Book Lists For Children Of Books They Can't Put Down
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Book Lists for Children Of Books They Can\'t Put Down

In Australia, a nationwide campaign is held every September to encourage Australians to discover the pleasure of reading books.

Called ‘Get Reading’ the campaign is an Australian Government initiative developed through the Australian Council for the Arts.

The books are not limited to Australian books though they are well represented.

Competitions are run in September where books can be won. Book retailers and libraries advertise the ‘Get Reading’ program. There are 50 books promoted each September.

The ‘Get Reading’ initiative also supports a national author touring program where one or two well-known authors tour capital cities and regional centres to discuss their work.

The fifty titles judged to be books that can never be put down are displayed. So they can be easily recognized each title has a “Get Reading! Guaranteed: A Book You Can’t Put Down” sticker displayed on the front cover.

The ‘Get Reading’ website publishes the list of books that receive the publicity.

The following are children’s books that were singled out by “Get Reading” as books children will not want to put down.

  • Weirdo by Anh Do - A humorous story about a young boy who is teased about his name.
  • This is Our Sydney by Antonia Pesenti and Hilary Bell. A picture story book that celebrates the city of Sydney.
  • Ed and Ted and Ted’s Dog Fred by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. A rhyming story about Ned the Whale, fast cars and associated spills and thrills.
  • Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Finney. The eighth book in this very popular series
  • The 13-StoreyTreehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. This treehouse is a child’s delight. There is no other tree house like it in the world!
  • Gone Fishing by Susan Duncan. A story about a stand taken against developing a wilderness.
  • General Dourakine by Countess de Segur. Eight unruly children descend on General Dourakine’s home and chaos ensures.
  • Why I Love My Daddy by Daniel Howarth. The perfect book for fathers of very young children.
  • The Very Hungry Bear by Nick Bland. The cranky bear is back and he's itchy and hungry.
  • The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog by Sue deGennaro. Camille has decided being a frog is ideal.
  • Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn by Melinda Murrell. Lulu Bell has a plan to catch the naughty pony.
  • EJ12 Girl Hero: Time to Shine by Susannah McFarlane. The sixteenth book in the popular series.
  • The Children Who Loved Books by Peter Carnavas. A family learns that they miss their books when Dad decides to give them away.
  • The Gobbledy Goog is Eating a Book by Justine Clark. Perfect bedtime story for children 2+
  • The Vale Girl by Nelika McDonald. Sarah Vale has gone missing and no one cares except Tommy Johns. This is a coming of age and thriller story.

‘Get Reading’ Is a rich reading resource.

You can register for their newsletter and search for ideas of books to read for yourself and your children here.


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