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Five books you should get your kids for Christmas

Five books you should get your kids for Christmas

Stories stay with us throughout our lives, making books the ultimate Christmas presents for kids.

In fact, research shows that children who are exposed to books and reading from a very young age are given a leg-up for their impending education. A 2015 study found that books have a greater variation in words than in conversations.

Books can also fuel discussion for children with their parents as they chat about the book itself. Picture books are also great for teaching difficult concepts. For example, The Very Hungry Caterpillar teaches about the life cycle of a butterfly, as well as giving children a chance to count all the things the caterpillar ate. There are countless picture books showing young ones how to count to bigger and bigger numbers, whereas others that explain the wonder of the alphabet.

Picture books also tell beautiful and important stories. They can act as a pathway to understanding Indigenous culture, teach children about concepts of kindness and belonging, and take them into brand new worlds. Here are some of our recommendations for your kids this Christmas from our Christmas Gift Guide.

Mr Chicken All Over Australia by Leigh Hobbs Mr Chicken has finally made it to Australia, where he’s traveling around with a helpful marsupial from the Tourist Information Centre. This fun book will teach children about the expanse of Australia, and clue them in to some great Australian landmarks, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Big Prawn in Ballina.

Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines by Leanne Mulgo Watson and Jasmine Seymour Darug creators Jasmine Seymour and Leanne Mulgo Watson have put together this beautiful picture book, which introduces children to Indigenous culture and the way First Nations people see and read the seasons and the land.

The Man with Small Hair by Jane Jolly

This book carries an important lesson for all. After realising no one else around him wears their hair small, or anything else like the outfits he loves, our protagonist decides to blend in with the crowd until he stops recognising his reflection. Carrying an uplifting message, this book will teach children to dare to be different.

The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon by Ailsa Wild, Dr Gregory Crocetti and Aviva Reed

A beautiful illustrated book, The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon will teach children about the symbiotic relationship between a baby bobtail squid and an intrepid Vibrio fischeri bacterium. It might sound complicated, but we guarantee this book will captivate your kids.

The Painted Ponies by Alison Lester A great book for animal-loving kids, The Painted Ponies explores friendship and freedom through the eyes of a young girl and her grandmother.