Recommended picture books to read to 6, 7 & 8 year olds

Year Level: Year 1 & 2

A recommended reading book list that promotes the development of oral language skills in children aged 6-8 years old.

The books in this guide outline quality age-appropriate recommendations only and do not align with specific PLD programs. The lists have been created by speech pathologists with the aim of promoting the development of oral language skills. If you are seeking a list of picture books related to a specific PLD program, we recommended that you purchase the PLD program to access the picture books referenced in the program.

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  • Recommended picture books to read to 6, 7 & 8 year olds
    Year 1 & 2 Parent Education Sheets and Downloads

    This booklet outlines key information to be provided to parents, caregivers and the wider community within semester one. Children benefit when home and school work together. To support this, PLD offers an extensive range of parent milestone information sheets and videos. These resources are ideal to be disseminated to parents and the wider community through […]

    This booklet outlines key information to be provided to parents, caregivers and the wider community within semester one. Children benefit when home and school work

  • Recommended picture books to read to 6, 7 & 8 year olds
    Speech and Language Development Milestones – 8 years old

    This milestone poster/sheet details the speech and language developmental milestones for children from 8 years of age.

    Designed by speech and language pathologists, the speech and language milestone sheets provide a list of typical milestones that should be attained by specific ages.

  • Recommended picture books to read to 6, 7 & 8 year olds
    Speech and Language Development Milestones – 7 years old

    This milestone poster/sheet details the speech and language developmental milestones for 7 year olds.

    Designed by speech and language pathologists, the speech and language milestone sheets provide a list of typical milestones that should be attained by specific ages.

  • Recommended picture books to read to 6, 7 & 8 year olds
    Speech and Language Development Milestones – 6 years old

    This milestone poster/sheet details the speech and language developmental milestones for 6 year olds.

    Designed by speech and language pathologists, the speech and language milestone sheets provide a list of typical milestones that should be attained by specific ages.

This download outlines how PLD programs link to the ACARA National Curriculum year level content descriptions.

  • Recommended picture books to read to 6, 7 & 8 year olds
    PLD’s Alignment to the Australian National Curriculum

    How does PLD align to the Australian National Curriculum?

    In the attached download we have outlined where PLD applies to each year level, the content code and descriptor and the related PLD programs.  

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