8 reasons Aussie Kids should read Aussie Kids

8 reasons Aussie Kids should read Aussie Kids

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.

  1. 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).

  1. Extra content

Maps! Postcards! Fun facts! There’s something extra in each Aussie Kids book (because we all love a bit of bonus content).

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Reviews

It's a big country: Get cracking on this Aussie Kids activity pack

Review | Extract

23 June 2020

It's a big country: Get cracking on this Aussie Kids activity pack

Desert adventure: Read a chapter from Aussie Kids: Eve in the Outback

Review | Extract

13 June 2020

Desert adventure: Read a chapter from Aussie Kids: Eve in the Outback

Unique Stories About Australian Children: Review of Aussie Kids Series

Review

18 February 2020

Unique Stories About Australian Children: Review of Aussie Kids Series

Synopsis

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years.From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state and territory in Australia.8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories!Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Sam from the Northern Territory.Hi! I’m Sam I have a new throw net. My cuz, Peter, and I can’t wait to try it out. We want to catch a BIG barra!

Synopsis

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years.From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state and territory in Australia.8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories!Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Mia from South Australia.Hi! I’m Mia Jim is coming to stay with us soon. I want to show him the jetty, beach and island. But I don’t want my bossy sister Alice to take over. So I have a plan . . .

Publisher details

Aussie Kids: Meet Eve In The Outback
Authors
Karen Blair, Raewyn Caisley
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
31 March, 2020

Synopsis

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years.From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia.8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories!Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Eve from Western Australia.Hi! I'm Eve. I live at a roadhouse in the Nullarbor. We don't get many visitors. But today my cousin Will is coming. We'll have so much fun!

Synopsis

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years.From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia.8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states!Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Taj from Victoria.Hi! I'm Taj. This is my favourite T-shirt. I brought it to Australia from my old home. My family came here after a long journey. It was hard at first, but now I love my new home!

Publisher details

Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
31 March, 2020

Synopsis

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years.From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia.8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states!Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Katie from Queensland.Hi! I'm Katie. I have a wobbly tooth that won’t come out! But it’s not going to spoil my trip to the beach. We’re going to eat mangoes and play beach cricket!

Publisher details

Aussie Kids: Meet Zoe and Zac at the Zoo
Authors
Belinda Murrell, David Hardy
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
04 February, 2020

Synopsis

Aussie Kids is an exciting new series for emerging readers 6-8 years.From a NSW Zoo to a Victorian lighthouse, or an outback sheep farm in WA to a beach in QLD, this junior fiction series celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia.8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states!Come on an adventure with Aussie Kids and meet Zoe and Zac from New South Wales.Hi! I'm Zoe and this is Zac. We're so lucky we live at the zoo! As a birthday treat, we're helping out with the animals. We can't wait!
Danny Snell
About the author

Danny Snell

Danny Snell lives in Adelaide where he has worked as an illustrator for over 20 years. In that time he has illustrated over a dozen children’s picture books. Working in a variety of media and with a focus on simple compositions, he brings a gentle whimsy to his book characters and settings.Danny has won a number of awards for his books including CBCA Notables, and the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books in 2014.

Books by Danny Snell

David Hardy
About the author

David Hardy

David Hardy is an Indigenous artist, with over 8 years of feature film animation experience with Walt Disney Animation Studios. David is also an author and illustrator of his own book series with Magabala Books, Alfie’s Search for Destiny and Alfie’s Big Wish. David has also illustrated other book titles such as On the Way to Nanas, Beatbox Brothers and The Proud Foots, Shaka Shaka Hawaii. He lives in Sydney with his wife May and two kids Caden and Summer.

Books by David Hardy

Brenton E. McKenna
About the author

Brenton E. McKenna

Brenton E. McKenna is a young Yawuru artist and writer who fell in love with comic books at a young age. He studied visual arts for two years at Goulburn TAFE and in 2009 was one of twenty successful applicants to be awarded a highly sought-after mentorship with the Australian Society of Authors. Brenton has attended several art workshop/residencies and in doing so has generated much national interest in recent years.

Books by Brenton E. McKenna

Lucia Masciullo
About the author

Lucia Masciullo

Lucia Masciullo grew up in Livorno, Tuscany. She moved to Australia in 2007 and since then she has been happily working as an illustrator. She has illustrated more than 20 books, among which are the CBCA Honour Book and Prime Minister Award short-listed Come Down, Cat! by Sonya Hartnett, and the Our Australian Girl series. She now lives on the Gold Coast.

Books by Lucia Masciullo

Nicki Greenberg
About the author

Nicki Greenberg

Nicki Greenberg is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Her first books, The Digits series, were published when she was fifteen years old. She later spent ten years disguised as a lawyer, while maintaining a not-so-secret Other Life as a comics artist and children’s book author. In 2008, Nicki’s innovative graphic adaptation of The Great Gatsby was selected as a White Raven at the Bologna Book Fair. She then went on to tackle Hamlet in a lavish 425-page ‘staging on the page’. Hamlet was joint winner of the 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year award. Nicki now dedicates most of her ink to books for younger readers and has written and illustrated many exuberant picture books. Her favourite activity is making books, but when she does manage to tear herself away from the desk Nicki loves to rollerskate and crochet bizarre sea creatures. Nicki is a frequent presenter at schools, festivals and conferences, where her speaking style is described as passionate, engaging and full of energy.Photo credit Kate Herd

Books by Nicki Greenberg

Rebecca Johnson
About the author

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson is an award-winning Australian author, part-time primary school science teacher and mother of two. In 2015 she received the Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools. In 2010 Rebecca received the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.The 'Juliet' series won the Environmental Award for Children's literature in 2014 (Bush Baby Rescue) and 2017 (Rainforest Camp), been nominated for the CBCA younger readers section (2014 and 2015), and nominated for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (2014). This series will soon be published in Norwegian, Czech, Slovak and Portuguese.Her best-selling series of page-turning adventures featuring Australian wildlife (Steve Parish Storybook Collection) has sold more than 3 million copies and will soon be published in Mandarin. Her Insect Series (published by Pascal Press) was Winner of the 2014 Whitley Commendation for Best Educational Series.Photo credit: Megan Peacock

Books by Rebecca Johnson

Paul Seden
About the author

Paul Seden

Paul is a self-confessed art and story tragic with a passion for sport and the outdoors. His background working with Indigenous kids in the schools of Darwin and remote communities in the Northern Territory was the inspiration for Kick with My Left Foot, his first picture book.

Books by Paul Seden

Maxine Beneba Clarke
About the author

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of 9 books, including the Indie and ABIA award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the memoir The Hate Race, the Boston Globe/Horn Prize and CBCA winning picture book The Patchwork Bike, and the recently released picture book Fashionista. She lives in Melbourne's glorious, diverse western suburbs, and has met many kids like Taj in her neighbourhood, who've journeyed to Australia in search of safe haven. Some struggle to fit in, but just like Taj, most eventually find their light.

Books by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Karen Blair
About the author

Karen Blair

Karen grew up in Perth, Western Australia. She made her first picture book when she was nine for a Year 5 project, and by the time she was in her 20s and living in the UK, she knew it was her dream to continue. She now lives in Fremantle with her husband and two cats and works part-time as a primary art teacher. Recent titles include CBCA Honour Book With Nan, written by Tania Cox; Granny Grommet and Me by Dianne Wolfer; Baby Beats andBaby Animal Farm, both of which were written and illustrated by Karen.

Books by Karen Blair

Raewyn Caisley
About the author

Raewyn Caisley

Raewyn Caisley was born in New Zealand but has lived in Australia for the past twenty years, in Fremantle, WA, with her husband Terry and their son Jack. Raewyn is the author of books for younger readers that include bestselling Aussie Bites and Nibbles titles such as Monkey TrixThe Big WavesThe Mermaid's Tail and Tai's Penguin, and The Queen's Cubby. She is also the author of junior sports fiction titles Not Cricket, In Union, Karate StarTennis Star, Great Lead, Hot Shot and Top Marks.Hello From Nowhere was inspired by the year she and her husband lived in the outback. That was the year she discovered there are still places on earth where animals will come and look at you because they haven't learned to be afraid, where you can leave a footprint in the dirt and it will stay there until it rains (which could be a long time), and where people can have more remarkable adventures than any writer could ever dream up!

Books by Raewyn Caisley

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