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EDIT: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. We are giving away ten $100 Booktopia vouchers in total – five to students and another five to their school libraries! This competition is run in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association and is designed to encourage students to explore Australian books. Who can enter? The competition is […]

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On 27 March, 2018, Wendy Bean presented at the CBCA NSW annual conference on the ways teachers can connect Geography and Literacy in their teaching. The theme of the conference was Connecting Geography and Literacy: finding the treasure in story. This is an edited version of Wendy’s presentation. The Australian Curriculum: Geography aims to ensure students develop: […]

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Reading Australia presents this Graeme Base podcast, with permission from The Garret Podcast. Graeme Base is a legendary British-Australian writer and illustrator. Generations of children have grown up enthralled by his creations, including Animalia (awarded the Children Book Council’s Picture Book of the Year Honour Book in 1987) and The Eleventh Hour (awarded the same prize in 1989). His other […]

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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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