Our Purpose

Reading Australia was created by the not-for-profit Copyright Agency with the goal of making it easier for teachers, through their passion and skills, to spread a love for Australian texts. We believe that every society needs to tell their own stories and the best way we can achieve this is to provide quality and insightful resources to support all teachers of English in bringing Australia’s rich and unique literature into classrooms.

The ‘List’

Reading Australia began as a list of 200 books chosen by a panel from the Australian Society of Authors to celebrate the work of our leading writers and illustrators in telling the Australian story. Now the list has expanded to include a further 70 titles, covering all genres and periods of Australia’s literary history.

Visit the Books section to view the full interactive list or download the brochure for a quick overview of the list.

The Resources

There are now over 150 resources aimed at Foundation to Senior Secondary, with more resources added regularly throughout the year. The resources for primary level were developed by the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) and the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA), while resources for secondary level were jointly commissioned by the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and the NSW English Teachers’ Association.

  • The educational resources are designed to help teachers navigate Australian texts within the framework of the Australian Curriculum. The units include curriculum codes, sample classroom and assessment activities, and links to other relevant online resources featuring all the links you need to comprehensively teach and engage your students across a suggested time frame.
  • Many of the secondary-level titles are also accompanied by essays written by eminent authors, academics and critics. These essays are personal responses from some of Australia’s most engaging writers, providing fresh and sharp perspectives and exploring the underlying themes, concepts and influences of the books.
  • In the Video section you will find interviews with and speeches made by authors. Particularly, there are ten fantastic interviews with Australian writers and illustrators created in partnership with ABC Splash.
  • Twenty titles have had AustLit trails created for them. These trails are curated collections of information covering the title’s context, themes, and more, as well as links to academic research and publications.
Register for FREE

Register for free to create your own account – this allows you to bookmark your favourite resources and even add your own notes to return to later. You will also receive monthly Reading Australia updates and book news. More teaching resources and essays are being added all the time, so make sure you come back often to see what’s new.