Children’s books to discover this spring

From babysitters to bin chickens, there are some great books to discover this spring.

Here are our top picks…

Vote 4 Me

Krys Saclier, illustrated by Cathy Wilcox

Want to teach your child about Australia’s preferential voting system? There’s a book for that!

Preferential voting is explained in Vote 4 Me.

It is a story about the fictional Mount Mayhem Public School where students want to elect a new class representative to instil some much-needed change.

The book is written by author and electoral educator Krys Saclier, with illustrations by political cartoonist Cathy Wilcox.

With the US election all over the news, it’s a great chance for Aussie teachers and parents to talk to kids about our voting system.

Wild Dog Books, RRP $24.99.

Grandmas are Lovely

Meredith Costain, illustrated by Nicolette Hegyes

There are few children’s books as beautiful as this gem. Grandmas are Lovely is a watercolour picture book about the bond between a child and their grandmother. Written in simple rhyming text, it explains all the ways in which grandmas are great. For instance, grandmas are fearless, courageous and smart, they’ll love and protect you with all of their heart. The book features stunning illustrations of various animals including koalas, kookaburras and lions.

Perfect for grandmothers to read to their grandchildren. For ages 3+

Scholastic Australia, RRP $17.99

Bin Chicken

Kate & Jol Temple, illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh

This fun book focuses on how the ibis went from being a sacred bird in Egypt to a pest. We all know the Australian name for the Ibis is Bin Chicken. After all, there’s been a fair bit of media on the much maligned bird in recent years. As the book states, they went from the banks of the Nile to the top of the rubbish pile. But sometimes in life, you’ve just gotta do what you have to do to survive. For kids aged 3+.

Scholastic Australia, RRP $17.99

Timmy the Ticked-off Pony and the Poo of Excitement

Magda Szubanski

Much-loved Aussie comedian and actor Magda Szubanski ventures into the world of children’s books, with a three-part series about a spoilt and cranky pony. Inspired by Magda’s actual nickname given to her by friends when she gets ticked off, the first book follows the show pony who had the most fabulous life until he got so excited that he pooed on a movie set. To make matters worse, his camera crew aired his excitement poo. A ‘poogate’ ensues – will Timmy be able to recover or will it be a case of deja poo?

Scholastic Australia, RRP $16.99

The Baby-Sitters Club, Kristy’s Great Idea

Ann M. Martin

The Baby-Sitters Club is back! The classic series have been reprinted with new covers to tie in with a Netflix reboot.

It begins when Kristy Thomas decides to form a baby-sitters club as a way to earn money and spend time with her friends.

However, she has no idea how much the club will change her life. There are crank calls, uncontrollable toddlers, wild pets, untruthful clients – and that’s just the start of it. Kristy and co-founders, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey, are sure they can handle anything. But only if they stick together!

Scholastic Australia, RRP $12.99