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ISBN: 9781760992361
Dimensions: 23.5x23.5cm
Pages: 24
Publication year: 2023
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Say Hooray

Written by Renae Hayward
Illustrated by Rebecca Mills

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Say Hooray! is all about celebrating developmental milestones so special and important in a new baby’s life. Perfect for new parents or for families introducing new babies to older siblings, the book depicts babies with diverse backgrounds and abilities, including a deaf baby signing for the first time.

This fantastic, colourful read-aloud has been designed to captivate babies and celebrate their every move. We know from research that the more senses you engage while reading to bubs, the better their language and comprehension skills develop. That’s why Say Hooray can be read, sung and acted out. The high-contrast and simple illustrations feature lots of recognisable words – like mum, dad, banana, teddy bear, dog and pyjamas. Plus, there are lots of chances for babies to participate – with sounds like zoom and woof and actions like waving, kissing and peek-a-boo.

Both mums themselves, Renae and Rebecca wanted a book they KNEW babies would love. Say Hooray is that book.


‘Why does one book stand alone and resonate with kids? Right from the get-go the concentration never wavered and as [my grandson] has grown, the interaction keeps developing. I guess it is the size, colour and rhythm, but subsequently perhaps his understanding of the milestones. From an adult perspective, the diversity and connection to those milestones in line with a child’s development were meaningful.’ Trish Montgomery, CBCA member

‘Hooray for a book that’s not just a delight for children, but also for the adults that read it over and over again (and they will!). The simplicity and rhythm of the text, paired with beautifully bright illustrations were perfect for my son, who has a slight speech delay. After just a few reads, he was excitedly saying the second half of each sentence along with me, and singing songs inspired by the illustrations. This book is an absolute treasure in our household.’ Chenée Marrapodi

‘We’re calling it … Say Hooray is the new gift of choice when shopping for a baby!’ Open Book

‘For those with little humans in their lives, I can’t recommend this brilliant book enough. It’s a daily favourite and an absolute delight.’ Craig Silvey

‘Little kids celebrating milestones both large and small are at the heart of this read-aloud picture book … Aimed at babies and older siblings alike, it’d be ideal for families with young kids welcoming a new arrival into the home.’ West Australian

‘This picture book praises the developmental milestones of toddlers and as such is a highly relatable story for families to share with their young children … The delightful rhythm is coupled with bright digital images, easily eye-catching to a young audience.’ Reading Time

‘This is a wonderful read-aloud and predictive text for young readers and parents to read to even smaller children. And it begs interaction as they complete a pair of lines using their own child’s name.’ ReadPlus

‘The rhyming text is short and cheerful, beautifully complemented by the crisp lines and bright colours of each well-designed double page. This delightful read-aloud book is one that older siblings and babies will enjoy in equal measure.’ Story Links

‘At the heart of Say Hooray is celebrating milestones for babies. Each baby is unique and has a different journey, but the book visually expresses this to its young audience.’ Fremantle Herald


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Pages: 24
Publication Year: 2023
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Renae Hayward

Renae Hayward was born during a cyclone in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, but spent her formative years by the beaches of Perth’s northern suburbs. She has authored two books for children, Barking Mad (Walker Books Australia) and Say Hooray (Fremantle Press), and was the inaugural recipient of the Ray Koppe Young Writers Residency (Australian Society […]

Rebecca Mills

Rebecca Mills is a graphic designer and illustrator, best known for her bright, colourful, whimsical illustrations. Creating for both the corporate world and the children’s market, Rebecca’s illustrations have made it into exhibitions and onto prints, puzzles, clothing, stamps, even surfboards. She grew up in Three Springs, in Western Australia’s Midwest, but you can now […]