Outstanding picture books – Books that pack a punch

 Older Reader Picture Books

The following picture books are worth spending some time analyzing and enjoying.

One small island – PYP Appreciation, Caring, Respect, Integrity

“In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site.  Together they explore the island’s unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.”

From little things big things grow – PYP Caring, Respect, Tolerance, Commitment

“Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly’s famous song has here been turned into a beautiful picture book. Featuring the background story to the lyrics and the lovely artwork of Peter Hudon and children from Guringji country in the Northern Territory, this is a title that will appeal to adults and children alike.”


Peaceful Hero – PYP Respect, Appreciation, Integrity, Principled

Why is “hero” a word so often reserved for warriors who fight with guns and weapons to defend their people? In this uplifting book, renowned picture book biographer Jonah Winter writes of another kind of hero, a peaceful hero, who is willing to die for a cause, but never to kill for a cause.

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James Patterson – “Books you can’t put down”!

I love reading James Patterson’s novels. I was thrilled when I first found out he also wrote for children.

The Maximum Ride  series is up to its sixth novel in the series (Fang) and it is ready to borrow.

James Patterson also writes the Daniel X series and Witch & Wizard series (2nd one recently released).

These books are also thriller, action and “Go, go, go”.

This is James talking about the book.

This is a fan made trailer for the up coming movie of the Maximum Ride book (due 2013).


If you liked the pace of the Stormbreaker novels then try any of James Patterson’s novels suggested above.

PS: Witch and Wizard is also being made into a movie! WOW!



Our Australian Girl

Our Australian Girl series are written by a Australian authors (like the Aussie Nibbles series) with the added bonus of being Australian and filled with history. Fantastic for teaching the Australian Curriculum. They have been described as character based Australian novels.

Read more about these books at Penguin’s website Our Australian Girl series. Read extracts from the books here.

The Tomorrow series

The Tomorrow Girls series is for older girls.  Read the review here for Behind the Gates (1st in the series). It reminds me a bit of the Tomorrow series by John Marsden.