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This page will be a constant work in progress.  I hope that I will be able to update this page regularly as we find more great books.

Australian History

Australian Megafauna

Tiger Tale by Marion and Steve Isham
How To Draw Extinct Beasts by Kellie Harris
Draw Aussie Dinosaurs & Other Monsters by Marion and Steve Isham

Aboriginal Culture

Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo by Alison Lester
Walking With The Seasons in Kakadu by Diane Lucas

The Discovery of Australia and The First Fleet

The Journal of Watkin Stench by Meredith Hooper
Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie
The Little Wooden Horse by Mark Wilson
The Goat Who Sailed the World by Jackie French (I would recommend for high school)

The Early Colonies and Explorers

The Mostly True Story of Matthew and Trim by Cassandra Golds
Poem for My Children by W N Scott (poem not a book)
Australian Backyard Explorer by Peter Macinnis

The Gold Rush

Midnite by Randolph Stow
The Night We Made the Flag by Carole Wilkinson
Lost! A True Tale of the Bush by Stephanie Owen Reeder
Lightning Jack by Glenda Millard
Amazing Grace by Stephanie Owen Reeder

A New Nation

Prime Ministers of Australia by Jill B Bruce
Advance Australia Fair composed by Peter Dodds McCormick

The War Period

My Mother’s Eyes by Mark Wilson
Angel of Kokoda by Mark Wilson
Vietnam Diary by Mark Wilson
A Day to Remember by Jackie French
Photographs in the Mud by Diane Wolfer

When the War Is Over, Australia’s Modern History

Tom the Outback Mailman by Kristin Weidenbach
Follow Me by Rick Searle
Flood by Jackie French
The Little Refugee by Anh Do and Suzanne Do
My Grandad Marches On Anzac Day by Catriona Hoy

Australian Climate and Geography

A Year On Our Farm by Penny Matthews
It’s a Miroocool by Christine Harris
Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester

Discover Downunder by Jo Lloyd and others, Homeschooling Downunder

Australian Flora and Fauna

The Story of Rosy Dock by Jeannie Baker
Life In A Rotten Log by Kathie Atkinson
Where’s My Mum? by Susan Hall
Shy the Playtpus by Leslie Rees

Australian Art, Music and Poetry

Ben and Gracie’s Adventure by Mark Wilson (the art of Frederick McCubbin)
Inside The World of Tom Roberts by Mark Wilson
Click Go the Shears by Charlotte Lance
Mulga Bill’s Bicycle illustrated by Kilmeny and Deborah Niland
The Drover’s Dream illustrated by Deborah Niland
Waltzing Matilda illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Classic Australian Children’s Literature

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsey
Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley
Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs
The Muddle-Headed Wombat by Ruth Park
Ginger Meggs by James Kemsley

Australian Science

Australia’s Greatest Inventions and Innovations by Christopher Cheng

Bright Star by Gary Crew

Non-Fiction, Covering a wide span

The Australia Book by Eve Pownall
Our Sunburnt Country by Arthur Ballie
The Big Book Of Australian History by Peter Macinnis
History of Australia by Manning Clark and Meredith Hooper
My Place by Nadia Wheatley

Great Books by Modern Australian Authors

Picture Books

Mirror by Jeannie Baker
Too Many Elephants In This House by Ursula Dubosarsky
Animalia by Graeme Base
Possum Magic by Mem Fox
The Lamington Man by Kel Richards


The Word Hunters series by Nick Earls (The Curious Dictionary, The Lost Hunters, The War of The Word Hunters)
Playing Beattie Bow by Ruth Park (High school)


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