Every teacher can testify to the engagement received by their students when offered to be read a story. Whether it be from a picture book or novel, stories bring so much enjoyment to children’s lives. The added bonus is that they can also be great tools for linking various content areas of the Australian Curriculum.

I have gathered a list of books that I highly recommend for Foundation Teachers to use as they are teaching to the Australian Curriculum throughout the year. I have sorted these books into curriculum content areas but you will quickly notice that most of the books link to other content areas making them great tools for the time-poor Australian Teacher. (please note the following list contains affiliate links)


ABC Animal Jamboree
Alison Lester’s ABC
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
Hooray for Fish!
Kangaroos Hop
Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books
Ten Scared Fish
We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania

Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!: The Story of the Three Bears as Told by Baby Bear (Other Side of the Story (Library))
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten!: The Story of Little Red Riding Hood as Told by the Wolf (Other Side of the Story (Library))
Seriously, Cinderella Is So Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother (Other Side of the Story (Library))
Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks!:: The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk as Told by the Giant (Other Side of the Story (Library))

Fairytales Gone Wrong: Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf!: A Story about Spreading Germs (Fairytales Gone Wrong)
Bonnie and Ben Rhyme Again (Bonnie and Ben)
Don’t Pick Your Nose, Pinocchio!
My Village: Rhymes From Around the World
What Rhymes With Sneeze?
Yummy: My Favourite Nursery Stories


Measurement and Geography
Comparing with Cats (Animaths)
Measuring with Monkeys (Animaths)
Perfect Square
The Shape of Things
Today Is Monday

Number and Algebra
Counting Chickens
Everybunny Count!
Joey Counts to Ten
Line Up, Please!
None the Number (The Hueys) (The Hueys)
Out in the Ocean
Splosh! (Splosh!)
Ten Blue Wrens: And What a Lot of Wattle!
Red Car, Red Bus
TIP TAP Went the Crab
Spots: Counting Creatures from Sky to Sea


Biological Sciences
That’S Not a Daffodil!
We’re Getting a Cat!
First Lift-the-Flap First Q&A: How Do Flowers Grow? (Lift the Flap) [Board book]

Chemical Sciences
The Three Little Pigs (Picture Books)
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

Earth and Space Sciences
The ABC Book of Seasons (The ABC Book Of …)
George Flies South
Hold on Tight
Penelope the Mountain Pigmy Possum
The Rainy Day (Picture Books)
Thunderstorm Dancing
A Year on Our Farm [Paperback]


Alma and How She Got Her Name
The Family Book
Family Forest
Fancy Nancy’s Marvelous Mother’s Day Brunch
Grandad’s Magic
Grandpa Green
Hello From Nowhere
Important Things
Just the Way We Are
Me and My Family Tree
Me and You
More People to Love Me
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny
Nanna’s Button Tin
Remembering Lionsville: My Family Story
Sam and His Dad
Shoes from Grandpa (Shoes from Grandpa)
The Treasure Box
Who’s In My Family?: All About Our Families
Why I Love Summer


How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tim Rath
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
The Very Brave Bear by Nick Bland
The Very Hungry Bear by Nick Bland
The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Let me know if you have any other suggestions to add to this list by commenting below. I’d love to hear from you!!

Happy teaching!


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