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One of the best ways to set a child up for being able to read independently is to improve their skills through encouraging a love of books and sharing stories together.

Creating routines and rituals around books can help turn even the most reluctant readers into children with a love of stories. And storytime doesn't end when you turn the final page: talk about that book too. These conversations help children absorb and articulate what they read.

Here are some of our favourite picture books to read with a child and then discuss afterwards.

  • My Deadly Boots - Carl Merrison, Hakea Hustler, Samantha Campbell

    An empowering, uplifting picture book about what it is that makes you who you are, from the award-winning authors of Black Cockatoo.

  • Charlie's Whale - Libby Gleeson, Hannah Sommerville

    Little readers will delight in Charlie's obsession with, and the illustrations of, these majestic giants of the sea from one of Australia's most loved and awarded writers for children.

  • 11 Words for Love - Randa Abdel-Fattah, Maxine Beneba Clarke

    A moving and joyful book for children from all backgrounds about the many ways we love, from award-winning author Randa Abdel-Fattah and acclaimed illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke.

  • What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say - Davina Bell, Hilary Jean Tapper

    From the award-winning author of All the Ways to Be Smart, comes a warm and whimsical guide to negotiating new experiences and big emotions with empathy, kindness and words from the heart.

  • Under the Moonlight - Susannah Crispe

    A gentle story about showing bravery in the face of your fears that is sure to be a bedtime favourite. Perfect for fans of The Very Cranky Bear and The Gruffalo's Child.

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