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Recommended Books: Upper Years

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A list of recommended books for upper years created in collaboration with award-winning teacher librarian Megan Daley.

Use this teaching resource in the classroom as a comprehensive guide to quality literature for upper 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

  • ACELT1608

    Identify aspects of literary texts that convey details or information about particular social, cultural and historical contextsElaborationsdescribing how aspects of literature, for example visuals, symbolic elements, dialogue and character descriptio...

  • ACELT1613

    Make connections between students’ own experiences and those of characters and events represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contextsElaborationsrecognising the influence our different historical, social and cu...

  • ACELT1614

    Analyse and evaluate similarities and differences in texts on similar topics, themes or plotsElaborationsexploring texts on a similar topic by authors with very different styles, for example comparing fantasy quest novels or realistic novels on a spe...

  • ACELT1795

    Use metalanguage to describe the effects of ideas, text structures and language features on particular audiencesElaborationsorally, in writing or using digital media, giving a considered interpretation and opinion about a literary text, recognising t...

  • ACELT1615

    Identify and explain how choices in language, for example modality, emphasis, repetition and metaphor, influence personal response to different textsElaborationsnoting how degrees of possibility are opened up through the use of modal verbs (for examp...

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