From July 2019, the Victorian Government will be providing first-time parents with a bundle of nursery essentials that includes four picture books, a growsuit, safe sleeping bag, muslin wrap, information for parents, a teething ring 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, by a Victorian author, to be included in the bundle.

How will the final books be chosen?

A panel of experts in early childhood literacy and development 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 for 0-2 years by uploading a photo, video or just by entering the title of the book and author. Please note: Your post will be visible on the site (after moderation). However, you will only be identified by your chosen screen name.


1. Click on 'post your book'.

2. In the 'title' section add the name of the book you are nominating.

3. In the 'submission' section add the author of the book, and tell us why you love it!

You can also choose to upload a photo of the front cover or a short video.

Nominations are open until midnight Sunday 24 March 2019.

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