Reading guides, crafts and more for Junior Book Club


Girls Book Lists

Lucy's book by Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini

The magic horse by Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake

Sarah and the steep slope by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley

Clare’s goodbye by Libby Gleeson and Anna Pignataro

La La La by Kate DiCamillo

Old sheet music makes wonderful bookmarks and ornaments.

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The jar of happiness by Ailsa Burrows

Make your own glowing jar of happiness from recycled jars, tissue paper, Mod Podge and a battery operated candle.

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Enough apples by Kim Kane

Make these cute pipe cleaner apples

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See you when I see you by Rose Lagercrantz

Malala's magic pencil by Malala Yousafzai and Kerascoet Kerascoet

The secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

Beatrice Zinker, upside down thinker by Shelley Johannes

Take upside down pictures of everyone reading.

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Winnie-the-Pooh: The Christopher Robin Collection by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard

Decorate your own honeypots.

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Bessie’s war by Krista Bell and Belinda Elliot

One Christmas wish by Katherine Rundell

We are party people by Leslie Margolis

You don’t have to have one but let’s see if you can plan the perfect party.

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Blossom by Tamsin Janu

Make beautiful bouquets

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The shop at Hoopers Bend by Emily Rodda

The hundred dresses by Eleanor Estes

Decorate biscuits as dresses

Turn a book into an edible project. These cookies based on THE HUNDRED DRESSES are gorgeous and inspiring! What other books would be fun to recreate in cookie form? Imagine ANIMAL FARM out of animal crackers or Edith Hamilton's MYTHOLOGY or Alice in Wonderland characters.

Make paper chains and decorate each dress

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The diamond horse by Stacy Gregg

Whimsy and Woe by Rebecca McRitchie

Play like a girl by Jo Stanley

Design your own book cover where sport is the main theme.

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The night garden by Polly Horvath

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

The lost track of time by Paige Britt

My brigadista year by Katherine Paterson

The weight of water by Sarah Crossan

So B. It by Sarah Weeks

Talk about universal languages ie if you met someone who could not speak your language, how would you communicate?

Do You Speak Chocolate? by Cas Lester

Riverina Regional Library has a chocolate fountain if you would like to borrow it for your Book Club meeting. Make sure you have a library card first and then contact Sharon at smiths@wagga.nsw.gov.au or 69269755 and it can be delivered to one of our libraries closest to you for pick up. We don’t normally loan this out to the public but we want to help make your meeting as special as it can be… it is up to you to buy the chocolate!

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The girl in the well is me by Karen Rivers

Visit Bullying. No way!

This is an Australian government site helping kids, families and schools.

Boys Book Lists

Draw the line by Kathryn Otoshi and Kathryn Otoshi

The nose pixies by David Hunt and Lucia Masciullo

Make different noses and take funny photos.

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Danny Blue's really excellent dream by Max Landrak

Experiment with colours by overlaying coloured cellophane. Or mix food colouring for wonderful creations.

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A walk in the bush by Gwyn Perkins

Everybody sit quietly and listen to the sounds around us just like on page 26–27 as Grandad and Iggy are listening to the sounds of the bush.

A fly went by by Mike McClintock

Follow on with this youtube video

Make a fly from pipe cleaners.

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There's a big green frog in the toilet by Anh Do, Simon Mellor and Heath McKenzie

After the fall by Dan Santat

The very best paper plane ideas - how to fold them. awesome add-ons, ideas and activities!

Visit Picklebums for lots of paper plane ideas.

Eric the Postie by Matt Shanks

Lots of ideas in the guide

Make a paper plate echidna

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The last tree by Ingrid Chabbert

Make these pipe cleaner and beaded trees

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A cooked-up fairy tale by Penny Parker Klostermann

The feather by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood

Timing the machine by Gary Crew and Paul O’Sullivan

The racehorse who wouldn't gallop by Clare Balding and Tony Ross

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Mucking up big time by Sally Morgan and Craig Smith

Do not open this book again by Andy Lee

Ban this book by Alan Gratz

Did you know there are lots of books that people tried to stop us from reading? You might be tempted to borrow them from the library. Read about some of them here.

A dog wearing shoes by Sangmi Ko

The atlas of monsters by Stuart Hill and Sandra Lawrence

Choose a monster from the book and make a miniature from plasticine.

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The young magicians and the thieves' almanac by Nick Mohammed

My dog gets a job by Elizabeth Fensham

Woundabout by Lev Rosen and Ellis Rosen

Draw a capybara

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The goldfish boy by Lisa Thompson

Adventure Time BMO's Character File

Learn to draw some characters from the file

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Bacca and the skeleton king: an unofficial minecrafter’s adventure by Robert Aceti Jerome and Scott Kenemore

An eagle in the snow by Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman

Watch Michael Morpurgo talk about An eagle in the snow.

The summer of Owen Todd by Tony Abbott

What is the cover telling you?

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The Devil's paintbox by Victoria McKernan

Visit our online encyclopedia BRITANNICA and learn about the American frontier.

The explorer by Katherine Rundell

List all the things you would put into a survival kit.

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Where the world ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

The boy who went magic by A. P. Winter

Dog by Andy Mulligan

Book Lists for all

The perfect thing by Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina

Do not lick this book by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost

Millie loves ants by Jackie French and Sue deGennaro

Teachers’ notes

Make this paper plate echidna

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Once there was a boy by Dub Leffler

What does the cover tell you?

Once there was a boy

The catawampus cat by Jason Carter Eaton and Gus Gordon

The Travel Bug by Benjamin Gilmour

Make your own little travel bug

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Send the author a message telling him what your thought of the book

Good dog McTavish by Meg Rosoff

A secret safe to tell by Naomi Hunter and Karen Erasmus

Ruben by Bruce Whatley

I want to be in a book by Narelle Oliver

Teachers’ notes

Read aloud

Make your own book and send it to the library to share

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Feathers by Phil Cummings and Phil Lesnie

Teachers’ notes

Make feathers and share with friends

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To the lighthouse by Cristy Burne

Ban this book by Alan Gratz

Did you know there are lots of books that people tried to stop us from reading? You might be tempted to borrow them from the library. Read about some of them here.

Virus by Tommy Donbavand and Dan Chernett

The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold

Teter Mek and the mystery of Pearl Shell Island by Kevin Lee and Jasmin Herro

Visit the illustrator’s website and learn about struggles with cultural identity.

Beanstalker and other hilarious scarytales by Kiersten White

The elephant by Peter Carnavas

The Wonderling by Mira Bartók

Would this book trailer encourage you to read this book? How would you have done it differently?

Q&A with the author

The elephant thief Jane Kerr

Tintinnabula by Margo Lanagan and Rovina Cai

Explore the portfolio in the illustrator’s website. Do you like this style of drawing?

Send a message on how the pictures in Tintinnabula make you feel.

Wolf Children by Paul Dowswell

Where the world ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

Wombat warriors by Samantha Wheeler

Visit Wombat Awareness Organisation and learn more about saving these wild, wilful and wonderful little Australians.

The bone sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Out of my mind by Sharon Draper

Talk about…

Learn more about cerebral palsy in RRL’s online Encyclopedia Britannica

So B. It by Sarah Weeks

Talk about universal languages ie if you met someone who could not speak your language how would you communicate?

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

Read the author’s biography

Learn more about World War II in RRL’s online Encyclopedia Britannica

The Handbook by Jim Benton

What is the cover telling you?

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