Ayla’s Christmas Wish is a sweet exploration about what it means to celebrate Christmas in Australia.

Ayla’s family is preparing for a hot Christmas in their dry country town. But something is missing.

‘We don’t have a snowman!’ says Ayla.

How will Ayla’s family make her wish come true?

Inspired by hay bale art in towns across Australia, from Tarrington in Victoria’s West to rural Kalbar in South East Queensland!

Age range: 3-6 years
Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo
NLA Publishing
ISBN: 9781922507617
November 1, 2023.

Order from Amazon, Booktopia, Dymocks, Readings, QBD, or directly from NLA. Or support your local indie bookstore – if they haven’t got copies in stock, request it.

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Christmas Checklist and Word Search

Hay bale template and season wheel


“It’s a lovely book, and I loved the checklist as well as the illustrations, which as always, tell the story as much as the text does. The colour palate evokes the sense of drought in a small country town, making you feel like you are there with Ayla and her family. I think it will be a great addition to any Christmas collection this year.”Ashleigh Meikle, The Book Muse

“Complete with a gorgeously glowing and balmy colour palette and utterly joyful illustrations by Lucia Masciullo, Ayla’s Christmas Wish is a gift of a book that is sure to fulfil every heart’s wish this festive season.”Romi Sharp, Just Write for Kids

“A glorious checklist of an Australian Christmas.”Allison Tait, Your Kids’ Next Read Podcast, Episode 130

“This is a beautiful picture book… It highlights a different kind of Christmas, but one that kids across Australia will relate to and cheer for. This is my new favourite Christmas picture book! Highly recommended for Christmas fans everywhere.” Kids’ Book Review

“I’m giving this a huge 5 (Christmas) stars and then scouring my craft ideas for possible haybale substitions…”Just So Stories

“This picture book is perfect for children 3+ who wish to celebrate Christmas traditions the Australian way and learn how they’ve adapted over time to the Southern Hemisphere season.”Reading Time