A Quizzical KOALA

To kick off nominations, here's a Kahoot quiz to play and learn all about the KOALAs.

NSW schools, make sure your students' favourites are in by Friday 5th April, 2019. 

Alison Lester


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Arty Farty Marty: The Paint Smashin' Kraken by Dale Baker

Arty Farty Marty loves to surf and paint! Join Marty as he tries his tentacles at painting in the styles of seven of the world's most famous artists. 
Join Marty as he tries his tentacles at painting in the styles of Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Claude Monet, Sidney Nolan, Jackson Pollock and Reg Mombassa.
But what happens when Marty's arty farty ways get a bit too farty?

The Book Bird Book Review   Author's Facebook Page


Busting! by Aaron Blabey

Lou was BUSTING for the loo. But the loo had quite a queue! What on earth was Lou to do?

Book Trailer   Busting! A Look Inside    Author Interview - Creative Kids Tales   Storybox Library Preview 

PRC Booklist K-2 #4593


Chip by Kylie Howarth

Chip, like most other gulls, would do anything for fish and chips. When he’s banned from his favourite food, he is desperate to get it back on the menu. So Chip hatches a brilliant idea to solve the problem...but has he gone too far this time?

Author's Website    Lamont Teacher's Notes    Teacher's Notes    PRC Booklist K-2 #4040


Do Not Open This Book Again! by Andy Lee & Heath McKenzie

He's back! And, once again, this cheeky blue character does not want you to open this book or turn its pages.

What reason does he have this time?

Story Reading Video  Book Review by Aussie Reviews    Andy Surprises His Sister (and Nephew) Video


Excuse Me! by Dave Hughes & Holly Ife & Philip Bunting

Martha May has marvellous manners. She always says please and thank you ... and she most certainly DOES NOT FART! 
But what will happen on the day of the Baked Bean Bonanza?

Book Trailer     Reading Time Book Review     Book Chook Book Review


Flapper, VC by Mark Wilson

Flapper, VC is based on the true story of an Australian carrier pigeon during World War II. Raised and trained in Australia, Flapper is sent off to war in the Pacific. While on patrol deep in the jungle, Flapper's unit find themselves surrounded by enemy troops. With no other means of communication, the men's only hope of survival is Flapper, who has to evade enemy snipers and machine guns to get a message through to save the patrol.

Flapper was awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross for his actions that day, and his medal is proudly displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

This memorable tale, illustrated with Mark Wilson's beautifully crafted and evocative artwork, is a moving story of animals in war. 

Author's Website  Teacher's Notes   Reading Time Book Review


Go Go and the Silver Shoes by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker

When Go Go is allowed to buy the most beautiful shoes ever, she decides she will wear them EVERYWHERE!
Even to the creek, where she and her brothers go adventuring.

But - Oh no, Go Go! - that's when a terrible thing happens . . . 

Teacher's Notes     A Look Inside  Author's Website   Illustrator's Website    Better Reading Book Review

PRC Booklist K-2 #5355


Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson & Laura Wood

This story is for anyone who has ever wondered just why the mouse was running up and down the clock as it struck one. The rhyme has been told, and song sung, for generations, and in Hickory Dickory Dash Tony Wilson and Laura Wood share with us just what could have happened in the preceding few hours to cause a mouse to behave in such a way. With her children vanished, and a cat in hot pursuit, the tension builds as the valiant Mother Mouse continues the frantic search for her missing babies. What will happen to cause her to take up clock-running at the appointed hour, and will she find her children, evade the cat, and manage to get them all safely home? Woods’ illustrations mesh seamlessly with Wilson’s verses to take readers both young and old along with them on a danger-filled adventure with a satisfyingly happy resolution.

Book Trailer   Teacher's Notes    NSS Activities for Hickory Dickory Dash    Author's Website    

PRC Booklist K-2 #5858


Pig the Star by Aaaron Blabey

Pig just LOVES attention.

In fact, he's a great, bit SHOW-OFF. But when ANOTHER star appears at the photo shoot, Pig doesn't like it. 
No, Pig doesn't like it at ALL...

Aaron Blabey Introduces the Character 'Pig' Video    A Look Inside   Reading Time Book Review   

PRC Booklist K-2 #25800


Too Many Cheeky Dogs by Johanna Bell & Dion Beasley

'On Monday I went to my auntie's house and guess what I saw? ONE yellow cheeky dog sleeping on the floor.'

So begins this cheeky story set in a remote Indigenous community, romping through numbers, colours and days of the week to the hilarious finale.

Introducing Disabled Indigenous Artist Dion Beasley -  Lateline Video    Author's Website 

The Story Behind the Story - About the Author and Illustrator    Too Many Cheeky Dogs Facebook Page

PRC Booklist K-2 #38395






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Aquatica: a beginner’s guide by Lance Balchin

Welcome to future Earth. Despite repeated warnings, the environment has become polluted to such an extent that many areas of the globe have become uninhabitable and wildlife is now extinct.

From the ashes, a new style of ‘wildlife’ is created. Wildlife that will not remain harnessed by humankind.

Interview with Lance Balchin by Better Reading

A brief history and video for Mechanica

Making the illustrations

Teaching ideas from SCAN

PRC 5-6 Booklist #42514


Friday Barnes: Danger ahead by R.A. Spratt

Friday Barnes is forced to face her biggest fear – her own emotions! She must wave goodbye to Ian as he takes off to join his father in the Cayman Islands. But when your dad is a white-collar criminal, family reunions never go to plan. Ian is kidnapped en route and it’s up to Friday to rescue him.

On her return to school, the Headmaster has a treat in store – a four-week camp for students to learn wilderness survival skills! ‘Camp Courage’ is even worse than Friday imagined. And all her book smarts aren't much help when she's got wood to chop, potatoes to peel and latrines to dig.

Can Friday survive the great outdoors, debunk the legend of a camp ghost and make it back to Highcrest Academy alive? Only time (and a compass) will tell!

R.A. Spratt talks (Video) Friday Barnes

Booktopia interview (Video) with R.A. Spratt

Friday Barnes teaching notes from Penguin

PRC 7-9 Booklist #40110


Funny Kid for President by Matt Stanton

Every kid wants to laugh, but Max Walburt is the boy who can make it happen. He’s the class clown, the punch line and he’s even volunteered his bottom to be the butt of the joke. Max is the funny kid … and he’s running for class president.

Poop-scandals, stalker-ducks, surprise-debates, psycho-sports-teachers, tell-all-interviews and the great-library-vomit-a-geddon are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends at Redhill Middle School this election season.

Matt Stanton’s question of the day (Video) – Why Funny Kid?

Matt Stanton reads (Video) chpt1 of Funny Kid for president

Funny Kid teaching notes from Harper Collins

PRC 5-6 Booklist #4007


Grimsdon by Deborah Abela

Grimsdon is in ruins. Three years ago a massive wave broke its barriers and the sea flooded this grand city. Most were saved, others were lost and some were left behind. Isabella Charm and her best friend Griffin live with three other children in the top of an opulent mansion. They've survived with the help of Griffin's brilliant inventions, Isabella's survival skills and their vow to look after each other. But what will happen when a thrill-seeking newcomer arrives in his flying machine? When bounty hunters attempt to capture them? When Byron P. Sneddon, the self-appointed protector of the flooded harbour, demands obedience? What if the danger is even greater? Something they can't see coming - something below the floodwaters?

Deborah Abela talks (Video) about Grimsdon

Grimsdon teaching notes

Grimsdon teaching notes from PETAA

PRC 5-6 Booklist #40640


Iris and the tiger by Leanne Hall

Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune – and her sprawling estate – to Iris's scheming parents.

But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de Nubes, she realises something isn't quite right. There is an odd feeling around the house, where time moves slowly and Iris's eyes play tricks on her. While outside, in the wild and untamed forest, a mysterious animal moves through the shadows.

Just what is Aunt Ursula hiding?

But when Iris discovers a painting named Iris and the Tiger, she sets out to uncover the animal's real identity – putting her life in terrible danger.

Radio National interview with Leanne Hall

A Q&A with Leanne Hall

Iris and the tiger teaching notes from Text

PRC 5-6 Booklist #14962


Meet Grace by Sofie Laguna and illustrated by Lucia Masciullo

It's 1808 and Grace is living with her uncle in London. They have no money, and Grace is always lonely and often hungry. The best part of her day is going to Fleet Street to talk to the horses that she loves so much. One afternoon Grace can't resist taking a shiny red apple from a grocer's cart - and then another... Before she knows it, Grace is being chased through the streets! Will she be caught and sent to prison - or worse?

Meet Grace and join her adventure in the first of four exciting stories about a convict girl who is given a second chance.

Sofie Laguna (Video) on writing about Grace

Overview of Grace the character

Meet Grace teaching notes

PRC 5-6 Booklist #56280


Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables by Tim Harris

He’s the first teacher to cook us breakfast.

Is his spark-maker beetle really that dangerous?

I heard he drank yak’s milk in Mongolia.

He’s the only person who isn’t afraid of Canteen Carol.

My mum says he used to be in the circus.

The class in room 12B has a new teacher, and nothing is ever going to be the same . . .

Tim Harris interviewed (Video) about writing

Children interviewed about Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables (Video)

Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables teaching notes from Penguin

PRC 5-6 Booklist #3078


The 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Join Andy and Terry in their ridiculous 91-storey treehouse! Go for a spin in the world's most powerful whirlpool, take a ride in a submarine sandwich, get marooned on a desert island, hang out in a giant spider web, visit the fortune teller's tent to get your fortune told by Madame Know-it-all and decide whether or not to push the mysterious big red button. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

Andy and Terry draw (Video) a submarine sandwich

88.9 FM interview (Audio) with Andy and Jill

The 91-Storey Treehouse teaching notes from CCLC

PRC 5-6 Booklist #19448


The boy and the spy by Felice Arena

Life has never been easy for Antonio, but since the war began there are German soldiers on every corner, fearsome gangsters and the fascist police everywhere, and no one ever has enough to eat. But when Antonio decides to trust a man who has literally fallen from the sky, he leaps into an adventure that will change his life and maybe even the future of Sicily… 

Felice Arena interviewed (Video) about writing (Part 1, there are 2 other parts)

The boy and the spy on stage (Video)

The boy and the spy teaching notes from Penguin

PRC 7-9 Booklist #5075


The forgotten pearl by Belinda Murrell

‘Let me tell you a story. A story about friendship and sisters, about grief and love and danger, and about growing up . . .’

When Chloe visits her grandmother, she learns how close war came to destroying her family. Could Poppy’s experiences help Chloe face her own problems?

In 1941, Poppy lives in Darwin, a peaceful paradise. But when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor and then Australia, everything Poppy holds dear is threatened. Terrified, she flees to Sydney – only to find that the danger follows her there. Poppy must face her war with courage and determination. Will her world ever be the same?

Belinda Murrell talks (Video) about The forgotten pearl

The forgotten pearl teaching notes from Belinda Murrell

The forgotten pearl teaching notes from Penguin

PRC 5-6 Booklist #1932