we’ve got 12 childrens books ranging from ages 1 to 10 that you’ll want to get for the little readers in your life. 

Welcome, Little One by Sophie Beer 55

Published by: Little Hare, Distributed by Jonathan Ball Publishers

Ages: 1-3 years 

Welcome, Little One by Sophie Beer
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In a Nutshell

Welcome, Little One is all about introducing a new baby to their little world.  Inspired by Sophie Beer’s own experience of becoming a parent the book shares the dreams a parent hopes for their child. 

Book club Notes

Delightfully told with an endearing narrator, this book explores the magic of introducing a new-born to the world. It’s the perfect gift to give soon to be parents or toddlers becoming first time siblings. 

The Kiss by Eoin McLaughin, Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

The Kiss by Eoin McLaughin
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Published by: Faber, distributed by Jonathan Ball Publishers

Ages: 2-3 years 

In a Nutshell

The author and illustrator come together to create a magical experience for toddlers. The characters are loveable and easy for a young child to relate to. The plot captures the heart and quest of a young child seeking a kiss from a loving parent before plucking up the courage for bed time.

Grannysaurus by David Williams, Illustrated by Adam Stower 

Grannysaurus by David Williams
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Published by: Harper & Collins, distributed by Jonathan Ball Publishers

Ages: 3-6 years 

In a Nutshell

One night when having a sleepover at his granny’s house, Spike creeps downstairs and finds that his granny has turned into a dinosaur! She is having a Dino disco and Spike wants to stay up and party. How will his Grannysaurus get him back to bed?

Bookclub Notes

This book quickly became a favorite with our niece and nephew who insisted on having this read to them on repeat, so if you’re looking for an instant hit look no further! Grannysaurus is engaging and funny with the most incredible animate illustrations. It will tickle a young child’s sense of humour and imagination. Just a word of caution, for deep thinking children some of the elements might be a touch scary. 

The Fuzz Fuzz by Jennifer Lindridge, Illustrated by Torie Stowie

Published by: Lapa Publishers a division of Penguin Random House

Ages: 3-6 years

The Fuzz Fuzz by Jennifer Lindridge
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In a Nutshell 

Jenn and Dev are sitting outside when Dev sees a Fuzz-Fuzz… but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to help Jen see what he sees. 

Bookclub Notes

This book is delightfully interactive and involves clues you need to follow in order to guess where the Fuzz Fuzz is. The storyline uses lots of alliteration making it roll off your tongue while illustrations are animated and funny. Together they capture the attention of 3-6 year olds and appeal to their sense of humour too. 

Cat Problems by Jory John, Illustrated by Lane Smith 

Cat Problems by Jory John, Illustrated by Lane Smith 
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Published by: Walker Books and distributed by Pan Macmillan

Ages: 3-5 

In a Nutshell

A day in the life of a housecat and all the things that delight, worry and frustrate him. 

Book club Notes

The dialogue is slightly strange and sometimes confusing, but together with the illustrations it creates a storyline that builds up the main character – the stay at home cat. 

Apple and Magnolia by Laura Gehl and Patricia Metola 

Apple and Magnolia by Laura Gehl and Patricia Metola 
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Published by: Walker Books and distributed by Pan Macmillan

Ages: 3-7

In a Nutshell

Little Britta has two favorite trees – Apple and Magnolia. She is convinced they are best friends and when Magnolia’s branches start to droop she is determined to make a plan. 

Book Club Notes

The author conveys the qualities of hope, courage and kindness in a heart-warming and child friendly way. Britta’s ability to not give up on the Magnolia tree portray her gentle nature and compassion towards nature. Each deed illustrates the impact positive action has on the environment. 

Ada Twist. Scientist: Ghost Busted by Gabriella Meyer

Ada Twist. Scientist: Ghost Busted by Gabriella Meyer
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Published by: Abrams and distributed by Jonathan Ball Publishers

Ages: 5-8 years 

In a Nutshell

This is part of the Ada Twist series which is also a Netflix series. Three friends Ada, Iggy and Rose are having a sleepover at Iggy’s house. When Ada suggests they play a game of ping pong, Iggy says they can’t go down to the basement because it is haunted. When his two friends hear that they decide to investigate to see if there is actually a ghost in the basement. 

Bookclub Notes

The author skilfully combines science discovery and fantasy in story that will captivate a young reader’s imagination, fuel problem solving and ignite their natural tendency for discovery. The book provides the ideal fun way to introduce the formula for a science experiment, teaches kids about assumptions while being a thrilling and suspenseful story. 

Ada Twist. Scientist: The Why Files All about Plants by Andrea Beaty and Dr. Theanne Griffith

Ada Twist. Scientist: The Why Files All about Plants by Andrea Beaty and Dr. Theanne Griffith
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Published by: Abrams and distributed by Jonathan Ball Publishers

Ages: 4-8 years 

Part of the Ada Twist series which is also a Netflix series, this book is a hands on guide to plants – what they are and how they grow. 

Book Club Notes

This book  is an extraordinary hands-on manual filled with easy to grasp information 

on the magical growth of seeds to pants. The authors present science facts in a relevant and compelling way. The illustrations are true to life and will enhance the young reader’s new found knowledge of plants, 

This is How We Do it by Matt Lamathe

This is How We Do it by Matt Lamathe
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Published by: Chronicle Kids and distributed by Jonathan Ball Publishers

Ages: 5-10

In a Nutshell

This book follows the lives of 7 kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda and Russia, sharing not just the differences but the similarities that unite them all. 

Bookclub Notes

Matt Lamothe provides an interactive experiential opportunity to young readers who are curious to discover how children in faraway countries live. You are given a bird’s eye view into lives of children around the world. Young readers will literally feel at home with each representative from the various countries and will be encouraged to form a bond with their new friends. It’s a wonderful way to expand a child’s mind and world. 

Xtinct! T-Rex Terror by Ash Stone 

Xtinct! T-Rex Terror by Ash Stone 
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Published by: Hodder and Stoughton and distributed by Jonathan Ball Publishers

Ages: 7-10

In a Nutshell

When a freak accident at his mum’s lab turns a fossil into a T-Rex, Jeevan hopes they can bring other extinct species back to life.

Bookclub Notes

Stone skilfully weaves science fiction, imagination and drama into this story drawing in the readers into solving mysteries. Jeevan becomes an endearing character who you want to see succeed. With the addition of an antagonist, the author gives young readers a chance at conflict resolution and having to make the decision on whether to side with the characters who uphold good moral and ethical values.

Elephant’s Big Secret and 19 other fantastic fables by Wendy Maartens, Illustrated by Shayna Olivier

Elephant’s Big Secret by Wendy Maartens
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Published by: Penguin Random House 

Ages: 7-10

In a Nutshell 

This is a collection of  20 animal fables, each of which in a unique way includes valuable wisdom for children and how values can be applied in everyday life.

Book Club Notes 

The fables are quite long and the lessons they share are more appropriate for older children who will appreciate the message more. Lessons include not having fun at other’s expense, to appreciating what you have and seeing things from other perspectives. While there are illustrations, it is a more text heavy book. 

The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen 

The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen
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Published by: Walker Books and distributed by Pan Macmillan

Ages: 3-8 years 

In a Nutshell

Described as a hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it.

Book club Notes 

This story combines abstract with concrete. While at first glance the illustrations seem geared towards preschool children, the storyline is complex enough for preteens to enjoy. Personally I feel that the storyline would be best presented as a series of enquiries presented to the child by an adult, for open discussion. 

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