Fiction and Picture books to support Australian Curriculum- History and English

These books can support teaching and learning in both English and History in the Junior years of Secondary schooling. Fantastic stories plus great visuals in the picture books.
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First Fleet Narrative - Year 4 History Unit - At the tender age of eight, chimney sweep Tom Appleby is convicted of stealing and sentenced to deportation to Botany Bay. As one of the members of the First Fleet, he arrives in a country that seemingly has little to offer - or little that the English are used to, anyway. Accompanying worksheets: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Tom-Appleby-Convict-Boy-First-Fleet-History-Narrative-Jackie-French-1232083   #ACHHK079

First Fleet Narrative - Year 4 History Unit - At the tender age of eight, chimney sweep Tom Appleby is convicted of stealing and sentenced to deportation to Botany Bay. As one of the members of the First Fleet, he arrives in a country that seemingly has little to offer - or little that the English are used to, anyway. Accompanying worksheets: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Tom-Appleby-Convict-Boy-First-Fleet-History-Narrative-Jackie-French-1232083 #ACHHK079

Our Australian Girl: Meet Grace (Book 1)  A fantastic series of books for all our Australian girls. A good introduction to our history beginning in1808. A series featuring Australian girls from different times and cultures. Easy to read.

Our Australian Girl: Meet Grace (Book 1) A fantastic series of books for all our Australian girls. A good introduction to our history beginning in1808. A series featuring Australian girls from different times and cultures. Easy to read.

2013 Shortlisted Picture Book:  'A Day to Remember'  by Mark Wilson & Jackie French - Anzac day. The history of this important day.

A Day to Remember

2013 Shortlisted Picture Book: 'A Day to Remember' by Mark Wilson & Jackie French - Anzac day. The history of this important day.

Photographs in the Mud by Dianne Wolfer and Brian Harrison-Lever. An Australian and a Japanese soldier lie wounded in the mud. Both have a photograph of their family. Very moving.

Photographs in the Mud by Dianne Wolfer and Brian Harrison-Lever. An Australian and a Japanese soldier lie wounded in the mud. Both have a photograph of their family. Very moving.


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Henri lives in the French village of Villers-Bretonneux. Billy lives in Melbourne, Australia. These two little boys, who live thousands of miles away from each other, share one story that unites Villers-Bretonneux and Melbourne in history. Focuses on the involvement of Australian soldiers in northern France in WWI. A moving and inspiring story of World War One.

Henri lives in the French village of Villers-Bretonneux. Billy lives in Melbourne, Australia. These two little boys, who live thousands of miles away from each other, share one story that unites Villers-Bretonneux and Melbourne in history. Focuses on the involvement of Australian soldiers in northern France in WWI. A moving and inspiring story of World War One.

A novel based on actual events written around Australian battles along the Kokoda Trail during World War II. The story centres around the intertwined lives of Derek, the son of Australian missionaries and Morso, a native Papuan. When all are evacuated from PNG, Derek and Morso disappear into the jungle. For ages 13+.

A novel based on actual events written around Australian battles along the Kokoda Trail during World War II. The story centres around the intertwined lives of Derek, the son of Australian missionaries and Morso, a native Papuan. When all are evacuated from PNG, Derek and Morso disappear into the jungle. For ages 13+.

Angel of Kokoda by Mark Wilson    A Papua New Guinean boy helps a young soldier as his village is torn apart by World War II.    Using a combination of oil paintings and pencil sketches, the multi-award-winning author and illustrator Mark Wilson brings this important period of history to life in this stunning picture book for older readers.  Teachers' guide available.

Angel of Kokoda by Mark Wilson A Papua New Guinean boy helps a young soldier as his village is torn apart by World War II. Using a combination of oil paintings and pencil sketches, the multi-award-winning author and illustrator Mark Wilson brings this important period of history to life in this stunning picture book for older readers. Teachers' guide available.

this story deals with the universal themes of fear and courage set against an exciting backdrop of Boori's mother's homeland, Yarrabah.

this story deals with the universal themes of fear and courage set against an exciting backdrop of Boori's mother's homeland, Yarrabah.

A peaceful day: Picture Books for Anzac Day - Anzac Day Parade - This book is written in rhyme and explains the reality of war for children.

A peaceful day: Picture Books for Anzac Day - Anzac Day Parade - This book is written in rhyme and explains the reality of war for children.

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