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Welcome to the teachers' resources site

These pages are especially for teachers and librarians to assist you in the promotion and teaching of literature in schools and to help foster a love of good books and reading in children.  Novels, non-fiction, class set suggestions, teacher reference books, books for preschoolers: you'll find them all here.

It is our aim to help you in the classroom so in this section you will find teachers' notes for over 70 of our books, book reviews by other teachers, book-linked activities for the classroom and lots more.

View our Best Books for Schools 2014 (August-December) brochure

View our Best Books for Schools 2014 (January-July) brochure

View our Best Books for Schools 2013 (August-December) brochure

View our Best Books for Schools 2013 (January-July) brochure

Browse our books for children.

Browse our books for teenagers.

Browse our education books.

We also have a multimedia page where you can watch interviews with some of our authors and view book trailers.  It's a great way to gain extra insight into a book or author and motivate students.


Subscribe to our teachers' e-newsletters

Sign up for one of our teachers’ e-newsletters to keep up-to-date with new fiction and non-fiction books for primary and secondary schools.

The e-newsletter is a monthly email featuring information on new titles, teachers notes, competitions, giveaways and more. Subscribe now.

Author posters

One of the many features on our website to help busy teachers and librarians is free downloadable author posters!  If you have an author visiting your school, or are decorating your library or classroom wall you can download our author posters (in colour or black & white) ready to hang on your walls. 

We are always adding new posters so do check back often to see who's in the gallery.  If there is an author you are interested in who isn't featured, send us an email with your suggestion of who you would like to see a poster of.

News

The month of August is always busy and exciting for teachers and librarians. First off, there’s the announcement of the CBCA Awards, then the ever-popular Book Week celebrations begin. And as you know, there is no better time than Book Week to encourage discussions about reading; and there is no better list of new books to help you than those right here. From a private island off the coast off the coast of Massachusetts to a Himalayan village, from the grey seas of a strange and compelling world to the Gallipoli Peninsular, we have stories that will enthral, engage and edify.

What's New?

Spotlight:

One Minute's Silence

by David Metzenthen, illustrated by Michael Camilleri

In One Minute's Silence, you are the story, and the story is yours - to imagine, remember and honour the brothers in arms on both sides of the conflict, heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives. A moving and powerful story about the meaning of Remembrance Day, drawing on the ANZAC and Turkish battle at Gallipoli.

Spotlight:

We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense that will leave you reeling. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Spotlight:

Our Village in the Sky

by Janeen Brian, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas

From two outstanding creators comes a lyrical and poetic text and beautiful artwork celebrating the lives of children in a remote Himalayan village as they make their work into play.

Spotlight:

The War of the Four Isles: The Ship Kings 3

by Andrew McGahan

Dow Amber faces terrifying monsters and devastating betrayal as he is drawn into a battle that threatens to destroy everything he has ever loved. The third gripping instalment in this epic adventure by the award-winning author, Andrew McGahan.

Spotlight:

Emus under the Bed

by Leann J Edwards

Beautifully illustrated, this is a lively and unique story about a little girl and the fun she has at her Auntie Dollo's house. This book was produced through the Emerging Indigenous Picture Book Mentoring Project, a joint initiative between The Little Big Book Club and Allen & Unwin, assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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