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Having quick access to lists of great books for children of different ages and interest is important for educators and parents and carers. There are many sources of quality book lists available and we have drawn some together here. 

   Diverse picture book collections

An extensive list of Australian titles put together by the State Library of NSW

Robyn Ewing’s and Robyn Gibson’s literature suggestions  

Wordless Picture Books

Quality texts for beginning readers

Reading Australia book lists (primary)

Reading Australia book lists (secondary)

Australian School Library Association lists

PM’s Literary Award shortlist and judges’ comments

American Library Association lists

Children’s Book Council of Australia

Children’s Book Council of Australia (including children's book reviews and news )

Premiers and Chief Ministers in some Australian State and Territories host a Reading Challenge each year to promote reading. Some states/territories publish book lists for different age groups.


Big Little Book Club is an Australian group with the goal to ‘raise awareness nationally of the crucial importance of literacy and its role in our everyday lives.’ Information about their book packs and recommended books can be found on the link below.

A number of Australian authors have written books to support educators, parents and carers help children ‘catch the reading bug’.

Jennings, Paul- The Reading Bug... and How You Can Help- Penguin 2008

Moloney, James- Boys And Books- ABC Books 2002

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