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Selecting literacy resources to support the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline

This list of book titles has been designed to help kindergarten teachers choose and buy reading materials to support their implementation of the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline. The list has been organised around the five early learning and development areas: Identity Connectedness Wellbeing Active learning Communicating. The books are also grouped by more specific focuses within each learning and development area. The book titles selected provide rich resources for young children to enjoy and include titles provided by teachers participating in the kindergarten trial. The list is not intended to be exhaustive, but it is intended to help teachers build strong foundations for oral language and literacy development in the kindergarten program. These books encourage children to play with the sounds of language, to develop early literacy skills, to explore their interests and to develop a passion for reading. Teachers will, of course, select additional resources to meet the specific backgrounds and interests of the children with whom they are working. Careful consideration must also be given to providing resources that are responsive to the cultural and social contexts of the children, families and communities with whom teachers work. When selecting resources for young children it is important to provide: a variety of texts, including fiction and simple information texts texts with repetition and rhyme to assist children in making connections between spoken and written words repetitive texts that encourage children to participate in the shared reading of stories humorous texts that engage children's interests stories with visually appealing illustrations in a range of styles. Note: This list has been adapted from the Education Queensland document Planning for Prep: selecting literature resources to support the early years curriculum. Unless otherwise noted, titles are available as standard picture books, that is, books combining text and illustrations.

Learning and development area: Identity

A kindergarten child who has a strong sense of identity:

is building a sense of security and trust acts with increasing independence and perseverance is building a confident self-identity.

LDA Identity Focus Confidence in "having a go" Being accepted for who you are Pride and confidence in who you are, problem solving Overcoming fear or loneliness about separation from parents Seeking reassurance from mother about the first day of school Friendship Friendship -- company Friendship with a pet, care and concern Perseverance Overcoming fear Identity Connectedness Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, everyday life, connections to the environment Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, everyday life, connections to the environment, family Identity Communicating

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Author/s Giles Andreae Sofie Laguna Pat Hutchins Patrice Karst Audrey Penn John Burningham Margaret Wild Pamela Allen Mary Diestel-Feddersen Nick Ward Eileen Browne Bridget Priman

Book title/s Giraffes Can't Dance Too Loud Lily Happy Birthday Sam The Invisible String The Kissing Hand Mr Gumpy's Outing A Bit of Company My Cat Maisie Try Again, Sally Jane Come on, Baby Duck! Handa's Surprise Biddy's Fishing-Line

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Cultural diversity

Sylvia Emmerton

My Mob Going to the Beach

Poetry, humour, fun, rhyme

Meredith Costain

Doodledum Dancing

Learning and development area: Connectedness

A kindergarten child who is connected with and contributes to their world:

is building positive relationships with others shows increasing respect for diversity shows increasing respect for environments.

LDA Connectedness Focus Ideas about how to join a play situation, thinking about fairness Thinking about similarities and differences among people Social responsibility Cat, neighbours, community relationships Belonging Belonging -- making friends, accepting differences Respect for diversity Exploring diversity and similarities Acceptance Acceptance -- challenging stereotypes Acceptance of self Acceptance of self -- self-esteem Acceptance, humour Australian animals Author/s Michael Rosen Simon French & Donna Rawlins Paul Galdone Inga Moore Marcus Pfister Andrew Clements Jeannie Baker Mem Fox Jeannie Baker Todd Parr Laurie Stiller Pablo Bernasconi Sally Odgers Lisa Shanahan Mem Fox Mem Fox Book title/s This Is Our House Guess the Baby The Little Red Hen Six-Dinner Sid The Rainbow Fish Big Al Window Whoever You Are Belonging It's OK To Be Different Princess Max Black Skin, White Cow I'm Big Enough Gordon's Got a Snookie Tough Boris Possum Magic and other stories Formats

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LDA Celebrations

Focus Diane Church Paula Wallace Celebrations -- diversity Celebrations -- Christmas Celebrations -- Christmas, relationships Celebrations -- Christmas, family acceptance Challenging stereotypes

Author/s

Book title/s Birthday Party The World of Holidays (Life around the world series) The Polar Express Wombat Divine The Long Way Home Christmas Caravan Keeping up with Grandma William's Doll Jump Pirate Girl Edward the Emu Edwina the Emu Shopping with Dad Where's Mum? Mum Goes to Work To Be a Kid Handa's Hen Handa's Surprise Leaving People Who Help Us (Go facts series) The Bat and the Crocodile The Kangaroo and the Porpoise How the Tasmanian Tiger Got its Stripes When the Snake Bites the Sun

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Chris Van Allsburg Mem Fox Emily Rodda Jennifer Beck John Winch Charlotte Zolotow Michelle Magorian

Challenging stereotypes, humour Family relationships, roles Gender roles, shopping Gender roles, work, family ,shows dad as carer and mum as worker, Cultural diversity

Cornelia Funke Sheena Knowles Geoff Patton Libby Gleeson Maya Ajmera & John D Ivanko Eileen Browne

Cultural diversity, acceptance Community Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Katrina Germein Katy Pike Jacko Dolumyu & Hector Jandany Agnes Lippo Leigh Maynard David Mowaljarlai

Photographs & text

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LDA

Focus

Author/s Molly Tasman Napurrurla Aunty Barbara Stacey Daisy Utemorrah

Book title/s The Spotted Cat Wanja, One Smart Dog Dunbi the Owl Not a Nibble! Are We There Yet? A Journey around Australia Little Brown Bushrat Asha's Mums Heather has Two Mommies Don't Call Me Special: a first look at disability Me and You Susan Laughs Luke has Down's Syndrome Where's Chimpy? The Race We Can Do It! The Rainbow Fish Dazzle the Dinosaur Picasso the Green Tree Frog The Mixed-Up Chameleon The Wind (First Discovery series) Window Water Spiders Growing Frogs

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Family, fishing, camping, Travel, acceptance Self-esteem, acceptance Inclusivity/diversity Inclusivity

Elizabeth Honey Alison Lester Georgie Ripper Rosamund Elwin & Michele Paulse Lesléa Newman Pat Thomas Henry Pluckrose

Photographs & text

Inclusivity -- child in wheelchair Inclusivity -- Down's Syndrome Inclusivity -- Hearing impairment Inclusivity -- Multiple disabilities Sharing, diversity, friendship Colours, acceptance of self Colours, acceptance of self, diversity Weather Conservation

Jeanne Willis Jillian Powell Berniece Rabe Christobel Mattingley Laura Dwight Marcus Pfister Amanda Graham Eric Carle Ute Fuhr Jeannie Baker Paul Humphrey

Lifecycle

Caroline Allaire Vivian French

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LDA

Focus

Author/s Theresa Greenaway Monica Hughes Rebecca Johnson Victoria Parker Tadpoles

Book title/s

Formats Photographs & text Photographs & text Photographs & text Photographs & text

Snails (Creepy creatures series) Turtle Tricks Life as a Butterfly Life as a Chicken Life as a Frog

Angela Royston Yvonne Winer Lifecycle, emotive language Lifecycle, resources Lifecycle, seasons Lifecycle, seasons, calendar Marine life Marine life, emotions Nature Observation Plants Recycling Recycling, environment Scientific concepts Lynley Dodd Shel Silverstein Lois Ehlert Penny Matthews Jeannie Baker Dyan Sheldon Patricia Whitehouse Ruth Brown Katy Pike Irena Sibley Maureen O'Keefe & Katy Pike Claire Llewellyn Julian Rowe & Molly Perham

Lifecycle of a Sunflower Frogs Sing Songs The Smallest Turtle The Giving Tree Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf A Year on Our Farm The Hidden Forest The Whale's Song Leaves If At First You Do Not See Caring for Plants (Go facts series) Greta the Garbo Why Recycle? (Go facts series) And Everyone Shouted, "Pull!": A first look at forces and motion Amazing Magnets

Photographs & text

Photographs & text

Photographs & text

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Learning and development area: Wellbeing

A kindergarten child who has a strong sense of wellbeing:

is building a sense of autonomy and wellbeing explores ways to show care and concern and interact positively with others explores ways to promote own and other's health and safety explores ways to promote physical wellbeing. LDA

Wellbeing

Focus

Care and concern for others Exploring ways to express and regulate emotions Exploring frustrations, fairness, differences, care for others Contentedness Mother and child relationship Relationships Relationships, belonging, emotions Acceptance Emotions Emotions, descriptive words Emotions, illness Family

Author/s

Shirley Hughes Deborah Nilan Holly Keller Dom Mansell Morag Loh Don Freeman Margery Williams Lauren Child Laurence & Catherine Anholt Judith Viorst Alison Lester Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle Jeannie Baker

Book title/s

Alfie Gives a Hand Annie's Chair Cromwell's Glasses My Old Teddy The Kinder Hat Corduroy The Velveteen Rabbit I Am Too Absolutely Small for School What Makes Me Happy? Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day I'm Green and I'm Grumpy Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Grandmother

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LDA

Focus

Author/s

Anthony Browne Mem Fox Bob Graham Margaret Wild

Book title/s

My Dad My Mum Shoes from Grandpa Greetings from Sandy Beach Our Granny Sunshine John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat Follow Me Sally's Secret Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge Koala Lou Grandpa and Thomas Cuthbert's Babies Do You Want to Be My Friend? Love You Forever There's a Sea in my Bedroom Bear and Chook Guess the Baby You'll Soon Grow into Them, Titch There's a House Inside My Mummy Babies Avocado Baby Funnybones

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Also available in Japanese

Family-- daily routines

Jan Ormerod Jenny Wagner

Family, conservation Family, counting, creativity Family, memories Family, relationships

Rick Searle Shirley Hughes Mem Fox Mem Fox Pamela Allen

Relationships Lifecycle, emotions Feelings, fears, sea, imagination Friendship, descriptive language Growth, diversity and shared needs Growth, family, individuality Growth, human development Lifecycle, rhyme, humour Growth, humour Human body

Eric Carle Robert Munsch Margaret Wild Lisa Shanahan Simon French & Donna Rawlins Pat Hutchins Giles Andreae Fiona Wright John Burningham Janet & Allan Alhberg

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LDA

Focus

Author/s

Taro Gomi Veronica Ross

Book title/s

Everybody Poops Fit and Well (My healthy body series) I Want my Tooth Safety First No, David! From Head to Toe My Five Senses (Go facts readers series) Food (Read-about series) I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato Oliver's fruit salad Oliver's vegetables

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Human body, humour Safety Safety, rules Repetition, gross motor actions Senses Healthy foods Healthy foods, humour Wellbeing Connectedness Healthy foods, humour, investigating plants

Tony Ross Jane Pearson David Shannon Eric Carle Katy Pike Henry Pluckrose Lauren Child Vivian French

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Learning and development area: Active learning

A kindergarten child who is a confident and involved learner:

is building positive dispositions and approaches towards learning shows increasing confidence and involvement in learning engages in ways to be imaginative and creative explores tools, technologies and information and communication technologies (ICTs). LDA

Active learning

Focus

Problem solving, working past being upset Sense of environment, wonderful illustrations Engages imagination Aesthetic appreciation Aesthetic appreciation, alphabetic knowledge Colour perception, rainforests Colours, imagination, art Computers Design and construction Factual, aesthetic appreciation

Author/s

Shirley Hughes Katrina Germein Jane Tanner Sue Venn Lucy Micklethwait Gwen Pascoe Justine Korman Fontes Stephen Bennington Christine Harris Henry Pluckrose

Book title/s

Alfie Gets in First Big Rain Coming Playmates Roy & Matilda: The Gallery Mice I Spy: An Alphabet in Art Deep in a Rainforest Black Meets White All About Computers Lucy's Big Plan Clay (Find out about series)

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Reproduction artworks & text

Photographs & text

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LDA

Focus

Imagination

Author/s

Rodney Martin Narelle Oliver Matt Ottley Maurice Sendak Eric Carle

Book title/s

There's a dinosaur in the park! The Very Blue Thingamajig What Faust Saw Where the Wild Things Are Draw Me a Star Little Cloud The Hollyhock Wall The Gallery Cat The Very Ordinary Caterpillar Butterflies: Life cycles

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Imagination, design, aesthetic appreciation Imagination, introduction to art works Animals

Martin Waddell Stella Blackstone Garry Fleming Melanie Mitchell

Photographs & text Big book Also available in Vietnamese

Martin Waddell Animal facts Animal habitat Animal needs, humour Conservation Ruth Heller Narelle Oliver Jackie French Tricia Oktober

Owl Babies Animals Born Alive and Well Chickens Aren't the Only Ones Baby Bilby, Where Do You Sleep? Diary of a Wombat Wetlands

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LDA

Focus

Conservation -- global theme Conservation -- natural vs built environments, imagination Conservation -- strong moral theme Farm life, threats to farm animals Farm animals, babies, animal roles Seasons Factual, dinosaurs

Author/s

Kim Michelle Toft Jeannie Baker Moses Aaron Penny Matthews Jane Chapman Henry Pluckrose Lee Davis

Book title/s

The World That We Want Where the Forest Meets the Sea The Duck Catcher Pudding and Chips Baa! Moo! What Will We Do? Changing Seasons Dinosaur Dinners

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Photographs & text

Factual, machinery

Angela Royston

Big Machines

Active learning Communicating

Aesthetic appreciation, shape

Lucy Micklethwait

I Spy: Shapes in Art

Creativity and imagination Imagination Children in dramatic production Humour, introduction to opera Animals, posing questions, fun, imagination, facts

Antoinette Portis Alison Lester Penny Azar Jim West Lila Prap

Not a Box Magic Beach Encore! Encore! The Dog Who Sang at the Opera Why?

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Active learning Connectedness

Focus

Animal behaviour Birdlife, camouflage, beautiful illustrations Aesthetic appreciation, diversity, acceptance Visually beautiful, senses Imagination Design, creativity, relationships

Author/s

Yvonne Winer Narelle Oliver Nadia Wheatley Ed Young Eric Carle Stephen Michael King

Book title/s

Spiders Spin Webs The Hunt Luke's Way of Looking Seven Blind Mice I See a Song The Man Who Loved Boxes

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Learning and development area: Communicating (Combined oral language and literacy)

A kindergarten child who is an effective communicator explores and expands ways to use language and explores and engages with literacy in personally meaningful ways.

Significant learnings: spoken and nonverbal communication age-appropriate speech patterns, vocabulary and sentence structures using language for a range of purposes skills for listening and taking turns in conversations positive engagement with a variety of print and multimedia texts and the arts exploring symbols and patterns in language exploring text purposes and meanings confidence and interest in exploring reading and writing behaviours. LDA

Communicating

Focus

Rhyme and great words Alphabet with Australian words and illustrations Descriptive language, story mapping Folktale, beauty, generosity Historical, cultural knowledge Humour

Author/s

Jez Alborough Bronwyn Bancroft John Winch Jeff Brumbeau Marcia Williams Jez Alborough Ronda Armitage Doreen Cronin Colin McNaughton Ann Weld

Book title/s

Where's my Teddy? Possum and Wattle: My Big Book of Australian Words The Old Woman Who Loved to Read The Quiltmaker's Gift Greek Myths for Young Children Where's my Teddy? The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Captain Abdul's Pirate School Dinnertime!

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Humour, communication Humour, descriptive language Humour, family Humour, family, pets Humour, language Humour, language play Humour, repetition Animals, rhyme Language Language -- humour

Author/s

Janet & Allan Ahlberg Lynley Dodd Margaret Mahy Gene Zion Frank Moffatt Pamela Allen Keith Faulkner Giles Andreae Margaret Wild Pamela Allen Mary Murphy

Book title/s

The Jolly Postman Hairy Maclary series The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate Harry by the Sea Farmer Beans and the Pantry Frog Waddle Giggle Gargle Wide-mouthed frog Rumble in the Jungle Nighty Night! The Pear in the Pear Tree The Flyaway Alphabet Strega Nona Mrs Mopple's Washing Line Honey Sandwich Fancy That! Bertie and the Bear Belinda Mr McGee and the Perfect Nest Mr McGee and the Biting Flea

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Language, listening, respect, folktale Language, repetition, sequencing, humour Poetry Humour, playing with the sounds of language Humour, invites children to join in

Tomie de Paola Robert Broomfield Elizabeth Honey Pamela Allen Pamela Allen

Repetition, invites children to join in

Eric Carle

"Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," Said the Sloth Pancakes, Pancakes!

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LDA

Focus

Author/s

Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle

Book title/s

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

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Mem Fox

Where is the Green Sheep? Boo to a Goose Time for Bed

Eve Sutton Humour, chaos and rhyme Communicating Connectedness Language, repetition, humour, diversity Mem Fox Kiersten Jensen

My Cat Likes To Hide in Boxes The Magic Hat Possum in the House

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Learning and development area: Communicating

A kindergarten child who is an effective communicator explores and engages with numeracy in personally meaningful ways.

Significant learnings: exploring number symbols and their purposes confidence and interest in counting and exploring patterns and relationships exploring mathematical thinking, concepts and language.

LDA Communicating Focus Animals, humour, mathematical language, rhyme, acceptance Conservation, counting, observation Counting Author/s Libby Hathorn & Anna Pignataro Pamela Allen Pat Hutchins Eric Carle Pat Hutchins Penny Ives Mem Fox Counting -- multicultural Counting -- subtraction of numbers Counting -- observation Counting -- visual detail Counting, invites children to join in Counting, repetition Counting, rhyme Kathryn Cave Yvonne Winer Pat Hutchins Graeme Base Pamela Allen Penny Dale Zita Newcome Book title/s The Great Big Animal Ask Who Sank the Boat? Ten Red Apples 1, 2, 3, to the Zoo 10 Little Rubber Ducks 1 Hunter Five Little Ducks Let's Count Goats One Child, One Seed: A South African counting book Mr Brown's Magnificent Apple Tree The Doorbell Rang The Waterhole My First 1 2 3 Ten in the Bed Five Little Monkeys: Over 50 Also available in

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Big book

Big book

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LDA

Focus

Author/s

Book title/s Counting and Action Rhymes

Formats Vietnamese Big book

Counting, colour, repetition and humour

Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddlar, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business The Very Hungry Caterpillar Today is Monday What Size Is It? (Let's explore maths series) Above and Below Alexander's Outing The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs Mr Archimedes' Bath Don't Forget the Bacon! The Shape Game Let's Look at Shapes Circles The Bad-Tempered Ladybird

Counting, sequencing, days of the week Days of the week Mathematical concepts Positional concepts Problem solving Money, counting, sequencing creativity Measuring volume, conservation Repetition, sequencing, memory and humour Shape

Eric Carle Eric Carle Henry Pluckrose Sheila Rivera Pamela Allen Phoebe Gilman Pamela Allen Pat Hutchins Anthony Browne Nicola Tuxworth

Also available in Vietnamese

Photographs & text

Shape -- exploring shapes Time, movement of the sun, behaviour

Diyan Leake Eric Carle

Photographs & text

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