Australian Baby Animals Learning Time

Resource type: 
Learning Time



Australian Baby Animals by Frane Lessac 

With one animal baby featured on each double page, this colourful book groups critters according to their baby names: joeys, hatchlings, fry, chicks, puggles, pups and platypups. This book will be enjoyed across all ages as for toddlers and older children there are interesting facts to share and delightfully detailed illustrations to explore. 

Key Message for Parents | Children learn language by listening to it and using it. 

  • Early interactions between adults and babies have an amazing impact on brain development. 
  • Babies learn to talk by listening to people talk, and from people speaking to them. 
  • Choose books with large, bright pictures and give baby time to explore the images. 

Australian Early Years Learning Framework | Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity. 

  • Children feel safe and supported. 
  • Children develop attachments and trust those that care for them 
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect. 
Before Reading 
Encourage the group to sit comfortably in a place where they can see the book. 
Say, “We have already seen the flying foxes in the story, I wonder what other animals we might see.” Draw attention to the animals on the front cover. 
During Reading 
Each double page spread of the story has a fun description of the animals and also an interesting fact. How much you read may depend on the engagement of the group. It might be helpful to skip over the facts with very young babies, but if you have toddlers or older children you can include some facts for the animals they are most interested in. It’s not essential to read all of the pages in the book either – you may like to read just one or two sections. 
Draw the readers’ attention to the animals on each page. Name the animals and comment on what the animal is doing. This models strong language use by linking words with actions. “I can see a platypus. The baby platypus is swimming in the water. I can see some flying foxes. I think the big one is the mummy and the small one is the baby.” 
Encourage the infants to attempt to repeat the animal names after you, if that is appropriate for your group. 
You may also like to talk about the bold background colours on each page. “I can see lots of red on this page. This page has a bright purple background.” 
After Reading 
Animal cuddles: Turn to the Koala page and ask adults and children to see if they can cuddle up like the animals in the story. Repeat for the Flying Fox page. You might like to be creative and try the Kangaroo page too. Ask the group if they can suggest other types of animals snuggles to try.

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