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How many times have you read a treasured book and wished you could jump right in and join the characters in their adventures? Or dreamed that you could be your favourite character’s best friend or even second cousin? Below are the five families from Australian books that we, at Reading Australia, wish we could be […]

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On Anzac Day, we reflect on the lives of the Australian men and women who have served and lost their lives in war. Storytelling is important because it makes sure that their lives and our history are not forgotten. We have curated a list of six Australian books that explore experiences of war. Alfred’s War […]

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We are thrilled that well-loved children’s writer, and Reading Australia author, Morris Gleitzman will be the new Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–19. He will dedicate the next two years to advocating for the importance of ‘stories and everything stories can offer.’ He is the author of the award-winning novel, Once (2005), which has Reading Australia […]

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We are pleased to announce that in 2018 we will be publishing 20 new resources to support teachers in teaching Australian texts. As reported last year, this will be in addition to 8 secondary-level resources for texts by Indigenous authors and illustrators, that will be published this year in partnership with Magabala Books. The texts […]

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Reading Australia presents this Hannie Rayson podcast, with permission from The Garret Podcast. Hannie Rayson is one of Australia’s most recognised playwrights and screenwriters and has also worked as a freelance journalist and editor. She is the co-founder of the community theatre group, Theatreworks, and has been writer-in-residence at Geelong’s Mill Theatre, Playbox Theatre, La Trobe […]

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Alex Miller is twice winner of Australia’s premier literary prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a recipient of the Centenary Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life. His books and awards include: The Ancestor Game, awarded the Miles Franklin Literary Prize […]

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Alison Lester is an Australian author and illustrator who has published around 30 children’s picture books. Her first book, Clive Eats Alligators, was commended in the Australian Picture Book of the Year Awards in 1986. Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo was shortlisted in 2000 for the same award and her picture book, The Journey Home, […]

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For teachers, the summer holidays means finally having the time to read all those books you’ve been wanting to get stuck into for months (or years…). We’ve compiled a list of must-read books for lovers of literature to make picking your holiday read as easy as possible.  1. Black Rock White City by A. S. […]

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Being a teenager can be exhilarating, harrowing, passionate and confusing all at the same time. They face hurdles like academic stresses, parental expectations, peer pressure and body image issues. Sometimes they must come to terms with more serious problems, like illness, addiction, poverty and death. Young people can find comfort and guidance in books that explore […]

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Thank you to all the teachers and students who entered our Leigh Hobbs colouring competition. We received over 1200 entries from students all across the country! Congratulations to the winners, who each won a book prize pack. They were: Madalina, Year 2, Airdale Primary School, SA Gabrielle, Year 5, St Francis Xavier’s Primary School, NSW […]

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