Teaching Units: CBCA Shortlist 2019

Every year, PETAA creates quality units of work on all primary-age books that are shortlisted for the prestigious Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. These units are created by literacy experts, using evidence-based pedagogies and are designed with a busy classroom teacher in mind. They incorporate highlighted examples for close reading activities, as well as word recognition, phonic knowledge and spelling, plus a plethora of ways to use the book with your students for speaking, writing and creating. All activities are linked to the Australian Curriculum: English.

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

A small kagaroo on the book cover for Brindabella


Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joiner
Years 3 and 4
 Sample Unit

A Boy with a dog and the cover of Leave Taking by Lorriane Marwood

Leave Taking

Lorraine Marwood
Years 5 and 6

Black coclatoo against a blue background on book cover

Black Cockatoo

Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler
Years 5 and 6

Cartoon family on the pathway to cemetery gates on book cover

The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars

Jaclyn Moriarty
Years 5 and 6

Cover art featring motifs in blue and pink and red

The Peacock Detectives

Carly Nugent
Years 5 and 6

Baroquely ornate decorative cover for title

His name was Walter

Emily Rodda
Years 5 and 6

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Drawings on part of a dragon fly and bee on book cover

Heads and Tails: Insects

John Canty
Foundation and Year 1 Unit

Four kids dressing up with zany things on the cover

The Dress-Up Box

Patrick Guest and Nathaniel Eckstrom
Foundation to Year 2 Unit

Bear and friends on the cover

Rainbow Bear

Stephen Michael King
Foundation to Year 2 Unit

A joey riding Noni the Pony on the book cover

Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey

Alison Lester
Foundation to Year 2 Unit

A Frightened Teddy on a scooter speeding down hill on cover

Tricky’s Bad Day

Alison Lester
Foundation to Year 2 Unit

Stickbug sitting on a snail on book cover

Here Comes Stinkbug!

Tohby Riddle
Years F–3 Unit

Picture Book of the Year

Night scene with people surrooiunding an enormous feather

The Feather

Freya Blackwood and Margaret Wild
Years 3 and 4 Unit

Clouds over an ocean horizon on cover

The Mediterranean

Armin Greder
Years 7 and 8 Unit

A girl with birds in a wild sky on the cover

Girl on Wire

Elise Hurst and Lucy Estela
Years 3 and 4 Unit

A boy being drawn in blue chalk on a pavement

Chalk Boy

Mandy Ord and Margaret Wild
Years 1 and 2  Unit

Boy by his skeptical cat and an orange corrugated wall on the cover

The All New Must Have Orange 430

Michael Speechley
Years 3 and 4 Unit

Suited green cicada amidst spilt leaves of paper on book cover


Shaun Tan
Years 5 and 6 Unit

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Bandicoot on the stump of a felled tree on book cover

Bouncing Back: An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story

Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch
Years 3 and 4 Unit

A crowd in the presnece of soldiers at the gates of a monumental building on the book cover

The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope

Mark Greenwood and Andrew Maclean
Years 5 to 7 Unit

Ocean waves and a small raft upper left on book cover


Donna Rawlins, Mark Jackson and Heather Potter
Years 4, 5 and 6 Unit

Image of chameleons in a duodecagon cage on book cover

Make Believe: M C Escher for kids

Years 5 and 6 Unit

Sulphur crsted cockatoo on a branch on book cover

Our Birds: Ŋilimurruŋgu Wäyin Malanynha

Siena Stubbs
Years 3 and 4 Unit

A girls face in profile with reeds and the Aboriginal flag on cover

Sorry Day

Coral Vass and Dub Leffler
Years 5 and 6 Unit

Book of The Year: Older Readers

Birds on wires in a watercolour dusk sky on book cover

Between Us

Clare Atkins
Black Inc. Books

Girl looking out an open window on book cover

Small Spaces

Sarah Epstein
Walker Books

A bird shape coloured by a landscape on the book cover

Lenny’s Book of Everything

Karen Foxlee
Years 5 to 8 Unit

Sprocket chains and cable on the book cover

Changing Gear

Scot Gardner
Allen and Unwin

Mondrian-like river scenev in bright primary colours of red blue and yellow on book cover

The Bogan Mondrian

Steven Herrick

Dried flowwers an objects arrayed on the cover

The Art of Taxidermy

Sharon Kernot
Text Publishing

Book of The Year: Older Readers — additional units for older readers from 2019 notable books

Tales from the Inner City book cover

Tales from the Inner City

Shaun Tan
Years 7 and 8 Unit

The Happiness Quest book cover

The Happiness Quest

Richard Yaxley
Years 7 and 8 Unit

Find additional units of work for older readers in our list 'Units of work: Find by Year

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