Looking for a new release to give to a young reader this Christmas? Here are some of our picks of the latest picture books and novels for primary and high-school readers hitting the shelves this month, click on the titles or covers below for more information.
The books in Lian Tanner’s fantasy series for older readers ages 9-12, ‘The Hidden,’ have been given a very cool facelift. We decided to revisit the trilogy (Icebreaker, Sunker’s Deep and Fetcher’s Song) recently – check out our piece here!
If you’ve got a fan of the TV show Pretty Little Liars, they’ll be thrilled to hear that the author of the book series the show was based on, Sara Shepard, has a new book for teens. It’s called The Amateurs, and it’s as gripping as the show.
Another pick for older readers comes from E. Lockhart, author of the page-turning We Were Liars. In her new book, Fly on the Wall, Gretchen wants to know what boys really think, but she should be careful what she wishes for…
For the teenage boys themselves, we were intrigued by The Boomerang Effect, a hilarious high-school novel that including a Viking, a Goth girl, and three crazed chickens. Ages 14+
A great gift for inquisitive young minds this year is Chronologica. It’s a full colour guide to 100 years of history, and is great for kids to dip in and out of, with plenty of facts to explore.
For young dog-lovers aged 5-9, you can’t go past Dog Stories. It features all kinds of doggy short stories by some of Australia’s best loved authors, and has illustrations by Jules Farber!
Alison Lester has a new picture book! It’s called Hello Little Babies, and is a sweet book perfect to share through baby’s first year.
For fans of his classic The Eleventh Hour, Graeme Base is back with another puzzle in Enigma. Bertie is investigating the case of the missing magician’s props – can you help him solve it?
If you want to help a little one learn to count while also bringing some Christmas cheer, there’s Ten Little Elves. With riotously funny rhymes and things to spot on every page, this will be lots of fun to read in the lead-up to the holidays.
Dogs in Cars is the mashup we didn’t know we needed. Another counting book, this one has funky artwork showing different dog breeds and their vehicles, from an up and coming new children’s book team.
What will you be reading this month? Let us know in the comments!