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29 Children's Books All Australians Grew Up Reading

We owe these authors our childhood.

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1. Possum Magic, Mem Fox

Scholastic

Really, really magic.

2. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, May Gibbs

Angus & Robertson
Angus & Robertson

How else would you know to be scared of the big, bad banksia men?

3. The Magic Pudding, Norman Lindsay

Bluegum
Bluegum

Changed everything you thought about dessert, forever.

4. Diary of a Wombat, Jackie French

Houghton Mifflin Harbourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

When you wished you were a wombat.

5. Imagine, Alison Lester

Allen and Unwin
Allen and Unwin

Because there's nothing like that childhood imagination.

6. The Muddle-Headed Wombat, Ruth Park

Bluegum
Bluegum

Up to his old tricks again.

7. Hairy Maclary, Lynley Dodd

Penguin Books
Penguin Books

The dog whose home you will forever remember.

8. Grug, Ted Prior

Simon and Schuster
Simon and Schuster

Seriously, is there anything Grug didn't do?

9. The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill, Dorothy Wall

Harper Collins
Harper Collins

So. Iconic. It. Hurts.

10. Wombat Stew, Marcia K Vaughan and Pamela Lofts

Scholastic
Scholastic

"Ooey, gooey, icky, sticky, wombat stew."

11. Where The Forest Meets The Sea, Jeannie Baker

Greenwillow Books
Greenwillow Books

Because collage has always been cool.

12. Animalia, Graeme Base

Penguin Books
Penguin Books

Hours and hours and hours of searching for the animals hidden in these wonderful pages.

13. Who Sank The Boat?, Pamela Allen

Puffin Books
Puffin Books

Our first desire to claim something from New Zealand as our own.

14. When The Wind Changed, Ruth Park

Harper Collins
Haper Collins

Your parent's point of reference every single time you made a face.

15. Seven Little Australians, Ethel Turner

Penguin
Penguin

A true classic.

16. Where is the Green Sheep?, Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Penguin Books
Penguin Books

WHERE IS IT?!

17. Magic Beach, Alison Lester

Allen and Unwin
Allen and Unwin

Why you think of white horses every time you see waves crashing.

18. The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan

Hachette
Hachette

Like nothing you'd ever seen before.

19. Bamboozled, David Legge

Scholastic
Scholastic

Still hilarious. And just as confusing.

20. Hating Alison Ashley, Robin Klein

Puffin Books
Puffin Books

The book behind every school play.

21. Playing Beatie Bow, Ruth Park

Penguin Books
Penguin Books

Made you want to go back, back in time. (As long as you were allowed to fast-forward again too.)

22. Adults Only, Morris Gleitzman

Penguin Books
Penguin Books

Plus every single other thing he ever wrote from Bumface to Blabber Mouth to Water Wings.

23. The Day My Bum Went Psycho, Andy Griffiths

Scholastic
Scholastic

Because BASED ON A TRUE STORY.

24. Tomorrow When The War Began, John Marsden

Pan Macmillan
Pan Macmillan

Started your teenage love affair with reading.

25. Thunderwith, Libby Hathorn

Mammoth
Mammoth

The first book to make you cry.

26. The Burnt Stick, Anthony Hill and Mark Sofilas

Penguin Books
Penguin Books

Made you think about things. A lot.

27. Deltora Quest, Emily Rodda

Scholastic
Scholastic

Thank you for everything, fantasy.

28. The Gizmo, Paul Jennings

Penguin Books
Penguin Books

Inspired you to start your own Paul Jennings collection.

29. Wicked!, Morris Gleitzman and Paul Jennings

Penguin Books
Penguin Books
Penguin Books

Everything.

This. Was. Everything.