Teaching Notes

Adorable Alice

Alice is adorable. With her arms tied in a knot, lips buttoned and eyes blindfolded, she explores her home in a different way every day of the week. See what Alice discoversAUTHOR : Cassandra WebbILLUSTRATOR : Michaela BlassnigDOWNLOAD NOTES

Alice and the Airy Fairy

Mary the airy fairy is coming to stay with Alice and her family. Is she a real fairy? Or is she just a free spirit who needs Alice’s help?AUTHOR : Margaret ClarkILLUSTRATOR : Emma StuartDOWNLOAD NOTES

Ash Dresses Her Friends

Ash is feeling lonely. She wishes she had someone to play with. When a sad elephant comes along, Ash has an idea that will cheer him up. Soon she is sharing her idea with lots of animals in the forest. A warm-hearted story about sharing with others.AUTHOR : Fu WenzhengDOWNLOAD NOTES

Benji the Buccaneer

Benji is offered the chance of his dreams – to skip school and become a pirate for a day. But after battling sea monsters and searching for haunted buried treasure, he discovers that being a good pirate requires just as much learning as school.AUTHOR : Craig CormickILLUSTRATOR : Bill HopeDOWNLOAD NOTES

Blue Whale Blues

When Penguin hears Whale singing the blues, he tries to help. But how do you stop a blue whale feeling blue?A delightful story about a whale with bike trouble and the happy-go-lucky penguin who cheers him up.AUTHOR : Peter CarnavasILLUSTRATOR : Peter CarnavasDOWNLOAD NOTES

Caroline Chisholm: The Emigrant's Friend

‘If Captain James Cook discovered Australia – if John Macarthur planted the first seeds of its extraordinary prosperity – if Ludwig Leichhardt penetrated and explored its before unknown interior – Caroline Chisholm has done much more: she has peopled – she alone has colonised in the true sense of the term.’ - Henry Parkes’ Empire newspaper, 15 August 1859.AUTHOR : Tania McCartneyILLUSTRATOR : Pat ReynoldsDOWNLOAD NOTES

Clementine's Walk

Clementine is intent on finding someone to take her for a walk, but everyone is just too busy.

When they finally find the time, Clementine is nowhere to be found.

Dame Nellie Melba

Six-year-old Helen Porter just wanted to sing on stage. As a child, and then a teenager, she continued to pursue her dream of being a great opera star. In 1886, aged 25 she left Melbourne for the bright lights of London. Born Helen Porter Mitchel, she changed her name to reflect her Melbourne heritage. In 1887 Nellie Melba made her operatic debut. She went on to sing in all the great opera houses of Europe. During World War 1 Nellie Melba worked tirelessly holding many fundraising concerts for the war effort. Nellie Melba was the first great Australian diva.AUTHOR : Gabiann MarinILLUSTRATOR : Rae DaleDOWNLOAD NOTES

Delilah's Dream

Delilah, the hen, dreams of adventure. She pictures herself soaring through the sky and flying amongst the stars. Delilah’s sisters Priscilla and Esmerelda make fun of her lofty ideas. However they soon change their tune as Delilah comes to the rescue of her sisters and fellow farmyard friends. This is a gentle tale about following your instincts and reclaiming friends.AUTHOR : Ian TrevaskisDOWNLOAD NOTES

Eddie Pipper

Eddie Pipper loves his penguin. He is not a real penguin. He is not allowed one of those. Eddie has to make do with his special papier-mâchépenguin. But what do the other kids think of his penguin when he brings him to school for show and tell?AUTHOR : Janeen BrianILLUSTRATOR : Emma StuartDOWNLOAD NOTES

Edith Cowan: A Quiet Woman of Note

Edith Cowan overcame a violent past, dedicating her life to social and political reform, and eventually became the first woman elected to Australian parliament.AUTHOR : Hazel EdwardsILLUSTRATOR : Angela GrzegrzolkaDOWNLOAD NOTES

Edward and the Great Discovery

Although he comes from a long line of archaeologists, Edward has never discovered anything. Then one rainy night, he stumbles upon what could be his first great discovery.AUTHOR : Rebecca McRitchieILLUSTRATOR : Celeste HulmeDOWNLOAD NOTES

Ferret on the Loose

Lucy has been training her pet ferret, Flash, for the annual Fastest Fearless Ferret Race. But as the competition approaches, Flash is nowhere to be found. Did he run away? Or was Flash ferret-napped?AUTHOR : Heather GallagherILLUSTRATOR : Benjamin JohnstonDOWNLOAD NOTES

Gertie the Witch

Gertie is very pleased with herself. She has turned the postman into a pig. The postman’s two children are not so pleased. They are determined to break Gertie’s spell.AUTHOR : Valerie ThomasILLUSTRATOR : Janet WolfDOWNLOAD NOTES

Happily Ever After: The Little Mermaid

A little mermaid must say goodbye to her sea legs if she is to be with her prince. Owen Swan's ethereal illustrations recreate life and beauty under the sea.AUTHOR : Alex FieldILLUSTRATOR : Owen SwanDOWNLOAD NOTES

How Many Dinosaurs Deep

Jim is not quite sure that he’s ready to move from the baby pool to the middle-sized pool. Can a group of splashing, sploshing dinosaurs help him face his fear?AUTHOR : Ben KitchinILLUSTRATOR : Vicky FieldhouseDOWNLOAD NOTES

Hubert and the Magic Glasses

Sadly, the Able Ants are not the best soccer team in the country. Hubert does not help. He enjoys his soccer, but struggles to maintain his skills. Maybe magic glasses are the answer? At the very least they might stop Hubert mistaking the dog food for breakfast cereal.AUTHOR : Candice Lemon ScottILLUSTRATOR : Joe SpellmanDOWNLOAD NOTES


Imagine if you could condense all 3.5 billion years of life on Earth into just one hour. If you did, the dinosaurs wouldn’t show up until 56 minutes into the hour, and they’d be gone three minutes later. Modern humans (the ones we are related to) would amble into view at the very end of the hour, with just 0.2 seconds to spare.AUTHOR : David J. SmithILLUSTRATOR : Steve AdamsDOWNLOAD NOTES

Is It The Way You Giggle?

Everyone is special in their own way. What makes you special? Is it the way you giggle or the way you wiggle? A heartwarming picture book that celebrates our differences.AUTHOR : Nicola ConnellyILLUSTRATOR : Annie WhiteDOWNLOAD NOTES

Jake in Space: Mercury Rising

When Jake and his friends zoom off toMercury to watch the alignment of the planets,they’re ready for adventure. But are they readyfor their most dangerous mission yet — to thwart the plans of some familiar villains andsave the planets from destruction?AUTHOR : Candice Lemon ScottILLUSTRATOR : Celeste HulmeDOWNLOAD NOTES

Jake in Space: Moon Attack

Jake is sent to remedial space car driving school on the moon. Nothing could be more embarrassing. He soon uncovers a plot to blow up the moon and must summon his courage, and space car driving skills, to save everyone.AUTHOR : Candice Lemon ScottILLUSTRATOR : Celeste HulmeDOWNLOAD NOTES

Jake in Space: Robot Games

Jake and his friends are excited to be at the Robot Games until their cyborg friend, Henry, starts acting stranger than usual. Is it his recent upgrade? Or is something mysterious going on?AUTHOR : Candice Lemon ScottDOWNLOAD NOTES

Jake in Space: Rocket Battles

Jake and his friends are a wildcard entry in the most famous race in the solar system –— the Rocket Battles. Beating champion racers is not going to be easy.AUTHOR : Candice Lemon ScottDOWNLOAD NOTES

Jake in Space: Saving Saturn

Jake and his friends can't wait to get to their mystery destination. They arrive to find a megaship filled with treasure. Jake soon realises that people of Saturn are under threat. Can he rescue them in time?AUTHOR : Candice Lemon ScottILLUSTRATOR : Celeste HulmeDOWNLOAD NOTES

Jake in Space: Volcanoes of Venus

Jake is excited to be staying at the famous Floating Hotel of Venus, until his cyborg friend Henry sniffs out more than just garbage.AUTHOR : Candice Lemon ScottILLUSTRATOR : Celeste HulmeDOWNLOAD NOTES


Jonathan loves to dress up and scare his family, but they insist that he is just not scary.What happens when Jonathan is too scary?AUTHOR : Peter CarnavasILLUSTRATOR : Amanda FranceyDOWNLOAD NOTES

Katie and The Leprechaun

Katie is surprised to discover a feisty leprechaun lurking in her local park. Together they go off on an adventure to hunt down the ideal footwear for a leprechaun shoe maker.AUTHOR : Kathryn EnglandILLUSTRATOR : Emma StuartDOWNLOAD NOTES

Keeper of the Crystals: Eve and the Last Dragon

Eve turns up unannounced at her Nan's house with Oscar in tow. It's time to open the wooden box. The one her Nan had warned them was far too dangerous to go near. A crystal dragon figurine thrusts Oscar and Eve into a medieval world of dragon slayers, fire breathing dragons, castles and moats. It's a world at war. Can Eve and Oscar befriend these creatures and help save them from extinction?AUTHOR : Jess BlackILLUSTRATOR : Celeste HulmeDOWNLOAD NOTES

Keeper of the Crystals: Eve and the Mermaid's Tears

Eve and Oscar find themselves in a world where cut throat pirates rule the waves and where the language of the sea is the only tongue spoken. It’s the mermaids who need help. They’re being captured so that their tears can be sold as treasure. But if these protectors of the ocean disappear then the balance of the ocean is upset and all marine life is under threat. Can Eve and Oscar find their sea legs and help the mermaids?AUTHOR : Jess BlackILLUSTRATOR : Celeste HulmeDOWNLOAD NOTES

Keeper of the Crystals: Eve and the Runaway Unicorn

Keeper of the Crystals is an adventure fantasy series full of secrets and mystery. Eve and Oscar, two unlikely friends, accidentally tap into the power of crystals. They are thrust into different and dangerous worlds where unicorns, tigers, dragons and panthers communicate with people and where native communities and their way of life are under threat. What are the secrets of the crystal keeper and why does Eve have these powers? Eve is staying with her grandmother and her only choice in playmate is Oscar, the boy from next door. The lure of the forbidden attic in her Nan’s house proves too much for Eve and Oscar and they sneak upstairs to explore. When Eve finds a small crystal figurine of a unicorn it acts as a portal into another world. Eve and Oscar find themselves in the desert of Panthor where unicorns are now enslaved, land turned to desert and people forced to become desert nomads. How can Eve and Oscar survive in a land where panthers and people communicate and where an evil king has complete control of every living being? More importantly, how will they ever get home again?AUTHOR : Jess BlackILLUSTRATOR : Celeste HulmeDOWNLOAD NOTES

Lisa Absolutely Loves Art

When Lisa’s cat, Picasso, gets lost within the paintings at an art gallery, it is up to Lisa to find him. Can she trace Picasso’s steps through the history of art?AUTHOR : Sophie NorsaILLUSTRATOR : Sophie NorsaDOWNLOAD NOTES

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood visits her sick grandmother in the woods. Her mother warns her to stay on the path and not wander into the woods.But the wolf is clever and Little Red Riding Hood soon finds herself in a spot of bother.AUTHOR : Alex FieldILLUSTRATOR : Celeste HulmeDOWNLOAD NOTES

Marvellous Mummy

From being brave to being silly, Mummy makes every moment special.AUTHOR : Katie PoliILLUSTRATOR : Giuseppe PoliDOWNLOAD NOTES

Marvin and Marigold: A Christmas Surprise

On the first day in December Marigold Mouse receives a surprise gift. She can't wait to share her excitement with her best friend Marvin. In the second picture book in the Marvin and Marigold series Mark Carthew's evocative verse expresses the spirit of the festive season, and Simon Prescott's illustrations bring to life the magic of Christmas.AUTHOR : Mark CarthewILLUSTRATOR : Simon PrescottDOWNLOAD NOTES

Marvin and Marigold: The Big Sneeze

Two mice, Marvin and Marigold, live next door to each other. When Marvin gets a cold, Marigold has to find a cure to save her mouse house. Told in Mark Carthew’s classic lyrical rhyme.AUTHOR : Mark CarthewILLUSTRATOR : Simon PrescottDOWNLOAD NOTES

Mike the Spike

Mike is proud of his spikey hair. Small for his age, his spikes make him look taller and very grown up. To his horror, he discovers he has lice. The great hat parade is only two days away and he longs to win a prize for best hat. But how can he, when he can’t stop scratching long enough to make one?AUTHOR : Stella TaraksonILLUSTRATOR : Benjamin JohnstonDOWNLOAD NOTES

Mr Darcy

Mr Darcy is a rather reserved, gentle duck. He likes to tip his hat and say, 'good morning'. Mr Darcy would never want to bother anybody. His life is a little lonely until he discovers that it's okay to let his friends know he needs some help. Alex Field's great love of Jane Austen's Mr Darcy from 'Pride and Prejudice' inspired her to create Mr Darcy. Mr Darcy has all the great qualities of a gentle English aristocrat. Peter Carnavas has created a gorgeous new look for the well-loved and much admired Mr Darcy.AUTHOR : Alex FieldILLUSTRATOR : Peter CarnavasDOWNLOAD NOTES

Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding

Mr Darcy loves making his famous Christmas pudding. But what happens when Mr Collins drops by unexpectedly?AUTHOR : Alex FieldILLUSTRATOR : Peter CarnavasDOWNLOAD NOTES

Mr Darcy the Dancing Duck

Mr Darcy dreads the first sign of Spring. Flowers blooming means only one thing – dancing season, and Mr Darcy simply cannot dance. Can Lizzy convince Mr Darcy to take a turn around the maypole? Mr Darcy the Dancing Duck celebrates the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice.AUTHOR : Alex FieldILLUSTRATOR : Peter CarnavasDOWNLOAD NOTES

Mr Pegg's Post

Anna and her parents live in a lighthouse, surrounded by the ocean, far from neighbours and friends. Their only visitor is Mr Pegg, the postman. But when Mr Pegg needs help with his deliveries, Anna comes to the rescue. Maybe she will find some friends after all.AUTHOR : Elena TopouzoglouILLUSTRATOR : Elena TopouzoglouDOWNLOAD NOTES

My Dad is a Bear

Charlie's dad is tall, round and soft. Sometimes he growls. Could he be a bear? Luckily for Charlie there's one thing bears do best.Selected as a CBCA Notable Book. Annie White's illustrations selected as a Silver Category Winner for Illustrators Australia. Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.AUTHOR : Nicola ConnellyILLUSTRATOR : Annie WhiteDOWNLOAD NOTES

My Sister

This stunning picture book shows the special relationship that exists between two sisters. Soft, beautiful illustrations and simple text make this the perfect bedtime read.AUTHOR : Joanna YoungILLUSTRATOR : Joanna YoungDOWNLOAD NOTES

Oliver and George

Oliver is ready to play but George the bear is busy ... reading. Oliver tries everything to get George's attention. What happens when a boy bothers a bear too many times?AUTHOR : Peter CarnavasILLUSTRATOR : Peter CarnavasDOWNLOAD NOTES

Professor Fred Hollows

'Three out of four people who are blind, don't have to be. They are blinded by poverty alone'. Fred grew up in New Zealand. As a kid he wanted to change things. He qualified as an eye doctor and moved to Australia. Dr Frederick (Fred) Cossom Hollows gave 'vision' to more than a million people. He worked in remote and Aboriginal communities providing much needed aid, often for free.AUTHOR : Hazel EdwardsILLUSTRATOR : Pat ReynoldsDOWNLOAD NOTES

Pugs Don't Wear Pyjamas

When Tom visits his aunt he meets her pug Ellie. Ellie is no ordinary pug. Wherever Tom's aunt goes, her pug must go too. His aunt dresses Ellie up for every outing. Tom finds Ellie strange but she makes friends wherever she goes. Tom makes no friends. He realises something has to change.AUTHOR : Michelle WorthingtonILLUSTRATOR : Cecilia JohanssonDOWNLOAD NOTES

Silver the Silly Sorcerer

Silver is a struggling sorcerer. After failing his Eggs test, silver is sent to work as a magician at the circus. Will Silver be able to prove he is a real sorcerer like Merlin?AUTHOR : Candice Lemon ScottILLUSTRATOR : Janet WolfDOWNLOAD NOTES

Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop

Ernie Dunlop was determined to become a doctor from an early age. Born in Melbourne, he was fascinated with both medical science and physical challenges. Whilst studying medicine he earned the nickname ‘Weary’ and gained a reputation as a dedicated doctor and sportsman. In November 1939, after the outbreak of World War II, Weary signed up for the Australian Army. In April 1942, Weary and his men were captured and became prisoners of war. During this time Weary became known for his leadership and communication skills with the enemy. After the war Weary was committed to caring for war veterans.AUTHOR : Hazel EdwardsILLUSTRATOR : Pat ReynoldsDOWNLOAD NOTES

The Boy on the Page

A small boy lands on the page and, quite by accident, discovers the joy and wonder of life.AUTHOR : Peter CarnavasILLUSTRATOR : Peter CarnavasDOWNLOAD NOTES

The Dreaming Tree

Free-verse poems celebrate the joy and freedom of being a child in the Australian landscape.AUTHOR : Jo OliverILLUSTRATOR : Jo OliverDOWNLOAD NOTES

The Great Zoo Hullabaloo

"When Jess and Jack open the gates to the zoo It was strangely deserted. Nobody said BOO." Can Jess and Jack discover the mystery of the missing animals? This magical picture book by award-winning author Mark Carthew, brought to life by Anil Tortop's illustrations, evokes the spirit of adventure in enchanting rhyme.AUTHOR : Mark CarthewILLUSTRATOR : Anil TortopDOWNLOAD NOTES

The Last Anzac

This book is based on the true story of a small boy’s visit to meet Alec Campbell in the year 2001. To James, Alec Campbell was a hero. He was right. The old man, the last living ANZAC, and all of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought at Gallipoli, were heroes – everyone’s heroes. Alec, who died in May 2002 at the age of 103, enlisted in 1915 when he was just 16. He had put his age up to 18 in order to be accepted by the army and agreed to fight at the front, wherever he was needed. Heroic indeed! James was very fortunate to meet Alec Campbell and find out about his experiences. He gives us a special view of this humble and remarkable man, the year before he died.AUTHOR : Gordon WinchILLUSTRATOR : Harriet BaileyDOWNLOAD NOTES

The Light

In a lighthouse on an island in the sea, love and music holds a family close and creates a safe haven for others.AUTHOR : Jo OliverILLUSTRATOR : Jo OliverDOWNLOAD NOTES

The Princess and the Pea

The Prince travels the world looking for the perfect bride. He looks everywhere until he finally returns home with no wife.Then one day there is a knock at the palace door. Could this be his princess?AUTHOR : Alex FieldILLUSTRATOR : Helene MagissonDOWNLOAD NOTES

The Red Feather

Claude and his friends find a beautiful red feather at the beach one day. One by one, they trade for the feather until they discover they have the most fun sharing its beauty together.AUTHOR : Ben KitchinILLUSTRATOR : Owen SwanDOWNLOAD NOTES

The Ugly Duckling

Based on the classic fairy tale.Mother Duck is disappointed when one of her little ducklings isn’t as pretty as the other delightful four.The ugly duckling sets out o find his place in the world.AUTHOR : Alex FieldILLUSTRATOR : Annie WhiteDOWNLOAD NOTES

The Velveteen Rabbit

First published in 1922, the classic children’s story about a velveteen rabbit on a quest to become real through the love of his owner is brought to life with new illustrations by French-Australian Helene Magisson.AUTHOR : Margery Williams BiancoILLUSTRATOR : Helene MagissonDOWNLOAD NOTES

What's In My Lunchbox?

Today in my lunchbox I happened to find ...What could be inside the lunchbox? An apple? A bear? A dinosaur?AUTHOR : Peter CarnavasILLUSTRATOR : Kat ChadwickDOWNLOAD NOTES

Yoga Babies

We're the Yoga Babies, look what we can do! The Yoga Babies love to have fun trying new poses. Sometimes life is busy and tricky, but not to worry! Yoga can help everyone chill out. Follow these babies big and small as they practise yoga at home, in the garden and before bedtime, then you can have a go at home, too!AUTHOR : Fearne CottonILLUSTRATOR : Sheena DempseyDOWNLOAD NOTES

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