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Suggested Reads for Kids - Booklists

New Recommended Reads for Kids

0 to 2 year olds

Start them young!

Let’s go outside : developmental images for newborns 0-6 months - Biana Ebeling

Let’s go outside is perfect for introducing books to your newborn. This wordless picture book’s contrasting black and white illustrations are sure to capture the attention of your little one.

Even more for 0 to 2 year olds

Baby’s very first black and white book : babies by Stella Baggott

Baby's very first little book of baby farm animals by Kate Rimmer

How Gator says good-bye! by Abigail Samoun

Big hugs, little hugs by Felicia Bond

Zoe and Beans –look at me! by Chloe and Mick Inkpen

3 to 5 year olds

Encourage your child's early literacy with these lovely books:

The wrong book and any other books by Nick Bland

Possum magic by Mem Fox

Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus by Mo Willems

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle

Clarice Bean, that's me by Lauren Child

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey

How do dinosaurs say goodnight by Jane Yolen

Aliens love underpants by Claire Freedman

Belinda by Pamela Allen

Dear zoo by Rod Campbell

6 to 8 year olds

Enchanting stories that will delight your child and start them off to a lifelong love of reading:

Goblin at the zoo by Victor Kelleher

Pirateology: the sea journal of Captain William Lubber

Beast Quest (series) by Adam Blade

Malory Towers (series) by Enid Blyton

Dinosaur hunter (series) by Robert Irwin and David Harding.

Fairy Realm (series) by Emily Rodda

Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda (series)

Geronimo Stilton (series)

The worst gymnast (Go Girl series) by Thalia Kalkipsakis

Horrid Henry (series) by Francesca Simon

9 to 12 year olds

Thought provoking books for young growing minds:


Diary of a wimpy kid (series) by Jeff Kinney

Big Nate (series) by Lincoln Peirce

Tom Gates (series) by Liz Pichon

Dear dumb diary (series) by Jim Benton

Farticus Maximus: and other stories that stink by Felice Arena

Weirdo (series) by Anh Do

13 Storey treehouse (series) by Andy Griffiths

Dirty Bertie (series) by David Roberts

The Undys : itching for action by Michael Wagner

My life & other stuff (series) by Tristan Bancks

Middle school (series) by James Patterson


The maze of bones (The 39 Clues series) by Rick Riordan

The adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt

EJ12 girl hero (series) by Susanna McFarlane

Ruby Redfort (series) by Lauren Child

The billionaire's curse by Richard Newsome

The mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Famous Five (series) by Enid Blyton

The Lady Grace mysteries (series) by Grace Cavendish

Zac Power (series) by H.I. Larry


Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

The secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Alice’s adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Charlotte’s web by E.B. White

The wonderful wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The railway children by E. Nesbit

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Seven little Australians by Ethel Turner

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The magical car by Ian Fleming

What next after Andy Griffith’s Treehouse Series?

Just (series) by Andy Griffith

Gasp! Zapt! Splat! by Terry Denton

The Day My Bum Went Psycho by Andy Griffith

Tom Gates (series) by Liz Pichon

Captain Underpants (series) by Dave Pilkey

Weirdo (series) by Anh Do

Big Nate (series) by Lincoln Peirce

Don’t Look Now (series) by Paul Jennings

Yuck (series) by Matthew Morgan

Little Lunch (series) by Danny Katz

Mr Gum (series) by Andy Stanton

Freak Street (series) by Knife and Packer

Stink (series) by Megan McDonald

Horrid Henry (series) by Francesca Simon

Geronimo Stilton (series)

Thea Stilton (series)

Fly Guy (series) by Tedd Arnold

What next after The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series?

Tom Gates (series) by Liz Pichon

Big Nate (series) by Lincoln Peirce

Timmy Failure (series) by Stephan Pastis

Dork Diaries (series) by Rachel Renee Russell

David Walliams’ books

My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up (series) by Tristan Bancks

Middle School (series) by James Patterson

Eric Vale Epic Fail (series) by Michael Gerard Bauer

My Weird School (series) by Dan Gutman

The World of Norm (series) by Jonathan Meres

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