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Saturday, 29 August 2009

Book Week Children's Seminar

You know those moments in time where you think "is this really happening to me?" In a good way, I mean?

Well, on Thursday, as part of the ACT's Book Week activities, I was one very lucky person to be a featured author to chat with kids one-on-one.

Christine Aldred and I have a laugh whilst signing attendance certificates

The kids attending this Children's Seminar were from all over Canberra - and they chose to come along to learn more from authors and illustrators - an exclusive chatting window, if you will. It was held at Farrer Primary School and featured afternoon tea and rounds of 15 minutes with each of the author/illustrators.

Each author/illustrator spoke about their own work and experience as a writer. Because it's such a short piece of work, I also read Riley and the Sleeping Dragon, and gave the kids a sneak peek at the illustrations for the next book in the series (they LOVED them!).

Many thanks to Rachael Hind (Visiting Author coordinator for the Children's Book Council of Australia ACT branch) for all that she does, and to organizer Julie for such a wonderful experience. It was not only a joy to chat with these very clever kids, but it was such a thrill to meet these talented women.

Author Dianne Wolfer

Author Pauline Deeves

Illustrator Laura Peterson

Author Christine Aldred

Author Ingrid Jonach

From left: Rachael Hind, Christine Aldred, Pauline Deeves, Dianne Wolfer, Ingrid Jonach, Tania McCartney, Laura Peterson

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Exciting News!

I am just beside myself to announce that Riley and the Sleeping Dragon has been chosen from tens of thousands of Australian children's books to be featured in the Australian Booksellers Association's annual catalogue for 2009/2010.

Only around 150 titles go into this prestigious Kids' Reading Guide catalogue, which is distributed across the country to bookshops, schools, libraries and educational institutions.

Of course, I am beside myself - can hardly believe my humble little picture book has been so highly esteemed. Makes me feel all the more confident about producing the next in the series, and also keen to redo the book to make it even better (with my amazing new illustrator, Kieron Pratt).

What more could an author want? Kids that love her book and acknowledgment from grownups that her book might actually be Good.

Today is a good day.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Amy Watson's Love of Literacy Blasts Off!

Who is this talented person? Amy Watson

Where can you take a squiz at her stuff? www.literacylaunchpad.blogspot.com and www.literacylaunchpad.com

What is her story? I’m from the Chicago area originally, but moved to Nashville, TN shortly after my husband and I married six years ago. We have one son, Isaac, who is almost 14 months old now, and we’re in the very early stages of adopting two children from Ethiopia.

I spend most of my days at home with Isaac. I do Literacy Launchpad lessons one day a week, and the rest of my time is spent working on formatting Literacy Launchpad lessons to be made available to the masses!

I also spend my time blogging, working on adoption fundraising and paperwork, doing the wife and mom thing, and helping my husband out with his production company (I get to play the part of production coordinator from time to time).

Why is she so impassioned about literacy and children’s literature? It’s fun! That’s why I fell in love with children’s literature in the first place. I just love it! And I believe that reading literally can change a person’s life.

All the clichés you hear about reading are true. It’s power! And to develop a love of reading at an early age is truly the beginning of a blessed life (in my opinion). I believe we could solve all the world’s problems if we could just teach the world to read… to love reading… and then give everyone access to plenty of great books! Seriously.

What inspired her to create the Literacy Launchpad? See answer to previous question. Ha. Ha. Well all that and the fact that I wanted to do something I love.

I was working in day care while going to college. I had never worked at a day care centre and wasn’t familiar with the enrichment programs they offer to families (music, computers, Spanish).

I saw the children getting so excited about going to these programs each week. It was crazy! And I began imagining how cool it would be to see them get that excited about going to hear a story… That’s when Literacy Launchpad was conceived, and the course of the rest of my college career was altered.

What does the Literacy Launchpad blog actually entail? I created the Literacy Launchpad blog with the intention of it being a place I could communicate with parents, and they could stay informed of what we were doing in class and see photos and such (since I never even get to meet most of them).

I came to realize that the people who were coming to visit my blog weren’t the parents, though. They were other parents, teachers, readers, early literacy enthusiasts, etc. I still post about the weekly lessons I do with my students, and I hope my parents check it out from time to time. But I also hope these posts provide inspiration for other parents, teachers, grandparents, homeschoolers… whomever!

I share what I’m learning and discovering about early literacy, I offer tips when I can, and now that I have my son, I post a lot about what I’m doing with him to try to cultivate a love of reading in our family.

What happens at Literacy Launchpad’s reading meetings for two to five year olds? Each Literacy Launchpad session is about 30 minutes of pure reading fun!

We start out by re-reading our story from the previous session. I love hearing all the details they remember; they always amaze me. Then we read our new story for the week. We discuss the story after we read it, and often while we’re reading it (‘cause I’m not a stickler for silence during a read-aloud).

After our discussion, I always have a fun activity planned for us. My goal is to give them a meaningful experience with each piece of literature we discover. I want them to associate reading with fun and enjoyment; I want them to learn pre-reading skills that will help them when they get to kindergarten; and I want them to remember what they read and be motivated to discover books on their own! The activities I do with my students are designed with these goals in mind.

Why does she do all this? Well, in the words of Mo Willems, “First I look at my mortgage, and that inspires me.” Ha. Ha.

I do like being able to contribute what little bit of money I do to my family’s finances. But what I love even more is getting to work with kids. I love laying the foundations for a skill that will permeate and affect every aspect of their life. I love seeing them enjoy a quality story. I love hearing them ask me to re-read their favourites again and again. I seriously feel like I have the coolest, most rewarding job! I can’t believe I get to do what I do!

How long has she been a teacher? Probably 10+ years. I’ve been teaching preschoolers since I was in high school.

What does she enjoy most about being a teacher? Hanging out with kids! They’re the coolest! So honest, so candid…

If she couldn’t be a teacher, what would she be? This is a tough question. I really have never imagined being anything else. I guess maybe I would be a writer.

Does she think modern children’s literature changed in the past decade? The major change I have seen in kid lit recently is the diversity and creativity in the writing and illustrations. I feel like authors are just getting more and more clever.

You see people buying children’s books for adults more and more, and it’s not necessarily for nostalgia. It’s because children’s literature can be enjoyed on so many levels now. There’s that humor in so much of kid lit these days that young children don’t even understand. It’s kind of like when you watch a Pixar movie, and you’re laughing at stuff that your kids don’t really get.

What does she love most about encouraging reading in young children? I love seeing their excitement and anticipation over discovering a new story each week. I love hearing them share their ideas and opinions about a story after we’ve read it. I love seeing their little brains grow, on both a small (week to week) scale, and a big (year to year) scale. I love knowing that I’m giving them a lifetime skill.

…Have I mentioned how much I love my job? Hee!

What books did she read as a child? It’s funny that you ask that, because while I was read to and did read myself when I was a child, part of what fuels my passion for doing what I do is that I wasn’t a huge bookworm when I was younger. I wasn’t savvy to the treasures of books and reading held till I grew up, sadly. And now I wish I had someone in my life when I was younger that would have encouraged me to read more.

Some of my favourite books when I was younger were Jack Prelutsky poems. I loved reading, memorizing and reciting these. I still have quite a few still stuck permanently in my noggin. “No I won’t turn orange if I eat this orange, so don’t you give me that…”

My mom used to read us a lot of the Berenstein Bear books, and I always loved those. I loved looking at the list of all the books in the series on most of the back covers, and I would dream of owning them all someday!

Some other favourites were Mercer Mayer books, Your Till Niagra Falls (more poetry), the Sweet Valley Twins series (as I got a little older), and I will always remember one of my school librarians reading Caps for Sale and loving it. I can remember everything about the way she read it, and I find myself emulating her when I read it to my students now.

What are five of her favourite children’s books? Only five? Tough! Okay, these are five of my favourites to read aloud to my students:

Caps For Sale
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
The Little Mouse
The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
The Napping House

Ouch! That’s hard! Can I give you like five more lists? I have so many other favourites, for so many various reasons!

What is it about children’s books that fascinates her? The way they stick with you. It’s like Meg Ryan says in You’ve Got Mail, “When you read a book as a child it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading does…”

What five words best sum her up? I hate having to describe myself. This is going to be awful…

Neat (as in, I like things clean and tidy)
Busy (always doing too much)
Smart (I would like to think so, at least)

What advice does she have for parents on helping kids to read? Don’t force it! Just make reading an easy and appealing option around your house. Let books be a natural part of everything you do (bedtime, playtime, vacations, trips to the grocery store), and show your child that you value reading yourself. It’s not important when your child starts reading, it’s important how much they enjoy reading.

Visit Amy’s absolutely sensational blog where you can buy a reading t-shirt – super cute and vital to help spread an important message. All funds raised go to Amy’s adoption fund.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Book Week August 2009 is almost here!

The Children's Book Council of Australia have a fabulous 'Book Safari' theme for Book Week this August. The longest running children's festival in Australia, schools and libraries from all over Australia celebrate with reading, discussion, author visits, fun events and even dressups!

The dates for 2009 are August 22nd - 28th and on 21 August, the winners of Book of the Year will be announced. Winners will be decided in 5 categories:

· CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers
· CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers
· CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood
· CBCA Picture Book of the Year
· The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

To learn more about the books that have been shortlisted for this year's awards, head to the CBCA website.

For teachers after some lesson plans or teachers' notes on some of the shortlisted books, here is a list courtesy of SMC Library online.

Simpson and his Donkey
A Rose for the Anzac Boys
Audrey of the Outback
Finnikin of the Rock (search for title)
Tales from Outer Suburbia
Monster Blood Tattoo
Kill the Possum
Polar Boy
Then (search for title)
The Wizard of Rondo
How to Heal a Broken Wing
Special Kev
The Word Spy
Simpson and his Donkey
Chicken : the Story of Chicken in Australia
Perry Angel's Suitcase
Tom Tom

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Review: Blaze and the Dark Rider

This review by: Ella (9)

What is the book called? Blaze and the Dark Rider

Who is the author? Stacy Gregg

Who is the publisher? HarperCollins

ISBN: 978 0 00 724517 8

What is this story about? It’s about a girl named Izzie who gets a new horse named Blaze and then she finds out that it belongs to the El Caballo Danza Magnifico – The Magnificent Dancing Horses. A trainer tells her from a DNA test that Blaze belongs to her ponies, but then near the end of the book, the training got a call from the Protection League for Horses about how Blaze should stay with Izzie. So Izzie could keep Blaze.

Who are the main characters? Isadora Brown, Mrs Brown and Tom Avery who used to work for El Caballo.

What problems or challenges do these characters face? Izzie faces the challenge of losing her horse that she had before – Mystic, a dappled grey who died when hit by a truck. And then losing Blaze – until she finds out that she can keep her. I felt really sad when Mystic died.

What is the climax of the story? Probably at the end when Izzie gets to keep Blaze.

Were there any surprises? There was a surprise when Izzie got to keep Blaze.

What was your favourite part in this book? When Izzie rides the Interclub Gold Shield and her team wins. It was my favourite part because I was barracking for her and hoping she would win.

Is there anything you didn’t like about this book? No, not really. I love the whole series.

Teacher's Notes

Author website: www.stacygregg.co.uk

This book is available online:

Booktopia AU$8.75
The Nile AU$8.99
QBD AU$9.99

Friday, 14 August 2009

20 Places to Find Free Books Online by Literacy Launchpad

What a fantastic idea from Literacy Launchpad - 20 places to find free books online. I love it. Such brilliant reportage, I just had to share it with you.

Head to Literacy Launchpad to check it out!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Review: Henry and Amy

Title: Henry and Amy (right-way-round and upside down)

Author: Stephen Michael King

Illustrator: Stephen Michael King

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Format: Paperback

Language: English

ISBN: 1 86388 998 1

For ages: 0-5

Type: Picture Book

About: Henry is a little boy who looks at the world differently and who struggles to have anything turn out the way he would like.

Then he meets Amy who does everything perfectly and a friendship blossoms as they help each other understand and enjoy the everyday.

This is an inspiring story about the importance and value in being different and how by being with people who see the world differently to us, we can gain a broader view of all our world has to offer.

I love the message this sends to kids (not a bad reminder for the adult reader either)... by marching to our own drum we enrich the world for others.

- this review by Cate Hale

Henry and Amy is part of the 2009 Premier's Reading Challenge for NSW.

This book is available online:

SeekBooks AU$14.39
Fishpond AU$15.99
Booktopia AU$13.99

Review: I Know a Rhino

Title: I Know A Rhino

Author: Charles Fuge

Illustrator: Charles Fuge

Publisher: Koala Books

Format: Softcover

Language: English

ISBN: 0 86461 388 1

For ages: 0-5

Type: Picture Book

About: So wonderful to see the illustrious Charles Fuge putting a story to his fabulous pictures – in this case, a delightful tale that will warm every young child’s heart.

Surely, one of the most treasured possessions of any childhood is the furry friends we snuggle with at night – friends we hold for comfort and protection, friends we talk to and tell stories to and share our troubles and our joys.

I Know a Rhino tells the lovely rhyming tale of a little girl who knows a cacophony of scrumptious, exotic animals – with whom she shares tea, has mud fights and spins around until she gets dizzy. But these are no ordinary animals, these are the very plush toys she sleeps with at night.

This lovely tale is a joy for its effortless rhyming text and heart-warmingly beautiful pictures. A quick read that will become a bedtime favourite.

This book is available online:

SeekBooks AU$11.66 (board book)
Fishpond AU$16.96
Booktopia AU$11.33 (board book)

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Review: Mummies are Amazing

Mummies ARE amazing – they don’t always know it or get told it but this lovely story brings the point home to appreciate the Mummy in your life.

Gorgeous illustrations with all the extra little details make you smile and wonderful lines that capture the unsung side of motherhood – “Mummies are for changing children into chickens...” –reminding us all of the many dress-up creations we will manage to create.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Review: Periwinkle Smith and the Twirly, Whirly Tutu

Title: Perwinkle Smith and the Twirly, Whirly Tutu

Author: John & Wendy

Illustrator: John & Wendy

Publisher: Price Stern Sloan

Format: Hardcover

Language: English

ISBN: 0843137142

For ages: 3-8 years

Type: Picture Book

About: Periwinkle Smith jumps, twirls and pirouettes in her treasured tutu, painting as she goes. Suddenly, Periwinkle notices a spot on her tutu and is left with a dark stain on the rest of her day. Jumping, twirling and pirouetting quickly turns to scaring, sudsing and shielding the spot away. As she seeks another solution, Periwinkle spies a unique display of dots. Her desperation soon turns to inspiration as Periwinkle Smith embraces the spot as a celebratory pattern on her beloved tutu.

Periwinkle Smith and the Twirly, Whirly Tutu is a charming book full of playful illustrations that capture the character's intelligence and energy. Ms. Smith is clever without sporting snarky britches and the book is beautifully designed with a lovely texture that is reminiscent of Perwinkle's own eye-catching canvases.

- review by Meghan Killeen

Related books:
Mommy Loves Me (authored/illustrated by John & Wendy)
Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo by Nancy Krulik and illustrated by John & Wendy

This book is available online:

Booktopia AU$15.50
SeekBooks AU$17.96
Fishpond AU$31.99
Amazon US$9.99

John & Wendy's Website

2009 MS Readathon

The MS Readathon has stretched its reading months for 2009 to include June, July and August, due to popular demand!

I remember taking part in the MS Readathon when I was a kid, so it's a delight to see my kids have the same opportunity to participate.

Get started now by clicking here and completing a super double whammy - delighting in books AND helping raise funds for MS. You don't need any other excuse to get on board.

For Teachers and Librarians

Sunday, 9 August 2009

2009 Premier's Reading Challenge

I just love a good challenge. Kids do, too. It's wonderful, then, that Australian state governments are also up for it - with initiatives that encourage kids all over the country to put down their gameboy and read read read.

Schools can register their students' participation and if you're not already involved, pester pester pester and whoop up the kids' interest.

No, it's not a competition (thank goodness) but rather a personal challenge set for each and every child - to maximise their exposure to a fabulous range of books.

Comprehensive booklists are compiled (a challenge for teacher librarians!) and kids are invited to plough through on their quest for personal best.

For more on the Premier's Reading Challenge in your state, click below...

New South Wales
South Australia
Australian Captial Territory
Western Australia
Northern Territory

Teachers' Notes & Lesson Plans

Due to the upkeep of this list of teacher/librarians' notes and lesson plans, and the fact that links often break or change, we will only be adding sporadically to the list when notes/plans directly come to hand. In light of this, we have included publisher links to a vast amount of teaching resources, below, which will help you in your search for fabulous teaching material.

Every effort is made to provide accurate links, however, if the publisher/book/author website changes or deletes them, some links could appear broken here. Do let us know if you find a broken link so we can delete it from the page.

If you are looking for a certain book that is not featured here, we recommend searching the publisher website for the book in question, googling the title along with either 'teaching notes' or 'lesson plans', or contacting the publisher directly to ask if there are any notes available. Most publishers these days are providing this valuable resource.

Allen & Unwin Teacher Resources
Teaching notes, class set suggestions, teacher reference books, book reviews, book-linked activities, school catalogues, trailers, newsletters

EK Books Teaching Notes

The Five Mile Press Librarian and Educator Resources
Teaching notes and ideas, worksheets, activities

Ford Street Publishing Teaching Notes

Fremantle Press Classroom Express
Teaching notes, news and resources, author bookings

Gecko Press Teaching Notes
Teaching notes

Hachette UK Teacher Zone
Teaching notes, activity sheets, discussion guides

Hachette Children's Australia Teachers and Librarians
Teachers' guides and notes, activity templates, reading groups

Hardie Grant Egmont Teachers' Resources
Teaching notes and author information

HarperCollins Australia Teachers' Hub
Teaching notes, Australian curriculum, primary student reviews, videos, podcasts, events, competitions

HarperCollins New Zealand
Teaching notes

HarperCollins Children's, US
Teaching notes and resources, authors and illustrators, book activities, awards and honors, e-newsletter

National Library of Australia Teaching Notes

New Frontier Teachers and Librarians
Teaching notes, catalogue, schools order form

Pan Macmillan Australia Teaching Notes

Penguin Australia Teachers' Academy
A blog for teachers, librarians and educators--professional development opportunities, book reviews, resources, guest posts, trailers, teaching notes and units of work

Penguin New Zealand Teachers' Resources
Teaching notes 

Penguin Teachers' Area
Penguin readers, Penguin Active Reading, Penguin Young Readers, Penguin Kids, link to guides (teaching notes), teacher support programme

Penguin US Teachers' Guides
Includes Shakespeare and adult titles

Puffin Australia Teaching Notes
For children's and YA titles

Random House Teacher/Librarian Resources and Notes
Reading lists and guides, English prescriptions, award-winners, thematic book lists, lesson plans and teaching notes, Book Week activity booklets, a teachers' e-newsletter

Random House New Zealand
Teaching notes, reading lists, award winners, themed resource material

Scholastic Australia
Teaching notes, professional development resources, interactive whiteboard resources, whiteboard activities, reconciliation, PR1ME Mathematics, Literacy Pro, key links

Scholastic New Zealand Teaching Notes

Scholastic US
Resources and tools, lesson plans, reading club, Book Wizard, strategies and ideas, student activities, Storia ebooks, authors, Scholastic Professional, teaching blog, month by month teaching ideas, and much more

Text Publishing Education
Teaching notes, education e-newsletter

University of Queensland Press Teachers
Teaching notes, Linking Literature to Learning

Walker Books Australia Teaching Resources

Walker Books Australia Classroom
Teaching notes, notes by theme, book lists, newsletter

Wilkins Farago Teaching Notes

Working Title Press Teachers' Notes
Teaching notes, Australian curriculum

Book Titles

The ABC Book of Poetry; a treasury for young people 2010 - Poetry Workshop 1: poetry in action by Libby Hathorn
The ABC Book of Poetry; a treasury for young people 2010 - Poetry Workshop 2: Models by Libby Hathorn
The ABC Book of Poetry; a treasury for young people 2010 - Poetry Workshop 3: Metaphor 5 Senses
by Libby Hathorn
Abyssinia by Ursula Dubosarsky
A Certain Music by Celeste Walters
A Curry for Murray by Kate Hunter
A Dad Who Measures Up by Davide Cali
A Day to Remember by Jackie French
Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner
Adorable Alice by Cassandra Webb
Adults Only by Morris Gleitzman
Against the Odds by Marjolijn Hof
Alberta by Tania Cox
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Alex and the Watermelon Boat by Chris McKimmie
Alexander Altmann A10567 by Suzy Zail
Alfie's Big Wish by David Hardy
Alfie's Search for Destiny by David Hardy
Alice-Miranda Takes the Lead by Jacqueline Harvey
Alice-Miranda At School by Jacqueline Harvey
Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo
The Amazing Spencer Gray by Deb Fitzpatrick
Amina (Through My Eyes #2) by J L Powers
An Anzac Tale by Ruth Starke
An Aussie Year by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling
An English Year by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling
A New York Year by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling 
A Scottish Year by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling
A Texas Year by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling 
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle
Animal Heroes Anthony Hill
Anzac Ted by Belinda Landsberry
Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester
Aristotle's Nostril by Morris Gleitzman 
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Colfer Eoin  
A Friend for Old Tom by Leigh Hobbs
A Ghost In My Suitcase by Gabrielle Wang
A Girl Like Me by Penny Matthews
A True Person by Gabiann Marin
A Ute Picnic and Other Australian Poems by Lorraine Marwood
Audrey Goes to Town by Christine Harris
Audrey of the Outback by Christine Harris
Aussie Heroes: Dame Nellie Melba by Gabiann Marin
Aussie Heroes: Professor Fred Hollows by Hazel Edwards
Aussie Legends by Tom Baddeley
Australia Illustrated by Tania McCartney
Australian Backyard Explorer by Peter Macinnis
Australian Kids Through the Years by Tania McCartney and Andrew Joyner
Australian Story by Tania McCartney
A Very Unusual Pursuit by Christine Jinks
Awesome Stuff by Richard Tulloch

Baby Bilby's Question by Sally Morgan
Baby Tawnies by Judy Paulson 
Baby Wombat's Week by Jackie French 
Bad Dog Flash by Ruth Paul 
Badudu Stories by May L. O'Brien
Ballroom Bonanza by Nina Rycroft
Banjo Bounces Back by Lachie Hume 
The Battlers by Kylie Tennant 
The Bear with the Sword by Davide Cali
The Bears' Picnic by Jan and Stan Berenstain
Beautiful Monster by Kate McCaffrey
Before the Storm by Sean McMullen
The Beginner's Guide to Revenge by Marianne Musgrove
Beginner's Luck by Alyssa Brugman
Being by Kevin Brooks
Bertie by Pamela Allen
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Beyond Evie by Rebecca Burton
Big and Me by David Miller
Big River Little Fish by Belinda Jeffrey 
Bilby Moon by Margaret Spurling
Billie B Brown series by Sally Rippin 
Bird by Crystal Chan
Bird and Bear by Ann James
Bird and Sugar Boy by Sofie Laguna
Birdie in the Sky: Aussie Chomps by Prue Mason
The Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin
The Black Dog Gang by Robert Newton
Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick 
Black Taxi by James Moloney
Black Jack Anderson by Elaine Forrestal
Black Skin, White Cow by Pablo Bernasconi
Black Water by David Metzenthen
Blaze and the Dark Rider by Stacy Gregg
Blueback by Tim Winton
The Blue-Eyed Aborigine by Rosemary Hayes
Bobbie Dazzler by Margaret Wild
Bog Frog Hop by Kyle Mewburn
The Book of Lies by James Moloney
The Bouncing Ball by Deborah Kelly
The Boy and the Toy by Sonya Hartnett
Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman
Brown Skin Blue by Belinda Jeffrey
Bruises by Archimede Fusillo  
Bumface by Morris Gleitzman
Bush Bash! by Sally Morgan and Amberlin Kwaymullina
Butterflies by Susanne Gervay
Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett
Buzz Off! by Randa Abdel Fattah
By the Picking of My Nose by Martin Chatterton
Bye, Beautiful by Julia Lawrinson

Caesar the War Dog by Stephen Dando-Collins
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Calypso Summer by Jared Thomas
Camel Rider by Prue Mason
The Camel Who Crossed Australia by Jackie French 
Capricornia by Xavier Herbert
Captain Congo and the Klondike Gold by Ruth Starke
Captain Congo and the Crocodile King by Ruth Starke
Captain Cook's Apprentice by Anthony Hill
Captain Crabclaw’s Crew by Frances Watts
Caroline Chisholm: The Emigrant's Friend by Tania McCartney
The Case of the Diamond Shadow by Sophie Masson
Castle of the Zombies (The Fixers, Book One) by Sean Williams
Cat by Mike Dumbleton
The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss 
Cat on the Island by Gary Crew 
The Cattle King by Ion L Idriess   
The Cave by Susanne Gervay
Celia and Nonna by Victoria Lane
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally
Chasing Charlie Duskin by Cath Crowley
Chasing Shadows by Corinne Fenton
Check on Me by Andrew Daddo & Jonathan Bentley
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
Chook Chook series by Wai Chim
Christmas Wombat by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley
The City by Armin Greder
Clementine's Walk by Annie White
The Cloudchasers by Steven Hunt and David Richardson
The Cloudchasers Book 2 by Steven Hunt and David Richardson
Collected Poems by Banjo Patterson
Come in Spinner by Dymphna Cusack & Florence James
The Complete Sentimental Bloke by CJ Dennis
Coonardoo by Katherine Susannah Prichard
Crashing Down by Kate McCaffrey
Crikey and Cat by Chris McKimmie
Crocodile River by Diana Lawrenson
Crossing the Line by Dianne Bates
Crow Country by Kate Constable
The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlo by Ursula Dubosarsky and Terry Denton
Curious Explorers Guide Exotic by Marc Martin

Darcy Moon and the Deep-Fried Frogs by Catherine Carvell
Dare Devils by Bill Condon
Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool by Odo Hirsch
Darius Bell and the Crystal Bees by Odo Hirsch
Day of the Elephant by Barbara Kerr Wilson
A Day to Remember by Jackie French
The Dead I Know by  Scot Gardner
Delilah's Dream by Ivan Trevaskis
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
Dinnertime! by Ann Weld
Dog on a Log by Tania Ingram and Kat Chadwick
The Dog Who Loved a Queen by Jackie French
Doppelganger by Michael Parker
Dr Seuss - A Classroom Guide
The Dream of the Thylacine by Margaret Wild
Drongoes by Christine Bongers and Dan McGuinness
Dust by Christine Bongers

Eco Warriors to the Rescue! by Tania McCartney
Emily Eyefinger and the Ghost Ship by Duncan Ball
The Emu that Laid the Golden Egg by Yvonne Morrison
The Enemy by Davide Cali
The Equen Queen by Alyssa Brugman
Erebos by Ursula Poznanski
Escape from Cockatoo by Yvette Posholglian
Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate 
Evernight by Claudia Gray 

Fabulous Fishes by Susanne Stockdale
Falling From Grace by Jane Godwin
Family Forest by Kim Kane
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling
Fearless by Colin Thompson
Fearless in Love by Colin Thomson & Sarah Davis
The Fearsome, Frightening, Ferocious Box by Frances Watts and David Legge
Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement
The Fiftieth Gate by Mark Raphael Baker
Find Your Tribe by Rebecca Sparrow
Finding Darcy by Sue Lawson
Finding Home by Gary Crew
Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks
Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
The Firefighters by Sue Whiting
Fire Song by Libby Hathorn
First They Killed My Father by Luong Ung
Five Little Owls by Mark Carthew
Flash Jack by Maureen Mccarthy
Flight of the Bumble Bee by Hazel Edwards
The Floatingest Frog by Sally Murphy
The Forgotten Pearl by Belinda Murrell
Found: The Art of Recycling by Lisa Hölzl (Holzl)
Found and Made: The Art of Upcycling by Lisa Hölzl (Holzl)
Friends for Keeps series by Emma Quay

Gallipoli by Alan Tucker
Game as Ned by Tim Pegler
Gamers' Quest by George Ivanoff
Get a Grip Cooper Jones by Sue Whiting
Gerald McBoing Boing by Dr Seuss
Ghost Boy by Felicity Pulman
Ghost Buddy series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Ghost Club 1: The New Kid by Deborah Abela
Gift Of The Gab by Morris Gleitzman
Girl Stuff by Kaz Cooke
The Girl Who Brought Mischief by Katrina Nannestad
Give Me Four Reasons by Lizzie Wilcock
The Glass Collector by Anna Perera
The Glasshouse by Paul Collins
The Goat Who Sailed the World by Jackie French 
The Goldseekers by Greg Bastian
The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky
Gone series by Michael Grant
Good Morning Mr Pancakes by Chris McKimmie
Good Night, Gorilla! by Peggy Rathmann
Goodnight, Mice! by Frances Wattes
Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay
The Great Bear by Libby Gleeson
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
Grimsdon by Deborah Abela
Growing Up Asian in Australia edited by Alice Pung
Grumpy Grandpa by Kate Forsyth and Annie White
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
Guinea Pig Town and Other Poems About Animals by Lorraine Marwood

Hajibi Girl by Hazel Edwards and Ozge Alkan
Halloween in the Christmas Hills by Karen Tayleur
Hamlet by Nicki Greenberg
Happy as Larry by Scot Gardner
A Hare, Hound and Shy Mousey Brown by Julia Hubery
Harry's War by John Heffernan
Head of the River by Pip Harry
Hello God by Moya Simmons
Henry Hoey Hobson by Christine Bongers
Hetty: A True Story by Hetty Verolme
Hey Jack! series by Sally Rippin
Hitler's Daughter by Jackie French
Hold on Tight by Sara Acton
The Horse Who Bit a Bushranger by Jackie French
The Horses Didn't Come Home by Pamela Rushby
How to Catch a Monster by Christina Bollenbach
How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

I Am Jack by Susanne Gervay

I Am Thomas by Libby Gleeson
I Was Only Nineteen by John Schumann
In Hades by Goldie Alexander
In Just One Second by Silvio Freytes
In Lonnie's Shadow by Chrissie Michaels
In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew
In the Lair of the Mountain Beast by James Moloney
The Important Things by Peter Carnavas
Inside the World of Tom Roberts by Mark Wilson
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Itch by Simon Mayo
It's a Book by Lane Smith
It's a Miroocool! by Christine Harris
The Ivory Rose by Belinda Murrell

Jake's Cooking Craze by Ken Spillman and Chris Nixon
Jake's Monster Mess by Ken Spillman
Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton
Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen
Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend): The Game of Life by Deborah Abela
Jeremy by Chris Faille 
Jodie: This is the Book of You (Book of You #1) by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Josephine Wants to Dance by Jackie French
Joyous & Moonbeam by Richard Yaxley
Juggling with Mandarin by VM Jones
Just In Case by Meg Rosoff
Just One More by Mark McLeod

Kangaroo's Cancan Café by Julia Jarman
Kangaroo and Crocodile by Bronwyn Bancroft
Kill the Possum by James Moloney 
King Pig by Nick Bland
Knockabout Cricket by Neridah McMullin
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Koala Sees the World by Gordon Winch

The Last Dance by Sally Morgan
Last Tree in the City by Peter Carnavas
Leaf Litter by Rachel Tonkin
Let's Go to Sleep by Margaret Wild and Michelle Dawson
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
The Legend of Moondyne Joe by Mark Greenwood
Leon Stumble's Book of Stupid Fairytales by Doug MacLeod
Let's Go to Sleep by Margaret Wild
Letters to Leonardo by Dee White
Liberator by Richard Harland    
The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain by Cath Crowley
The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by MacLeod Doug
The Light by Jo Oliver
Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer
Lighthouse Girl by Dianne Wolfer
Lina's Many Lives by Sally Rippin
Lisa Absolutely Loves Art by Sophie Norsa
Little and Lo in the City (Chook Chook #2) by Wai Chim
Little Miss Spider's ABC by David Kirk
Little Paradise by Gabrielle Wang 
The Little Dinosaur by Catriona Hoy
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Little Refugee by Ahn Do
Lollylegs by Pamela Freeman
Lone Pine by Susie Brown and Margaret Warner
The Long Way Home by Emily Rodda
Look, a Book! by Libby Gleeson
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Looking for Rex by Jan Ormerod
Losers? by Pauline Deeves
The Lost Tail by Patricia Bernard
The Lost Treasure by Jan Stradling
Louie the Pirate Chef by Simon Mitchell
Love Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
Lucas and Jack by Ellie Royce
The Lucky Ones by Tohby Riddle
Lucy the Lie Detector by Marianne Musgrove

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Macbeth You Idiot! by Henderson Don
Mao's Last Dancer by Cunxin Li
Mao's Last Dancer: Young Readers Edition by Li Cunxin
The Mapmaker Chronicles by A L Tait
Maralinga: The Anangu Story by Christobel Mattingley and the Yalata and Oak Valley people
Marcy and Too Cool by Phil Kettle  
Martha's Journey by Tracey Hawkins
Matilda by Roald Dahl

Max Meets a Monster by Tracey Hawkins 
Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon
Meet Don Bradman by Coral Vass and Brad Howe
Meet Mary Mackillop by Sally Murphy and Sonia Martinez
Meet Nancy Bird Walton by Grace Atwood
Meet Ned Kelly by Janeen Brian 
Meet the ANZACS by Claire Saxby
Megumi and the Bear by Irma Gold 
Mei's Secret Pets (Chook Chook #1) by Wai Chim
Mending Lucille by J R Poulter
Mice by Gordon Reece 
The Midnight Zoo by Hartnett Sonya 
Millie's Special Something by Tania Cox
Minnow by Diana Sweeney
The Miracle of the Little Wooden Duck by Margaret Wild
Mirror by Jeannie Baker
Miss Llewellyn-Jones by Elaine Forrestal
Mort by Martin Chatterton
The Mostly True Story of Matthew & Trim by Cassandra Golds
Mountain Wolf by Rosanne Hawke
Mozzie and Midgie by Doug MacLeod
My Dad Does Yoga by Phillip Gwynne and Andrew Joyner
My Father's Islands by Cristobel Mattingley
My Gallipoli by Ruth Starke and Robert Hannaford
My Happy Life by Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Eriksson
My Hippopotamus is on Our Caravan Roof Getting Sunburnt by Hazel Edwards
My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up by Tristan Bancks
My Place by Nadia Wheatley
My Private Pectus by Shane Thamm
My Uncle's Donkey by Riddle Tohby  

Nanberry: Black Brother White by Jackie French

Naughty Stories for Good Girls and Boys by Christopher Milne 
Ned Kelly and the Green Sash by Mark Greenwood
Nell's Festival of Crisp Winter Glories by Glenda Millard 
The Nelly Gang (The Adventures of Nelly Nolan #1) by Stephen Axelsen
Nights in the Sun by Bowles Colin
Note on the Door and Other Poems About Family by Lorraine Marwood
Now by Gleitzman Morris
Now I am Bigger by Sherryl Clark
Nukkin Ya by Phillip Gwynne


Olympics History
Once by Morris Gleitzman
One Night by Penny Matthews and Stephen Michael King
One True Thing by Nicole Hayes
The Other Facts of Life by Morris Gleitzman 
Our Australian Girl: Meet Grace Bk 1 by Sofie Laguna & Lucia Masciullo
Our Australian Girl: Meet Letty Bk 1 by Alison Lloyd & Lucia Masciullo
Our Australian Girl: Meet Poppy Bk 1 by Gabrielle Wang & Lucia Masciullo
Our Australian Girl: Meet Rose Bk 1 by Sherryl Clark & Lucia Masciullo
Our Village in the Sky by Janeen Brian
Out of the Egg by Tina Matthews
Outside In by Chrissie Keighery

Panda Chase: Mission Fox Book 2 by Justin D'Ath
Pan's Whisper by Sue Lawson
The Pause by John Larkin
Pearl Verses the World by Sally Murphy
Peas in a Pod by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling
Peeking Ducks by Krista Bell

Penguins Close Up by Andrew Kelly
Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French 
The Phoenix Files by Chris Morphew
Piano Piano by Davide Cal
Piglet and Granny by Margaret Wild
Piglet and Mama by Margaret Wild
Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild
Pilgrim by Jo Oliver
The Pirate Company: Trail Golden by Sue Cason
Playground compiled by Nadia Wheatley
The Pocketbook of Aussie Patriotism by Brendan Gullifer
Polar Bears Close Up by Andrew Kelly
Pooka by Carol Chataway 
Pool by Justin D'Ath
Portraits of Celina by Sue Whiting
Prince Caspian by CS Lewis 
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Professor Fred Hollows (Aussie Heroes) by Hazel Edwards
Puggle by Catriona Hoy
The Push by Julia Lawrinson 

Queen Alice's Palaces by Juliette MacIver and Lucia Masciullo

The Queen and the Nobody Boy by Barbara Else
Queen Victoria's Underpants by Jackie French
Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling

The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan
A Rat in a Stripy Sock by Frances Watts
Ratwhiskers and Me by Lorraine Marwood
Raven's Mountain by Wendy Orr
Ready, Set, Boris Book 3 by Andrew Joyner 
Red by Libby Gleeson 
Red Panda's Toffee Apples by Ruth Paul and David Cox
The Red Piano by André Leblanc
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen by Deborah Abela
The Return of the Word Spy: A funny and fantastic voyage into language, grammar and beyond... by Ursula Dubosarsky
Rhino Neil by Mini Goss
Rhinos, Toucans and Woolly Dogs by Gordon Winch
Riley and the Curious Koala by Tania McCartney 
Riley and the Dancing Lion by Tania McCartney 
Riley and the Grumpy Wombat by Tania McCartney 
Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo by Tania McCartney
Riley and the Sleeping Dragon by Tania McCartney

The River Charm by Belinda Murrell 
Rivertime by Trace Balla
The Road to Goonong by David Cox
Robert Irwin: Dinosaur Hunter by Jack Wells
Robot Riot by Andy Griffiths

Rodney Thinks of Food by Gordon Winch
A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French
Roses are Blue by Sally Murphy
The Rosie Black Chronicles by Lara Morgan

Runaways by Sherryl Clark
Runner by Robert Newton 


Sam the Cat by Sam Bowring
Samsara Dog by Helen Manos
Santa's Secret by Mike Dumbleton
Sarah's Heavy Heart by Peter Carnavas
Saving the Farm (Chook Chook #3) by Wai Chim
Scarlett and the Scratchy Moon by Chris McKimmie 
Scary Bear by Tania Cox
Science Eyntk by Mike Goldsmith
Scout by Nicole Pluss
Seadog by Claire Saxby and Tom Jellett
Seadragon Sea by Margaret Splurling
Second Childhood by Morris Gleitzman
Secrets of Eromanga by Sheryl Gwyther
The Selby Series by Duncan Ball 
Send Simon Savage by Stephen Measday 
Seven More Sleeps by Margaret Wild
Shake a Leg by Boori Monty Pryor
The Shark Net by Robert Drewe
Shift by Em Bailey
Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay
Show Day by Penny Matthews
Siggy and Amber by Doug MacLeod
The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett
Silver People by Margarita Engle
The Silver Stream by Robert Roennfeldt
Silverfin: The Graphic Novel by Charlie Higson and Kev Walker (illus)
Simpson and His Donkey by Mark Greenwood
A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
The Slightly Skewed Life of Toby Chrysler by Paul Collins
The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale by Nette Hilton
The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games by Nette Hilton
The Smallest Bilby and the Midnight Star by Nette Hilton
Smile Cry by Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft
Snake Escape: Mission Fox Book 1 by Justin D'Ath
Snap! by Janet A Holmes and Daniella Germain
So Many Wonderfuls by Tina Matthews
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Soldier Boy by Anthony Hill
Something in the World Called Love by Sue Saliba
Sometimes I Like To Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill
Somewhere in Australia by Marcello Pennachio and Danny Snell
The Song of An Innocent Bystander by Ian Bone
Sounds Spooky by Christopher Cheng
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Specky Magee and the Battle of the Young Guns by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon
Specky Magee and the Boots of Glory by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon
Specky Magee & the Great Footy Contest by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon
Specky Magee & the Season of Champions by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon
Specky Magee and a Legend in the Making by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon
Specky Magee and the Spirit of the Game by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon
The Spell of Undoing by Paul Collins
Spinner by Ron Elliott
The Squeak Street series by Emily Rodda
Squishy Taylor and a Question of Trust (Squishy Taylor #2) by Ailsa Wild
The Star by Felicity Marshall
Star Jumps by Lorraine Marwood 
Stony Heart Country by David Metzenthen
Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory
A Straight Line to my Heart by Bill Condon
Super Finn by Leonie Agnew
Survival at 40 Above by Debbie S Miller and Jon Van Zyle
Swerve by Gwynne Phillip

Tanglewood by Margaret Wild
Tatiara by Jo Oliver
Teacher's Pet by Morris Gleitzman
Teaching Kids to Read by Fay Tran
Thai-riffic! by Oliver Phommavanh
That Boy, Jack by Janeen Brian
That Dolphin Thing by Ian Bone
That's Mine! by Michel Van Zeveren
Then by Morris Gleitzman
There's Going to be a Baby by John Burningham
There Was an Old Sailor by Claire Saxby

This is Banjo Paterson by Tania McCartney and Christina Booth 
This is Captain Cook by Tania McCartney and Christina Booth
Through My Eyes series by various
Thursday's Child by Sonya Hartnett
Tiger Trouble: Aussie Bites by Sherryl Clark
Toad Heaven by Morris Gleitzman
Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman
Tom Tom by Rosemary Sullivan
Toppling by Sally Murphy
Tottie and Dot by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling
Town by James Roy
Town Possum, Country Possum by Yvonne Morrison 
The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood
Treasure Hunters by Allan Baillie 
Tree: a little story about big things by Danny Parker
Triple Ripple by Brigid Lowry
Trust Me! edited by Paul Collins
The Truth About Penguins by Meg McKinlay 

Two Selkie Stories from Scotland retold by Kate Forsyth
Two Trickster Tales from Russia retold by Sophie Masson

Unforgotten by Tohby Riddle
Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung

The Vegetable Ark by Kim Kane

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
Verity Sparks: Lost and Found by Susan Green
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
View from the 32nd Floor by Emma Cameron
Vinnie's War by David McRobbie   


Waiting for Later by Tina Matthews
Walk In my Shoes by Alwyn Evans
A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French
Warambi by Aleesah Darlison
Wardragon by Paul Collins
Wavelength by AJ Betts
The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham
What the Raven Saw by Samantha-Ellen Bound
When Courage Came to Call by L M Fuge
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Whisper by Chrissie Keighery
Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen
Why? by Lila Prapp

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors: The True Story of the Fight for Ancient China by Alison Lloyd
Wicked! (Single Volume Containing All Six Parts) by Morris Gleitzman and Paul Jennings
The Windy Farm by Doug MacLeod
With a Sword in my Hand by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem and Pat van Beirs 
Wolf and Dog by Sylvia Vanden Heede and Marije Tolman
Woolvs in the Sitee by Margaret Wild and Anne Spudvilas
Wonder by RJ Palacio
The Word Spy by Ursula Dubosarsky and Tohby Riddle (illus)
Worm Story by Morris Gleitzman 

Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park

The Year of the Tiger by Alison Lloyd
Yellowcake by  Margo Lanagan
Yoko's Diary by Paul Ham
You and Me: Our Place by Leonie Norrington
You are My Special Baby by Carol Chataway
Young Digger by Anthony Hill

The Zac Power series by H I Larry