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Jack and the beanstalk
A retelling of the much-loved fairy tale, with surprises under each lift-up flap.Step into the magical world of Child's Play fairytales. Traditional tales are a well-established part of all cultures. Retold from the originals, these lively stories will captivate readers with their delightful illustrations and fun lift-up flaps which really add to the action. The 'flip-up' flaps encourage prediction and discussion, and well-known stories will give young readers confidence.
ISBN 9781904550204
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2004
Vagnozzi, Barbara (ill)
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Musicians of Bremen, The
A retelling of the much-loved fairy tale, with surprises under each lift-up flap.
ISBN 9781846431159
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2007
Vagnozzi, Barbara (ill)
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Lisette's green sock
One day Lisette finds a pretty green sock. She's delighted until others begin to tease her saying that socks should come in pairs. What use is one sock? Her friend Bert helps her see the situation in a new way and together they find the perfect solution.
ISBN 9781776572847
Publisher Gecko Press, 2020
Valckx, Catharina
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Polar express, The
A small boy boards a train with other children and travels across snow covered country to the North Pole. He receives a silver bell from Santa as the first Christmas present of the year.
ISBN 9780862641436
Publisher Andersen Press Ltd, 1985
Van Allsburg, Chris
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Between the pages
Two boys become so engrossed in the animal book they are reading that they become part of the story, encountering adventures and challenges which can only be escaped by the turning the page. Escaping from a python's nest only to meet even more fearsome crocodiles, angry emus and hordes of redback spiders.
ISBN 9781921928444
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2013
van Loon, Joan & Stewart, Chantal (ill)
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Peanut goes for the gold
Peanut does things in their own way. They love cartwheeling and having banana pancakes! When they decide to become a rhythmic gymnast, nothing will stop them. Their routine is perfect - perfectly Peanut!
ISBN 9780062941008
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2020
Van Ness, Jonathan & Reid, Gillian (ill)
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That's mine
Deep in the jungle, a little frog finds an egg and declares 'That's mine'. However, there are those within the jungle who would dispute his claim, and each one seems bigger, stronger and more of a bully than the last.
ISBN 9781877579288
Publisher Gecko Press, 2013
Van Zeveren, Michel
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ABC book of nursery rhymes
Thirteen award-winning Australian illustrators each chose a well-known rhyme to interpret, resulting in a beautifully illustrated selection of nursery rhyme favourites. Features profiles on each artist.
ISBN 9780733308932
Publisher ABC Books, 2002
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Flip-up fairy tales series
Any three titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. To see the individual book titles and their PRC ID numbers, go to the Series lists on the Booklists page, on the website. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
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Home foreign language book
Students and parents may substitute reading or listening to any book on the Kindergarten to Year 2 booklist, for a similar book that is written in their home language. All students may read a home language book as a personal choice book.
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Indigenous language book
Students and parents may substitute reading or listening to a book in an indigenous language for a similar book on the Premier's Reading Challenge Kindergarten to Year 2 booklist. Older students may read an Indigenous language book as a personal choice.
Topics / Aboriginal content /
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Walker treasury of bear stories, The
A delightful collection of twenty-one stories about bears, written and illustrated by many well-known authors and illustrators, including Michael Rosen, Sarah Hayes and John Burningham. If you like bear stories, you'll love this book.
ISBN 9780744544183
Publisher Walker Books, 1995
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Just so stories for little children: Rudyard Kipling's stories retold
Just so stories for little children is a wonderful adaptation of six of Kipling's classic stories. This beautifully illustrated book will answer those burning questions like how elephants got their trunks, why camels have humps and what made kangaroos so jumpy.
ISBN 9781474938051
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2018
Various & Joven, John (ill)
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My happy sad mummy
Sometimes, Mummy has happy days, other days can be sad days. Sometimes, Mum is so sad, she has to go to hospital.
ISBN 9780987358592
Publisher JoJo Publishing, 2015
Vasiliu, Michelle & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
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Pied Piper of Hamelin, The
A retelling of the much-loved fairy tale, with surprises under each lift-up flap.
ISBN 9781846434808
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2012
Vasquez, Natalia
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Two birds on a wire
In this rhyming story, Little Bird Blue and Little Bird Black refuse to share. Each bird wants to sit on the wire alone.
ISBN 9781742761619
Publisher Koala Books, 2015
Vass, Coral & Cooper Smith, Heidi (ill)
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Jorn's magnificent imagination
Jorn has an amazing imagination. He builds things with his orange peels from breakfast, with cardboard boxes and sheets and blankets. He used his ideas to create amazing things. Then one day he would use his ideas and imagination to design something truly magnificent.
ISBN 9781922539144
Publisher Exisle Publishing, 2022
Vass, Coral & Johnston, Nicky (ill)
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William loves to whinge. He whinges about everything, but when he is made King of Whingeville, a town of constant complainers, even he finds the moaning and groaning too much.
ISBN 9781922503961
Publisher Larrikin House, 2022
Vass, Coral & Szmidt, Aleksandra (ill)
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Sea-Breeze Hotel, The
Life is tough at the Sea-Breeze Hotel where the strong winds are keeping guests away. Young Sam comes up with the perfect solution of how to fill the hotel with people who appreciate the breeze.
ISBN 9780947241414
Publisher Margaret Hamilton, 1995
Vaughan, Marcia
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Snug as a hug
Join all the animals as they settle down to rest. The text is a rhyming lullaby, with each page showing an Australian animal in a different environment. A perfect book to read before sleeptime.
ISBN 9781741695212
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2010
Vaughan, Marcia & Lofts, Pamela (ill)
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Wombat stew
A gooey, brewy, yummy, chewy, wombat stew. At least, that's what Dingo is planning but he doesn't reckon on the help of Wombat's friends.
ISBN 9781865044484
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2001
Vaughan, Marcia & Lofts, Pamela (ill)
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Encyclopedia of Grannies
Grannies come in all shapes and sizes, and with different hobbies, moods, wrinkles and sayings. This encyclopedia of grannies shows us that loving and caring for others is just one of the many things grannies do.
ISBN 9781776572434
Publisher Gecko Press, 2019
Veille, Eric
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Lost dads home, The
When a young boy accidentally loses track of his dad, he sets out to find him at the Lost Dads Home. It is a fascinating place filled with all kinds of lost dads, most of them in fairly good condition. But will the boy be able to find his dad among them?
ISBN 9781925584912
Publisher Affirm Press, 2018
Veille, Eric & Martin, Pauline (ill)
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Mervin the sloth is about to do the best thing in the world
Mervin the Sloth is about to do best thing in the world. Can you guess what it is? "Flying!" says the bird. "Gazelling!" says the gazelle. "Digging!" says the prairie dog. Hurry up, Mervin! But Mervin moves so slowly. Are you patient enough to wait?
ISBN 9780062338471
Publisher HarperCollins US, 2016
Venable, Colleen AF & Chan, Ruth (ill)
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Ali Baba and the forty thieves
A retelling of the much-loved fairy tale, with surprises under each lift-up flap.
ISBN 9781846432514
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2008
Venturini, Claudia (ill)
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Tom Thumb
A retelling of the much-loved fairy tale, with surprises under each lift-up flap.
ISBN 9781846431166
Series Flip-up fairy tales series (28 books)
Publisher Child's Play International Ltd, 2007
Venturini, Claudia (ill)
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Feeling sad
Duck and little toy Dudley are feeling very sad. It is cold, cloudy and wet with not the smallest ray of sunshine. Frog tells her that the clouds will pass and she must look ahead. She does, and Duck feels happy in her new world full of colour.
ISBN 9781921150692
Publisher Walker Books, 2008
Verroken, Sarah
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Into the wild
Roman loves to wander and explore. All on his own the Wild is his to explore, have amazing adventures and make fascinating discoveries. But despite all of this, there is something missing. Roman keeps wandering and searching for something that is always just beyond his grasp. Journey with Roman and discover the missing piece to his wonderful adventures.
ISBN 9781921928789
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2020
Vescio, Robert & Armstrong, Mel
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Art of words, The
Words are everywhere! Come on this lively adventure to learn more about how they can be shortened, extended, and even switched around. Meet ugly words, colourful words, and words that just need a friend.
ISBN 9781925820843
Publisher Exisle Publishing, 2021
Vescio, Robert & Bartel, Joanna (ill)
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Voyage, The
Displaced by war and conflict, a refugee family sets out on a voyage into the unknown. Told in only a few words (one word per page) this is the powerful story of a family fleeing their war-torn country and making a dangerous trip across the ocean to a new life in a new land.
ISBN 9781925820034
Publisher EK Books, 2019
Vescio, Robert & Edmonds, Andrea (ill)
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Eric finds a way
Eric loves to read. He has a towering bookshelf brimming with stories of strange and wonderful worlds. But if only there was a way to actually get to these magical places. He just can't seem to find the right words and his drawings never look quite right - not like his books at all! Eric just needs to find a way to tell his stories!
ISBN 9781925563030
Publisher Wombat Books, 2017
Vescio, Robert & Finn, Ann-Marie (ill)
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Nature's song
A little girl sets off on a quest to find an irresistible gift to help bring the outside in for her homebound brother. Nature's Song is an invitation to discover the wonders of nature. It looks at how nature creates and touches our lives for the better
ISBN 9781922326782
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2023
Vescio, Robert & Johnston, Nicky (ill)
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Under the same sky
Two children on opposite sides of the world crave friendship. Is it possible to be friends across the miles?
ISBN 9781925594676
Publisher New Frontier Publishing, 2019
Vescio, Robert & Johnston, Nicky (ill)
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Box cars, The
Liam and Kai are the best of friends. They do everything together. Each day in the park they race around in their box cars, pretending to be everything from policemen chasing down bad guys to chauffeurs driving around movie stars! One day they notice a little girl watching them- she's keen to join in and they're happy to be her friends too, but with only two box cars to play with it seems someone's going to be left out.
ISBN 9781925335835
Publisher EK Books, 2019
Vescio, Robert & King, Cara (ill)
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Jack and Mia
Jack and Mia are best friends. They are like two sides of a coin. They stick together like paper and glue. Then, the unthinkable happens. Mia's family has to move away, a long way away.
ISBN 9781925139730
Publisher Wombat Books, 2016
Vescio, Robert & Richards, Claire (ill)
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Marlo can fly
Everyone expects Marlo to fly, but she would rather slither like a snake, hop like a kangaroo and swim like a crocodile. But when someone needs her help, can she rise to the challenge.
ISBN 9781921632419
Publisher Wombat Books, 2013
Vescio, Robert & Temple, Sandra (ill)
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Ginger has a problem. Having lived a life of luxury as a pampered cat, he's suddenly confronted with a kitten in the house.
ISBN 9780744549348
Publisher Walker Books, 1997
Voake, Charlotte
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Melissa's octopus and other unsuitable pets
Follow Melissa, her friends and all their rather unsuitable pets. There are certain animals that make suitable pets, like a cat, a dog or a guinea pig. Then, there are other animals that definitely make unsuitable pets. Find out why.
ISBN 9781406353006
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Voake, Charlotte
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Some dinosaurs are small
One small dinosaur is no match for three big dinosaurs, especially when they are hungry. Find out who little dinosaur can rely on to stop the bullies in their tracks.
ISBN 9781406394207
Publisher Walker Books, 2022
Voake, Charlotte
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My big book of animals
A collection of animals, categorised and well-illustrated.
ISBN 9781844280742
Publisher Walker Books, 2005
Voce, Louise
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Horses: Wild & tame
From the earliest cave paintings of wild horses to domesticated ones today, horses have been a huge part of human history. See how the horse evolved from its ancient relatives, learn about famous horses from history and discover interesting facts along the way in this elegantly illustrated book.
ISBN 9781911171324
Publisher Flying Eye Books, 2017
Volant, Iris & Vogel, Jarom (ill)
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When Tom goes to grandma's place, he accidentally leaves Small, his toy mouse, at home. He misses Small terribly but Small is very loyal and does everything he can to get back to Tom.
ISBN 9780006647751
Publisher HarperCollins Australia, 2002
Vulliamy, Clara
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