Schools’ Book List

This year, the MWF Schools’ Program saw inspiring authors share their knowledge on identity, storytelling, and building resilience — inviting young people to consider reading as a radical act.

Explore the 2020 Schools’ Book List for the next generation of readers and writers.

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon

Cover of Zana Fraillon's The Bone Sparrow.

Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland, life behind the fences is all he has ever known.


The F Team

Rawah Arja

Cover of Rawah Arja's The F Team.

Meet Tariq Nader, leader of ‘The Wolf Pack' at Punchbowl High, who has been commanded by the new principal to join a football competition with his mates in order to rehabilitate the public image of their school.


Ghost Bird

Lisa Fuller

Cover of Lisa Fuller's Ghost Bird.

Stacey and Laney are twins, and they’re as different as the sun and moon. Stacey works hard at school, determined to get out of their small town. Laney skips school and sneaks out of the house to meet her boyfriend.


How It Feels to Float

Helena Fox

Cover of Helena Fox's How it Feels to Float.

A tender story about love, grief, and intergenerational mental illness, exploring the hard and beautiful places loss can take us, and honouring those who hold us tightly when the current wants to tug us out to sea.


How to Save the Whole Stinkin' Planet

Lee Constable

Go on a garbological adventure, and learn about the impact our household rubbish is having on the planet.


Hodgepodge: How to Make a Pet Monster 1

Lili Wilkinson

Cover of Lili Wilkinson's Hodgepodge: How to Make a Pet Monster 1.

I’m Artie. I’m eleven years old. I do not believe in ghosts, or monsters. I do believe in science. I also believe that my step-sister Willow is kinda terrifying.


The Lost Soul Atlas

Zana Fraillon

Cover of Zana Fraillon's The Lost Soul Atlas.

Loyalty is tested, and a cruel twist of fate leads to an act of ultimate betrayal in this epic story that spans a city, a decade, and the divide between life and death itself.


My Culture and Me

Gregg Dreise

Front cover of Greg Dreise's My Culture and Me.

Beautifully written and illustrated, My Culture and Me is a heartfelt and stirring story of cherishing and sustaining Indigenous cultures.


Rebel Gods: Monuments Book 2

Will Kostakis

Cover of Will Kostakis's Rebel Gods: Monuments Book 2.

With the Monuments gone, there's nothing stopping the rebel gods from reducing the world to ruin. Newbie gods Connor, Sally and Locky, are supposed to stop them, only they don't know how.


Real Pigeons Fight Crime

Andrew McDonald, Ben Wood

Front cover of Real Pigeons Fight Crime.

Did you know your city is protected by a secret squad of crime-fighting pigeons? It’s true! With master of disguise Rock Pigeon, bendy Tumbler, strong Frillback and super-finder Homey, they'll solve any mystery and fight any bad guy to keep the city safe.