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Top holiday reading picks for primary school students

Getting stuck into a good book
13 April 2021

If it’s too hot for the playground, too windy for the beach or you’re just looking for some time indoors, spend some school holiday time exploring new worlds with your child from the comfort of the own couch!

We’ve asked the experts – our wonderful teachers – for their recommendations on what primary school aged children should read these school holidays.

Each Peach Pear Plum, Allan Ahlberg & Janet Ahlberg
Recommended reading level: Reception to year 2

Ardrossan Area School junior primary teacher Kallie-Anne Eglinton says: “This has been a personal favourite since childhood. It references familiar nursery rhymes and fairy tales and the rhyme and repetition make it fun to read.”

After the Fall, Dan Santat
Recommended reading level: years 1 and 2

Kallie-Ann says: “This is a great follow up to the familiar story of Humpty Dumpty with a surprising and uplifting end. Don’t jump ahead!”

Think of a Number, Johnny Ball
Recommended reading level: years 3-6

Kallie-Ann says: “This book may be suited to students who are a little older. It is a good read for those with an inquiring mind.”

Goolwa Primary School Aboriginal education teacher and teacher librarian Jean Waddington has recommended a few book series for families to delve into.

Our Australian Girl, Alice Pung
recommended reading level: years 3-5

Jean says: these books bring history to life. There are 8 Our Australian Girl characters and four books for each character.

Specky Magee, Garry Lyon and Felice Arena
Recommended reading level: years 5-8

Jean says: Follows the life and times of Simon Magee, an aspiring Aussie rules football champion – for all who love football!

Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Recommended reading level: years 7-9

Jean says: Hunger Games is a science fiction trilogy following teenage protagonist Katniss Everdeen. Set in Panem, a North American country consisting of a wealthy Capitol and 13 districts in varying states of poverty. Every year children from 12 districts are selected via lottery to participate in a compulsory televised death match.