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A collection of the best new Australian stories for beginner readers in 2020.

Welcome to the world of reading! Looking to dip your toes into some chapter books this year?

These new titles from Australian authors all have simple language, vivid illustrations, short chapters and highly engaging stories to encourage beginner readers in their journey to reading big-kid books.

Many of our beginner-reader books are series, as this helps to keep up the habit of reading without having to choose and learn another world in between books. Some of our favourites include:

The Besties series by Felice Arena with illustrations by Tom Jellett

Aussie Kids series by eight different authors and illustrators, each telling a story of a child who lives in one of the eight states or territories of Australia.

League of Llamas series by Aleesah Darlison with illustrations by Simon Greiner

What Zold Did series by Melina Marchetta with illustrations by Deb Hudson