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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

Term Four is upon us and with it a maelstrom of exams, reports, end-of-year presentations and the dreaded classroom clear-out. But escape it at hand in the form of some excellent new books for you and your students. First up we have YA novels from two of the very best writers in the field, thriller-writer extraordinaire Rebecca James and the much-loved and respected Barry Jonsberg. And if your tastes run to something for much younger students you won’t be disappointed by our selection from some true legends of kid’s publishing, including Alison Lester, Libby Gleeson, Freya Blackwood and Roland Harvey.

What's New?

Spotlight:

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead

by Rebecca James

Why and how did Cooper Bartholomew die? Delve into the psychology of a group of friends and old enemies in this gripping novel from the author of Beautiful Malice and Sweet Damage.

Spotlight:

Pandora Jones: Deception

by Barry Jonsberg

Pandora and her team are already two members down. The survival of humanity in the post-plague world depends on them. But who can she trust? Book two in the thrilling, action-packed Pandora Jones series.

Spotlight:

Noni the Pony goes to the beach

by Alison Lester

Noni the Pony is friendly and funny. She loves going down to the beach when it's sunny. With her two very best friends Dave Dog and Coco the Cat, and the cows from next door, it's going to be a wonderful day. Alison Lester's books are favourites with children and adults around the world. Magic Beach, Imagine, My Farm and Are we there yet? are Australian classics.

Spotlight:

The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present

by Libby Gleeson, illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Cleo desperately wants a necklace. Her parents say special presents are only for birthdays...but Cleo doesn't want to wait. In the second story, it's her mum's birthday and Cleo doesn't know what to give her - until she has the best idea of all. Delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big imagination can always find a way to have fun.

Spotlight:

The Wombats at the Zoo

by Roland Harvey

The Wombats and their teachers, Ms Annabel and Mrs Nott, are off to the zoo. Audrey bonds with bilbies, Alecia is on safari, Hughie wants to race a camel. Freddie explores underwater with his magic eye, Horrie is shocked by snakes, and Ima plays harmonica with a crocodile. Ava whistles to the wild dogs, Naucia wants to take a meerkat home, Nurse Sardi helps in the animal hospital. Dante shoots hoops with the seals, Oliver admires the cheetah, and Albert calculates just how much one hippo can eat... By the end of the day, the Wombats don't want to leave. Can you help Mrs Nott find out where they all went?

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