• Year Levels F–6
  • Curriculum ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
  • Subject Literacy
  • Resource Formats Print, Digital
  • Learning Focus Shared reading, Guided reading, Independent reading, Take-home reading, Oral language

What it is

Bug Club supports the effective and engaging teaching of reading for students in Foundation to Year 6 with nearly 400 feature-packed readers. Every step is reinforced with teaching tools, including an online teaching and learning platform to support modelled whole-class reading, guided reading, independent and take-home reading.

How it helps


Spark student interest: Select from a huge range of fiction and non-fiction readers, comics, graphic novels and more, covering a range of genres and topics from Australia and around the world.

Encourage a love of reading: Highly engaging narratives from Australian and international authors with well-known characters from popular culture and interesting and recurring characters help students relate to the texts.

Support families: Detailed notes on the inside front and back covers support take-home reading.


Tailored to your learners: Expertly and finely levelled readers give students manageable steps in reading progression and a real sense of achievement.

Extensive teaching resources: On ActiveLearn Primary each title includes teaching notes and blackline masters covering phonemic awareness, speaking and listening, comprehension, grammar and writing.

A format to suit your needs: All readers are available in print or as eBooks on ActiveLearn Primary.

What it includes

Discover how Bug Club can make a difference.


Fiction readers

  • Over 180 titles including:
    • finely levelled fiction guided readers for reading levels 1 to 30
    • comics and graphic novels broadly aligned to levels 6-30.
  • Popular characters from film and TV, and interesting and recurring characters developed specifically for Bug Club to engage students.
  • Highly engaging narratives covering a range of text types and a variety of genres, including:
    • humour
    • fantasy
    • fairy tales
    • science fiction
    • mystery.
  • Appealing short stories and novels at higher levels.
  • Comics and graphic novels ideal for visual learners and for teaching visual literacy.
  • Contemporary designs and a range of full colour illustration styles for visual literacy.


Non-fiction readers

  • Over 140 non-fiction guided readers for reading levels 1 to 30.
  • Authentic information texts on age-appropriate, high-interest topics.
  • Highly appealing text types including:
    • reports
    • explanations
    • persuasive texts
    • procedures.
  • Broad range of cross-curricular links to Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Fabulous photographs, illustrations, and diagrams for visual literacy skills.
  • Over 30 non-fiction titles designed by Dorling Kindersley.


Plays to Read

  • 65 plays broadly aligned to reading levels 6 to 30.
  • written by talented Australian and international authors, including Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo.
  • each play includes notes on the inside front cover to help guide reading or fun facts about the topic.
  • each play is also supported with teaching notes and blackline masters on ActiveLearn Primary.
  • On ActiveLearn Primary students have the option to mute audio for a chosen character, providing more opportunities for plays to be reread.


ActiveLearn Primary

ActiveLearn Primary is an online teaching and learning hub for reading. 

With Bug Club on ActiveLearn Primary you can:

  • search for and filter nearly 400 books by book band, reading level or Fountas & Pinnell level
  • find 65 plays broadly aligned to Reading Levels 5-30 where students can also choose to be a character and the audio for that character does not play
  • track and report on students’ reading progress based on completion of books and comprehension quizzes
  • view and download guided reading notes and blackline masters, curriculum correlation and scope and sequence charts to help with planning, and more.

Find out more about ActiveLearn Primary.

Support materials

These guides will walk you through getting started with Bug Club on ActiveLearn Primary.

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