Popular picture books in Queensland have all the right ingredients

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We were excited to see that the most borrowed picture book in Queensland regional libraries over 2020 has a Queensland pedigree! 

Bluey: Fruit Bat was at the top of the list! This book features the ever-popular Blue Heeler dog family from the ABC television show that was conceived and created in Brisbane. Enjoy the familiarity of the Queenslander houses and Jacaranda trees that feature in the show and the books.

If you’re thinking about what books to choose when you next visit your local public library see what other titles were popular with Queensland families below and ask your local library staff for some great books to spark your children’s imagination.

Popular books often share the same qualities such as being great to read aloud, engaging illustrations and a story with enough fun for children and parents to enjoy reading over and over again. The books that topped our loans lists definitely have the humour and unique characters to keep kids enthralled!

Bluey: Fruit Bat:  a glow in the dark book

This bedtime book was number one for 2020 and features popular ABC character Bluey. This great family read stands out from the crowd with its glow in the dark elements. It’s also a touch and feel book which will engage children even more. This book also provides a fun activity for kids to do with a torch as you read to them which is a great opportunity for conversations. Remember to use popular television or movie characters to engage reluctant readers.

Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford

This book is bursting with colour, energy, and movement. The cheeky rhyming text flows effortlessly with plenty of glitter and sparkle in the story and on each page. The story offers fabulous dress up and play opportunities to match the great words like glitter and sequins, tiaras, elegant and performance! A delight to read aloud.

Pig the tourist by Aaron Blabey

This highly entertaining book starts with the great cover with popular children’s character Pig the Pug dressed in his touristy Hawaiian shirt complete with camera. Inside, the quirky illustrations are bright and larger than life. Children will love all the disasters Pig causes as he travels the world. The language is fun and there are plenty of great new words for kids to enjoy such as devastation, celebration, tradition, unravel and flaunt! Kids who read and enjoy funny books will associate reading with fun.

The cars and trucks book by Todd Parr

The fun zoom zoom of the cars and trucks and the quack quack of the local ducks are just some of the great sounds for children to join in with. The pictures are bright and colourful and easily identifiable.  There are all kinds of vehicles to see including a garbage truck, bookmobile, farm truck, and dog grooming trucks to name a few.  Ask your children about the trucks they see as you drive along. Talk about how fast they go, the colours and the wheels, what the trucks do and where you would see them! Possibilities are endless.  

Three billy goats gruff by Nick Bland

A perfect introduction to classic fairy tales. This is a great book to read aloud before bedtime. Get into the spirit and do the voices with your little, medium and BIG Billy Goat voices. Get your children to join in with some troll stomping. Themes include humour, cleverness, and adventure


Find these books and other titles by these authors at your local library or ask your local library staff for some more great books to take home.


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