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    31 Oct 2019

    14 Picture Books My Kids Actually Sat The Whole Way Through

    For every one raising bookworms.

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    1. The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

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    Chances are your child constantly uses their blue crayon and leaves their white behind in the box — there's no use for it on white paper, right?The Day The Crayons Quit imagines a world where crayons can — and do — protest the crayon status quo.

    Buy the paperback edition for $12.35 or the Kindle edition for $7.99 from Amazon Australia.

    2. The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

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    I first picked this book up because of its author — B.J. Novak, The Office alum — but I have consistently returned to it because my children love it so much. With nothing but your words and their imagination, this book will have your kids giggling, guaranteed.

    Buy the paperback edition for $10 or the Kindle edition for $14.99 from Amazon Australia.

    3. Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland

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    It's hard to convey the vastness and sheer diversity of the world armed with nothing but a map. This book gives children an insight into several countries' customs and activities, including the Carnival in Brazil and canoe safaris in Zambia. Perfect for budding adventurers.

    Buy the hardcover edition from Amazon Australia for $27.35.

    4. No One Likes A Fart by Zoe Foster Blake

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    No One Likes A Fart is about a fart that floats from place to place, looking for somewhere to belong and someone to belong to. The message is to accept yourself — you will find someone to love you just as you are — coupled with plenty of fart jokes to keep your kids entertained.

    Buy the hardcover edition for $10 or the Kindle edition for $7.99 from Amazon Australia.

    5. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

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    This was one of my favourite books as a kid, so I made a point of sharing it with my babies. The princess in the story is taken by a dragon, and as is expected, waits for a prince to rescue her. Spoiler alert: She finds out she is more than capable of saving herself.

    Buy the paperback edition for $7.24 or Kindle edition for $7.87 from Amazon Australia.

    6. What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? by Virginia Morgand

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    I bought this book around the time my eldest started asking questions about what this "work" place was that his dad kept leaving home for every day. Many industries are covered here, so chances are you'll find your job in here — and look at the illustrations! A book I don't mind poring over myself.

    Buy the hardcover edition for $23.75 from Amazon Australia.

    7. Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back by Jack and Holman Wang

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    Iconic scenes are recreated using felt (look how cute that cover is!) and paired with single words — like "teacher" for Luke and Yoda's first meeting, and "friend" for Han Solo. I loved this cute way of introducing my kids to the classic movie series while still being age-appropriate.

    Buy the hardcover edition for $15.83 or the Kindle edition for $4.74 from Amazon Australia.

    8. The New Small Person by Lauren Child

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    Lauren Child, responsible for the adorable Charlie & Lola series, will help you introduce a new baby into the family. Truth is, there will be many things that frustrate a first-born when the new offspring comes around — this charming little book encourages patience in Child's trademark endearing way.

    Buy the paperback edition for $14.99 or the Kindle edition for $10.99 from Amazon Australia.

    9. The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson

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    This darling little book pairs the words of classic poem, The Swing, with illustrator Julie Morstad's beautiful, whimsical images of children at play. It's joyful, innocent and perfectly captures the freedom of flying through the air.

    Buy the board book for $11.35 or the Kindle edition for $1.03 from Amazon Australia.

    10. This Is A Ball by Beck and Matt Stanton

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    My kids dissolve into a fit of giggles over this book. Nothing is labelled as it should be, and they get a kick out of correcting their parents ("That's not a princess, that's a monster!") — which kid wouldn't?

    Buy the hardcover edition for $15.25 or the Kindle edition for $9.99 from Amazon Australia.

    11. Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton

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    I have read this book so many times, the front cover is starting to break off. Little Owl Lost is the sweet story of a little owl trying to find his mother with the help of a well-meaning squirrel. A few animal friends are introduced along the way and while — spoiler alert — the little owl is eventually reunited with his mother, your child will practice their empathy and expand their knowledge of forest creatures before then.

    Buy the board book for $7.99 from Amazon Australia.

    12. All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

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    This brilliant picture book depicts children of different backgrounds, interests and talents, with the intention of sharing the essential message — you are smart and important, just as you are. My children are all vastly different people and I love that they can all identify with a child in this book.

    Buy the hardcover edition for $16 from Amazon Australia.

    13. How To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers

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    If your child is in love with space like my son is, this sweet picture book is for them. It's about a boy who loves the stars so much, he sets out to catch a star of his very own. It's a gentle, dreamy read to accompany the bedtime routine.

    Buy the paperback edition for $14.99 from Amazon Australia.

    14. If You Want To Want To See A Whale by Julie Fogliano

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    My friend bought this for my eldest when he was born, and every child since has loved its beautiful pictures and story of a boy and his dog looking for a whale. A lovely read for quiet weekend afternoons.

    Buy the hardcover edition from Amazon Australia for $19.48.

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