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Children's and Young Adult Literature Guide

Children's and young adult literature is an important part of Fisher Library's Curriculum Collection which includes recently published material but also literature published for children and young adults since the early twentieth century.

The Curriculum Collection has many new books for reader's of all ages. The Curriculum resources collection is on Level 5 of Fisher south includes picture books, books and readers for beginning and young readers and many books for your adult readers, fiction & non-fiction; as well as graphic novels, educational toys and models. 

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You will find the previous winners of the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards in the Curriculum and Fisher Collections, along with many of the titles on the Notables list for 2020.

Featured Book

Tales from the inner city, written and illustrated by Shaun Tan, is available in the Fisher Curriculum collection, Level 5 Fisher south. 

Shaun Tan is an award winning artist, illustrator and author. His work has won or been nominated for over 100 awards. In 2011 he was awarded Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children's literature. For more information on Tales of the inner city and his other books visit Shaun Tan's website where you can also find essays and other information about his books. See also a the Allen & Unwin Website for a Commentary by the author and Teachers' notes for Tales of the inner city. Explore Shaun Tan resources on YouTube.

Do a Library Search for other books by Shaun Tan held in University of Sydney Library collections.



Featured Graphic Novel

Parvana: a graphic novel

by Deborah Ellis

This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of the Academy Award nominated film 'The Breadwiner', inspired by Deborah Ellis's beloved novel, tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana. When soldiers burst into her home and drag her father off to prison, Parvana is forced to take responsibility for her whole family, dressing as a boy to make a living in the marketplace of Kabul, risking her life in the dangerous and volatile city. By turns exciting and touching, Parvana is a story of courage in the face of overwhelming fear and repression. See the Allen & Unwin webpage for Teachers' Tips Lesson Plan (scroll down for link) aswell as Teacher Resources on Deborah Ellis website. Click on the book cover below which links to the Library catalogue record for this title which is held in the Curriculum Collection, Fisher Library.

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Teaching Notes

Goodreads and Novelist

Goodreads Listopia:

YA Booklists and Young Adult Booklists

Picture Books

NoveList Database
Available from Local Public Libraries and the State Library of New South Wales eResources. Enter Novelist Plus in the by database title search box

Selected Teaching Resources