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Premier's Reading Challenge 2016 - Prep to Year 1 booklist

Encouraging your students to read as often as possible - not only to learn but also for enjoyment - is a critical element of improving reading for all students.

This list contains picture books that support the development of pre-reading and early reading strategies. Prep to Year 1 students can read independently and/or ‘experience’ these books. ‘Experiencing’ a book can include a range of classroom or home activities such as shared reading, listening and reading along with a text, or being read to.

While there is no compulsory reading list for the Premier's Reading Challenge, a booklist has been developed to help students, teachers, parents and guardians select appropriate reading material. Students may select any suitable books including those on previous years' Premier's Reading Challenge lists.

  • Prep to Year 1 books in the library catalogue

Note: Hover over the icon View description icon to view description. A print friendly version (PDF, 152 KB) of this list can be downloaded.

Bartholin, Hanne; Browne, Anthony (illus) Frida and Bear JF 25 Drawing; Friendship;
Base, Graeme Eye to eye JF 43 Animals; Imagination
Blabey, Aaron Pig the fibber JF 24 Dogs; Lying
Butterworth, Chris; Gaggiotti, Lucia (illus) Where do clothes come from? NF 32 Clothing
Chancellor, Deborah On the road NF 24 Vehicles
Chichester Clark, Emma Bears don’t read! JF 32 Reading
Children from Milikapiti school; Lester, Alison No way Yirrikipayi! JF 23 Australian animals
Collum, Karen; Geddes, Serena (illus) Blow me a kiss JF 28 Kindness
Cronin, Doreen; Lewin, Betsy (illus) Click, clack, peep JF 40 Farm animals; Humour
Dreise, Gregg Kookoo kookaburra JF 32 Australian Animals
Dubosarsky, Ursula; Joyner, Andrew (illus) Tim and Ed JF 32 Twins; Independence
Duskey Rinker, Sherri; Lichtenheld, Tom (illus) Steam train, dream train NF 30 Rhyming story; Bedtime
Elliott, David; Zuppardi, Sam (illus) Nobody’s perfect JF 32 Behaviour
Feather, Lucy; Lomp, Stephan (illus) Follow that car JF 32 Rhyming story; Puzzles
Ferry, Beth; Mantle, Ben (illus) Land shark JF 28 Pets
Fox, Mem; Horacek, Judy (illus) This & that JF 30 Rhyming story; Bedtime
Gardner, Felicity; West, David The complete guide to a dog’s best friend JF 22 Dogs; Humour
Germein, Katrina; Watson, Judy (illus) Thunderstorm dancing JF 31 Storms; Family
Godwin, Jane; Joyner, Andrew (illus) How big is too small? JF 30 Body size
Goldin, David Meet me at the art museum: a whimsical look behind the scenes JF 33 Museums
Greenberg, Nicki Teddy took the train JF 31 Toys
Hammill, Elizabeth (compiler) Over the hills far and away NF 160 Nursery rhymes
Honey, Elizabeth Hop up! Wriggle over! JF 29 Australian Animals
Kendell, Sandra Green tree frogs NF 32 Frogs
Krumwiede, Lana; Pizzoli, Greg (illus) Just Itzy JF 32 Spiders; Bravery
Lever, Jill; Denton, Terry (illus) The worm who knew karate! JF 31 Worms; Courage
Light, Steve Have you seen my dragon? JF 41 Dragons; Puzzles
Llewelyn, Christopher; Tulloch, Scott (illus) Tyranno-sort-of Rex JF 32 Rhyming story
Mannis, Celeste Davidson; Hartung, Susan Kathleen (illus) One leaf rides the wind NF 24 Counting; Haiku poetry
McKenna, Martin The crocodolly JF 29 Pets; Humour
Melling, David Hugless Douglas goes to little school [Hugless Douglas series] JF 28 School; Friendship
Miller, David First flight JF 30 Australian animals
Murphy, Sally; Dawson, Janine Fly-in fly-out dad JF 27 Fathers
Parker, Danny; Blackwood, Freya (illus) Perfect NF 29 Summer
Pulford, Elizabeth; Wilkinson, Kate (illus) Finding Monkey Moon JF 30 Toys
Quay, Emma Scarlett, starlet JF 30 Dancing
Robertson, Fiona A tale of two beasts JF 29 Perspective; Pets
Salas, Laura Purdie; Dabija, Violeta (illus) A rock can be... NF 32 Rocks
Shirvington, Jessica; Robertson, Claire (illus) Just the way we are JF 32 Families
Shuttlewood, Anna The race to the beach JF 29 Animals; Racing
Stanton, Beck; Stanton, Matt This is a ball [Books that drive kids crazy! series] JF 32 Humour; Role playing
Stojic, Manya Rain JF 30 African animals; Weather
Stoop, Naoko Red Knit Cap Girl and the reading tree JF 33 Reading; Sharing
Weakland, Mark Seeds go, seeds grow NF 32 Seeds; Lifecycles
Whelan, Susan; Jones, Gwynneth (illus) Don’t think about purple elephants JF 29 Worrying
Wu, Mike Ellie JF 32 Animals; Talent


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Last reviewed
26 April 2016
Last updated
26 April 2016