7 stories to get you through the holidays

Kinderling News & Features

We don't need to be told how good it is to read to kids. But sometimes, it takes every fibre of your being to pick up that book they love - for the umpteenth time - and read it like it's brand new.

That's where we come in! We have over 100 stories in our free Kinderling app, both tried and true classics, and newbies for fresh adventures. They're perfect for a school holiday afternoon, a long road trip, or just before bed after a jam-packed day. 

So sit back, relax, and let us do the reading for you of these seven great books (and many more!) these school holidays.

1. Pig the Star by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Pug is up to his usual tricks, showing off and stealing the limelight, when he takes it one step too far ... a cautionary tale for cheeky pugs.

Written by Aaron Blabey. Read by Stef Smith.

2. It’s Hard to Love a Tiger by Anna Pignataro

Learning to love a tiger is a bit like loving toddlers, friends and family members in all their messy, noisy boisterousness! Growls, snores, grubby paws and all!

Written and illustrated by award-winning author, Anna Pignataro. Read by Donné Restom

3. The Two-hearted Numbat by Ambelin and Ezekial Kwaymullina

Little Numbat has a dilemma. His stone heart makes him strong and independent and unable to ask for help, while his feather heart makes him gentle and kind. But he tires himself out helping the other numbats ... so he goes on a quest to find his true heart. 

Written by Ambelin and Ezekial Kwaymullina who are from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Read by Bjorn Stewart who is an actor, director, writer and proud Kuku-Yalanji/Wemba Wemba man.  

4. The Barber at the Harbour by Tom Paterson

The whole family will enjoy this rollicking tale about sailors, haircuts and music. Perfect road trip material!

Written by Tom Paterson, illustrated by Amy Duncan. Read by Travis Nippard. Sound design by Max Gosford.

5. Black Snake interpreted and told by Aunty Jacinta Tobin

A traditional D'harawal Dreaming story about how the red-bellied black snake got its fangs, interpreted and told by Aunty Jacinta Tobin. She is a musician and Darug descendant of the Aboriginal people of the Greater Sydney Region, with English and Irish ancestry. 

6. May Gibbs' Tales from the Billabong: The Billabong Cup

When Snugglepie’s billycart veers off the racetrack, his best friend Cuddlepie is there to lend a helping hand.

Based on the stories of May Gibbs, written by Jane Massam. Read by Lah-Lah & Buzz the Bandleader from Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band.

7. Are You My Bottom? by Kate & Jol Temple

Small Panda wakes up one morning and notices his bum is missing. Oh no! Where can it be? Join him on his search!

Written and read by the dynamic duo, Kate & Jol Temple, with colourful illustrations by Ronojoy Ghosh.