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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 (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.


The 2014 award season kicked off with the CBCA notables and shortlist announced on 8 April. Congratulations to all the authors who made an appearance: especially Julie Hunt for Song for a Scarlet Runner, Catherine Jinks for A Very Unusual Pursuit, Barry Jonsberg for My Life as an Alphabet (all shortlisted in the Younger Readers category), Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton for Jandamarra and Laklak Burarrwanga and Family for Welcome to my Country (both in the Eve Pownall category).

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The Duck and the Darklings

by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

Peterboy wants to find something special for his grandfather, but he finds a fallen duck in need of care. This is an extraordinary and totally enchanting story of friendship, hope and joy from two very talented, award- winning picture-book makers.

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Night Vision

by Ella West

Viola was born with a genetic condition that makes sunlight deadly. In the dark of night, when most teenagers are tucked up in bed, Viola has the run of her parents' farm and the surrounding forest. She is used to seeing hidden things through her night-vision goggles, but one night she sees something that could get her into a whole lot of trouble... A heart-thumping thriller that will leave you breathless.



by Trace Balla

A tender and beautifully illustrated tale of a boy and his bird-watching uncle, on a paddling trip on Australia's Glenelg River. A story about slowing down, growing up, and connecting with the land and its creatures.


While We Run

by Karen Healey

Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan's no ordinary girl - she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi's time, 100 years later. A suspenseful, page-turning sequel to When We Wake that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality - and mortality, too.


The Secrets of Flamant Castle: The complete adventures of Sword Girl and friends

by Frances Watts, illustrated by Gregory Rogers

Fun and fantasy combine in this collection of six amusing stories about Tommy, the daring and curious girl who also happens to be Keeper of the Blades, and her cast of unusual friends including Lil the talking cat and Tommy's best friend Jasper, the ghost of a young squire.