Bring the world to your classroom for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge

​Books that celebrate diversity are available for you and your students

With the 2021 Premiers' Reading Challenge on the horizon, and the recent marking of Cultural Diversity Week (21 March – 28 March), it is a great time for Victorian students to explore some of the wonderful stories that celebrate the richness of our multicultural society.

Victoria is known for its multiculturalism, with almost half of the state's population having at least one parent born overseas. Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and follow 135 different religions.

Books available for the Premiers' Reading Challenge

To celebrate diversity, the Department of Education and Training has put together a list of suggested books to help your students learn about other cultures, including their own, in the lead up to the 2021 Premiers' Reading Challenge.  If you haven't alredy registered your students for the Challenge, you can register them now!

These books are part of the 28,000 resources available to schools through the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC).

Your school's library may have copies of these titles or you can click on the headings below to order them through the LMERC.

Prep to Grade 2

Alma and How She Got Her Name

Juana Martinez-Neal (2018)

Birds in the Bush 

Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir – illustrated by Jeannette Rowe (2019)

All the Ways to be Smart  

Davina Bell – illustrated by Allison Colpoys (2018)

The Patchwork Bike  

Maxine Beneba Clarke – illustrated by Van T. Rudd (2016)


Patrick Guest – illustrated by Jonathan Bentley (2020)

Middle to upper primary

Malala's Magic Pencil

Malala Yousafzai – illustrated by Kerascoët (2019)

Premiers' Reading Challenge book
A Different Pond

Bao Phi – illustrated by Thi Bui (2017)


Kirli Saunders; illustrated by Dub Leffler. (2020)

Black Cockatoo

Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler (2018)

The crossover (age 12+)

by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (2020)

Fly on the Wall

Remy Lai (2020)

The Hero Next Door (ages 8-12)

Edited by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (2019)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears(ages 9-12)

Meg Medina (2020)

Secondary school (Years 7 to 10)

Catching teller crow (age 14)

Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. (2018)

The F Team 

Rawah Arja (2020)

Metal Fish, Falling Snow (age 14+)

Cath Moore (2020)


LMERC offers contactless pick-up and online ordering with free postage to government school teachers outside the metropolitan Melbourne area.

Membership is free to teachers across all school sectors, pre-service teachers and lecturers (English as an Additional Language (EAL) and languages), homework clubs and community language schools.

Find out more on the LMERC web page.