Need a reading list to get you ahead in Year 10 English? You’ve come to the right place!

We’ve created an essential Year 10 reading list ranging from fiction, poetry and films to graphic novels and more to help you grow your knowledge!

Every book you read, or movie you watch, gives you a wonderful opportunity to learn new things, with the added bonus of preparing you for your English assessments!

So, what’s not to love about reading?

With our diverse year 10 reading list based on NESA’s recommended readings for Year 10 which you can access here, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste and helps you get a head start in Year 10 English!

Let’s dive in!

Picture Books and Graphic Novels


Animal Farm George OrwellAnimals, Stanilist Russia and oppression
Every You, Every MeDavid Levithan
High school, mystery and photographs
Fighting Ruben Wolfe
Markus ZusakBrotherhood, boxing and identity
GracelingKristan Cashore
Assassins, romance and magic
Great ExpectationsCharles DickensA boy named Pip, identity and revenge
To Kill a MockingbirdHarper LeePrejudice, family and growing up
The HobbitJ.R.R. HolkienA hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, adventure and bravery
The Hunger Games TrilogySuzanne CollinsA dystopian society, survival and growing up
Little WomenLouisa May Alcott
Sisterhood, family and life
Lord of the FliesWilliam GoldingA group of boys stranded on a deserted island
Northern LightsPhillip PullmanBravery, adventure and fantasy
Tomorrow, When the War BeganJohn MarsdenWar, romance and adventure

Picture Books and Graphic Novels

The ArrivalShaun TanThe immigrant experience in a strange new world
FoxMargaret WildThe friendship between a dog and a flightless bird
PiggybookAnthony BrownPigs, men and gender roles
The Red TreeShaun TanMental health and a fragmented journey
The WatertowerGary CrewTwo teenagers explore a sinister waterhouse


60 Classic Australian PoemsChristopher Cheng
A whole range of Australian poems
Against the TideIrini Savvides
Swimming, love and loss
By the RiverSteven HerrickGrowing up in a small town, life and loss
Lonesome HowlSteven HerrickSelf-discovery, wolves and family
JinxMargaret WildAdolescence, growing up and family
Shark GirlKelly BinghamResilience and physical loss
Spirit Song: A Collection of Aboriginal Poetry
Lorraine Mafi-Williams
Environmental sustainability and Aboriginal insight


Avatar (PG-13)
James CameronAliens, war and environmental sustainability
Becoming Jane (PG-13)
Julian JaroldJane Austen and love
Bend it Like Beckham (PG-13)
Gurinder ChadaSoccer and defying cultural and gender roles
Edward Scissorhands (PG)
Tim BurtonA dark, yet moving, tale of a man with scissorhands
Gallipoli (PG)Peter WeirWar, loss and hardship
Much Ado About Nothing (PG)
Kenneth BranaghA film adaptation of Shakespeare’s play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
The King's Speech (M)Tom HooperAn English prince with a speech impediment must ascend the throne
Princess Mononoke (M)Hayao MizakiA moving story about love and the conflict between man and nature
Romeo + Juliet (M)Baz LuhrmannA modern-day take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (starring young Leonardo DiCaprio!)


Animal Minds (podcast)
RadiolabStories of cross-species communication (between animals and man)
Fatal Storm Rob MundleThe story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race
Is That You, RuthieRuth HegartyAn Aboriginal girl in the 1930s taken away from her family
The Matilda Women (play)
Sue RiderThe stories of nine extraordinary Australian women and their lives
Tough StuffKirsty MurrayStories of ordinary kids doing extraordinary things

We hope this Year 10 Reading List helps you get started on your reading journey! Don’t be afraid to give these texts a try you’ll never know just what you might learn 

Happy reading!

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Millicent Tai hopes to one day become a full-time teacher and is currently studying a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science at UNSW. She enjoys tutoring students at Art of Smart in English and Maths and has loved reading and writing for as long as she can remember. In her spare time, you can find her avidly reading Christian biographies or fishing in Animal Crossing.