Melbourne author and illustrator Maree Coote obviously loves Melbourne as much as we do!
While our kids’ bookshelves are full of books that we’ve picked up on our overseas travels, it’s great to see picture books that represent our home town in the mix too. These two charming books would make great gifts for little Melburnians and visitors alike.
When You Go to Melbourne ($27.95) is a colourful, cartoonish introduction to the hidden treasures and interesting factoids about Melbourne, starting with a scene from Flinders Street Station clocks as everyone takes the train to Flemington for the Melbourne Cup. There are lots of little jokes enroute and it is educational for adults too! Can you find the golden whale? Can you work out how many gryphons? How many bridges between the Bolte and the Bay?
Alphabet City Melbourne ($14.95) is a board book is a colourful compendium of the 26 letters of the alphabet which uses close-up elements of iconic Melbourne scenes and typography to create the letters. Some you’ll be able to recognise, some are a bit harder to decipher.
My favourite? We’re a cycling family so naturally Q for Melbourne Bike Share! The book is also a great springboard to take your family out on an excursion to discover the letters in situ too. The Alphabet City website even invites people from around the world to send in photographs of ‘letters’ that they find in their own city.