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Premier's Reading Challenge booklists 2008

Students are not restricted to books listed for their particular year level, and may select books suitable for their particular level of reading ability.

Prep to Year 1 | Year 1 to Year 3 | Year 3 to Year 5 | Year 5 to Year 7

Year 3 - 5

Graphic novels or picture books included contain a significant amount of text and conceptual ideas suitable for readers at this level. Students can read independently or read with peers and adults. A print friendly version (new window 307K Adobe PDF document ) of this list can be downloaded.

Students, parents/caregivers and/or teachers may choose books from these lists, but it is not mandatory.

Author Title Fiction/NF Pages Year level
Baillie, Allan; Culic, Ned (illus) Details and Review. The excuse [Aussie bites series] F 61 p P-7
Ball, Duncan; Smith, Craig (illus) Details and Review. Emily Eyefinger series
-including Emily Eyefinger and the lost treasure
F 82 p P-7
Brallier, Jess M; Parker, Robert Andrew (illus) Details and Review. Who was Albert Einstein? [Who was? series} NF 105 p  4-7 
Carmody, Isobelle Details and Review. Little Fur series
- including The legend of Little Fur
F 194 p  4-7
Brasch, Nicolas Details and Review. Tan Le [Our voices series] NF 44 p 4-7
Clark, Sherryl Details and Review. Batter up! [Aussie bites series] F 78 p 4-5
Dahl, Roald Details and Review. Charlie and the chocolate factory F 134 p 1-7
D'Ath, Justin Details and Review. Extreme adventures series
-including Bushfire rescue
F 123 p 4-7
Denton, Terry Details and Review. Wombat & Fox series
-including Wombat & Fox: summer in the city
F 122 p 3-5
Donkin, Andrew Details and Review. Crime busters [Dorling Kindersley readers series] NF 48 p 4-7
Fienberg, Anna; Fienberg, Barbara; Gamble, Kim (illus) Details and Review. Tashi series
-including Tashi and the Baba Yaga
F 64 p P-7
Flynn, Pat; Jellett, Tom (illus) Details and Review. The tuckshop kid F 81 p 4-7
Fourmile, Trevor; Fourmile, Lillian (illus) Details and Review. How the cassowary got its helmet F 30 p 4-7
Fusillo, Archimede Details and Review. Uncorked! [Quick reads series] F 66 p 3-5
Galbraith, Ben Details and Review. The three fishing brothers Gruff F 32 p 1-7
Gervay, Susanne; Wilcox, Cathy Details and Review. I am Jack F 126 p 4-7
Giblin, James Cross Ibatoulline, Bagram (illus) Details and Review. Secrets of the Sphinx F 47 p 4-10
Hall, Penny; Smith, Craig Details and Review. Alan the alien [Tadpoles series] F 64 p 1-5
Hann Syme, Marguerite Details and Review. Chickpea F 55 p 4-7
Hawke, Rosanne; Pignataro, Anna (illus) Details and Review. The collector [Start-ups series] F 64 p 3-5
Heimann, Rolf Details and Review. Hamlet and Piglet [Start-ups series] F 63 p 1-5
Heinrich, Sally Details and Review. The most beautiful lantern F 32 p 3-7
Hilton, Nette; Stewart, Chantal Details and Review. Star of the show F 98 p 3-5
Hirst, Robin & Sally; Harvey, Roland (illus); with Levine, Joseph Details and Review. My place in space F 31 p 4-5
Hoopmann, Kathy; Axelsen, Stephen (illus) Details and Review. Race of fear [Quick reads series] F 68 p 4-7
Kelly, Ned; Wilkinson, Carole (ed); Jones, Dean (illus) Details and Review. Ned Kelly's Jerilderie letter [True tales series] NF 57 p 4-12
King-Smith, Dick; Barton, Jill Details and Review. Lady Lollipop F 120 p 1-5
Lester, Alison; Harvey, Roland (illus) Details and Review. Bonnie & Sam Horse-crazy! series
-including The shadow brumby
F 62 p 3-5
Lindgren, Astrid; Crampton, Patricia; Tornqvist, Marit Details and Review. The red bird F 37 p 3-6
Lurie, Morris; Honey, Elizabeth (illus) Details and Review. The twenty-seventh annual African hippopotamus race F 103 p 1- 5
McDonald, Meme; Pryor, Boori Details and Review. My girragundji F 74 p 4-9
McLaine, Susan; Power, Margaret (illus) Details and Review. Can I pat that dog? NF 32 p P-5
Metzenthen, David Details and Review. Brocky's bananagram F 105 p 4-7
Metzenthen, David Details and Review. The really really epic mini-bike ride F 98 p 4-7
Moloney, James Details and Review. 68 teeth [Aussie chomps series] F 78 p 3-7
Moloney, James Details and Review. The doomsday rats series
- including The tunnels of Ferdinand
F 171 p 4-7
Morris, Jill; Muir, Lynne (illus) Details and Review. Argonauta, octopus navigator NF 32 p 2-7
Morrow, Robin (ed); King, Stephen Michael(illus) Details and Review. And the 'roo jumped over the moon: Australian stories and poems for children NF 93 p P-7
Nimmo, Jenny; Milne, Terry (illus) Details and Review. Dog star F 79 p 3-5
Norman, Mark Details and Review. The penguin book: birds in suits NF 30 p 1-8
Odgers, Darrel; Odgers, Sally Details and Review. Jack Russell, dog detective series
- including The sausage situation
F 80 p 3-5
Oliver, Narelle Details and Review. Sand swimmers: the secret life of Australia's dead heart NF 31 p 4-7
Orr, Wendy; Millard, Kerry Details and Review. Nim at sea F 173 p 2-5
Paterson A.B.; Niland, Kilmeny (illus) Details and Review. Clancy of the Overflow NF 30 p 1-7
Rippin, Sally Details and Review. The really big food project [Access Asia series] NF 29 p 1-5
Rodda, Emily; Vitale, Raoul (illus) Details and Review. Fairy realm series
- including The rainbow wand
F 116 p 3-5
Ross, Monkey Mark Details and Review. Raps 4 little fullas [Indij readers for little fullas, for big fullas series] NF 19 p 1-5
Ross, Stewart Details and Review. Curse of the crocodile god [DK graphic readers series] F 48 p 4-7
Roy, James; Woods, Damien (illus) Details and Review. Wrestlefest fever [Quick reads series] F 79 p 4-7
Starke, Ruth Details and Review. NIPS XI [Takeaways series] F 224 p 4-9
Svendsen, Mark Nestor; Redlich, Ben (illus) Details and Review. Circus carnivore F 30 p 4-9
Tonkin, Rachel Details and Review. Leaf litter NF 38 p P-8
Wagner, Jenny Details and Review. The nimbin F 108 p 4-7
Wagner, Michael; Gordon, Gus (illus) Details and Review. The Undys series
- including The Undys: let the games begin
F 120 p 3-7
Wilkinson, Rick; Looby, Mic (illus) Details and Review. Animals are electrifying [It's true! series] NF 88 p 4-8

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Last reviewed
8 March 2011
Last updated
8 March 2011