How to share 100 Stories with your family

  1. Download the booklist
  2. Find which books you would both like to read
  3. Borrow from your library, friends and family or buy
  4. Make some homemade books
  5. Suggest books for your playgroup and early education centre to buy for families to borrow
  6. Ask families and friends for books as gifts on birthdays or special occasions
  7. Add your favourite books (not on the list) to the back page
  8. Download bookmarks and other resources as you read the books
  9. When you have reached 100 books, download the certificate for your child. Congratulations!!!
  10. We will be adding more books each year- watch out for them!

Find your own stories – use our categories

Use our booklist story titles to help you to choose other stories that are similar.

Read a few, or many, and choose your own to reach 100 stories and download our certificate for your child.

100 Stories Categories





Australian authors and illustrators

FB 6 Greetings from Sany Beach

Award winning or shortlisted books e.g. from Children’s Book Council of Australia

ED 14 The Terrible Suitcase HB copy



Homemade- photo books, recipe books, scrapbooks, and memory books


Iconic, loved for many years by many children

FB 10 We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Maths concepts

FB 11 Ten scared fish

Multicultural- celebrate diversity, includes books for families home languages

Fb 12 My Granny went to market copy




Fb 14 Room on the Broom

Traditional tales

FB 15 yummy from walker website

Video (read online) and e books



Fb 17 Lion and the Mouse copy

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Build your own library

Children who have books in their homes are proven to have more early literacy skills when they start school.

(Australian) Places to find books:

  • Your local Library – it’s free and you can borrow lots of books and DVDs
  • Garage sales
  • Book fairs
  • Some dollar or $2 shops
  • Second hand bookshops
  • Markets
  • Your local bookshop– especially small, locally owned, independent bookshops like the Beecroft Children’s Bookshop (Sydney)
  • Some publishers have large book sales- Scholastic is one.

Online (Australia)

Booko is an online site where you can compare prices for books from different online retailers. It includes used books for sale. It does not give all retailers, mainly larger ones. It may include overseas retailers.

  • Many publishers have online shops
  • Large stores (Australia): ALDI, BIG W, and K Mart can have cheaper books. David Jones often has a carefully chosen children’s section
  • Post office shops can have book packs, especially around Christmas- excellent value
  • Subscribe to Storybox Library– all Australian books read online
  • Try and support independent Australian online shops:

The Kids Bookshop

Story Mama


Online (Overseas)

100 Stories Before School is not affiliated with any online or bricks and mortar retailer.

Any links provided here are to give families as many places as possible to purchase books.