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Amy and Louis
Amy and Louis are best friends. They live next door to each other. When they want to play they call to each other across the room, across the yard or across the fence using a special word Amy’s mother taught her – Coo-ee.
Teacher Resource
Amy and Louis Teacher Resource
Year: 1
Gleeson, Libby
Scholastic Australia, 2006
Are We There Yet?
Join Grace and her family on their adventurous and sometimes funny expedition. A warm, heartfelt story based on an actual journey undertaken by the much-loved, award-winning author and illustrator, Alison Lester.
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Are We There Yet? Teacher Resource
Year: 3
Lester, Alison
Penguin Australia, 2004
Ash Road
This book deals with one of the big Australian themes – a bush fire and its effects on people especially those who have accidentally caused it.
Teacher Resource
Ash Road Teacher Resource
Year: 6
Southall, Ivan
Text Publishing, 1966
Big Rain Coming
A lyrical story about waiting for the rain to come to an isolated Aboriginal community. Tension in the community builds as the rain clouds thicken and grow dark. Everybody waits. When will the rain come?
Teacher Resource
Big Rain Coming Teacher Resource
Year: Foundation
Germein, Katrina
Penguin Australia, 2002
Come Down, Cat!
From the combined talents of Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo comes this tale of friendship and bravery, and the things we are capable of doing for those we treasure most.
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Come Down, Cat! Teacher Resource
Year: 1
Hartnett, Sonya
Penguin Australia, 2013
Dot and the Kangaroo
Tales of children lost in the bush reflected settlers' fears and actual searches and fatalities. But animals too live in danger, and in this unforgettable, beautifully-told story, with its wonderful kangaroo character, Dot learns to love and cherish animal life. A good place to start reading ...
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Dot and the Kangaroo Teacher Resource
Year: 5–6
Pedley, Ethel
HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 1899
Five Times Dizzy
Greek/Australian family story set in inner Sydney. Acknowledged as the first Australian multicultural book for children.
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Five Times Dizzy Teacher Resource
Year: 3–4
Wheatley, Nadia
Hachette Childrens, 1982
How to Heal a Broken Wing
In the busy city, no one sees the bird with a broken wing. No one, except a young boy named Will. With the help of his parents, Will takes the bird home to care for it. With rest, time, and a little hope, perhaps the bird will fly again.
Teacher Resource
How to Heal a Broken Wing Teacher Resource
Year: 2
Graham, Bob
Walker Books, 2005
Isabella's Garden
Following the well known structure of The House That Jack Built, Isabella s Garden tells the tale of growth and seasonal change, beginning and ending with the seeds that slept in the soil all dark and deep and how they bloom, flourish and ultimately lead to new growth.
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Isabella's Garden Teacher Resource
Year: Foundation
Millard, Glenda
Walker Books, 2009
Little Brother
Set in the Kampuchea of the Khmer Rouge, one boy is in a desperate search for his family.
Teacher Resource
Little Brother Teacher Resource
Year: 5–6
Baillie, Allan
Penguin Australia, 1986
My Girragundji
A story of growing up between two worlds. A small boy has a pet frog as his best mate and from it he gains courage. This title was a CBCA Winner in 1999.
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My Girragundji Teacher Resource
Year: 5–6
McDonald, Meme
Allen & Unwin, 1998
My Place
My Place, the classic Australian picture book, is a 'time machine' which takes the reader back into the past. It depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there.
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My Place Teacher Resource
Year: 3–4
Wheatley, Nadia
Walker Books, 2012
Seven Little Australians
An enduring tale and one of the first Australian urban realist family novels. This book set the style for generations of writers to follow.
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Seven Little Australians Teacher Resource
Year: 5–6
Turner, Ethel
Penguin Australia, 1894
Taronga
Post apocalyptic novel set in the 1980s, featuring unspoken communication with the animal world.
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Taronga Teacher Resource
Year: 6
Kelleher, Victor
Penguin Australia, 1985
The Big Book of Old Tom
Angela Throgmorton lives alone and likes it that way. One day she finds an unusual bundle on her doorstep - Old Tom has arrived. Her life will never be the same. And nor will yours!
The Big Book of Old Tom
Year: 2
Hobbs, Leigh
Allen & Unwin, 2014
The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek
When the bunyip heaves himself out of Berkeley's Creek, he has no idea what a bunyip really is! So he sets off to find out for himself.
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The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek Teacher Resource
Year: 1
Wagner, Jenny
Penguin Australia, 1978
The Great Bear
A tormented circus bear sets itself free. The poetic text drops away in the final section which is told only in visuals. Winner of Bologna Ragazzi in 2000.
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The Great Bear Teacher Resource
Year: 3–4
Gleeson, Libby
Walker Books Australia, 2010
The Silver Donkey
The story of a young, blind WW1 English soldier who deserts the army in an attempt to reach home. This title was a CBCA winner in 2005.
Teacher Resource
The Silver Donkey Teacher Resource
Year: 5–6
Hartnett, Sonya
Penguin Australia, 2004
The Treasure Box
From two of our most talented picture-book creators comes this celebration of things that can't be destroyed by bombs or fire. A haunting and beautiful tale of the power of words, the importance of stories and the resilience of the human spirit.
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The Treasure Box Teacher Resource
Year: 2–3
Wild, Margaret
Penguin Australia, 2013
The Two Bullies
Two bullies, one from China and one from Japan, so intimidate each other that they never actually fight. Beautifully designed and illustrated, and a CBCA Winner in 1998.
Teacher Resource
The Two Bullies Teacher Resource
Year: 3
Morimoto, Junko
Random House, 1998
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