Voting open now: Australia’s Top 50 Kids Books!

Voting open now:  Australia’s Top 50 Kids Books!

Vote for the 2020 Top 50 kids books and go in the draw to win 50 amazing kids books!


Are you an avid reader, always on the lookout for new kids books? If you answered yes, you’ll be thrilled to know that you can now enter the draw to win all 50 of Australia’s top 50 kids books for 2020!


To enter, you just need to vote for your all-time favourite kids book. It can be international or local, old or new, classic or debut – it just needs to be the kids’ book you love the most.


To make your vote count be sure to write a specific title, not just “Artemis Fowl” or another series name, for example. You may only vote for books that are currently available (in print).


Once voting has closed, we’ll collate the 50 most-voted-for books, and then seven lucky winners will each receive a pack of all 50 titles.


Voting ends on Monday 10 August at 5pm AEST, so vote now by filling out the form below. Please note that by submitting your vote, you will be automatically subscribed to the Better Reading weekly newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time.


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  1. Janine says:

    If you thought Grug was a weird creature you have to meet his imaginary friend. Super surreal. Surely Grug is Australia’s favourite plant-based being.

  2. Darryl says:

    Love Bob Graham’s perspective on families always humorous and warm and fun.

  3. Dorothy King says:

    The Magic Faraway Tree, my favourite book and author as a child (1952), then my daughters favourite book and now my granddaughter’s favourite …. this book has brought such joy to three generations !!!

  4. Lynnette Dillon says:

    I have read One Woolly Wombat to my children and grandchildren over a period of 37 years and still reading to grandkids. Great book really interesting pictures.

  5. Nicole says:

    Where the Wild Things Are imaginative and divine illustrations, I love reading this to any child who will listen!

  6. Ray says:

    Roald dahl got me hooked on books!

  7. Kara says:

    I absolutely love the Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland, it has such a lovely little message about being thoughtful and kind!
    As a primary school teacher I also find Aaron Blabey’s Bad Guy Series as a fantastic way to engage reluctant readers and also as a transition book from picture books to novels! Both great Australian authors!

  8. Sofia says:

    The Blue Cat was probably my first book that I loved. I was 9 when I first read it, and 3 years later, here I am.

  9. Chelsea says:

    Kensy and max is the best book you could read
    alongside Alice Miranda and clementine rose of course!

  10. Rebecca says:

    My children are loving Possum in the House! Fun story & illustrations. Engaging & exciting, especially when read with voices & expression.

  11. Lisa Evans says:

    Peter rabbit by Beatrice potter

  12. Ruby says:

    Alice-Miranda at school is the number one best kids book ever invented! Definitely recommend!

  13. Jade says:

    My favourite series is Alice-Miranada and I’ve loved all the books. Hope the author continues writing because the books are great!

  14. Bethany says:

    The Alice-Miranda books are by far my favourite books; packed with thrilling mysteries, lots of excitement, intriguing characters, as well as a little romance, and the plots are well thought out overall! Definitely recommend!

  15. Grace says:

    The Kangaroo from Woolloomooloo (from the Cocky’s Circle Little Books series) was a childhood favourite and now my kids love it too!

  16. Karla Strambini says:

    There are too many to choose from, and it’s like comparing apples and pineapples…but I ordered “On the Banks of Plum Creek” through the school book club (a rare luxury to get a present when it wasn’t a birthday) and read it until it literally fell apart. (I still have it with blue tape holding the pages together). I loved Laura’s simple lifestyle and gratitude, but it also added the expression “mean gladness” to my vocab.

  17. Ingrid Walton says:

    ‘Flawed’ is a book for older readers but, what a book! Filled with so much suspense. Un – put downable….

  18. Bruno Devezy says:

    Hugo the boys with the curious mark,
    Met l’accent sur la différence et son acceptation. Livre bien à propos, si’l’on tient compte que chacun est unique, donc différents des autres.
    pour une bonne compréhension du monde dès le plus jeune âge!

  19. DEVEZY Bruno says:

    A timely story, it emphasizes the differences.
    The difference being the characteristic of individuality and plurality.
    societal book accessible from an early age …

  20. Irene Hickman says:

    Love Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear by Matt Drey. So many lessons in friendship and disappointment. Gorgeous photographs too!

  21. Lyn says:

    Winnie the Pooh and his wonderful philosophy on life has spanned generations to delight children and adults alike. Pooh has a special way of viewing life and his wisdom can never be underestimated! E.g. ‘Any day spent with you is my favourite day.’

  22. Sharn Sorrell says:

    If you haven’t read the book
    ‘Hugo-The boy with the curious mark’ you should! It is fun, exciting and an interesting story about a young lad who wants to be accepted in society. I absolutely loved it.
    Yohann has provided an interesting read in a fantastic book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with my grandson.

  23. Sharn Sorrell says:

    ‘Hugo-The boy with the curious mark’ is fun, exciting and an interesting story about a young lad who wants to be accepted in society. I absolutely loved it.
    Yohann has provided an interesting read in a fantastic book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with my grandson.

  24. Sylvie Perpigna Iban says:

    Je vote pour le livre de Hugo de Yohann.

  25. Mick says:

    Miss Eliza Flowerdew Can Nearly Touch The Ceiling, by Brenda Gurr and Helene Magisson. Absolutely one of the best children’s picture books released in 2019. This will become a classic book in years to come. Highly recommend you grab a copy.

  26. Allison says:

    I am a huge fan of Heidi McKinnon’s Books. She has the right formula to entertain but also spread messages of hope, friendship, being brave and so on.

  27. Madeleine says:

    Annie’s Chair by Deborah Niland. It has all the feels and has the best ending. We loved it in our house.

  28. Katie says:

    Beetle Boy by M G Leonard is a new fave. A great read aloud for grade 4-6 and a great tale in general. The boys love it (all the kids loved it) and so did I.

  29. Jill says:

    My favourite picture book by a new author is Grace’s Mystery Seed by Juliet M. Sampson. I like how it explores the mystery and wonder of growing a plant. And that the seed grows into my favourite flower is an added bonus. I think it is a classic story well worth adding to readers collections.

  30. Bec Van Est says:

    Did you take the B from my _ook? By Beck and Matt Stanton is such a fun and clever book for all ages. No matter how many times it has been read, it still makes us laugh!

  31. Amanda says:

    Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams provides a wonderful insight into the trials of managing elderly loved ones who’s mental state is depreciating while maintaining a close relationship with a young grandson. It is funny, sad and outrageously adventurous all at the same time! Love it!

  32. nerida says:

    we love the 10 little series. great for counting and a variety of themes. Princesses is the best as you can link it back to characters they recognise (cinderella, snow white etc)

  33. Kate says:

    Two Little Bugs, written by a New Zealand author. It’s about two little bugs, living different lives. One on top of a leaf in the sunlight and enjoying life, the other underneath in the dark and cold. A beautiful story about friendship and making changes even though it may be scary or difficult.

  34. Sarah says:

    I love the way “The Terrible Plop” teaches very young children about critical thinking and logical reasoning!

  35. Nicholas says:

    Nicholas Aged 10
    His a animation YouTuber I really like, I like his funny Stories about his childhood he has cool drawings and keeps me laughing his from California and has been to Australia a few times to visit.

  36. Nicholas says:

    Nicholas Aged 10
    Odd ones out The First Sequel by James Rallison
    His a animation YouTuber I really like, I like his funny Stories about his childhood he has cool drawings and keeps me laughing his from California and has been to Australia a few times to visit.

  37. Cathy Gartner says:

    Enid Blyton and her adventures created through The Faraway Tree and The Magic Wishing Chair are the all time imagination creators

  38. Carmen says:

    My daughter hated reading with a passion but then I introduced to her my favourite all time children’s book character Ramona by Beverly Cleary. Now she is in love with Ramona and all her adventures and is just wanting to read all sorts of books. Highly recommended series for any child.

  39. Aneeqa Ahsan says:

    The Gruffalo is very engaging right from the beginning till the very end. It keeps the reader as myself and the children engaged and wanting to know what happens still the end of the story.
    Teaches kids a lesson about standing up to a bully even if he is four times your size and tries to intimidate you, one should always be smart bold and confident.

  40. Mandy Bassett says:

    It was so hard to pick one book 📖 or author
    Grew up reading everything I could get my hands on

  41. noeleen byrne says:

    mem fox is brillant writer love her stories wheres the green sheep is funny for kids teaching colours also just love the book with different colours sheep

  42. Kristina Matthey says:

    ‘Do not open this book’ has the kids in fits of laughter before we even turn the first page.

  43. Barbara Helsby says:

    Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd is so awesome. Loved it ever since I first read it to my children & now I’m reading the entire series to my grandchildren!

  44. Faye Elizabeth Hannam says:

    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a book for all ages… It really does capture one’s imagination… Wouldn’t we all love our own ‘secret garden’ to play in…?

  45. Anne Tomietto says:

    Once by Morris Gleitzman

  46. Phillip Chappell says:

    “Jane Doe and the Cradle of all Worlds by Jeremy Lachlan” is an instant classic! It’s a must read for the young and the young at heart.

  47. Alesha says:

    My all-time favourite series is the Alice-Miranda series by Jacqueline Harvey. Such wonderful, exciting books where mysteries pile up and all is revealed in the end.