Wombat Day is a lighthearted way for Australians to celebrate one of the country's most iconic animals - wombats. The official day in set in Australia for October 22, but since the first celebration of the day in 2005, the rest of the world has seen fit to jump on board. As such, October 23 is World Wombat Day. Wombats are incredibly lovable creatures that have captured the imaginations of many Australian authors and illustrators. We've put together a few classic reads about wombats to read before bed this World Wombat Day. The Muddleheaded Wombat by Ruth Park The Muddleheaded Wombat is a beloved series. The series is made up of The Muddleheaded Wombat (1962), The Muddleheaded Wombat at School (1966), The Muddleheaded Wombat on Holiday (1964) and The Muddleheaded Wombat in the treetops (1965). A delight to rediscover, or read for the very first time, this beautiful book will become a treasured possession in your child's library. Wombat Goes Walkabout by Michael Morpurgo Wombat loves digging deep holes and thinking deep thoughts, but nobody thinks much of that until danger threatens the bush and the small wombat comes up with a great big idea… One day Wombat digs the deepest hole he's ever dug and crawls into the cool darkness to think. But when he climbs out again, he can't see his mother anywhere. He is all alone. As he wanders through the great outback looking for her, Wombat meets all kinds of wonderful creatures – Kookaburra, Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Boy and Koala. None of them think very much of him, though. But when a fire sweeps through the bush, it is Wombat's skills which save the day, and afterwards everyone races off to find his mum and bring her back to him. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French A delightful and entertaining peek into the life of one very busy wombat! Monday Morning: Slept. Afternoon: Slept. Evening: Ate. Scratched. Night: Ate. A typical day. Don't be fooled. this wombat leads a very busy and demanding life. Jackie French's name is pretty much synonymous with wombats, so we picked this classic. You can find the whole series of Jackie French's wombats here.
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