It’s sometimes hard to know where to start when buying books for the little people in your life, especially when 2018 was such a bumper year for so many great titles. In case it helps, the team at Better Reading has decided to share the list of kids’ books that they’ll be putting under the tree at Xmas.
Cheryl Akle – Director:
Books are the perfect gift for kids and while they may initially prefer a toy, a book stands the test of time and is something wonderful that they can enjoy over and over again. I will be buying the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book – The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney, Funny Kid Get Licked by Matt Stanton and Head Kid by David Baddiel – kids love funny books. We had both Matt Stanton and David Baddiel in for a chat during the year and it’s easy to see why kids love these authors. When I interviewed the legendary Bruce Whatley for a podcast, he introduced me to Reuben his exquisitely illustrated book that he worked on for over ten years – for that truly special gift, you couldn’t find a more beautiful book.
Carol George – Website Editor:
For our 6 year old grandson Charlie, we‘re getting him another Where’s Wally? It has no story I know, but he has a lot of fun with them and I tell myself he’s improving his powers of observation.
For 3-year-old Madeline, another ‘Madeline’ book. The text is too advanced for her so instead of reading it, I tell her the story. Already, she’s telling everyone that when she’s a ‘big’ girl, she’s going to drink champagne with G-G (as the kids call me), on the Eiffel Tower.
Amelia Meaney – Marketing Coordinator:
For the kids in my life: My cousin has two little boys aged four and six, and this Christmas I’m looking forward to buying them some of the books I loved reading as a kid at Christmas and over the summer holidays – Wombat Divine by Mem Fox, Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester, and Greetings From Sandy Beach by Bob Graham. I’m hoping they enjoy them just as much as I did!
Rachael Versace – Marketing Coordinator:
The children in my life are all quite young and small, and I look forward giving them all of the books that I loved at their age! The Rainbow Fish by Michael Pfister, Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney, and Possum Magic by Mem Fox were all staples for me growing up, books that I have cherished and carried with me through to adulthood. I love to give sentimental gifts, so it is important to me that my nieces and nephews experience the same book magic that captured me when I was little.
Melissa Wilson – Kids and YA Specialist
There are many children in my life (maybe a few too many!), so I’m always on the lookout for the perfect book to give. This year I will be buying His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda, Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo and the new Mary Poppins:Illustrated Gift Edition by the wonderful Lauren Child.
There are also a few David Walliams fans in my life, so they will get a copy of his latest offering, The Ice Monster – any book of his is always very well received.