Books by Bronwyn Bancroft

E IS FOR ECHIDNA by Bronwyn Bancroft
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"While it's not as strong as her first alphabet board book, it does reward the adventurous with stunning images in luminous colors. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
Like W is for Wombat (2010), this alphabet book features the ordinary and the exotic from apple and turtle, to galah and wattle. Read full book review >
KANGAROO AND CROCODILE by Bronwyn Bancroft
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Striking illustrations, but sometimes light on factual details. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Australian animals are ever-intriguing, and this large-format picture book provides a visually stunning experience for young armchair travelers and their elders. Read full book review >
SAM'S BUSH JOURNEY by Sally Morgan
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Includes endnotes on the book's creators, who are all of Aboriginal descent. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sam lives in Australia and loves to visit his Aboriginal Nanna, except for one thing: the scratchy, spiky, low-hanging, buggy bush that surrounds her house and through which she takes a walk each day. Read full book review >
W IS FOR WOMBAT by Bronwyn Bancroft
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"Gorgeous. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
One of those rarest of rare birds: a board book derived from a larger-format picture book that works and works well. Read full book review >
POSSUM AND WATTLE by Bronwyn Bancroft
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Reminiscent of wood-block illustrations and filled with vibrant color and flowing dots, each simple image offers much for children to examine and appreciate. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
From A to Z, this introduction to Australian words and Aboriginal art brings the country to life. Read full book review >
AN AUSTRALIAN 1,2,3 OF ANIMALS by Bronwyn Bancroft
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2009

"The author has also created An Australian ABC of Animals (2005). (Picture book. 2-7)"
Using a mixture of techniques from her Aboriginal background and her own artistic creativity, Bancroft entices children to count from one to 15 as they view an array of Australian animals cavorting on brightly colored pages. Read full book review >
READY TO DREAM by Donna Jo Napoli
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"Highly recommended for young painters who will be encouraged, like Ally, to test their artistic wings. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Ally visits Australia, she takes her art supplies and draws. Read full book review >
SUN MOTHER WAKES THE WORLD by Diane Wolkstein
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 2004

"A respectful, eye-opening alternative to Biblical versions of the creation, such as Gerald McDermott's Creation (2003), with similarly sweeping art, and a female Creator to boot. (introduction, source note) (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
In this more-or-less tranquil creation myth from Australia, Sun Mother, wakened by an unidentified parent, in turn wakes the Earth's animals, gives them new shapes after they become dissatisfied with what they already have, then gives birth to the Moon and Morning Star, who produce the first humans. Read full book review >
BIG RAIN COMING by Katrina Germein
FICTION
Released: July 31, 2000

"A strongly evocative import and a promising debut for Germein. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With the bold, dotted patterns and dark lines of Aborigine art, Bancroft (Dreamtime, 1994) takes sweltering Australian dogs, frogs, and children through days of relentless heat, then suspense, as clouds build up in the distance only to disperse, and at last the final sweet relief of rain, rain, rain. Read full book review >
DREAMTIME by Oodgeroo
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Verbally and visually, a rich experience. (Autobiography/Folklore. 8+)"
 Published in 1993 in Australia as Stradbroke Dreamtime, these 27 stories by an honored Aboriginal writer are divided into ``Stories from Stradbroke,'' memoirs of the author's childhood in the 1920s and '30s on Stradbroke Island off the Queensland coast, and ``Stories from the Old and New Dreamtime,'' Aborigine myths and new stories told in traditional styles (it is not always possible to tell which are which). Read full book review >