Better Reading is compiling a list of Australia’s Favourite Kids’ Books, and we want to hear from you! Click here to vote, and you could win the entire final list!
We know it’s tough to choose your favourite out of all the many wonderful children’s books out there.
To inspire you, here are some of ours. You can click on the titles or covers below for more information!
John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat by Jenny Wagner & Ron Brooks is one of my all-time favourites as an adult and as a child. Good picture books are great short stories, I still enjoy them now as much as I did then.
There’s never a dull moment reading Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen, it is such fun to read aloud.
I have very fond memories of listening to Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel being read to my brothers and I when we were little. My all time favourite story comes from Frog and Toad Together, when they have to hide a box of cookies way up high to test their willpower…
As I got older, the Nancy Drew series got me addicted to mysteries. To this day those books are very special to me, with the first one, The Secret at Shadow Ranch, still my number #1 choice, and they’ve recently been republished for a whole new generation of sleuths!
The story of the statue and the swallow who help the poor of London in The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde always made me cry as a child and still makes me cry when I read it to my own children.
I don’t know if being a red-head made me love Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery even more. No wonder there was an outcry a few years ago when a version came out with a blonde, blue-eyed Anne on the cover. Needless to say that cover didn’t last long – you can’t mess with the classics like that.
The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith has great rhymes to read aloud to kids, irresistibly cute drawings and a main character that will keep you and the kids charmed, and reading over and over.
Gangster Granny by David Walliams is the book that first got my daughter Lucy (then 9) truly excited about reading. She could not put this book down and it hit her with a big emotional punch – she couldn’t believe a book could have such a strong impact on her and now she reads all of Walliams’ books.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, the friendship between two young boys that has devastating consequences… a beautifully written book that’s poignant and heartbreaking, showing war through a child’s eyes.
It’s like Romeo and Juliet for three year olds in The Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis. A tadpole and a caterpillar fall in love, and promise each other that they will never change – with a hilarious and unexpected ending!
Be sure to vote for your favourite so it makes Better Reading’s Top 50 Kids’ Books! And by voting you enter into the draw to win every single book on the final list…
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