Stories hold a mirror up to our worlds, and with Story Box Library’s growing collection of accessible and diverse stories, young children can be more culturally-aware, prepared for a changing but connected world. We've put together a collection of stories aligned with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

Who We Are

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten: Our heroine, Rose, bravely approaches the grumpy Mr Wintergarten in his formidably unwelcoming home. All she wants is her ball back... then she realises Mr Wintergarten needs something even more important. Bob Graham's classic is a story of loneliness, bravery and friendship.

Shake A Leg: Author Boori Monty Pryor is a master storyteller and the ideal reader for Shake A Leg - Boori's own joyous celebration of food, dance and cultural understanding.

A Bus Called Heaven

Family Forest: Do you have half-sisters, big brothers, step-parents? What sort of family do you have?

Storyteller Ali McGregor shares with us Kim Kane's delightful story which features a young boy describing his family in all its richness.


Gezani And The Tricky Baboon

My Two Blankets: An important story of immigration and belonging to share with Australian children tenderly told by Irena Kobald and intricately illustrated by Freya Blackwood.

Ayu And The Perfect Moon

The Ricker Racker Club

The Queen With The Wobbly Bottom

Home In The Rain

Nannie Loves

In Your Dreams

The Very Noisy Baby 

The Great Rabbit Chase

Somewhere Else

Once There Was A Boy


I Love Me

Under The Love Umbrella

Look See, Look At Me!


Family Hugs

Stolen Girl

The Dress-up Box

All The Ways To Be Smart

Alfie’s Search For Destiny

The Runaway Hug

Fair Skin Black Fella

Grandma’s Treasured Shoes

Clever Crow

Same, But Little Bit Diff’rent

Sonam And The Silence

Adelaide’s Secret World

The Tiny Star

Who’s Your Real Mum?

Wide Big World

The Gift

We’re Stuck!

Nobody Owns The Moon

Baby Business


The Boy In The Big Blue Glasses

It’s Ok To Feel The Way You Do

The Red Tree

Sarah’s Two Nativities


How We Express Ourselves

Herman And Rosie

The Pros And Cons Of Being A Drog

Chester And Gil

The Race For The Chinese Zodiac

Once Tashi Met A Dragon

Gezani And The Tricky Baboon

Suri’s Wall

I Got This Hat


Mr Huff

Ayu And The Perfect Moon: Be transported into the heart of Balinese village life, as you hear elderly dance instructor Ayu's story of her childhood experiences. The thudding drums, banging gongs, tinkling gamelan and the bamboo flute create a truly atmospheric background to this wonderfully cultural story about traditional Balinese music, dance and village life.

Too Much For Turtle

The Patchwork Bike

My Brother

Super Moopers: Dramatic Dom

Super Moopers: Musical Markus

Origami Heart: Kabuki is a neat little rabbit who likes everything to be just so, from his bow tie to his cup of snow pea tea. But one thing is missing from Kabuki's perfect life: someone to share it with.

Little Piggy’s Got No Moves

Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee!

Rodney Loses It!

Danny Blue’s Really Excellent Dream: Read by favourite storyteller, Lyall Brooks, this story about a curious and inventive boy will make kids think about how each of us sees the world.

A wonderfully illustrated, off-beat story about invention, dreams and thinking outside the box!

Steve Goes To Carnival

The Incredible Freedom Machines

Grandma Z

Sarah And The Steep Slope

All The Ways To Be Smart


Sonam And The Silence

Adelaide’s Big World

Whitney And Britney Chicken Divas

Wide Big World

Baz & Benz

Baby Business


It’s Ok To Feel The Way You Do: In this bright and heartening story, Josh Langley helps kids get to know and make friends with their feelings.

The Red Tree

I’m A Hero Too

Imagine A City

Where We Are In Place And Time

The Treasure Box

I Was Only Nineteen

Lizzie Nonsense

Silver Buttons

Once A Shepherd

One Minute’s Silence

The Shack That Dad Built

A House Of Her Own

Mulga Bill’s Bicycle

The Boy On The Page

Lone Pine

The Last Viking

Bear Make Den

It’s A Miroocool!

One Step At A Time: One Step at a Time is a touching story set in the mountainous rainforests of Asia, which tells of the relationship between a young boy from Thailand, Luk, and a baby elephant, named Mali.

Beth - The Story Of A Child Convict

Tea And Sugar Christmas

Anzac Ted

Alfred’s War

How Big Is Too Small?


Anzac Biscuits


Room On Our Rock

The Incredible Freedom Machines

Sorry Day

The Rabbits: An unseen narrator describes the arrival of the rabbits', an introduction that is at first friendly and curious, but darkens as it becomes clear that the rabbits are invaders. From author John Marsden and illustrator Shaun Tan, The Rabbits feels sparse and strange, evoking an overall sense of bewilderment and anxiety as we witness environmental devastation of the natural world.

Alfie’s Search For Destiny


Grandma’s Treasured Shoes: A story for young children about a grandmother's journey as a little girl from Vietnam to Australia, Grandma's Treasured Shoes is a refugee story told through engaging illustrations and a gentle, rhythmic story by author Coral Vass and illustrator Christina Huynh. 

Chip The Lifeguard


The Happiness Box: In 1942, Sergeant “Griff” Griffin was a prisoner of war. With Christmas approaching, he decided to make a book for the children cooped up in nearby Changi Prison. The book was said to contain the secrets to happiness. But the enemy was suspicious … With this story, creators Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean bring to life the inspirational true story of a book that became a National Treasure.

The Tiny Star

Goodbye House, Hello House

How Did I Get Here?


My Folks Grew Up In The ‘80s 

Izzy And Frank

Teddy Took The Train


How The World Works

The Family Hour In Australia


Water Witcher

How Big Is Too Small?

Sticks & Stones Animals Homes: Author and illustrator Tai Snaith has created a fun and unusual exploration of animals in their natural habitats. You'll discover creatures like the Elf Owl, one of the world's smallest owls, who lives in holes carved out by woodpeckers in trees and cacti; and the Giant Armadillo, who is happy for other animals to use his burrow when he isn't home!


The Incredible Freedom Machines

The House On The Mountain


Our Little Inventor: Far from Nell's home in the countryside, the Big City is growing more polluted every day - and Nell has a brilliant mind and an ingenious invention. She sets off on the long journey, only to find that the problem is far worse than she'd imagined. But Nell is determined to succeed.

The Terrible Plop


How Did I Get Here?

Do Not Lick This Book

I’m A Hero Too

The Bushfire Book: How To Be Aware And Prepare: This story will help you understand what causes bushfires, introduce you to all the clever people who are keeping an eye on them, and teach you how to be prepared and not scared. 

Heads And Tails

Heads And Tails: Insects

Heads And Tails: Underwater: At first we can only see the sea creature's tail ends.

Some clues help us try to identify each underwater creature as we learn more about each one.

Now, can you guess the sea creature that each tail belongs to before they are revealed?

How We Organise Ourselves

All Through The Year

Today We Have No Plans

Owl Know How

Starting School: In this story, Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time, just like our readers were not so long ago. There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover. Oh, and a very special message for those about to embark on their own school journey!

The Shack That Dad Built

Little Lunch - The Bench

Mr Chicken Arriva A Roma

Little Cat And The Big Red Bus

Too Much For Turtle

The Ricker Racker Club

Our Last Trip To The Market

Little Lunch: The Principal’s Office

The Incredible Freedom Machines: Intricate and striking images by multi award-winning illustrator Matt Ottley, combined with reflective and thoughtful words from first time author, Kirli Saunders, create a beautiful tale of exploration and self-discovery.

Chalk Boy

The Travel Bug

If I Was Prime Minister: The Prime Minister's job is to make our country as good as it can be. But every Prime Minister Australia has ever had has been a grown-up!

What if the grown-ups weren't in charge? What would kids do if they ran the country?

The All New Must Have Orange 430


Our Little Inventor


Wide Big World

Nobody Owns The Moon

Queen Celine

Miss Kraken

Harry Highpants

Littlelight: When bricks start to go missing from the town of Littlelight, the mayor whips his citizens into a frenzy of aggravation. But when the townspeople find the thief, and her motive, they discover perhaps it is the mayor who is the problem.

Sharing The Planet

The Windy Farm

One Thousands Trees: Award-winning artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers takes readers on a journey of imagination and discovery, exploring the art of nature and the nature of art through his carefully chosen words and gorgeous illustrations.

Isabella’s Garden

Suri’s Wall

Water Witcher

Too Much For Turtle

The Dream Of The Thylacine

A River: Follow a dreamer on an imaginary journey from the city to the sea. From factories to farmlands, freeways to forest, each new landscape is explored through stunningly rich illustrations and lyrical, poetic text from this award-winning picture-book creator, Marc Martin.

All I Want For Christmas Is Rain


The Children Who Loved Books


Room On Our Rock

I Am Jellyfish


The House On The Mountain

Benny Bungarra’s Big Bush Clean-up: An environmental tale from Sally Morgan that shows how animals are affected by rubbish left in their habitat by humans.

Last Tree In The City

Storm Whale

The Rabbits

The All New Must Have Orange 430

Home And Away

Our Little Inventor

The Polar Bear In Sydney Harbour: From the creators of If I Was Prime Minister, Beck and Robin Feiner, comes an empowering and inspiring story about standing tall and shining bright. Read by Beck Feiner.