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Two board books to help kids count and discover some iconic Aussie animals

Author Shane Morgan and Bronwyn Houston

Publisher Magabala

Genre board books for little kids

These are two of the most beautiful board books for tiny children that we could hope to see.

Cheeky Animals by Shane Morgan captures the playful antics of some of our favourite animals. From a hopping kangaroo to a funny emu and a mischievous turtle, this tale takes a heartwarming look at cheeky animals and how they interact with an unsuspecting human.

Animals in my Garden by Bronwyn Houston makes counting from 1 to 10 so much fun! Kookaburras, ants and dragonflies are some the creatures you can count, all beautifully illustrated in brilliant colours. Each page features numbers and words to help children learn while having a good time.

Shane Morgan is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta people of Victoria. He lives in Shepparton and is currently working for Rumbalara Health Service, Mooroopna, Victoria.


Bronwyn_HoustonBronwyn Houston is descended from the Nyiyaparli and Yindjiparndi people of the Wana clan in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She was born and bred in Broome and draws her inspiration from the natural world she knows and loves. Bronwyn has a Diploma of Graphic Design and her creativity extends to being an author and illustrator of various published works as well as commissioned pieces that reside in collections nationally.  She illustrated her first book Loongie the Greedy Crocodile(Kiefer and Lucy Dann, 2008) at the age of twenty-one. Staircase to the Moon  (2011) was her second title as an illustrator and first as an author.  Her third book was a collaboration: My Home Broome (2012). Her fourth book, Counting Aussie Animals in my Backyard was published in October 2014.

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