26 books for school libraries that students will love.
Calling all school librarians – we’ve rounded up some new releases of 2023 that deserve a spot in your school library. Whether you’re wrapping up your budget for the year or simply looking to add a few new titles to the shelf, these books are sure to delight even the pickiest readers. Scroll on to learn more about wonderful reads for every age group.
The Daring Tale of Gloria the Great Jacqueline Harvey
A rollicking picture book from bestselling children’s author Jacqueline Harvey. Gloria the chicken is not like the rest of her brood. She gets in your face, she runs her own race, until one day . . . POOF! She disappears without trace! For readers ages 2-6.
The Littlest Penguin Jedda Robaard, The Penguin Foundation
The adorable little penguins come waddling and tumbling out of the water and up the hill, back to their burrows on the island . . . But that’s just the end of an even more amazing story.
Where have they been? What adventures did they have? A charming story for young readers that follows a group of gorgeous little penguins out to sea and back to their beloved Phillip Island. For readers ages 5+.
Ratbags 1: Naughty for Good Shiloh Gordon, Tim Harris
The first book in the Ratbags series follows a rule-following rat named Jigsaw. When Jigsaw runs into two of the most ratbaggy Ratbags known to rats, his orderly world is turned upside down and he pulls off one of the best pizza heists EVER! For readers ages 6-9.
A Life Song Jane Godwin, Anna Walker
From the award-winning team that created classics such as Don’t Forget, All Through the Year, Tilly and Starting School, comes an exquisite, universal and captivating picture book that carries us through a child's life journey on the magical metaphor of song. For readers ages 6-9.
Super Sidekicks 1: No Adults Allowed Gavin Aung Than
Can the SIDEKICKS start their own SUPER team?! New York Times bestselling Australian cartoonist Gavin Aung Than delivers caped crusaders, dinosaurs and goo in the hilarious Super Sidekicks series, perfect for fans of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS! This new edition was printed in full-colour for 2023, making this much-loved book even better. For readers ages 8-12.
Football Fever 2: Half-time Heroes Kristin Darell
The second book in the Football Fever series follows the Under Merridale Fever as they return to the field! They’re having their best season ever, and even better – they have the chance to play as Half-time Heroes at a Socceroos game. For readers ages 9+.
A run-down camp in the woods. No phone reception. Ten students with untested powers . . . Céline is seeing conspiracies everywhere. Fionn has a bad premonition about the colour blue. Mr Berg is horrified at the camp’s questionable safety standards. Something is definitely not right at Camp Buttress. For readers ages 9+.
Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library: The Graphic Novel Douglas Holgate, Chris Grabenstein
A bestselling book, now as a full-colour graphic novel! When Kyle learns that the world's most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has designed the town's new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on opening night, he's determined to be there! But the tricky part isn't getting into the library - it's getting out. For readers ages 9-12.
Neverlanders Tom Taylor, Jon Sommariva
Neverland has become a war zone and it’s up to a new group of lost teens to set things right in this gritty YA graphic novel series from #1 New York Times bestselling Australian author Tom Taylor and powerhouse Australian comic artist Jon Sommariva! For readers ages 11+
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