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While Reading Australia is committed to celebrating Indigenous writers and illustrators all year long, NAIDOC Week is a wonderful opportunity to double our efforts in connecting teachers and their students with more Indigenous stories. More than 60 titles on the Reading Australia list were written and/or illustrated by Indigenous creators. Of these, 30 have resources […]

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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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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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What does ‘sustainability’ mean? Sustainability refers to patterns of living that protect the Earth and shape the quality of life that the Earth is able to give. A sustainable world requires individual and collective action in both local and global communities. There are three systems in which attention to sustainability is necessary: environmental, social and economic.  Why […]

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As champions of great Aussie writers, the Reading Australia team are counting down the days until we discover which author will be crowned the 2017 winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award! On 7 September, one of these five dazzling finalists will be presented with the prize: An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire (Pan Macmillan Australia) The […]

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What do you look for when selecting print texts for your high school students to teach them about visual literacy? Appropriate themes, complexity of ideas, rich and beautiful illustrations, evidence of depth and layers of meaning, a variety of text type. The books in the list below meet each of those requirements with the added bonus […]

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Reading Asia: Asia’s place in the curriculum Asia, the largest continent, is home to two thirds of the world’s population. The peoples it contains are diverse in ethnicity, culture, language and religion. Its ancient civilisations have had immense influence on the world, and the countries of modern-day Asia continue to play a major global role. […]

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There are two key weeks dedicated to celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history, and raising awareness about the issues faced today by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Reconciliation Week is celebrated from 27 May to 3 June and NAIDOC Week is celebrated 3–9 July. This year the 27th of May has extra […]

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