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Premier’s Reading Challenge

Over the years we have had many EK Books become part of Australian State and Territory Premier Reading Challenges. These are still going strong today, and below you will be able to find a categorised list of all our books in each state’s lists. These are ordered by year level according to the Premier Reading Challenges’ own Criteria. 

New South Wales Premier's Reading Challenge

Arabella and the Magic Pencil

HB: 9781925820010
PB: 9781925820553

Stephanie Ward & Shaney Hyde

Themes: Creativity and Sibling Rivalry

Teachers Notes,  Colouring Pages,  Paperdoll Activity,  Make Your Own Magic Pencil

 


The Art Garden

9781925335590

Penny Harrison & Penelope Pratley

Themes: Creativity, Self-Belief and Friendship

Teachers Notes, Trace & Draw Worksheets

 


The Box Cars

9781925335835

Robert Vescio & Cara King

Themes: Friendship, Creativity and Problem-solving

Teachers Notes

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The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses 

HB: 9781925335996
PB: 9781925820560  (June 2020)

Susanne Gervay & Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

Themes: Self-Esteem and Dealing with Difference

Teachers Notes, Colouring Pages

The Chalk Rainbow

9781925335453

Deborah Kelly & Gwynneth Jones

Themes: Understanding Autism and Other Developmental Disorders

Teachers Notes

Dance with Me

9781925335231

Penny Harrison & Gwynneth Jones

Themes: Childhood Memories and Treasured Possessions

Teachers Notes

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Don't Think About Purple Elephants

Don’t Think About Purple Elephants

HB: 9781921966699
PB: 9781925335484

Susan Whelan & Gwynneth Jones

Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award

Themes: Coping with Anxiety and Worry

Teachers Notes

Ella and Mrs Gooseberry

9781925335255

Vikki Conley & Penelope Pratley

Themes: Love and Kindness

Teachers Notes,  Activity Pack

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Finding Granny

9781925335699

Kate Simpson & Gwynneth Jones

Speech Pathology Australia – Shortlisted Book of the Year 2019

Themes: Grandparents, Illness, Stroke Awareness and Art Therapy

Teachers Notes

The Fix-it Man

9781925335347

Dimity Powell & Nicky Johnston

Themes: Grief, Death, Hope and Healing from Loss

Teachers Notes

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Grace and Katie

9781925335545

Susanne Merritt & Liz Anelli
Themes:

Sibling Rivalry, Creativity and Individuality Between Twins

Teachers Notes

Grandma Forgets

HB: 9781925335477
PB: 9781925335811

Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston

A Children’s Book Council of Australia Noteable, and is recommended by the Australian Association of Family Therapy Award for Children’s Literature

Themes:  Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Ageing and Family

Teachers Notes, Activity Sheets

Grandpa’s Noises

HB: 9781925335989
PB: 9781925820461

Gareth St John Thomas & Colin Rowe

Themes: Family and Humour

Teachers Notes

Grey-Glasses-itis

9781925335958

Lynn Jenkins & Kirrili Lonergan

Themes:

Moods, Feelings and Emotional Resilience

Teachers Notes

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The Incurable Imagination

9781925335972

Paul Russell And Aśka

Themes: Education and Imagination

Teachers Notes, Activity Sheets

The Leaky Story

9781925335392

Devon Sillett & Anil Tortop

Themes: Imagination, Family Bonding & The Joy of Reading

Teachers Notes

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Lessons of a LAC

9781925335828

Lynn Jenkins & Kirrili Lonergan

Themes:

Anxiety, Worry and Resilience

Teachers Notes

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My Storee

9781925335774

Paul Russell And Aśka

Themes: Dyslexia, Reluctant Writers, Creativity and Inspirational Teachers

Teachers Notes, Work Sheets, Illustrated Interview

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Ollie’s Treasure

HB: 9781925335422
PB: 9781925820263

Lynn Jenkins & Kirrili Lonergan

Shortlisted for Speech Pathology of Australia Awards 2018

Themes: Sibling Rivalry, Creativity and Individuality Between Twins

Teachers Notes

Paddy O’Melon

9781925335637

Julia Cooper & Daryl Dickson

Themes: Australian Native Wildlife, Conservation, Identity and Belonging

Teachers Notes

Patch and Ruby

9781925335224

Anouska Jones & Gwynneth Jones

Themes: Friendship and Belonging

Teachers Notes

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Peas in a Pod

Peas in a Pod

HB: 9781925820010
PB: 9781925335286

Tania Mccartney & Tina Snerling

Themes: Developing An Individual Identity as a Multiple

Teachers Notes

Perfect Petunias

9781925335583

Lynn Jenkins & Kirrili Lonergan
Themes:

Perfectionism, Self-Acceptance and Resilience

Teachers Notes
 
 

Reena’s Rainbow

9781925335491

Dee White & Tracie Grimwood

Themes: Hearing Impairment, Diversity, Friendship and Acceptance

Teachers Notes
AUSLAN Teachers Notes

Saying Goodbye to Barkley

HB: 9781925335965
PB: 9781925820447

Devon Sillett & Nicky Johnston

Themes: Pets, Loss and Animal Welfare

Teachers Notes, Activity Sheets

Scaredy Book

HB: 9781925335682
PB: 9781925820683 (March 2021)

Devon Sillett & Cara King

Themes: Courage, Friendship, Books and Libraries

Teachers Notes

 

See Hear

9781925335675

Tania Mccartney & Jess Racklyeft

Themes:

Senses, Sensory Development, Sight and Hearing

Teachers Notes

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Smile Cry

HB: 9781921966989
PB: 9781925335378

Tania Mccartney & Jess Racklyeft
Themes:

Recognising and Accepting Different Emotions

Teachers Notes

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Through the Gate

HB: 9781925335415
PB: 9781925820096

Sally Fawcett

Shortlisted for the 2018 Speech Pathology Awards, and is recommended by the Australian Association of Family Therapy Award for Children’s Literature.

Themes: Moving House and Coping with Change

Teachers Notes

 

Tree

9781925820126

Lynn Jenkins & Kirrili Lonergan
Themes:

Moods, Feelings and Emotional Resilience

Teachers Notes

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Up to Something

9781925335705

Katrina Mckelvey & Kirrili Lonergan

Themes: Recycling, Imaginative Play and Father-Son Relationship

Teachers Notes

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Visiting You

9781925335668

Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg & Andrea Edmonds 

Themes Community, Diversity, Tolerance and Love

Teachers Notes

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The Voyage

9781925820034

Robert Vescio & Andrea Edmonds

Selected for the 2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. A cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) & the Children’s Book Council

Themes: Empathy, Resilience and Refugees

Teachers Notes

What Could it Be?

9781925335026

Sally Fawcett

Themes: Geometry and Creativity

Teachers Notes 
 

At the End of Holyrood Lane

HB: 9781925335767
PB: 9781925820454

Dimity Powell & Nicky Johnston

WINNER OF THE 2019 SCWBI Crystal Kite Award, Australia/New Zealand Division.

Themes: Domestic Violence, Abuse, Resilience, Trust and Hope

Teachers Notes

Australia Illustrated (2nd ed.)

9781925335880

Tania McCartney

Shortlisted for the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards 2017; Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Awards Australia 2017

Themes: Australiana, Diversity and Multiculturalism

Teachers Notes

My Grandfather’s War

9781775592990

Glyn Harper & Jenny Cooper

Themes: Vietnam War, PTSD and Family Relationships

Teachers Notes

Oueensland Premier's Reading Challenge

 

Smile Cry

HB: 9781921966989
PB: 9781925335378

Tania Mccartney & Jess Racklyeft
Themes:

Recognising and Accepting Different Emotions

Teachers Notes

Grandma Forgets

HB: 9781925335477
PB: 9781925335811

Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston

A Children’s Book Council of Australia Noteable, and is recommended by the Australian Association of Family Therapy Award for Children’s Literature

Themes:  Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Ageing and Family

Teachers Notes, Activity Sheets

Victoria Premier's Reading Challenge

Don't Think About Purple Elephants

Don’t Think About Purple Elephants

HB: 9781921966699
PB: 9781925335484

Susan Whelan & Gwynneth Jones

Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award

Themes: Coping with Anxiety and Worry

Teachers Notes

Finding Granny

9781925335699

Kate Simpson & Gwynneth Jones

Speech Pathology Australia – Shortlisted Book of the Year 2019

Themes: Grandparents, Illness, Stroke Awareness and Art Therapy

Teachers Notes

Finding Granny

9781925335699

Kate Simpson & Gwynneth Jones

Speech Pathology Australia – Shortlisted Book of the Year 2019

Themes: Grandparents, Illness, Stroke Awareness and Art Therapy

Teachers Notes

A Kids Year Series

Tania McCartney & Tina Snerling
Themes:

Multiculturalism, Customs and Traditions


Invisible Jerry

9781925335781

Adam Wallace & Giuseppe Poli
Themes:

Friendship, Loneliness, Belonging & Self-confidence

Teachers Notes

 

South Australia Premier's Reading Challenge

An Aussie Year

9781925820270

Tania McCartney & Tina Snerling

Winner of the ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Best Children’s Book; shortlisted for West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award!

Themes: Multiculturalism, Customs and Traditions

Teachers Notes

The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses 

HB: 9781925335996
PB: 9781925820560 (June 2020)

Susanne Gervay & Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

Themes: Self-Esteem and Dealing with Difference

Teachers Notes, Colouring Pages

Dandelions

9781925335569

Katrina Mckelvey & Kirrili Lonergan

Themes: Hope, Resilience, Nature and The Father-Daughter Bond

Teachers Notes

My Grandfather’s War

9781775592990

Glyn Harper & Jenny Cooper

Themes: Vietnam War, PTSD and Family Relationships

Teachers Notes