.

Where’s my Mum – Susan Hall
A lift the flap book, that takes the reader on a search as the baby bird looks for his mum.  We meet several Australian birds on the way. Surprisingly informative, lovely illustrations. Recommended.

The Best Nest – Penny Olsen
Before the robins begin to build their nest they visit all their friends to
see which is the best design. Each bird feels their nest is the best, but the robins don’t feel any are right for them.  Informative with lovely illustrations. Recommended.

The Bush Concert – Helga Visser
The countryside is in drought, the birds put on a concert to cheer themselves up. As the concert draws to a close a storm a storm breaks.  Told in rhyme a huge gathering of wide variety of Australian birds. Rich illustrations.

Enora and the Black Crane – Arone Raymond Meeks
A traditional story, Enora lives in a tropical rainforest, the natural world is being created and Enora discovers a shimmering rainbow of colour flying through the forest. His curiosity overwhelms him and he sets out to discover its meaning.

The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay – Narelle Oliver
One day in Boonaroo Bay the various birds quarrel over who has the best beak.  The wise old pelican settles the quarrel by holding a series of contests.  We love Narelle Oliver’s books.

Fox & Fine Feathers – Narelle Oliver
Another Narelle Oliver and I believe the finest we have read. Stunning illustrations, information about ground birds entwined withing the storyline.  Highly recommended

Home – Narelle Oliver
I admit to being disappointed with this book, perhaps because the book was set in the city not in the wild, it didn’t capture me and the storyline was rather uninspiring.

Tanglewood – Margaret Wild
Quite an intriguing book, very sad and lonely tone.  The Tanglewood tree was all alone on an island, no one stopped until one day a bird was blown ashore.  After time the bird left, leaving the tree even lonelier until one day she returned with a huge flock.  In some ways the poignancy of this book reminds me of Shel Stevenson’s The Giving Tree, without the selfishness of the second character. Illustrations are beautiful. Recommended.

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8 Responses

  1. Ohhh thanks for this list Erin! I always love to hear of more good Australian books. I was interested to read your opinion of "home" – I read it at the library once and felt just the same! There's a genre of kids books out there that can make kids feel guilty for things outside of their control, such as urban sprawl. It's good to train kids to think environmentally but it has to be done well.

  2. Lovely list. Will have to see if I can run any down here in the US.

  3. Catherine
    Haven't 'seen' you for ages, lovely to 'see' you again:) Popped over to your blog and see your hsing now!:) Feel free to email if you're needing any support. Yes I think you've got a good point about 'Home'.

    Angela
    Hope you can find some books there, quite informative and beautiful illustrations.

  4. Our library has "Falcons and Hawks" from Penny Olson. Do you know that one? They also have "Twilight Hunt" by Narelle Oliver.

  5. Eva
    Just checked my library, alas they do not have Falcons and Hawks:( Don't know it.
    Love Twilight Hunt:)

  6. I've been around! You're in my reader so I 'see' you all the time! xx

  7. So nice to know:):)

  8. Too bad about those books.

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