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Looking for a book to read?
If you are looking for ideas for something to read, click on the icons below to see our suggested reading lists for different types of books. These books are particularly suitable for students in Years 7 and 8.
Need more book suggestions? Try these handy online tools to help you decide!
These websites will recommend books for you based on what else you like:
Type the name of a book you like, and this website will show you similar recommended books. Once you've selected a title, you can also click on subject tags to find books that deal with similar subjects.
Use the sliders to select qualities you want in a book and then see suggestions based on your selections. You can select from what kind of character, plot and setting you want, or choose between qualities such as happy or sad, funny or serious, expected or unpredictable, and more!
Looking for your next favourite author? Literature Map works kind of like a family tree, linking authors and themes together. The closer two writers are on the map, the more likely someone will like both of them. Type in your favourite author and see which fellow authors spring up.
Goodreads is more than just a book recommendation site, it’s also an online community of book reviews and ratings. You can use it to track, rate and review books you've read in the past (and books you'd like to read in the future!) and Goodreads will make recommendations to you based on what you’ve already read or what your friends are reading. Goodreads also highlights what’s trending and the new releases that are coming out.
Book Awards and Resources
Children's Book Council of Australia Awards
The annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards aim to promote quality literature for young Australians, support & encourage a wide range of Australian writers & illustrators of children's & YA books, and celebrate contributions to Australian children's & YA literature.
The Inky Awards
The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of InsideaDog.com.au.
Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2020
The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards are held annually to honour and reward literary achievement by Australian writers.
Australian Book Industry Awards
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) is an annual celebration that celebrates the connection between Australian readers and the ‘book makers’ – authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers, who unite to create the must-read books of the year.
The Stella Prize
The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing, and an organisation that champions cultural change. The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, and both nonfiction & fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win', they are the gold standard in children's literature. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.
The Eisner Awards
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comics world. Named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, the awards are given out in more than two dozen categories during a ceremony each year at Comic-Con International: San Diego.
The Booker Prizes
The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for five decades. It is awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.
The Booker International Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK.
The Pulitzer Prize
The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.
The Hugo Awards
The Hugo Awards recognise excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. They were first awarded in 1953, and have been awarded every year since 1955. The awards are run by and voted on by fans.
The Nebula Awards
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. They are awarded annually to the best novel, novella, novelette, short story, and script.
The Guardian: Books for Children and Teenagers
The Guardian newspaper's portal for all their children's and YA author interviews, reviews, and articles.
All About Reading: Curriculum alignment
Your Say in the NCC
Have your say in what books we add to the Nora Collisson Centre collection! Vote on books we are considering for addition, or suggest new books!
Looking for something to read? Try our quiz to help you find your next book!
Inside a Dog
Run by the State Library Victoria, Inside a Dog is a community hub for bookish teens where they can share their love of reading and books.
Reviews written by young adults about young adult books. You can even sign up to be a reviewer!
Your source for all things YA fiction, including lists of book suggestions, reviews, quizzes, and interviews. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.