Whether you’re on the hunt for a keepsake Chrissy present, or lining up some options for storytelling The Night Before, thankfully there are plenty of gorgeous Aussie-themed Christmas books that are bound to fuel the hot, summery, imagination of your (inner, and actual) child.
Here’s a few of our favourite ft. Bluey, Bin Chickens, And Many True Blue tales about the big guy.
Christmas Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
A very lovable wombat finds herself unwittingly onboard Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. Instead of napping, scratching, and eating to pass the time, she travels the world battling reindeers, pigeons, toucans and polar bears for carrots before arriving home satisfied and eager for the reindeer’s next visit.
Santa’s Aussie Holiday by Maria Farrer
Santa takes a much deserved break after his busy Christmas Eve delivering gifts. And what better place to do it than Down Under? Santa travels around Australia from Sydney to Perth in his singlet, boardies and thongs and is shown the sights (and how to surf) by his Aussie mate Croc.
Bin Chicken And The Christmas Turkey by Kate and Jol Temple
Bah humbug! The city is buzzing, shoppers run this way and that, there’s carols and lights and a Santa Claus hat! But if a bird is clever... if a bird is a smartie... a bird can still have a fabulous Christmas party! Ibis is in a flap and can’t find any trash, but Bush Turkey knows exactly where to find a feast to gobble!
Applesauce And The Christmas Miracle by Glenda Millard
With a rural backdrop of drought and bushfire, this book is centred around a little pig named Applesauce, and is a charming Australian interpretation of the nativity scene.
The Shepherds are a neighbouring family; the three wise men are replaced by three elderly aunties who bring plum pudding, shortbread and a crate of fruit; and the heralding angels are exchanged for a flock of cockatoos. Follow Applesauce’s journey to find the true meaning of Christmas whilst his owners welcome a new baby into the family.
There’s Something Weird In Santa’s Beard by Chrissie Krebs
Lovely Santa. He brings joy and gifts to children around the world. Secretly, he’s also a bit of a slob. He loves snacking on the treats children leave for him on Christmas Eve, but he isn’t quite as interested in washing his face and combing his beard. This year, the result isn’t just gross – it grows into something so monstrous that it destroys all the toys in Santa’s workshop. Will it become the blob that ate Christmas? Or will the reindeer’s secret talent save the day?
It’s Christmas Day and it’s the perfect weather for a family swim! Bartlebee is Bluey's new toy, how will he cope with his first Heeler Christmas? (Based on the award-winning show, of course!)
Christmas Wonder Down Under by Vikki Conley
Cracker bang! Stars above. Christmas wonder. Peace and love.
The unique magic of an Australian Christmas is perfectly captured in this joyful celebration of love, pavlova and precious family moments.
An Aussie Christmas Gum Tree by Jackie Hosking
From his lofty watch post, Possum is drawn to the sight of a distant tree covered in sparkling trinkets. A Christmas Tree, according to Kookaburra. So begins a quest in which Possum and his crafty crew of helpers try very hard to decorate their very own Christmas gum tree from Bowerbird’s treasure trove. But it’s not as easy as you might think! A rhyming story that celebrates Aussie flora and fauna.
Aussie Jingle Bells by Colin Buchanan
Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden ute, kicking up the dust, esky in the boot! Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs, it’s summertime and I am in my singlet, shorts and thongs! One of the world’s best-loved Christmas carols is given a hilarious Aussie twist. (A staple at end-of-year school concerts.)
Christmas In Australia by John Williamson
It's Christmas in Australia and Dad wants that perfect Christmas family photo, but someone is always missing! From Australian icon and singer–songwriter, John Williamson, comes this hugely popular family song, brought to life by talented artist, Mitch Vane.