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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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The team at Reading Australia are passionate about supporting teachers of English in their abilities to pass on a love and appreciation for books by Aussie creators to new generations. We want to make it easy for teachers to choose Australian books to expose their students to, and so we create resources to make this […]

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These 15 resources are the most popular resources in the history of Reading Australia! Because you love these resources so much, we thought we’d make it easy for you and put them all in the same place. There’s a wonderful mix of classic and contemporary, novels and novellas, graphic novels and picture books, plays and […]

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Anzac Day is a time to remember the stories of all the Australian men and women who have served and died in war. First-hand memories can fade, but their triumphs and sacrifices are preserved in the books that tell their stories. We have curated a list of 8 Australian books that explore experiences of war with sensitivity and purpose. Ranging […]

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In celebration of World Poetry Day on 21 March, we decided to spend the entire month featuring the diversity and brilliance of our Australian poets, contemporary and classic. Whether you’re not fully comfortable teaching poetry or whether you’re just looking for some tips to jazz up your next poetry class, we’ve got the resources for […]

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Reading Australia is welcoming in the new school year with 10 brand new resources! In response to your feedback about the range of resources available, the selection below is a mix of classic and contemporary Australian books with a focus on visual texts and resources aimed at Junior Secondary. Click on the book titles below to […]

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There are over 24 million people living in Australia. We are a collection of every nationality, religion, gender and creed, and are spread out across this vast landscape. The challenge, then, is to learn about those whose lives are so different from ours. How does a non-Indigenous person comprehend what it’s like to be Indigenous and […]

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  Textbooks: Julia Casterton, Creative Writing, A Practical Guide, 3rd ed., Palgrave McMillan, 2005 Jon Ford and Marjorie Ford, ed. A Web of Stories: An Introduction to Short Fiction, London: Prentice Hall, 1997 John Singleton, Mary Luckhurst, The Creative Writing Handbook 3rd edition, Palgrave McMillan, 2001   Useful Short Stories: Carmel Bird, ed. The Penguin […]

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To make your 2017 teaching year the most organised, stress-free and fulfilling year yet we have done the hard work for you. Below you will find lists of resources curated around key dates, themes and year levels. We’ve even created lists to help you target cross-curriculum priorities. Plus you get a sneak-peek into future resources, so you […]

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MFA Past Winners on Reading Australia

We are just over two weeks away from the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Miles was one of our most influential novelists and the author of My Brilliant Career. The winner will be announced on 26 August and be selected from a shortlist that includes the Reading Australia novel, The Natural Way of Things, by Charlotte […]

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This week the Reading Australia team brainstormed a list of our favourite books by our overseas friends then expertly matched them to books written by Australian authors. Whether you’re into romance, Young Adult, memoir, true crime, or completely made up crime – there’s a book on this list for you. So, open up Goodreads, slightly […]

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Friendship – it’s a beautiful thing. From the books listed below you’ll discover that friendships come in all shapes, sizes and genres; that brand new friends can develop into lifelong ones; that loyalty and trust are important; and that friendship with cats rule. To celebrate International Friendship Day on July 30 we’ve found five primary and five secondary […]

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The theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week is ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’, reflecting the essential part storytelling plays in the journey towards reconciliation. Reading Australia supports learning about Indigenous culture through more than 20 teacher resources created for books by Indigenous writers and illustrators, or featuring Indigenous characters. As well, the Copyright […]

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Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most significant national events. On this day we remember, not just the Australian and New Zealand troops that landed in Gallipoli but, all the men and women who have fought in war on behalf of Australia. It is also a time to reflect on how society’s attitudes to war […]

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The 2017 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Friday 17 March. This annual event promotes the creation of safe and happy learning environments for students across Australia. It focuses on the importance of schools developing a trusted support network within the community that provides students with avenues to report bullying. One in four students […]

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International Women’s Day takes place every year on 8 March. It is a day for promoting the empowerment of women and recognising that gender equality has not yet been achieved. This gender disparity extends into the literary world. Women win less literary prizes than their male counterparts and their work is featured less in the […]

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As school gears up again, it can be a challenging time of transition. From children arriving at school for the very first time, to juniors moving from lower primary to upper primary; Year 6 kids heading into high school for the first time, and seniors cartwheeling towards the final exams of their school lives. Here […]

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January 26 is a day to remember Australia’s history – the experiences of our Indigenous people and of the immigrants who chose Australia as their home – and to celebrate what it means to be an Australian in all its diversity. We’ve put together a list of primary and secondary Reading Australia books perfect for […]

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5 novellas that prove size doesn't matter.

Everyone knows you never judge a book by its cover, but what about judging a book by its length? Maybe you’re a teacher searching for a book short enough to appeal to your students or you need a novella to suggest for next month’s book club. Perhaps you’re just looking for an enjoyable read you can […]

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Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan

Last year Richard Flanagan joined the handful of Australian writers who have won the prestigious Man Booker Prize. While this year there are no Australians in the running, we can enjoy the last day of Flanagan’s literary reign and remember Australia’s other winners and almost winners. 1. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan (2014 winner) Tasmanian-born Richard […]

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To commemorate World Mental Health Day we’ve put together a list of titles that explore different perspectives of mental illness. Visit the Mental Health Australia website or the official World Mental Health Day website for more information on World Mental Health Day. 1. Tell Me I’m Here, Anne Deveson Seventeen-year-old Jonathan developed schizophrenia at a […]

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Every year, Australia dedicates the first week of October to Be Kind to Animals Week, a time to be active in improving the lives of all creatures. Reading books to children is a fantastic way to teach them about having compassion and empathy for animals. Choose one (or all!) of these seven books and be swept […]

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