SLAV Online Book Club – June 15th, 2023 – Fiction to Enrich Curriculum Areas.

Our thanks to those who were able to join us for our SLAV online Book Club on Thursday June 15th, 2023, to discuss the topic: Fiction that enriches a curriculum area. Fiction related to a curriculum area can enrich a student or a teacher’s understanding. What fiction explores, explains or develops the readers insight into an area – history, science, art – there are lots of possibilities. Both Tye and Jenny focussed on General Capabilities for this meeting, but if you need more suggestions, we absolutely encourage you to reach out to Jenny at The Younger Sun as an invaluable resource in this area.

As always, so many of you had so many wonderful contributions to share with us, and it is very appreciated. We were also delighted to be joined, once again, by the fabulous and knowledgeable Jenny from The Younger Sun Bookshop in Yarraville. This was our fourth book club meeting for 2023, and we want to say a very special thank you to all who have attended and contributed to these informal and informative meetings. We cannot wait to see you at our next meeting, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

You can see our full list of planned topics for 2023 HERE.

Disclaimer: The lists generated as a result of Book Club discussions are not, by any means, an exhaustive list of all titles or authors for each genre/category discussed. Nor will all titles be suitable for all libraries. We advise staff discretion when referencing these lists, to properly confirm individual title suitability for individual libraries, school and student’s needs. These are suggested titles only, shared by our members and inclusion on, or exclusion from, a list does not suggest SLAV endorsement or rejection of a title.

 General Capabilities – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Jenny’s List

Tye’s List

VSV Reading – First Nations: Language and story –

VSV Reading – First Nations: Language and story – Younger readers

Includes picture books –

Beautiful books by Auntie Fay, Auntie Joy & Auntie Patsy with Sue Lawson

Magabala Books – Indigenous Publisher

Nadia Wheatley’s classic My place was updated to include pre-colonial history and 1967 referendum and has a ABC tv series to supplement.

Uncle Xbox by Jared Thomas has also been popular.

Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia

Amazing authors to read –

Oliver Phommavanh

Alice Pung

Gabrielle Wang

Dragon Keeper Series by Carole Wilkinson

Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim

Tokyo Ever After – Emiko Jean

The Magic Fish – Trung Le Nguyen

Six Crimson Cranes – Elizabeth Lin

To All the Boys I’ve Loved (series) Jenny Han

Iron Widow – Xiran Jay Zhao

Strike the Zither – Joan He

This Time It’s Real – Ann Liang

Only A Monster – Vanessa Len

Catfish Rolling – Clara Kumagai

The Ones We’re Meant To Find – Joan He

VSV Reading – Harmony Week (Younger readers) –

The Red Palace by June Hur- Historical mystery thriller.

This Time it’s Real by Ann Liang- A fake romance turned real.

Front desk by Kelly Yang- Middle fiction- Realistic fiction- now a series.


Jenny’s List

Tye’s List

VSV Reading – Our world and environment –

The Sky So Heavy – Claire Zorn

The Callers – Kiah Thomas

The Last Wild – Piers Torday

The Dark Wild – Piers Torday

The Wild Before – Piers Torday

The Wild Beyond – Piers Torday

Wind Riders (series) – Jen Marlin

Polar Bear Patrol – Jess Butterworth

The Adventure Club – Jess Butterworth

The Orphan Orangutan – Jess Butterworth

Polly Pecorino – Emma Chichester Clark

The Wild Robot – Peter Brown

The One & Only Ruby – Katherine Applegate

The Letterbox Tree – Rebecca Lim/Kate Gordon

Dear Greta – Yvette Poshoglian

The Orchard Underground – Mat Larkin

Devils In Danger – Samantha Wheeler

The Good Times of Pelican Rise – Samone Amba

The Last Bear – Hannah Gold

The Lost Whale – Hannah Gold

Humanities and Social Sciences

Tye’s List










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