Episode 50: Best Books for First Birthdays

April 20, 2023

In episode 50 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Best Books for First Birthdays

Best books for first birthday gifts: Megan and Allison sort through the bookshelves to find the best choices for you!

Plus, Allison has a tip from a bestselling author to help kids tap into their creativity and Megan shares ideas for using books as springboards into imaginative play.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘The Sugarcane Kids and the Red-Bottomed Boat’ by Charlie Archbold

‘Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon’ by Gabrielle Wang 

‘Miimi Marraal: Mother Earth’ by Melissa Greenwood 

‘The Wild Life: A Berry Long Walk’ by Laura and Philip Bunting

‘The Astronaughties: Moon Mayhem’ by Andrew Cranna

Best books for first birthday gifts

Allison Tait and Megan Daley give you the lowdown on the best books for a first birthday. As well as links to the book themed birthday parties of ChickPea and Pudstar – for book party inspiration.

‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell

‘Gruffalo’  by Julia Donaldson

‘Where is the Green Sheep’ by Mem Fox

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle

‘Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book’ (for the parents!)

‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ by Janeen Brian and Ann James

‘Dreamers’ by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally Morgan

‘All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors’ by Davina Bell. Illustrated by Jenny Lovlie

‘Goodnight Little Tough Guy’ by Michael Wagner. Illustrated by Tom Jellett

‘Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words’ by Bronwyn Bancroft

‘Want to Play Trucks?’ by Ann Stott. Illustrated by Bob Graham (Full review here)

‘Sing Me the Summer’ by Jane Godwin. Illustrated by Alison Lester

‘Isabella’s Garden’ by Glenda Millard 

‘For All Creatures’ by Glenda Millard

‘Busy Beaks’ by Sarah Allen

‘Wombat’ (or any!) books by Philip Bunting

Book Birthday Parties

Bad Tempered Ladybird Party

Where the Wild Things Are Party

Stomping Dinosaur Book Party

Miffy Party

Pearlie in the Park Party

Possum Magic Party Cupcakes

ChickPea and her ATTITUDE on her First Birthday.

Quick tips

‘Bush Magic’ Kylie Howarth

‘Oliver’s Grumbles’ by Yvonne Mes. Illutrated by  Giuseppe Poli

‘Daisy and Bear and the Very Ordinary Day’ by Haylee Hackenberg. Illustrated by  Bianca Pozzi  


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Best books for first birthday gifts