The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

Great Books For High School Readers

Episode Summary

Literacy expert Sharon Callen is joined by Rebecca Bird to talk about the best books for teachers to engage high school readers.

Episode Notes

Many teachers are looking for more ways to engage secondary students and young adults in their reading. And a lot of that comes down to choosing the right books and texts.

But how can teachers find 'just right' texts for students?

How do we find a place for these texts when there is so much required content?

How do we create more space for independent reading?

Sharon Callen is again joined by Rebecca Bird from Pegi Williams Bookshop to discuss these questions and more. 

Resources mentioned in this episode:


Suggested Reading by Dave Connis

Living on Stolen Land by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Footprints on the Moon by Lorraine Marwood

The Disconnect by Karen David  

I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

Growing Up Disabled in Australia, edited by Carly Findlay

Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim

The Boy From The Mish by Gary Lonesborough

Fly: Financially Literate Youth by Jai Hobbs and Marlies Hobbs

When The World Was Ours by Liz Kessler

Common Wealth by Gregg Dreise


Jack Heath books

Barrington Stokes

Alice in Wonderland

Taronga by Victor Kelleher

Ash Road by Ivan Southall

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman (audio)

Tristan Bancks books -


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