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29 Books Every Australian Read In Primary School

The best days were Scholastic Bookclub days.

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1. Possum Magic by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas

You probably read other Mem Fox books too, but this was the one that got revisited the most.
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You probably read other Mem Fox books too, but this was the one that got revisited the most.

2. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs

There's a good chance you also did gumnut arts and crafts – and maybe even performed in or watched a stage-show based on the iconic stories.
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There's a good chance you also did gumnut arts and crafts – and maybe even performed in or watched a stage-show based on the iconic stories.

3. The "Un-" stories by Paul Jennings

Penguin

No one did hilarious, gross, moving, gripping short stories quite like Paul Jennings. You devoured them all.

4. The Rainbow Serpent by Dick Roughsey

You definitely made a rainbow serpent after reading this beautiful book.
Dick Roughsey

You definitely made a rainbow serpent after reading this beautiful book.

5. The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base

Any Graeme Base book belongs on this list, but The Eleventh Hour was memorable for the many hours you spent trying to crack the code and solve the mystery.
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Any Graeme Base book belongs on this list, but The Eleventh Hour was memorable for the many hours you spent trying to crack the code and solve the mystery.

6. The Rowena Batts series by Morris Gleitzman

All of Morris Gleitzman's books were staples, but Rowena Batts' stories were perhaps the most affecting.

7. My Hiroshima by Junko Morimoto

This was one of your earliest introductions to the horrors of war, and it certainly left its mark.
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This was one of your earliest introductions to the horrors of war, and it certainly left its mark.

8. The Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine

You couldn't get enough of the twists.
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You couldn't get enough of the twists.

9. Window by Jeannie Baker

Told through a series of absolutely stunning collages, Window didn't need any words to have a huge impact and get you thinking.
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Told through a series of absolutely stunning collages, Window didn't need any words to have a huge impact and get you thinking.

10. The Far Out series by June Factor, illustrated by Peter Viska

It doesn't get more Aussie than these iconic books of rhymes.

11. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley

The wombat spent most of the time sleeping. Relatable.
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The wombat spent most of the time sleeping. Relatable.

12. The Teen Power Inc. series by Emily Rodda

Scholastic

Emily Rodda's books were a huge part of your childhood, but the Teen Power Inc. stories were perhaps the most iconic.

13. The Magic Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton

Childhood isn't complete without some Enid Blyton.
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Childhood isn't complete without some Enid Blyton.

14. The Wicked series by Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman

Penguin

If individually their books were amazing, together they were NEXT LEVEL.

15. The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin

This definitely made you start a babysitters club of your own, only it didn't work because, you know, in real life no one wants an 11-year-old to look after a two-month-old baby.
Scholastic

This definitely made you start a babysitters club of your own, only it didn't work because, you know, in real life no one wants an 11-year-old to look after a two-month-old baby.

16. Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein

In all honestly, this list could be ALL Robin Klein. But Hating Alison Ashley is no doubt her most iconic work.
Puffin

In all honestly, this list could be ALL Robin Klein. But Hating Alison Ashley is no doubt her most iconic work.

17. Magic Beach by Alison Lester

You probably had a magic beach of your own.
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You probably had a magic beach of your own.

18. The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz, illustrated by Brett Helquist

They may or may not have caused you to sleep with the light on for six months.
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They may or may not have caused you to sleep with the light on for six months.

19. The Aussie Bites series by various authors

Puffin Books

With so many books to choose from in this series, there was something for everyone.

20. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines..." C'mon. You still remember the rest.
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"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines..." C'mon. You still remember the rest.

21. The Tomorrow series by John Marsden

Scholastic

Yes, it absolutely terrified you, but you couldn't put it down.

22. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

At the very least, you read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
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At the very least, you read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

23. The Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate

Scholastic

The covers were iconic – and so were the stories.

24. The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall

Look, you probably watched the cartoon more, but the books had their place too.
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Look, you probably watched the cartoon more, but the books had their place too.

25. Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park

It would be Un-Australian to miss this one.
Puffin

It would be Un-Australian to miss this one.

26. The Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal

It was educational in a way that your teachers probably weren't so keen on, which made it all the more fun.
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It was educational in a way that your teachers probably weren't so keen on, which made it all the more fun.

27. The Selby series by Duncan Ball, illustrated by Allan Stomann

You were low-key convinced your dog could secretly talk after reading these.

28. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I mean, duh.
Bloomsbury

I mean, duh.

29. Matilda by Roald Dahl

And, let's face it, every other book by Roald Dahl, too.
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And, let's face it, every other book by Roald Dahl, too.

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