Every teacher can testify to the engagement received by their students when offered to be read a story. Whether it be from a picture book or novel, stories bring so much enjoyment to children’s lives. The added bonus is that they can also be great tools for linking various content areas of the Australian Curriculum.

I have gathered a list of books that I highly recommend for Year 3 Teachers to use as they are teaching to the Australian Curriculum throughout the year. I have sorted these books into curriculum content areas but you will quickly notice that most of the books link to other content areas making them great tools for the time-poor Australian Teacher. (please note the following list contains affiliate links)


The Girl’s Like Spaghetti
Let’s Eat Grandma!: A Life-Saving Guide to Grammar and Punctuation
The Two Bullies
Pick a Picture, Write an Opinion! (Little Scribe)
Xo, Ox: A Love Story
Click, Clack, Moo – Cows That Type
Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School – Audio [With Paperback Book]
The Perfect Pet
Hey, Little Ant

The Diary of a Killer Cat (Puffin Modern Classics)
My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World
Prudence Wants a Pet
A Tale of Two Beasts
They All Saw a Cat

Beauty and the Beast Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales (Multicultural Fairy Tales)
Betty’s Burgled Bakery: An Alliteration Adventure
The Book With No Pictures
Cinderella Stories Around the World: 4 Beloved Tales (Multicultural Fairy Tales)
The Gold-Threaded Dress
H Is For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z
Hansel and Gretel Stories Around the World: 4 Beloved Tales (Multicultural Fairy Tales)
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons
Man From Snowy River PB
One Leaf Rides the Wind
Rapunzel Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales
Through the Smoke HB
A Story (Pick a Picture, Write)
Xo, Ox: A Love Story


Measurement and Geometry
If You Were a Minute (Math Fun)

Number and Algebra
Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat (Charlie Piechart)
Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice (Charlie Piechart)
Full House: An Invitation to Fractions


Biological Sciences
Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?
I am Josephine – and I am a Living Thing
Rounds: Parker Penguin (Rounds)
What’s Biology All About?

Earth and Space Sciences
How the Sun Got to Coco’s House
The Moon (Solar System)
On Earth
What Makes Day and Night (Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science 2)


An Aussie Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Australian Kids
Anzac Biscuits (Anzac Biscuits)
Anzac Day Parade Australian Edition
Australia: Illustrated
Bantam and the Soldier (Bantam and the Soldier)
A Day to Remember
Forward March
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Lest We Forget
Lone Pine
Lulu Bell and the Moon Dragon
Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings
Memorial (Lothian Australian Favourites)
My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day
My Place
Our School Fete
Potato Music
Simpson and his Donkey
Sorry Day
This is Australia: An illustrated guide to an extraordinary country (An Infographic Guide to)
Tom Tom
Welcome To Country
What Was The War Like, Grandma? (Walker Classic)
You & Me: Our Place
One Day in Our World
Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale
On the Same Day in March
Ticket Around the World


Gary Asks for Help by Nyasha M. Chikoware
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright
A Handful of Buttons by Carmen Parets Luque
A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary
Hey Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
A Rainbow of Friends by P.K.Hallinan
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Let me know if you have any other suggestions to add to this list by commenting below. I’d love to hear from you!!

Happy teaching!!