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Oh, the places you’ll go! – Dr Seuss

For out-starting upstarts of all ages, here is a wonderfully wise and blessedly brief graduation speech from the one and only Dr. Seuss. In his inimitable, humorous verse and pictures, he addresses the Great Balancing Act (life itself, and the ups and downs it presents) while encouraging us to find the success that lies within us.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)


Where is the green sheep? Mem Fox & Judy Horacek

There are red sheep and blue sheep, wind sheep and wave sheep, scared sheep and brave sheep, but where is the green sheep?

 Powell’s Books


The very hungry caterpillar – Eric Carle

hungrycaterpillarA hungry caterpillar eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.


Are we there yet? Alison Lester

Eight-year-old Grace,
her parents, and her two brothers embark on a six-month-long journey to tour their country, Australia.
Driving around the perimeter of the continent
(except when they plunge into the Outback to visit places such as Alice Springs and Uluru)
they drive, swim, hike, enjoy zoos, museums, and tourist sites;
observe the changing landscape; play Monopoly on rainy days; and visit relatives.
Readers can refer to small maps throughout the book as they chart the family’s progress.


The cat in the hat – Dr Seuss

It’s a rainy day and Dick and Sally can’t find anything to do . . . until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza!


Baker Taylor

Where the wild things are – Maurice Sendak

Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired.

Fox in socks – Dr Seuss

“This Fox is a tricky fox. He’ll try to get your tongue in trouble.” Dr. Seuss gives fair warning to anyone brave enough to read along with the Fox in Socks, who likes to play tongue-twisting games with his friend Mr. Knox. “Here’s an easy game to play. Here’s an easy thing to say…. New socks. Two socks. Whose socks? Sue’s socks.” But Mr. Fox Socks isn’t about to let Knox off so easy. Soon Goo-Goose is choosing to chew chewy gluey blue goo, while tweetle beetles battle with paddles in a puddle (in case you were wondering, that’s called a “tweetle beetle puddle paddle battle”). Mr. Knox gets exasperated: “I can’t blab such blibber blubber! My tongue isn’t made of rubber.” But he catches on to the game before it’s all through.



Horrible Harriet – Leigh Hobbs

Horrible Harriet is one in a million.

And maybe that’s one too many.

Horrible Harriet lives in a nest in the roof of the school.

All the other children are scared of her.

But when Athol Egghead arrives in a hot-air balloon, she finds her first friend.

Allen & Unwin

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly – Simms Taback

This is the story of an old woman who swallowed increasingly large animals, each to catch the previously swallowed animal.



The very itchy bear – Nick Bland

Bear is here . . . and here is Flea (but Flea’s a little small to see).

This is Flea about to bite, but not because he’s impolite.

He’s biting bear to say, ‘Hello!’, biting high and biting low.

In The Very Cranky Bear, Bear’s cave was invaded by four playful animals.

In The Very Itchy Bear there is just one creature bothering him: a persistent flea.

Bear tries to get away, but Flea just won’t leave him alone.

When Bear finally gets rid of Flea, he finds that he misses him-and a new friendship is born.



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