Young readers

Need some help choosing books?

To get you started, with the help of Leesa from The Little Book Room, we’ve put together this list of award-winning books.

Click the covers to find out more about the book. The books are sorted by years, but it’s just a guide. 

Another great place to browse is the 2022 / 2023 Kids’ Reading Guide published by our excellent friends and partners at 

We think the best books are the ones you actually want to read – so we encourage you all to explore the list and the guide!


  • All
  • Educators
  • Prep
  • Year 1
  • Year 10
  • Year 11
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
  • Year 7
  • Year 8
  • Year 9

Where to buy?

We love our local, independent bookstores – and many are offering free and speedy delivery! Find your local bookstore at:
The books are also available at:

More about the list

‘Literature plays a critical role in giving children and young adults an opportunity to explore and understand issues in an age-appropriate way. At a time of great anxiety such as we are facing now, books can provide solace and a way to navigate through challenges. Reading allows us to live with the characters for the life of the book, immersing ourselves in their world and trying to understand their situation.

Australian books for children are world-renowned and offer young readers everything from warm family stories, especially in picture books, through fantasy, whimsy, magic realism ad humour to gritty, challenging books for young adults. Now is the time to explore (or perhaps re-explore) all that the wonderful world of Australian children’s literature has to offer.’

– Margot Hillel OAM, Chair National Board, CBCA


We love our libraries – find out what they can do for you at the ALIA homepage.


Thanks to our sponsors and partners

Australian Library Information Association

Book lovers unite

Receive the latest news, research, and events and join our mission to make Australia a reading nation.