This week will have been a big week for many young readers - a week of new beginnings, new routines, new uniforms and importantly, new friends. And while this can be very exciting, it can of course, be very daunting. Here are some books that make wonderful shared reading in the first few weeks of starting school, pre-school, childcare etc.
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Little Cat and the Big Red Bus $14.95

Fishpond Australia, Little Cat and the Big Red Bus by Jane Godwin. Buy Books online: Little Cat and the Big Red Bus, ISBN Jane Godwin

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley $16.99

Fishpond Australia, Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey. Buy Books online: Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, ISBN Aaron Blabey

Brigid Lucy Needs a Best Friend $10.95

Brigid Lucy Needs a Best Friend $10.95

Brave Squish Rabbit $19.95

Brave Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby. Amy read this book on

Isabel's Noisy Tummy $14.95

Isabel has a noisy tummy. Bashful Isabel is really embarrassed by this, but on a school visit to the zoo, her noisy tummy saves the day.

My Happy Life $15.99

My Happy Life Hardcover by Rose Lagercrantz (Author), Eva Eriksson (Illustrator) A sweet, funny illustrated chapter book about a young girl with a lot of optimism—even if sometimes life makes it hard to be happy.

Sunday Chutney (hardback) $24.95

Sunday Chutney has lived everywhere, which means she's always the new girl at school and has never really had a place to call home. But Sunday doesn't carewhat people think. By Aaron Blabey

Herman's Letter $14.99

Herman's Letter by Tom Percival: Join Herman the bear as he embarks upon one epic journey to deliver a very special letter and to ensure that his friendship with Henry the raccoon really is FOREVER.