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Learn with Ruby Red Shoes – Kate Knapp



Harper Collins Australia


The delightful Ruby is back. The little white hare with the endearing personality has created quite the following in her previous books. Now even tiny people can enjoy her adventures while learning some basic concepts at the same time.

Knapp’s delicate illustrations offer a wealth of exploration and cosy talk while reading and carers and children will return to these time and time again to find their favourites and expand on their conversations


1 2 3 Counting Book


ISBN: 9781460756911

ISBN 10: 1460756916

November 2018

List Price: 14.99 AUD

One is for me. I’m one of a kind.

I’m separate from you and

I know my own mind.

Ruby and her flock of chickens teach little ones how to count up to twelve using buttons and teapots, peaches and hats – and, of course, eggs.


Alphabet Book


ISBN: 9781460756904

ISBN 10: 1460756908

November 2018

List Price: 14.99 AUD


Ruby and the chickens continue their classes with this equally sweet alphabet book. Each lovely illustration and letter features on its own page and truly it is very difficult to choose a favourite but I thought this was the most apt to share.

R is for Reading

It’s fun to be busy, to learn and to play,

And it’s also important to rest in the day.

To relax with a book and take time to read

Is just the thing a young hare needs.

And after all, so do old hares!


If you have some little people in your circle the two of these would make a special addition to a Christmas parcel and did you know you can also buy Ruby Red Shoes (Ashdene) dinnerware for tinies? Just think of the kudos in store for the one who puts together such a beautiful gift! *wink from a granny hare*

Check out more of Kate’s wondrous work here


An Artist’s Alphabet – Norman Messenger



ISBN: 9781406346763
Imprint: Walker Studio
October , 2016
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $32.99


This is an amazingly beautiful book which unfortunately (with a couple of others, reviews on their way) got waylaid on a shelf under some other more trivial items.

Whether this is a gift or a title for your library collection (either primary or secondary) it will be much appreciated for its beauty and unique creativity.

Messenger, who abandoned the world of ad agencies to become a full time illustrator in 1978, has devised the most magical, magnificent and surreal alphabet book by taking ordinary objects and transforming them into both upper and lower case letters.

It is not so much as an alphabet book that it will be a hit but rather as a delicious dip into surrealism for art lovers of all ages.

Highly recommended for any school library collection.

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ABC Dreaming – Warren Brim



Magabala Books

  • Published:Nov 2015
  • ISBN:9781922142627
  • Format:Paperback


RRP: $17.95

I have purposely saved this one for the start of the school year believing it to the most beautiful ABC book I have seen in a long, long time and so perfect for introducing your preppies to both the alphabet, Australian flora and fauna and Indigenous culture.

In particular as Warren is descended from the Djabugay  people of Far North Queensland, this is even more relevant to our Queensland schools as the illustrations depict the diverse wildlife and plants found in the Far North rainforests.

Each vibrantly colourful page shows an illustration of the chosen creature or plant in traditional Aboriginal style and colours.  An interesting exercise might be to research the actual descriptions and images with the children to make comparisons between the stylised and photographic versions.  And of course while there will be some familiar names to the children, others which are unique to the Far North may require some investigation.

Warren is a celebrated artist whose work you will know from Creatures of the Rainforest.

As usual Magabala has published another truly quality book that will make a perfect addition to any bookshelf whether home or library.

Highly recommended for toddlers up.

Alligator in an Anorak – Daron Parton


ISBN: 9780857983091

Published: 01/10/2014

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 32 pages

RRP: $19.99

alligator-in-an-anorakHere is a fabulous alphabet book from illustrator/author Daron Parton. Children will possibly be unfamiliar with some of the animals – and that’s all part of the fun!

As an Infants (Lower School) teacher, alphabet books played a huge part in our teaching program and this one really hits the mark because as each page’s ‘letter’ rolls by – the text may use two different sounds of that letter, exposing children to the variation in the alphabetic symbols and broadening their experience past the mere phonic knowledge that other ABC books might offer.

Little people just LOVE ABC books in my experience and this one, with it’s extended vocabulary, the singularly striking illustrations placed against white space for super impact will really resonate with littlies from 3 years and up.

Parton’s illustrative style is almost Picasso with animals appearing rather quirky in appearance – which I have no doubt will appeal immensely to children who are fond  of looking at objects in a different light.

This is a deceptively simple book – which will give rise to much rich discussion with Early Childhood or Prep classes. I foresee much artwork being inspired by it.

If you think you already have enough alphabet books in your collection – think again – this is definitely worth having on your shelf!

Teacher notes here.