Australia’s Top 50 Kids Books 2020: Top titles for early readers

Australia’s Top 50 Kids Books 2020: Top titles for early readers

Each year, Better Reading asks young Australian readers, their families, librarians and teachers to vote for their favourite book. In 2020 we’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response! It’s clear that Australian love reading across a broad range of children’s titles in all formats – paperback, hardcovers and board books.

The 2020 list includes old favourites, newcomers,  award winners and some anniversary titles that have stood the test of time. As we did last year we have split the list into two sections: the Top 25 for older readers and Top 25 for younger readers.

For younger readers The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle has once again wormed his way to the top, narrowly beating Possum Magic by Mem Fox which came in second place. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson was in third place, a long-term favourite celebrating 21 years on the bookshelves.

A host of Australian authors and illustrators are prominent within the 25 titles for younger readers. Mem Fox, Aaron Blabey and Alison Lester hold three positions each in the list of 25 books. True blue nostalgic dinky-di characters Grug and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie also made an appearance.

Better Reading Director, Cheryl Akle says, ‘It’s clear there is a deep love for picture books. We saw this with the response our readers had to Grug’s 40th birthday and Spot’s 40th anniversary this year. There’s a fondness and respect for characters we know from our own childhood that makes us want to share them with the next generation. We also open our hearts to new characters like Thelma the Unicorn.”

“People are always telling me how hard it is to find the right book for a child in their life,” says Akle. “With so many wonderful new books hitting the shelves each month, making a decision can be overwhelming so this list is something you can take with you to the bookshop. When you give a book to a child you want to know it’s a book they’re going to love.”

The 25 titles for younger readers in Australia’s Top 50 kids books are: 

1The Very Hungry CaterpillarEric Carle
2Possum MagicMem Fox
3The GruffaloJulia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
4Where is the Green SheepMem Fox and Judy Horacek
5Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s DairyLynley Dodd
6The Very Cranky BearNick Bland
7Pig the PugAaron Blabey
8We’re Going on a Bear HuntMichael Rosen
9Where the Wild Things AreMaurice Sendak
10Room on the BroomJulia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
11The Wonky DonkeyCraig Smith and Katz Cowley
12Magic BeachAlison Lester
13Piranhas Don’t Eat BananasAaron Blabey
14The Secret GardenFrances Hodgson Burnett and Adelina Lirius
15Meet Snugglepot and CuddlepieMay Gibbs
16Thelma the Unicorn Aaron Blabey
17Green Eggs and HamDr Seuss
18Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little ToesMem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
19Oh The Places You’ll GoDr Seuss
20The Very Noisy BabyAlison Lester
21Wombat StewMarcia K Vaughan &  Pamela Lofts
22Where’s Spot?Eric Hill
23Dear ZooRod Campbell
24Kissed by the MoonAlison Lester
25GrugTed Prior

Click here for the full list in printable handy A4 size, with checklist 

Click here for full list in printable A3 poster size, with checklist 


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