Children's literature specialists from the State Library of Western Australia compiled the booklists below.  Containing a selection of great books for children aged 0-5.  Ask for the books at your local public library and if you can’t find the title mentioned in the booklist, look for other books by the same author or illustrator and try them instead!  Your local librarian is a great source of knowledge and you can always ask them for suggestions.  You can find your nearest library using Find a Library.

All booklists are downloadable. 

30 Books to Read Before You're 2!

Better Beginnings encourages all parents to read to their child from birth and this booklist contains titles which are proven favourites with babies, toddlers and their families. 

30 Books for 2s & 3s!

Toddlers are beginning to understand how to handle books. They are starting to turn pages by themselves and will start to hold books the right way up. Give your toddler lots of opportunities to choose books to share together.

30 Books for 4s and 5s! 

Children of this age are starting to enjoy longer stories.  Look for books with repetition so that they can join in and ‘read’ along with you.  

30 Books for Curious Kids (0 - 5)

Young children are naturally curious and the titles on this booklist will develop their knowledge and thinking skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This booklist was compiled in collaboration with Scitech. 

Deadly Books for Little Kids (0 - 5)

The titles on this list are great examples of children’s books that depict Indigenous art, culture and storytelling.  Many of these books were written or illustrated by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. Deadly means really good!

The Deadly Books for Little Kids is undergoing a transformation and there will be a new list with some exciting new titles soon.