Saving the Butterfly

Saving the Butterfly by Helen Cooper and illustrated by Gill Smith sensitively explores, through the eyes of two children, the different responses and emotions refugee children may experience as well as the trauma and barriers they endure when seeking safety in their new homeland. In this picture book a brother and sister are the only […]

Picture Books for SeaWeek

2022 SeaWeek from March 5 to March 13 is an opportunity to educate, inform and foster an appreciation for the sea and the theme this year is Our SEArch – what will you discover? Sea Country by Aunty Patsy Cameron, illustrated by Lisa Kennedy and published by Magabala Books  transports the reader back to Aunty […]

Your School is the Best!

Your School is the Best! by Maggie Hutchins and illustrated by Felicita Sala draws the reader from the very beginning of this story (including the endpapers) into the vibrancy, colour, diversity, rich experiences, fun, friendship and adventure that children enjoy in a primary school setting. This story is told from the point of view of […]

Stories for Simon – A tale of friendship and reconciliation

Recommended for middle to upper primary students, Years 3-6, ages 7-11. Stories for Simon –  A tale of friendship and reconciliation by Lisa Miranda Sarzin and illustrated by Lauren Briggs is a powerful and moving story that explores the importance of learning about Australia’s true history, acknowledging the truths and beginning a shared journey of […]

Books to Explore at the Beginning of the School Year and Revisit Regularly

The following collection of books either promote a growth mindset, celebrate difference and inclusivity, or are a source of inspiration for creating a class inquiry task. These books serve to open up conversations about values, goals, expectations and what the classroom could look, feel and sound like. This list is by no means exhaustive and […]

Books by First Nations Authors and Illustrators for Primary School Children

Day Break by Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton in Central Queensland and illustrated by Matt Chun is a picture book that challenges the narrative around Australia Day and highlights Indigenous survival, resistance and resilience. This powerful and confronting story shares information about Australia’s true history as a family make […]

Sass and Traz Save The Library

Title: Sass and Traz Save The Library Author: Michelle Worthington Illustrator: Naomi Greaves Publisher: Daisy Lane Publishing Publication date: October 2021 Additional notable information:  This review is part of a Books on Tour campaign Sass and Traz Save The Library by Michelle Worthington, with illustrations by Naomi Greaves and published by Daisy Lane Publishing is a […]