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 5 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 Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard and Other Dramatic Tales
The Chicken Thief
The Girl’s Like Spaghetti
Mr Wuffles!
Out of the Blue
Shehewe (Three-Story Books)
Spot, the Cat
Stradbroke Dreamtime: Deluxe Edition

Dog On A Digger
Footpath Flowers
Onion Tears
Through the Smoke
Lost Thing
The Arrival


Measurement and Geometry
Spaghetti And Meatballs For All! (Rise and Shine)
Grandfather Tang’s Story: A Tale Told with Tangrams
Mathstart Hamster Champs (MathStart 3)

Number and Algebra
Miss Fox’s Class Earns a Field Trip
Betcha! (MathStart 3)
Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?
If You Made a Million
Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday


Biological Sciences
One Smart Fish


Avoid Being A Convict Sent To Australia! (The Danger Zone)
Ben and Gracie’s Art Adventure
The Dog on the Tuckerbox
Inside the World of Tom Roberts: A Ben and Gracie Art Adventure
King of the Outback: The Story of Sidney Kidman
The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef
The Legend of Moondyne Joe (Walker Classic)
Little Wooden Horse
Meet… Banjo Paterson
Meet Ned Kelly (Meet…)
The Night We Made The Flag: A Eureka Story
The Road to Goonong
Good Enough for a Sheep Station
The Startling Story of Lachlan Macquarie: Founding Father or Failure?
To the Goldfields! (Walker Classic)
Boomerang and Bat
The Story of Rosy Dock
The Rabbits


Love Your Body by Jessica Sanders

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!!