Unique Stories About Australian Children: Review of Aussie Kids Series

Unique Stories About Australian Children: Review of Aussie Kids Series

This month the first two books in a very special new series will hit the shelves. Aussie Kids is a fiction series for emerging readers (6-8 years) that celebrates stories about children living in unique places in every state in Australia. There’s a child that lives in a NSW zoo, a Victorian lighthouse and a beach in Queensland – the premise is 8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 states and territories!

Written by some of Australia’s best loved storytellers and illustrators, the first two instalments out this month are: Meet Zoe and Zac at the Zooby author Belinda Murrell and David Hardy and Meet Taj at the Lighthouse by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Nicki Greenberg.

No doubt you are familiar with Belinda Murrell, author of the extremely popular Pippa’s Island and Lulu Bell series amongst others. Equally well-known, Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of a wide range of books including the stunning picture book Wide Big World, Fashionista, and CBCA Honour Book The Patchwork Bike.

At approximately 50 pages for each story and filled with highly engaging and vibrant illustrations, this series will capture the imagination of those learning to master reading and keep them captivated.

Each book is a lot of fun to read and will challenge young readers ideas about how and where Aussie kids live – you may find that they want to move to a lighthouse or zoo but a visit may just suffice!

It’s the perfect series to share with the young reader in your life. Even better, have them read it to you as the books are great discussion starters. Your children will have lots of questions about the different ways and locations that Aussie kids experience.

If you jump on the Penguin website, there is a fun and educational activity pack to download. In this pack you’ll find postcards, find-a-word, colouring in, spot the difference, true or false. There are also educational activities such as story prompts, ‘Australia’ in other languages, grammar activities, and knowledge-based activities. What more could you ask for?

Keep an eye out for the other titles in the series that will be released throughout the year.

Meet Eve in the Outback by Raewyn Caisley and Karen Blair

Meet Katie at the Beach by Rebecca Johnson and Lucia Masciullo

Meet Mia by the Jettyby Janeen and Danny Snell

Meet Sam at the Mangrive Creek by Paul Seden and Brenton McKenna

Meet Matilda at the Festival by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern and Tania McCartney

Meet Dooley on the Farmby Sally Odgers and Christina Booth

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    Publisher details

    Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse
    Authors
    Maxine Beneba Clarke, Nicki Greenberg
    Publisher
    Penguin
    Genre
    Children’s Fiction
    Released
    04 February, 2020
    ISBN
    9781760894528

    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
    ISBN
    9781760893675

    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
    ISBN
    9781760893651

    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!
    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

    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

    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

    Belinda Murrell
    About the author

    Belinda Murrell

    Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out & About With Kids travel magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan. Belinda's books include the Sun Sword fantasy trilogy, Scottish timeslip tale The Locket of Dreams, French Revolution timeslip tale The Ruby Talisman, Australian timeslip tale The Ivory Rose and Australian historical tales The Forgotten Pearl and The River Charm. 

    Books by Belinda Murrell

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