Modern Australian stories for kids

 Read reviewSorry Day

Sorry Day

Coral Vass, Dub Leffler

Two stories entwine in this captivating retelling of the momentous day when the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, acknowledged the sorrows of past and said ‘Sorry' to the generation of children who were taken...

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 Read reviewThe Relic of the Blue Dragon (Children of the Dragon, Book 1)

The Relic of the Blue Dragon (Children of the Dragon, Book 1)

Rebecca Lim

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Wide Big World

Wide Big World

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Isobel Knowles

A beautiful children's picture book about diversity from award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Isobel Knowles.

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Molly The Pig (Moli Det Bigibigi)

Molly The Pig (Moli Det Bigibigi)

Karen Manbullo

Written in Kriol and English, this is the story of Molly, a little pig who is rescued from the bush.

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Amazing Australian Women: Twelve Women Who Shaped History

Amazing Australian Women: Twelve Women Who Shaped History

Pamela Freeman, Sophie Beer

A bright and colourful look at twelve incredible Australian women who helped shape our country, from politics and the arts to Indigenous culture, science and more.

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Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo

Carl Merrison, Hakea Hustler

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If I Was Prime Minister

If I Was Prime Minister

Beck Feiner, Robin Feiner

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Kakadu Calling: Stories for Kids

Kakadu Calling: Stories for Kids

Jane Garlil Christophersen, Christine Christophersen

From Dinky the Dingo to Finding My Way Home, Jane Christophersen presents an engaging collection of short stories for young readers. Jane reveals the wonders of daily life in the bush and includes messages about caring for the...

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Natural Born Loser

Oliver Phommavanh

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Inheritance

Carole Wilkinson

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Aussie Legends Alphabet

Aussie Legends Alphabet

Beck Feiner

In this vibrant look at Australian cultural icons, A is for Adam Goodes, B is for Bob Hawke and C is for Cathy Freeman.

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Shallow in the Deep End

Shallow in the Deep End

Tiwi College Al Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga

Erica wants a dog. So dad brings home a new pet... a baby water buffalo! Shallow the buffalo and her friend Bruno the dog have a lot of fun, get in a lot of trouble and create a lot of havoc.

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A Day at the Show

A Day at the Show

Gwyn Perkins

Here is a story about family adventures, the magic of the show, and the joy of running one tiny car into another.

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Alfred's War

Alfred’s War

Rachel Bin Salleh, Samantha Fry

Alfred's War is a powerful story that unmasks the lack of recognition given to Australian Indigenous servicemen who returned from the WWI battlelines.

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High Five to the Boys: A Celebration of Ace Australian Men

High Five to the Boys: A Celebration of Ace Australian Men

Various

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Weirdo

Weirdo

Anh Do, Jules Faber

Weir Do's the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family and some seriously weird habits, fitting in won't be easy but it will be funny!

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Patty Hits the Court: Game Day! 1

Patty Hits the Court: Game Day! 1

Jared Thomas, Patty (Patrick) Mills

A fantastic and fun basketball series by Australian Olympian and NBA star Patty Mills that will entertain young readers, inspire kids to achieve their goals through sport, and showcase Patty's pride in his Indigenous heritage.

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The Patchwork Bike

The Patchwork Bike

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Van Thanh Rudd

First published in Australia and New Zealand in 2016 by Hachette Australia --Copyright page.

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 Read reviewShout Out to the Girls: A Celebration of Awesome Australian Women

Shout Out to the Girls: A Celebration of Awesome Australian Women

Various

Let's hear it for the Australian women who have shaped our history and are expanding our future!

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Our Australian Girl: Meet Marly

Our Australian Girl: Meet Marly

Alice Pung

It's 1983 and Marly is just trying to fit in at Sunshine Primary School. But being a refugee from Vietnam doesn't make things easy, and when Marly's cousins come to stay and end up at the same school, her friends make fun of them....

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Squishy Taylor and the First Three Adventures

Squishy Taylor and the First Three Adventures

Ailsa Wild, Ben Wood

A hilarious junior fiction book series from Australian author Ailsa Wild about solving mysteries, blending families and leaping to conclusions quicker than a ninja-gazelle!

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Lion: A Long Way Home (Young Readers' Edition)

Lion: A Long Way Home (Young Readers' Edition)

Saroo Brierley

As a five-year-old in India, I got lost on a train. Twenty-five years later, I crossed the world to find my way back home.

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Born to Run: My Story

Born to Run: My Story

Cathy Freeman

Hi guys,Ever since I was little I only had one dream - to win a gold medal at the Olympics. When I was twenty-seven years old, my dream came true. I'll never forget that night at the Sydney 2000 Games - as I crossed the finish...

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Maybe

Maybe

Morris Gleitzman

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Fang Fang's Chinese New Year

Fang Fang’s Chinese New Year

Sally Rippin

Fang Fang was born in China, but now she is Australian. When she invites her friend Lisa over to celebrate Chinese New Year, she is sure that Lisa will be bored. But Lisa is full of surprises!

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 Read reviewIntroducing Teddy

Introducing Teddy

Jessica Walton

Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it's riding a bike, playing in the tree house, having a tea party or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do together. One sunny day,...

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At the Beach I See

At the Beach I See

Kamsani Bin Salleh

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Mrs Whitlam

Bruce Pascoe

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Pea Pod Lullaby

Pea Pod Lullaby

Glenda Millard, Stephen Michael King

A mother and baby, a boy and a dog run for their lives. A polar bear, too, has come adrift. When will they find land? Who will welcome them in? In all the wide world we each need a safe place to call home. Words sing over the...

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Jandamarra

Jandamarra

Mark Greenwood, Terry Denton

Mark Greenwood's text and Terry Denton's watercolour illustrations bring to life this story of conflict and divided loyalties.

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Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance: A True Story

Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance: A True Story

Banjo Woorunmurra, Howard Pedersen

The true story of the Aboriginal resistance fighter, Jandamarra, whose legend is etched into the Australian landscape.

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Ten Pound Pom

Ten Pound Pom

Carole Wilkinson (Author), Liz Anelli (Illustrator)

In the 1950s and 60s Australia welcomed thousands of British immigrants as part of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme. Ten Pound Pom is the true story of award-winning author Carole Wilkinson's immigration to Australia.

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Gaolbird

Gaolbird

Simon Barnard

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My Australian Story: Our Race for Reconciliation

My Australian Story: Our Race for Reconciliation

Anita Heiss

Mel Gordon loves running, and watching Seinfeld, but mostly she loves Cathy Freeman. It's 2000 and the Olympics are going to be held in Australia. In a year of surprises, Mel finds out that ..

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 Read reviewWelcome To Country

Welcome To Country

Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy

This is an expansive and generous Welcome to Country from a most respected Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy, beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy.

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The Fighting Stingrays

Simon Mitchell

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Swimming on the Lawn

Yasmin Hamid

This is a beautifully descriptive story of growing up in Sudan as told from the perspective of an observant young girl.

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Sister Heart

Sister Heart

Sally Morgan

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