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100 Australian poems for children
From emus to magic puddings, this feast of Australian poems for children is fresh and familiar. Written by grown-ups and kids, with beautiful illustrations, it reveals what is special about growing up in Australia.
ISBN 9781740517751
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
Griffith, Kathryn & Scott-Mitchell, Claire (eds) & Rogers, Gregory (ill)
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All aboard the toy train
Poetry, playfully illustrated by Ian Cunliffe, that explores the joys and disappointments of toys - what children want as gifts, what they receive, what they grow tired of and what they break.
ISBN 9780750233170
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2001
Bradman, Tony (comp) & Cunliffe, Ian (ill)
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Big fat cow that goes kapow, The
Inside this book, you can meet Dave, the brave, and discover where worms learn to squirm. But, beware, there is also an exploding cow. Very humorous and very, very short stories told in rhyme.
ISBN 9780330424158
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2008
Griffiths, Andy
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Brucie saves Christmas
Brucie, the joey kangaroo, loves reading books and doing science reports. When a catastrophe occurs that will prevent Santa from delivering the presents, Brucie must use all his smarts to help Santa fly the ute on Christmas Eve.
ISBN 9781741692266
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2009
Morrison, Yvonne & Pike, Michelle (ill)
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Bully on the bus
Each day Leroy, who's in grade one, and his older sister, Ruby, catch the bus to school. On every trip, DJ, an angry high school student, makes Leroy's life a misery through bullying, along with threats of what might happen if he tells anyone. Ruby encourages Leon to tell either his teacher or their parents, but Leroy resists. DJ's power is too strong.
ISBN 9780702253287
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2014
Apel, Kathryn
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Butterflies fly
This beautifully illustrated poetry book accurately describes fifteen different species of butterfly.
ISBN 9781876289010
Publisher Margaret Hamilton, 2000
Winer, Yvonne & Lloyd-Jones, Karen (ill)
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Clancy of the Overflow
This classic Australian poem, more than a hundred years old, comes alive with fresh illustrations of the outback that Paterson loved so well.
ISBN 9781865045276
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2002
Paterson, A B (Banjo) & Niland, Kilmeny (ill)
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Dirty beasts
Full of fanciful exaggerations, a collection of poems about wicked beasts with wicked habits. Meet the poor toad that jumps to France at his own peril, the pig who ponders on the meaning of life and the anteater that gets the wrong end of the stick.
ISBN 9780140568233
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2002
Dahl, Roald & Blake, Quentin (ill)
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Dreaming tree, The
Through free-verse and rhyming poems, celebrate the joy and freedom of being a child in the Australian landscape.
ISBN 9781925059489
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2016
Oliver, Jo
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Emperor's watchmaker, The
A poetry collection that is a curious compilation of regal, traditional and everyday living themes in a wide range of poetry forms.
ISBN 9780747547556
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2000
Sissay, Lemn & Newey, Gail (ill)
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Even my ears are smiling
Have some ear-tickling fun with this modern treasure trove of poetry, featuring classic favourites, some brand new ones and lots of tongue twisters.
ISBN 9781408802977
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2011
Rosen, Michael & Cole, Babette (ill)
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Father Koala's fairy tales
Join Father Koala as he reads some Aussie fairytales to the young koalas in Gumleaf Lodge. Jack climbs the choko vine, the princess meets the cane toad, the Kangaroos Gruff outwits the bunyip under the bridge and Little Red Riding Hood is almost eaten by the dingo.
ISBN 9781865048383
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Richards, Kel & Singleton, Glen (ill)
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Father Koala's nursery rhymes
Join Father Koala and his little mates as they romp through a selection of Aussie nursery rhymes. Little Miss Golden works on her Holden, Black Swan swims in an old billabong, Jack and Jill check boundary fences, Swaggie puts the billy on and we all have tea.
ISBN 9781865048390
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2005
Richards, Kel & Singleton, Glen (ill)
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Firewords: a book of wordplay poems
An anthology of riddles, limericks, rhymes, short humorous poems and tongue twisters that are a mixture of old and new.
ISBN 9780192762443
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2000
Foster, John (ed) & Hughes, Rian (ill)
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First morning: poems about time
Twenty-four poems delightfully inspire readers to consider the passage of time across days, months, or millennia. Some of the poems are for the very young and others for more sophisticated readers.
ISBN 9781841483368
Publisher Barefoot books, 2001
Siegen-Smith, Nikki & Manna, Giovanni (ill)
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Hello new
Voices from all over the world including English, Scottish, Caribbean, Hungarian and American, are represented in this lively poetry collection, all linked by the word 'new'.
ISBN 9781841216218
Publisher Orchard Books, 2000
Agard, John
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Here come the heebie jeebies and other scary poems
While not particularly frightening, the poems in this British anthology are delightfully appealing to children because they appear so distasteful to adults. Topics include being left out, making mistakes at school and those niggling night-time fears.
ISBN 9780750029339
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2000
Bradman, Tony & Roberts, David (ill)
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I don't like poetry
A collection of funny, weird and wacky poems especially for children who think they do not like poetry. There are poems about zombies, dogs, haircuts and grandpas beard, to list just a few. with many more to keep you laughing and rhyming throughout this collection. A fun way to enjoy poetry and learn about language without ever really having to admit it.
ISBN 9781472930033
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2016
Seigal, Andrew & Piascik, Chris (ill)
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If bees rode shiny bicycles
A book of whimsical poems for children.
ISBN 9780702233821
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2003
Taylor, Michelle
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Isabella's Garden
From little things big things grow - look what happens to Isabella's garden with just the planting of one seed.
ISBN 9781921150333
Publisher Walker Books, 2009
Millard, Glenda & Cool, Rebecca (ill)
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Machino supremo
Machines clank, rattle, whine, whoosh, whiz, thump and grind. In these quirky poems, find your favourite machine and solve the puzzle with a clue in each illustration.
ISBN 9780980699401
Publisher Celapene Press, 2009
Brian, Janeen & Carthew, Mark & Veeken, John (ill)
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More giggles and dreams
An illustrated collection of poems from an Australian poet.
ISBN 9780646298740
Publisher self-published, 1997
Kosseris, Annette
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Mustard, custard, grumble belly and gravy
Michael Rosen's witty and clever verses are brought to life by Quentin Blake's detailed art in a beautifully produced book. An audio version of the book is available. Gems include 'Don't put mustard in your custard'.
ISBN 9780747587392
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2006
Rosen, Michael & Blake, Quentin (ill)
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Muster me a song: the Anne Bell reciter
Anne Bell writes with love about Australia, the country and the city, the old and the new, young people and old timers. She has a keen sense of history, an eye for details and an ear for the music of words.
ISBN 9780957868113
Publisher Triple D Books, 2002
Bell, Anne
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My Henry
When Henry dies, his wife can't see why they should stop doing things together, as they've always done. In fact, she can't help going a little bit over the top, imagining all sorts of wonderful outings, including dinosaur rides and dolphin-drawn water ski sessions.
ISBN 9780007388110
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2011
Kerr, Judith
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My little world
When a little wanderer goes out walking with her gran and her brother, she doesn't see many of the things that are too tall or too fast. But, the small child can see other things, such as the tiny insects, the lizard hiding under the brush, the insect that looks like a twig and the fuzzy zigzag pencil lines, scribbled on the bark of a tree.
ISBN 9781862917903
Publisher Omnibus Books, 2011
Cooke, Julia & Crosby-Fairall, Marjorie
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My village: rhymes from around the world
A delightful selection of simple poems for the young to read. Beautiful illustrations complement the translations, with each poem in English and its original language. Languages include Chinese, Japanese, Norwegian, Jamaican, Iranian, Samoan and more.
ISBN 9781877467103
Publisher Gecko Press, 2008
Wright, Danielle (comp) & Moriuchi, Mique (ill)
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Nonsense verse
This book brings new life to five of Edward Lear's best-loved nonsense verses. Zany characters leap across the pages in a colourful, fantasy world, where nothing is quite what it seems and anything is possible.
ISBN 9781851497041
Publisher Antique Collectors Club, 2005
Lear, Edward
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Old possum's book of practical cats
A wonderful collection of poems that tell us what cats get up to when we aren't watching. Some are sane, some are mad, some are good and some are bad. Meet magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But, you'll be lucky to meet Macavity because Macavity's not there.
ISBN 9780571268979
Publisher Faber & Faber, 2010
Eliot, T S & Scheffler, Axel (ill)
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Outback, The
An illustrated poem evoking the Australian landscape, its animals and its indigenous people. The connection between the people and the land is made with sensitivity through the language and the art.
ISBN 9781875641864
Publisher Magabala Books, 2005
Porter, Annalies & Bancroft, Bronwyn
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Outside the lines
A compilation of words and poetry about childhood games and activities.
ISBN 9780399234460
Publisher Putnam, 2002
Burg, Brad & Gibbon, Rebecca (ill)
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Pet poems
This collection includes dogs, cats, budgies, bugs, tarantulas, leopards, crocodiles, rabbits, dolphins, porcupines, werewolves, vultures and pterodactyls, every pet you could possibly imagine and more.
ISBN 9780192761927
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2000
Foster, John & Paul, Korky (ill)
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Please Mrs Butler
A funny collection of poems all about one school. The verses cover such things as playtime, the school outing, French lessons, the three Rs, nicknames, best friends and a host of other familiar topics.
ISBN 9780140314946
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 1999
Ahlberg, Allan
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Poetry to the rescue
A collection of amusing poems on everyday life. These funny, touching and thought-provoking poems depict the lives of young people at home, school and play with honesty through the eyes of the children.
ISBN 9780702233180
Publisher University of Queensland Press, 2002
Herrick, Steven
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Poke in the I: a collection of concrete poems, A
A selection of poems to enchant the eyes and intellect. Striking and imaginative artworks illustrate the delightfully unravelling threads of words and sentences.
ISBN 9780744556568
Publisher Walker Books, 2001
Janeczko, Paul B (comp)
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Rhyme time around the year
Attractively presented poems and illustrations that focus on seasons, festivals and special days around the world.
ISBN 9780192762269
Publisher Oxford University Press, 2001
Foster, John & Thompson, Carol (ill)
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Runny babbit
A book of spoonerisms that kids will love. Zany, witty verse full of innovative topsy turvey language.
ISBN 9780060256531
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2005
Silverstein, Shel
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Sail away: the ballad of Skip and Nell
A tale of two young dingoes who set out on a log to see the America's Cup yacht race in Fremantle WA, and take the long way round.
ISBN 9781865049519
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2006
Fox, Mem & Lofts, Pamela (ill)
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Silly verse for kids
One of many Milligan classics, rich with his zany sense of humour and illustrated with his own quirky art.
ISBN 9780140303315
Publisher Puffin UK, 1968
Milligan, Spike
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Spider bought a bicycle and other poems for young children, A
A quirky anthology from playground rhymes to Shakespeare, including new, old, multicultural, funny, sad, thoughtful, short, long and classic poems.
ISBN 9780753410479
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Rosen, Michael & Moore, Inga (ill)
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Teacher alligator
A variety of animals with a very positive attitude to attending school are featured in this book of poetry that explores school life in verse. There are a whole host of animal characters from Mr Dragon, the Headmaster, to Miss Poodle, the French teacher.
ISBN 9780747547600
Publisher Bloomsbury, 2001
Charles, Faustin & Wojtowycz, David (ill)
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This is the mountain
Discover Mt Kilimanjaro in East Africa and the significance it has for the wildlife that lives within its shadow, on its slopes and high on its peak.
ISBN 9781845079840
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2011
Moss, Miriam & Kennaway, Adrienne (ill)
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This is the reef
The Great Barrier Reef's environs and inhabitants, and the delicate relationship between the two, are explored in this unusual ecosystem. A prose poem with vibrant illustrations provides a glimpse into an unseen, underwater world.
ISBN 9781845076597
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Moss, Miriam & Kennaway, Adrienne (ill)
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Thursday club: animal poems, The
Every Thursday a group of animals meet in the forest to take turns telling rhyming stories. Their light-hearted verses are featured with illustrations of all the animals.
ISBN 9781858818313
Publisher Orion, 2002
Snell, Gordon & Flintoft, Anthony (ill)
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Treasury of poetry
A companion to 'Treasury of nursery rhymes', this appealing collection of familiar and unfamiliar verse is arranged into eight sections by theme with attractive illustrations.
ISBN 9780752535678
Publisher Parragon, 2000
Hedley, Alistair & Aldous, Kate
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Unreal, banana peel
An entertaining and humorous mix of poems, including nursery rhyme parodies and classics.
ISBN 9781741833102
Publisher Brolly Books, 2009
Factor, June & Viska, Peter (ill)
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Wild about books
The animals at the zoo select their books and they all treat them in different ways. Comic, rhyming poetry tells about llamas reading while eating their llunches and unruly bears licking illustrations right off the page.
ISBN 9781845076122
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2007
Sierra, Judy & Brown, Marc (ill)
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