Hand the kids some of these totally rad page-turners for the perfect ‘quiet time’ entertainment these holidays. Here are the top children’s book picks for the Australian Summer 2016/17 break…
Top Children’s Book Picks Age 3+
Why is That Emu Wearing One Red Shoe by John Field.
Follow all the animals in this fun singalong mystery from favourite Aussie singer-songwriter John Field and award-winning illustrator David Legge.
What do they do with all the Poo from all of the Animals at the Zoo by Anh Do.
There's so much poo at the zoo... Where does it all go? With the hilarious bonus CD recording, you can sing along in search of the stinky truth.A belly-busting take on a serious problem that will have kids laughing for hours!
Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey. Everyone's favourite Pug is here to spread some holiday cheer. And he has a very long list for Santa! From the multi-award-winning picture-book creator Aaron Blabey comes another fabulous story guaranteed to make you laugh out loud! An ideal readaloud, it is perfect for teaching children about manners and Christmas spirit.
Top Children’s Book Picks Age 4-6+
There's a Snake in My School! by David Walliams.
Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet. From Number One bestselling picture book duo, David Walliams and Tony Ross, comes this ssssspectacularly funny picture book for children age 3 and up.
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne.
In this stunning edition of Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne's world-famous story is once again brought to life by E.H. Shepard's illustrations. Heart-warming and funny, Milne's masterpiece reflects the power of a child's imagination like no other story before or since.
Mega Weird! (Weirdo Book 7) by Anh Do.
Life for WeirDo is MEGA BUSY! He's planning on making MEGA bucks from the Street Garage Sale, plus he's helping Bella write a winning song! It won't be easy, but it will be funny!
Top Children’s Book Picks Age 7+
Dog Man by Dav Pikey.
New from the creator of Captain Underpants, it's Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?
The Selwood Boys: Battle Royale by Tony Wilson.
There's madness and mayhem in the Selwood house - and foot, of course! Go back to when it all began with The Selwood Boys!
Switch Hit Showdown (Big Bash League Book 1) by Michael Panckridge.
Like a Big Bash League match, this junior fiction series is explosive, entertaining and action-packed!
Top Children’s Book Picks Age 8+
Our Australian Girl: The Poppy Stories by Garielle Wang.
All four Poppy Stories in one beautiful hardback edition, with a bonus new chapter by author Gabrielle Wang at the end.
Adam Spencer's Number Crunchers by Adam Spencer.
Packed full of games, puzzles and more, this is the perfect book to get kids excited about numbers! Adam Spencer, Australia's funniest maths genius, is back!
Alice-Miranda in China by Jacqueline Harvey.
Move over, Matilda, and step aside, Madeline, there's a new charming miniature heroine about to make her mark. Join Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones on her lovely fun-filled adventures in this bestselling series.
The Midnight Gang by David Walliams.
David Walliams is back with another heart-warming, jaw-achingly funny, rollicking read! With illustrations by artistic genius Tony Ross.
Pocket Rocket by Ellyse Perry.
Begin the adventure with Ellyse Perry, Australia's most prominent sportswoman in this new series for young readers!
Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell.
The highly anticipated sequel to Withering By Sea! Stella is being sent away to the old family home at Wormwood Mire, where she must live with two strange cousins and their governess.
With special thanks to the bookworms and word nerds at Dymocks, who very kindly put together this kid’s holiday hit book list.