I have been looking for books to link with the CBCA short listed titles. I do like to extend our reading of these books with an exploration of the author or illustrator or perhaps the topic.
Home now links quite nicely with One step at a time. Listen to an interview with Jane Jolley and Sally Heinrich. They talk about the horror of land mines and their impact on the people and animals in Thailand.
In Home now we meet Sieta, has recently become an orphan in South Africa, and read how a special baby elephant is able to help her as she adjusts to her new life.
"Sieta remembered a green garden in a dry land. ... Sieta remembered when she and Ma and Pa went to church on Sundays."
Sieta goes on a school excursion to an elephant park. She meets orphan elephants and forms an immediate bond with Satara - the baby. "Sieta smelled his elephant smell and it smelled like wild places far, far away." The next day, straight after school, Sieta goes back to visit Satara. Back in her village she looks on the scene with new eyes. This is a new and strange place but perhaps it can become her new home - a place for new memories and new pictures in her mind.
After reading Home Now you might compare this with The colour of home which has the same illustrator - Karin Littlewood. For class reading you could also use Tua and the elephant and Elephant Mountain from the Aussie Bites series.