Had a hard day home schooling or wrangling toddlers? Here to introduce some calm to your day are some uplifting digital picture books to share during difficult times.

Take a large breath, snuggle up with your loved ones and enjoy some quality time together with one of our recommended reads, chosen by our Children's and Youth Services team. 

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Uplifting Picture Books

I really want to see you Grandma by Taro Gomi

This title resonates, especially at the moment, because grandma and grand-daughter want to see each other, but there are things which prevent them from doing so. But they don't give up, and eventually they do get to see each other. This would be a nice way to talk about missing someone you love and some new ways you can still communicate with them.

All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell

Being smart is not just about knowing all the answers, everyone is smart in their own special way. An uplifting and delightful story that celebrates children of every kind.

The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland

Lucy borrows mum's last hug to say goodnight to the whole family, but naughty Annie the dog takes it then runs away! Will Lucy be able to get it back? A delightful story about family life, bedtime and unconditional love.

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

A beautifully illustrated tale of following your heart and expressing yourself. Julián and his Abuela are memorable characters for all the right reasons.

Today we have no plans by Jane Godwin

A beautiful story about what happens when the hustle and bustle of normal life is left behind for a while. Embrace wearing your pyjamas, eating pancakes, baking, planting and generally having no plans!

Mamie by Tania McCartney

A delightful story of the very young May Gibbs (Mamie) coming to Australia and wishing she could find the fairies who kept her company and inspired her artwork back in England. She must have found the fairies in nature, because we know all about Snugglepot and Cuddlepie thanks to May. 

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

A gentle and reassuring story about three baby owls waiting for their mother to come home. An ideal bed time read which introduces feelings and emotions and can be used to discuss separation anxiety.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Ada is a very curious girl with a passion for science, who didn’t speak until she was 3 years old. A great story for teaching kids about problem solving, perseverance and working together as a family.

The Children Who Loved Books by Peter Carnavas  

Angus and Lucy love books. They have hundreds of them, but when the books are taken away, the family soon discover they cannot live without them. This charming story is a celebration of books and the way in which they bring us all together.

Duck and Goose go to the Beach by Tad Hills

This is a lovely book with beautiful illustrations, perfect for younger children. The story celebrates the joy of friendship between Duck and Goose as they undertake a big adventure.