We have been busy adding new titles to the Reading Australia list, along with useful new lesson plans for classroom teachers, and fascinating essays of real interest to secondary/tertiary teachers and avid readers too.

We have expanded our Children’s Books category by adding 31 new books to the site. The first 10 titles on this list have been selected to be accompanied by helpful teacher resources mapped to the National Curriculum. We’ll let you know when those teacher resources are ready to be accessed! In the meantime, be sure to check out:

All Through the Year written by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker

Banjo and Ruby Red written by Libby Gleeson and illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Crocodile Beat written by Gail Jorgensen and illustrated by Patricia Mullins

My Two Blankets written by Irena Kobald and illustrated by Freya Blackwood

One Dragon’s Dream by Peter Pavey

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey

The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base

The Peasant Prince written by Li Cunxin and illustrated by Anne Spudvilas

The Terrible Plop written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Way Home written by Libby Hathorn and illustrated by Gregory Rogers


A Year on Our Farm written by Penny Matthews and illustrated by Andrew McLean

Bully on the Bus by Kathryn Apel

DragonQuest written by Allan Baillie and illustrated by Wayne Harris

For All Creatures written by Glenda Millard and illustrated by Rebecca Cool

I Am Jack written by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Cathy Wilcox

Mum Goes to Work written by Libby Gleeson and illustrated by Leila Rudge

Old Pig written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ron Brooks

Other Brother by Simon French

Our Baby written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Karen Blair

Pearl verses the World by written by Sally Murphy and illustrated by Heather Potter

Peggy by Anna Walker

Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French

The Butterfly written by Roger Vaughan Carr and illustrated by Ann James

The Coat written by Julie Hunt and illustrated by Ron Brooks

The Family Hour in Australia written by Tai Snaith

The Naming of Tishkin Silk written by Glenda Millard and illustrated by Caroline Magerl

The Red Tree by Shaun Tan

The Terrible Suitcase written by Emma Allen and illustrated by Freya Blackwood

The Waterhole by Graeme Base

Vanilla Ice Cream by Bob Graham

Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot written by Anna Branford and illustrated by Sarah Davis


We’ve also added 9 more teacher resources across secondary school age titles, including:

A Mother’s Disgrace by Robert Dessaix

For The Term Of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke

Grace by Robert Drewe

Hotel Sorrento by Hannie Rayson

Collected Stories by Janette Turner Hospital

Dimboola by Jack Hibberd

That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott

The Gathering by Isobelle Carmody

Romulus, My Father by Raimond Gaita


And to please secondary and tertiary teachers, along with avid readers who love to delve deeply into the themes of a work, we’ve recently uploaded 4 new essays to the site. These include:

Café Scheherazade by Arnold Zable – Essay by Angelo Loukakis   (Secondary)

Speaking in Tongues by Andrew Bovell – Essay by Melissa Reeves   (Secondary)

Carpentaria by Alexis Wright – Essay by Meera Atkinson   (Tertiary)

The Chapel Perilous by Dorothy Hewett – Essay by Noëlle Janaczewska   (Tertiary)


It’s also worth noting that all book titles on the Reading Australia site have a ‘Buy the Book’ link, where you can easily buy the books you’d love to own.

Be sure to visit the Reading Australia site regularly to discover further new additions to our book list as we introduce them, along with more new resources for you to use and explore.