Australia Day is celebrated annually on the 26th January. The date is significant because it marks the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet of British ships at Syndey Cove in New South Wales in 1788, and the raising of the flag of Great Britain. It is an official public holiday and is celebrated across the nation. Australia Day is a great opportunity to teach your children a little bit about the country and culture of Australia, and what better way to do that than by reading some books together.
Australia ABCs is a good first introduction to the country, with illustrations and information to help children begin to learn about the differences between Australia and their own country.
We very much enjoy reading There's an Ouch in my Pouch!, a story about a young kangaroo that is no longer comfortable in his mother's pouch. It has all sorts of Australian animals in it, like wallabies, possums and dingoes, and it's also a lovely book to share with a child that is about to be joined by a new addition to the family.
Diary of a Wombat is a modern Australian classic, and you can learn all about what a wombat gets up to in a typical day in this simple, humorous account. There are also several other books in the series, including Diary of a Christmas Wombat, which is a great festive account of the wombat's adventures.
The counting book Over In Australia is a fantastic introduction to some of the amazing and varied wildlife that can be found in Australia.
If you are looking for some traditional Australian tales you could try the story of Rainbow Bird, an Aboriginal folk tale from Northern Australia. Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tail is another traditional story which will appeal to young children.
If you are looking for some more activities to celebrate Australia Day with your young children then you might enjoy this post from my other blog - Australia Day Crafts and Activities.