Literature Singles

Australian Curriculum based units of work

Contemporary Children’s Literature in the Classroom

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''Early Childhood

It's Bedtime William book cover linked to unit of work

It's Bedtime, William!

Years F–2 Sample

Look see, look at Me! Image of boy mimicking the post of a running dog

Look See, Look at Me!

Years F–2 Unit

Maudi and Bear

Years F–2 Unit

Alison Lester Noni the Pony cober with jumping pony

Noni the Pony

Years F–2 Unit

The Deep Ebd cover with girl wearing floaties in a pool

The Deep End

Years F–2  Unit

Inside cover with the tall man pushing a proam full of babies

The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies

Years F–2 Unit

''Younger Readers

Duck for a Day Book cover

Duck for a Day

Years 2–4 Unit


Henry Hoey Hobson

Years 5–7 Unit

Just a Dog

Years 4–6 Unit

The Red Wind

Years 4–6 Unit


Years 4–6 Unit

Cover with Violet holding the title on a card

Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot

Years 3–5 Unit

''Picture Books

Family Forest book cover

Family Forest

Years 1–3 Unit

Silhouette of a cat on the cover


Years 6–8 Unit

 Donkey on a couch

My Uncle’s Donkey

Years 1–3 Unit

Haiory Nosd Womabts juggling household objects

The Hairy-Nosed Wombats Find a New Home

Years 2–4 Unit

Image of dot painting with shell pattern on cover

Why I Love Australia

Years 2–4 Unit

Image on cover of figures in a pod

Two Peas in a Pod

Years 1–3 Unit

My Name is Lizzie Flynn: A story of the Rajah Quilt

My Name is Lizzie Flynn

Years 5–6 Unit

''Information Books

World  War 1 Soldie amidst battel scene on cover

Zero Hour: The Anzacs on the Western front

Years 5–7 Unit

The Return of the Word Spy book cover

The Return of the Word Spy

Years 4–6 Unit

''Older Readers

Midnight Burial

Years 7–8 Unit

Boy in details from the book cover


Years 5–7 Unit

Young girl from book cover

Shahana: Through my eyes

Years 5–8 Unit

Boy silhouetted at dusk from cover

The Big Dry

Years 5–8 Unit

Young woman and a horse, cover detail

The Girl from Snowy River

Years 7–8 Unit

Graphic cover with naval imagry, the globe of the world and sailor

To See the World

Years 6–7 Unit

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