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  • Asian-Australian Picture Books for Under Eights

    Many of the Exhibitions on the AACLAP homepage provide resources that are suitable for upper primary and secondary school students as well as research students. This Exhibition draws together picture books that deal with issues related to Asian-Australian themes which will appeal to younger children. However, some of the picture books have more written text than usual for picture books so may be better suited to 7 and 8 year olds rather than 5 and 6 year olds.

  • Yardil / Rosanne Hawke / Elizabeth Stanley

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    'Shazia longs for a snow leopard. But when she finds Yardil, she learns that there is something more important than her own dream ...'. (Source: author's website.) (...more)
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  • Ayu and the Perfect Moon / David Cox

  • The Most Beautiful Lantern / Sally Heinrich

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    "The mid-Autumn festival is Mei-Ling's favourite celebration. She is looking forward to taking part in a lantern parade with all her friends, and is determined to have the most beautiful lantern in the whole parade." (Source: Trove) (...more)
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  • Peeking Ducks / Krista Bell / Sally Rippin

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    On an adventure to find the mighty Li River, three little ducks are astonished by the events that unfold. A cautionary tale, set in the majestic landscape of China. (...more)
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  • Old Magic / Allan Baillie / Di Wu

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    "Omar's grandfather, his kakek, remembers what it was like in the old country. Omar listens to his kakek and he shows his grandfather that he remembers the old country too." (Source: QBD) (...more)
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  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes / Mem Fox / Helen Oxenbury

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    'Rhyming text compares babies born in different places and in different circumstances, but they all share the commonality of ten little fingers and ten little toes.'--(Publisher) (...more)
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  • Marty and Mei-Ling / Phil Cummings / Craig Smith

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    Marty notices anything different and likes to tell everybody. He notices he is different too, but to friends like Mei-Ling it does not matter. (...more)
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  • Guess the Baby / Simon French / Donna Rawlins

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    "When a class of kindergarten children take part in a Guess-the-Baby photo competition, the results are amusing, entertaining and very surprising!" (source: publisher's website) (...more)
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  • Big Dog / Libby Gleeson / Armin Greder

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    The big dog down the street is very frightening until some children in a Chinese lion costume accidentally confront it and find that it is really quite friendly. (...more)
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  • Little Ho and the Golden Kites / Mavis Scott / Pat Reynolds

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    'It's the day of the Golden Kites. Little Ho travels to the Palace Gardens to watch the noblemen fly their magnificent kites. When the Great Lord Emperor comes to choose the best one, Little Ho dares to produce his own small kite. Will the soldiers strike him down? But the boy's courage and love of life win him a surprising new friend.' (Source: Bookseller's website) (...more)
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  • The Other Bears / Michael Thompson

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    'Mother and Father Koala are suspicious of the OTHER bears. They don't like the pandas and they don't trust the polars. The black bears are noisy and the brown bears have big teeth.

    'But all their grumpiness melts away, watching the littlest bears at play.' (Source: publisher's website.)

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  • Grandpa and Ah Gong / Morag Lo / Xiangyi Mo

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    'When Mandy's Chinese grandfather comes from Malaysia for a visit she is afraid that he and her Aussie grandpa will not get on. Fortunately they discover they have an interest in common: making kites for Mandy!' (Source: bookseller's website.) (...more)
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  • Ziba Came on a Boat / Liz Lofthouse / Robert Ingpen

    Courtesy of Penguin Books Australia.
    'A picture book about a little (Afghan) girl whose family has lost everything and their brave journey across the sea to make a new life.' (Source: QUT Library Catalogue) (...more)
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  • Fang Fang's Chinese New Year / Sally Rippin

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    Fang Fang's fears that her friend Lisa won't enjoy the Chinese New Year celebrations are put to rest as Lisa has a wonderful time tasting the different foods and watching the Dragon Dance. (...more)
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  • Speak Chinese, Fang Fang! / Sally Rippin

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    'Fang Fang is a young girl who migrated to Australia from China with her parents when she was little. Her desire to be as Australian as her classmates brings her into conflict with her mother, who is anxious that Fang Fang does not lose her cultural heritage. However, when Fang Fang's cousin Lily visits from China, Fang Fang is delighted to find that Lily speaks perfect English and is interested in the same music and singers.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

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