From July 2019, the Victorian Government has provided first-time parents with a bundle of nursery essentials that includes four picture books, a growsuit, safe sleeping bag, muslin wrap, a teething ring, sun hat, first aid kit, toothbrush, information for parents and a nappy bag.

We know that becoming a parent for the first time is an incredible experience, but it can also be overwhelming. The baby bundles will help set first-time parents up with some newborn essentials to help them care for their babies during this life-changing time.

The baby bundles will include four children’s books suitable for 0 -2 years. We are inviting Victorians to nominate their favourite children’s book to be included in the bundle.

How will the final books be chosen?

A group of early childhood literacy experts will review all the nominated books. They will choose the final books based on their educational value for 0-2 year olds.

How can you participate?

You can nominate your favourite Victorian children's book by following these steps.


1. Complete all fields within the "nominate here" tab

2. Uploading of a photo is not compulsory but will help to identify your nominated book

3. Click submit.

Nominate here

Previous winners

Previous winners

In March 2019 almost 1,200 people had their say over which books should be selected for the bundle, with the public nominating a total of 332 different books. A panel of experts in childhood literacy and development decided on the winning books. The winners were:

  • Baby Days, by Nicola Philp and Annabelle Hale
  • Ten Little Owls, by Renee Treml
  • Puddle Hunters by Kirsty Murray and Karen Blair
  • The Tiger Tribe Pram Book, by Anthony and Naomi Green

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is committed to protecting your privacy. The department does not need to collect personal information for the purpose of obtaining book nominations.

We advise you not to include any identifying information in your submission for a book nomination. If you do provide personal information it will be destroyed or permanently de-identified in line with the Public Records Act 1974.

For more information on the department’s privacy collection, please refer to the department’s privacy policy or visit our website on https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/publications/privacy-policy