Aussie Kids is an exciting new series designed especially for emerging independent readers. From a NSW zoo to a Victorian lighthouse; an outback sheep station to a QLD beach or NT mangrove, this junior fiction series celebrates Australian children living in unique places in every state and territory of Australia. That’s 8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories!
Here are 8 things to celebrate about Aussie Kids.
- Engaging characters and stories
Fact no. 1: kids are nosy and they have short attention spans. Which is why each Aussie Kids book features a unique character and gives young readers a peak into their lives (whether that be living in a lighthouse or Barra fishing in the NT mangroves).
- Extra content
Maps! Postcards! Fun facts! There’s something extra in each Aussie Kids book (because we all love a bit of bonus content).
- Two-colour illustrations
Deciding between a picture book and a chapter book? As a wise girl once said, ‘Porque no los dos?’ With eight talented illustrators involved across the series, kids can look forward to a unique art style with each book.
- Simplified text
As great a word as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is, you won’t find it in this series. Simple sentence structure and short chapters are perfect for emerging readers and so the Aussie Kids books have been specifically designed for younger readers who are still building their confidence.
- Diverse characters
Australians don’t all look the same, and neither do the characters in this series. The Aussie Kids books ensure that real-life Aussie kids can see themselves in the stories they read and see the place they grow up in – whether it’s town or country.
- Diverse creators
With an author and illustrator team from each state, these books have been developed by a widely diverse (and incredibly talented) group of creators, so you know each story comes from personal experience and a deep love for their home town.
- Broad appeal
We think books should be enjoyed by everybody, so the Aussie Kids series is intentionally non-gender specific and appeals to all young readers.
- Explore Australia
The best part about books right now? You don’t need to deal with border control to visit another state. Kids from Eastern states can metaphorically cross the Western border and Meet Eve in the Outback, while those down south can visit the north without the heat, and Meet Sam at the Mangrove Creek. Much cheaper than a holiday.