A list of recommended books for middle years created by award-winning teacher librarian Megan Daley.
Use this teaching resource in the classroom as a comprehensive guide to quality literature for middle years. This book list has been created by award-winning teacher librarian Megan Daley. The books have been carefully selected to showcase exceptional writing and illustrating and represent diversity in all forms.
Display this poster in your classroom or in your school library, or share this list with parents and guardians to encourage reading at home and a love of books.
This list is a guide only. We recommend teachers and parents take the time to review these titles, based on a student’s individual reading abilities and requirements, prior to including them in a reading program.
Australian Curriculum alignment
Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authorsâ reasonsElaborationsreading texts in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children/young people are the central character...
Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with othersElaborationsdiscussing relevant prior knowledge and past experiences to make meaningful connections to the people, places, events, issues and ideas ...
Develop criteria for establishing personal preferences for literatureElaborationsbuilding a conscious understanding of preference regarding topics and genres of personal interest (for example humorous short stories, school and family stories, mysteri...
Make connections between the ways different authors may represent similar storylines, ideas and relationshipsElaborationscommenting on how authors have established setting and period in different cultures and times and the relevance of characters, ac...
Discuss literary experiences with others, sharing responses and expressing a point of view Elaborations sharing and discussing students' own and others' understanding of the effects of particular literary techniques on their appreciation of t...
Use metalanguage to describe the effects of ideas, text structures and language features of literary textsElaborationsexamining the authorâs description of a characterâs appearance, behaviour and speech and noting how the characterâs d...
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