Australian Books to Read Aloud

We were inspired by this manifesto from Michael Morpurgo, which was recently posted on Facebook in Dance with me in the Heart and shared by some of our members.

If you are looking for books to read aloud, you might like to try some of these suggestions from our committee. We’d be happy to share others you’ve found successful – send your favourites to with the subject heading ‘Australian Books to Read Aloud’.


Tashi – Anna Fienberg

Under the Love Umbrella - Davina Bell & Alison Colpoys

Your School is the Best - Maggie Hutchings and Felicita Sala

To the Bridge – Corrine Fenton

Mike I don’t Like - Kat and Jol Temple

Mr Chicken (series) – Leigh Hobbs

Little Cat and the Big Red Bus - Jane Godwin

The Terrible Plop - Ursula Dubosarsky

Peggy - Anna Walker

Herman and Rosie - Gus Gordan

Wendy the Flying Chicken - Gus Gordan

The Wolves of Greycoat Hall - Lucinda Gifford

Figgy (series) – Tamsin Janu

To the Lighthouse - Christy Byrne

The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler – Lisa Shanahan

Graver Finds a Home (series) – Claire Garth

My Hampster (series) – David Lowe

Leave Taking – Lorraine Marwood

Monty’s Island – Emily Rodda


Nim's Island – Wendy Orr

Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables – Tim Harris and James Hart

Rowan of Rin – Emily Rodda

Midnight at the Library – Ursula Dubosarsky and Ron Brooks

The Secret Library of Hummingbird House - Julianne Negri

The Right Way to Rock - Nat Amoore

Shockingly Good Stories - RA Spratt

Nanny Piggins - RA Spratt

The Elephant – Peter Carnavas

Extreme Adventure (series) – Justin D Áth

Bungawitta - Emily Rodda

Unreal (series) – Paul Jennings

Run Pip, Run – JC Jones

Trouble at Home (series) – Cate Whittle

Songbird & Sunflower - Ingrid Laguna

Vincent and the Grandest Hotel in the World - Lisa Nicol

Polly & Buster (series) - Sally Rippin

The Song of Lewis Carmichael - Sofie Laguna

Jimmy Cook (series) - Kate & Jol Temple

Bailey Finch takes a Stand - Ingrid Laguna

The Travelling Bookshop (series) - Katrina Nannestad


Worse Things - Sally Morgan

The Peacock Detectives – Carly Nugent

The Little Wave – Pip Harry

The Curiosities – Zana Fraillon and Phil Lesnie

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone – Jaclyn Moriarty

The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan - Felice Arena

The Glasshouse of Stars – Shirley Marr

Once - Morris Gleitzman

Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire  - Nat Amoore

The Power of Positive Pranking – Nat Amoore

The Year the Maps Changed - Danielle Binks

Detention - Tristan Bancks

Catch a Falling Star - Meg McKinley

We Are Wolves & Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief - Katrina Nannestad

The Beast of Hushing Wood - Gabrielle Wang