A spotlight on Meet Taj at the Lighthouse by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse by Maxine Beneba Clarke, and illustrated by Nicki Greenberg, is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize.

Here’s everything you need to know about this warm and thoughtful story about a young boy who has recently arrived in Australia.


‘We already love Maxine Beneba Clarke’s adult books and picture books – her foray into junior fiction is no exception. This is a beautiful story about belonging and making new friends who accept you for who you are. We were charmed by Taj’s positive attitude, and the message of kindness and acceptance of others. Greenberg’s bright illustrations will help along early readers, as will the accessible vocabulary.’

Clare Millar, Chair of the judging panel


Who should read this book?

Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse is suitable for ages 5+. Beginner readers will love this sweet story, and find much to relate to in the story of being in new surroundings and finding new friends. Kids with a special interest in the Australian beach and coastline, or empathic and kind kids will particularly love this one.


Look out for…

Maxine Beneba Clarke’s excellent picture books, which are perfect for primary school aged readers. Her most recent book, When We Say Black Lives Matter is a timely and empowering read, and we also highly recommend Fashionista, Wide Big World and The Patchwork Bike.


Meet the author…

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published and awarded Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent, who writes for adults and kids. She lives in Melbourne’s glorious, diverse western suburbs, and has met many kids like Taj in her neighbourhood, who’ve journeyed to Australia in search of safe haven. You can watch Maxine reading her picture book When We Say Black Lives Matter here.


The winner of the 2021 Readings Children’s Book Prize will be announced in April. You can read more about this year’s shortlisted titles here.

Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse

Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Nicki Greenberg

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