The earliest books in Australia that were published for children were how to teach children to behave. In 1841 Charlotte Barton's book "A mother's offering to her children" was released and is known to be the first recorded children's book in Australia.
In the late 19th century Australian writers began focusing on relating their stories to life experiences and adventures in Australian settings. The book "Seven little Australians" written by Ethel Turner was published and reflected Australian family life.
Some of Australian's most well known child's picture books were published in this era. "Snugglepot and Cuddlepie" by May Gibbs was first published in 1918 along with "The Magic Pudding" written by Norman Lindsay.
Other genres began venturing into writing and illustrating children's books. Photographer Frank Hurley won the 1948 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award for Shackleton's Argonauts.
As technology began to evolve so did changes in child's picture story books. Children's literature began to confront controversial and serious issues, in result teenage ficiton became popular.
Banjo's famous verse "Waltzing Matilda" was converted into a small book, with illustrations by Desmond Digby and won the Children's Book Council Picture Book of the Year!
All throughout the 90's children's literature became a learning technique for teachings and parents. It supports children's imagination, communication skills and the basic steps to form language.
Technology is so quickly evolving that you don't even need to buy a book anymore. The internet provides that for you. The "e-book" is the new innovative way to read books. With all being electronic, with one click of a button you have a 400 page book ready to read, all you have to do is scroll.