The Wonky Donkey

This is a fun video that all kids and adults just love!

Pete the cat

Children will love Pete the cat and his funky dancing. Maybe they can bring their soft toys to dance with Pete.

We're going on a bear hunt

Watch the author tell this rollicking story.

Aboriginal stories

Watch Aunty Gloria tell six Aboriginal stories


Nursery rhymes

Choose a rhyme to read or listen to with Bookstart

Nursery rhymes can be used from babies’ earliest days to instill an understanding of rhythm, rhyme and storytelling.

Lucy Cousins book of Nursery Rhymes
Lucy Cousins, Macmillan
The Mother Goose Treasury
Illustrated by Raymond Briggs, Hamish Hamilton
The ABC book of Nursery Rhymes
ABC books
The Walker book of Read–Aloud Rhymes for the very young
selected by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Marc Brown, Walker


Books with rhymes and fingerplays

This little Puffin, Elizabeth Matterson, Penguin/Puffin
Invaluable book of rhymes, songs and games. Starts with games and fingerplays for babies and adds rhymes and fingerplays to do with the world around us.
Acker Backer boo
Illustrated book of rhymes and games from a variety of countries. Best for older pre-schoolers.


The Little Big Book Club has lots of activities connected to children's books

Other languages

Research shows that it's best to talk and sing to your child in the language you know best. Your child will hear language spoken fluently and lets you explain many things to your child that you might not be able to do as well in English. When they get to school, your child will be able to translate all the words they already know, rather than having to learn both the English word and it's meaning at the same time.

Sing along with songs and rhymes in 15 languages
Global Language Books have a great selection of bilingual books that can be ordered online.
Listen to the e-book "Boom Bah" in 5 languages
Listen to the e-book "Cat" in 7 languages
Watch story readers read "Wilbur" in 14 languages