books & texts for children


The Pearl-shell Diver  - a story of adventure from the Torres Strait

ISBN 978 -1-76029-047-4                                       Published by Allen & Unwin   Editors:  Lyn White & Hilary Reynolds


* Book of the Year 2016:   Best Book for Language and Literacy Development - Indigenous Books for Children

   Awarded by Speech Pathology Australia

*  Notable Book of the Year 2017:  Younger Readers - Children's Book Council of Australia

*  Shortlisted Crystal Kite Award 2017 - Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators


The year is 1898:  Sario lives with his family on a remote island in the Torres Strait. The pearl-shell industry is at its peak and when his father is coerced away, 13-year-old Sario goes to work as a swimming diver to support his family. He can earn more as a pump-diver and he wants to walk the deep ocean floor in a big breathing helmet and dive suit, but deep-sea diving is extremely dangerous and another diver is making trouble, and ... worse is to come for island boy, Sario.


Historical fiction - 9-13 years

Available in print & e-book formats

Cover design by Debra Billson

Introduced Species In Australia

ISBN 978-1-4202-7308-3                 Published by Macmillan Library Australia


* Awarded a Whitley Book Commendation by The Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.


This information book explores the debate about managing the impact of introduced plants and animals. Questions include...  How are species introduced? What is their impact on the Australian environment and economy? Is commercial harvesting a workable solution? 

​The Issue is defined and explained with up-to-date facts and quotes from key figures in the debate.

The 'Viewpoints' page guides students to further thinking and discussion. 


Non-fiction. Available in print and digital formats.

Patch Parker - Son of a Convict         

ISBN  978-0-7312-7390-4               Published by Harcourt Education


* A recommended resource for middle primary by the History Teachers Association of Australia.


Patch Parker's mother was a British convict transported to New South Wales. Life in the new colony was difficult for her and Patch, there was little food, and relations with the local people were not always good. Patch did make friends with an Aboriginal boy called Tommera. Read how Patch and Tommera's friendship developed in difficult times.


Historical fiction  7-9 years                        

Illustrated by Naomi Lewis

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Some titles may unfortunately be out of print.

Penguins in polonecks

ISBN 0-7329-9906-5               Published by Macmillan Education Australia  

The fairy penguins on Ninth Island are sick due to an oil spill. Tom wants to help them, but he is not impressed with Hanna's crazy plan to knit jumpers for the penguins. Can Hanna convince a bunch of desert kids to start knitting? 

Fiction  7 - 9 years

Illustrated by Craig Longmuir


Reading Box - comprehension texts
Published by Teachers 4 Teachers             


Reading comprehension kits for children 6-12 years. Texts are age-levelled and suitable for group or individual learning. The colour-coded cards have informative, imaginative and motivational articles and stories and present eleven text types, including narratives, reports, procedures, recounts, explanations, expositions and descriptions.

No Ticket, No Ride!

ISBN 0-7329-9901-4                        Published by Macmillan Education Australia


It is Joel's turn to take the class guinea pigs home for the weekend. Disaster strikes when the bus driver won't let them on the bus without tickets - and Joel has not money to buy tickets. Find out if he can solve this difficult problem and take the class pets home.


Fiction  7-9 years

Illustrated by Craig Longmuir



The Monster Lobster Rescue

ISBN 0-7312-2370-5                         Published by Rigby Heinemann


This is the story of Larry, and how Nick and his friends set out to rescue him. But this is no ordinary rescue attempt. Larry is a monster lobster and he's imprisoned in a tiny tank in a seafood restaurant!


Fiction  7-9 years

Ilustrated by June Joubert

Mouse House Loan

ISBN 0-7312-1980-5                     Published by  Heinemann


Katy Kriby has a problem - a mouse problem! Her pet mouse Madonna is expecting more babies, and the mouse house is already too crowded. Katy needs money to buy a new mouse house, and fast!

Should Katy ask the bank for a loan? And, if the bank approves her application, how will she pay the money back?  Katy is in a real jam!



7-9 years

Ilustrated by June Joubert  


             My daughter had at one time 18 guinea pigs. Too many said I. Now she has only two of them. This is a nice story for young readers learning English.                       Annelis at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland 12 May 2015 

Don't Try This at Home!  - extreme jumps

ISBN 0-7312-3330-1              Published by Rigby Heinemann


Have you always wondered how to sky surf or bungee jump, but been too afraid to ask? How about vine jumping, or sky diving? For the ultimate adrenaline rush, this book explores a range of extreme jumps. Just remember - Don't Try This at Home!


Non-fiction  8-12 years

Sourced and author photos

Noisy Toys

ISBN 0-7312-2255-5         Published by Rigby Heinemann


What noise does your toy make? This book fits with the topic of Games and Toys.

It is an introduction to onomatopoeia - words whose sounds imitate the sound of the action they make.



5-7 years

Illustrated by June Joubert

How to Make a Sun Hat

ISBN 0-7312-2248-2         Published by Rigby Hennemann


This is a 'how to' book with simple diagrams and steps for early readers.

It fits with the topic of Weather. 


Craft 5-7 years

Illustrated by June Joubert