My new books have been released! They’re designed to help primary school students prepare for the upcoming NAPLAN Language Conventions tests.

Language Conventions, NAPLAN-style, year 3

Language Conventions, NALAN-style, year 5

NAPLAN – the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy – is a set of assessment tests run in all Australian schools each May. The tests cover basic English and maths skills: see the official website at

naplan sample 5I’ve written the Language Conventions books for years 3 and 5. Published by Pascal Press, the books include brief, easy-to-understand explanations, plus the opportunity for students to practise and apply the concepts. Practise tests are presented in the actual NAPLAN style, making it less daunting when the dreaded day arrives! Each book includes:

  • a pre-test, to pinpoint areas of weakness that may require further attention;
  • sections focusing on spelling, grammar and punctuation, each with a mini test;
  • a sample NAPLAN-style test for timed practice.

naplan sampleThe books are colourful and inviting, friendly and often humorous. They have lots of great illustrations. I had fun writing them and I’m very happy with how they came out!

The books are available at books stores, department stores, online book stores, and various newsagents. They can also be bought directly through Pascal Press, along with others in the Back to Basics series:

They’re a handy resource for teachers. They’re also popular with parents. They books are a great way to share the learning experience with your kids … know what they’re up to … maybe learn a thing or two along the way … Especially if you’re like me, and grew up in a time when grammar wasn’t taught much at schools!

 Book give-away

As NAPLAN is just around the corner, I’m running a book giveaway. This is only for Australian residents. To enter, click on the comments box below and tell me which book you’re interested in – the year 3 book or the year 5 book. I’ll pick two names at random (one for each book). I’ll announce the winner in the comments section on March 25. Good luck!

12 thoughts on “NAPLAN-style book give-away

  1. Laree says:

    Hi Stella, I’d be very interested in the year 5 book! Thanks for this opportunity 🙂

  2. Vasudha says:

    Wow! I wish they’d had books like these back in my primary school days! I’d be interested in the year 3 one 🙂

  3. Love it! Which one to choose – yr 3 or 5? Can I enter for both?

  4. Hi Stella,
    I’m really interested in the year 5 Naplan-style book because I teach it as a tutor 6 days a week. I also teach year 7 and 9 Naplan too, so the older version probably interests me more.

  5. Huw Williams says:

    Hi Stella, I’d love to get hold of the Year 3 book. My eldest is a few years off yet, but no harm in getting him (and me) prepared!

  6. Deborah Jeffrey says:

    Year 5 🙂

  7. annamayfair says:


  8. Sharron Mills says:

    One of my grandsons is terrified of Naplan testing. A year 5 book would be a great help.

  9. Bravo, Stella. Good job.

  10. Cecilia au says:

    Hi Stella, I’d love the yr 3 book to use to help my daughter build a solid foundation in her studies. Can’t wait to see the book!

  11. Elly Stratilas says:

    This would be Awesome 😊 year 3 would be great.
    Thank you so much… fingers crossed

  12. Stella says:

    What a great response – thanks everyone 🙂 I’ve done the whole names in a hat bit (all right, it was my coffee mug, I don’t wear hats) and can announce the winners. Elly Stratilas and Deborah Jeffrey. Can you please go to the contact page and email me your address? I’ll sign the books, so let me know if you want it dedicated to anyone in particular. Hope you find them helpful!

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