Monday, 22 April 2013

Picture Books for Older Readers

This is a list of picture books to read with children aged 5 to 12.

The themes and content are more complex, layered and diverse than those books for younger readers. Many schools choose to use picture books to cover many of the topics required for the curriculum (i.e. belonging, identity, fear, discovery, social awareness). The illustrations can often be quite dark and detailed. The stories can be read aloud, to small groups or independently.

This list is by no means complete.
Please let me know of any glaring omissions.



The Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Animalia by Graeme Base (Australian)
Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester (Australian)
The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Australian)

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White


Dust by Colin Thompson

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Free to a Good Home by Colin Thompson




Herbert the Brave Sea Dog by Robyn Belton
Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon (Australian)
Home and Away by John Marsden (Australian)

The Iliad and The Odyssey retold by Marcia Williams
Into the Forest by Anthony Browne
The Island by Armin Greder


John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat by Jenny Wagner (Australian)

The Littlest Refugee by Ahn Do (Australian)
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan (Australian)
Luke's Way of Looking by Nadia Wheatley (Australian)


Memorial by Gary Crew (Australian)
Mirror by Jeannie Baker (Australian)
Mouse Mansion by Karina Schaapman
My Mother's Eyes by Mark Wilson
My Place by Nadia Wheatley (Australian)

Ned Kelly and the Green Sash by Mark Greenwood (Australian)
Nobody Owns the Moon by Tobhy Riddle (Australian) 

Oh, The Places You Will Go by Dr Seuss
Once There Was a Boy by Duf Leffler (Australian)


Perry Angel's Suitcase by Glenda Millard (Australian)
Piggybook by Anthony Browne
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren



The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett
The Rabbits by John Marsden (Australian)
The Red Tree by Shaun Tan (Australian)

Simpson and His Donkey by Mark Greenwood (Australian)
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester (Australian)

Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (Australian)


Wanted: The Perfect Pet by Fiona Robertson
The Watertower by Gary Crew (Australian)
The Wave by Suzy Lee
When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker (Australian)
Willy the Wimp by Anthony Browne
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

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