Recommended picture books to read to 9, 10, 11 & 12 year olds

Year Level: Years 3 to 6

A recommended reading book list that promotes the development of oral language skills in children aged 9-12 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.

You can quickly access the recommended picture book lists for the other age ranges below.

  • Recommended picture books to read to 9, 10, 11 & 12 year olds
    Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 Language & Literacy Developmental Milestones

    A booklet that provides an overview of Oral Language and literacy milestones for children in Years 3 to 6 (Middle to Upper Primary – 8 to 12 year olds). Tips for home and causes for concern are also outlined. The booklet can be photocopied back to back and then folded in half to provide a compact reference.

    Students in middle to upper primary should be independent and creative problem solvers. As students reach the middle primary, developed language skills are critical for

  • Recommended picture books to read to 9, 10, 11 & 12 year olds
    A Whole School Approach to Developing Narrative Skills

    An information sheet outlining a step by step, whole school approach to developing narrative skills using PLD’s programs.

    Research focused on narrative ability has repeatedly reported a correlation between literacy and academic achievement. Narrative training programs have also been shown to produce positive

  • Recommended picture books to read to 9, 10, 11 & 12 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 9, 10, 11 & 12 year olds
    PLD’s 2020 Whole School Literacy Plan

    The document outlines how to implement PLD’s literacy, Movement and Motor and Oral Language resources during the Early Years, Foundation, Year 1 & 2 and across Years 3 to 6. Each page provides suggested time frames and implementation recommendations.

    The purpose of this document is to provide an implementation outline to assist schools in scheduling the PLD programs within a broad school-based strategy. When

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  • Generating Narratives – Set 2
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    Recommended picture books to read to 9, 10, 11 & 12 year olds

    A resource for helping children to start expressing themselves verbally and in writing through the use of multiple picture prompts.

    Generating Narratives – Set 2 is designed for students aged 6 to 12 and supports the generation of oral and written narratives. Through picture sequences, this teacher resource contains 10 storylines and 30 x A4 picture cards which illustrate the structure of narratives. For example, each storyline consists of an introduction picture, a picture of a problem (or complication) and a picture of how the characters are feeling. This pack contains the following story themes in A4 narrative structure card format: Escape from prison Leaky Boar Storm Ruins Picnic The Fly Away Kite Soccer Grand Final Car Breakdown Hairdressing Disaster UFO House On Fire Shark Attack The picture sets illustrate the core initial components of narratives (i.e. introductions, problems and character’s thoughts and feelings.) The card sets have been designed to support student’s understanding of narratives and to assist students in the process of generating the content of narratives. The card sets provide multiple opportunities for students to rehearse narrative composition in a supported and structured manner. This publication is mentioned within the Whole School Literacy Strategy booklet on page 23.

  • Connecting Oral and Written Language – Step 2
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    Recommended picture books to read to 9, 10, 11 & 12 year olds

    Connecting Oral & Written Language – Step 2 is an instructional material outlining how to teach 9 to 12 year olds to express themselves in a structured way

    Although there are many types of genres, the most complex genre is narrative. The production of a narrative is more cognitively and linguistically demanding than participation in a conversation. Research repeatedly reports that narrative programs positively impact overall reading comprehension and written expression ability. Hence once skills are developed in this area, there is a flow on effect to all other forms of comprehension and written work. Within Connecting Oral and Written Language – Step 2 the initial oral stage is incredibly important. From a Speech Pathology perspective, oral expression ability is the precursor to written expression ability. Too often students are required to generate narratives before solid foundation skills are established. Remember students need to be provided with multiple opportunities to analyse and orally retell familiar narratives. In this way, they are rehearsing and practicing their oral language skills and simultaneously developing a solid understanding of narrative structure. Remember do not underestimate the value of the initial oral stages of narrative skills development. This program, designed by Speech Pathologists for 9 to 12 year olds features: Narrative tasks are presented in an order of ascending complexity (i.e. pre-narrative, oral narrative retells, written narrative retells and finally narrative generation). The manual outlines how to instruct 9 to 12 year olds narrative ability and recommends over 45 suitable picture books. The classroom pack includes explicit narrative structure cards and display posters There is a first step resource – Connecting Oral and Written Language – Step 1 for 6-8 Year Olds.

  • Generating Narratives – Set 1
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    Recommended picture books to read to 9, 10, 11 & 12 year olds

    A resource helping children to start expressing themselves verbally and in writing on the basis of multiple picture prompts.

    Generating Narratives – Set 1 is designed for Year 1 through to Year 6 students and supports the generation of oral and written narratives. Through picture sequences, this teacher resource contains 10 storylines and 30 x A4 picture cards which illustrate the structure of narratives. For example, each storyline consists of an introduction picture, a picture of a problem (or complication) and a picture of how the characters are feeling. This pack contains the following story themes in A4 narrative structure card format: Scarecrow Pet Dog On The Loose Surprise Hatch Late For School Car Accident Flooded Town Escape Rabbit Campsite Danger Bolting Horse Baby Bird Falling The picture sets illustrate the core initial components of narratives (i.e. introductions, problems and character’s thoughts and feelings.) The card sets have been designed to support student’s understanding of narratives and to assist students in the process of generating the content of narratives. The card sets provide multiple opportunities for students to rehearse narrative composition in a supported and structured manner.

  • Comprehension Questions for 8 and 9 Year Olds
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    Recommended picture books to read to 9, 10, 11 & 12 year olds

    A home or school picture book program for middle primary students. 

    The aim of Comprehension Questions for 8 & 9 Year Olds is to train parents and teachers to ask developmentally appropriate questions and to evaluate the quality of a child’s oral answer. If an insufficient answer is provided by a child, there are examples of how to assist the child to answer the question specifically with sufficient information. From 8 years of age, students should love engaging with their peers and adults. Therefore, the ability to understand questions is critical for participation in social interactions and success across all curriculum areas. Comprehension Questions for 8 & 9 Year Olds has been developed as an essential resource for Oral Language Development. At this age, questions require students to predict, interpret and evaluate. For example: How do you think the girl would feel? What do you think…? If you were the mum, what would you do? What made the boy say that? Designed by Speech Pathologists for teachers and parents for use in schools, daycare and in the home this program provides 8 and 9 year olds with: Lists of developmentally appropriate picture books and comprehension questions. Samples of 8 and 9 year old age-appropriate answers and samples of inadequate answers. Techniques and strategies to implement when a child provides an inadequate answer. An instruction booklet that outlines how the resource can be presented to a whole class, small groups or individual home setting. Each card reminds the importance of repeated reading of picture books and outlines a collection of questions to be asked on day 1, then further questions to be asked on days 2, 3 and 4. 33 cards that model appropriate questions and responses for the books listed in the Recommended Books for 8 and 9 Year Olds such as ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Diary of a Wombat’, ‘The Giving Tree’, ‘Possum Magic’, ‘Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair’. The questions are primarily inferential, predictive, evaluative and appreciative type questions. Two easy to administer progress checks; are included, to check on the acquisition of comprehension questioning ability. The other programs within the range include: Comprehension Questions for 3 year olds (Mc3) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 4 year olds (Mc4) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 5 year olds (Mc5) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 6 & 7 year olds (Mc6) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 8 & 9 year olds (Mc8) & Explanation video for parent training This publication is mentioned within the Whole School Literacy Strategy booklet on page 20.