Books for Christmas

Looking for a Christmas gift to inspire young readers? Hopefully you will find something here from the books I thought were really outstanding this year. It was difficult compiling this year’s list because, although I enjoyed reading the books I reviewed, I wanted to give you options that really would inspire your children to read.

10. Three for One Cheat

I am going to cheat a little here because three of the books I would most like to recommend I have not got reviews for, but I am going to include them anyway: Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend, Warcross by Marie Lu and Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. My reasons for including these?

The Mortal Engines movie by Peter Jackson is coming out soon and I think there are a lot of children out there who might be inspired to read the books of the movie. I reviewed Fever Crumb, the prequel and I know these books are great reads for 10-16 year olds. Also, I lost Sam to this book for a couple of days, so I know it is engaging.

Warcross is a great 14+ read, and what I loved about this book (apart from the fact I could not put it down) was how the story was interlinked with computer gaming and takes the whole idea to the next level. I believe a lot of children will be drawn to this idea, and they may just pick up a book instead of a controller.

And Wundersmith? well I loved Nevermoor, and this book is even better, if that is possible. If you children love Harry Potter then the truely will love Wundersmith. I would suggest from 9-14ish, and rendering Nevermoor first.


9. Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

What is not to love about Pig? In fact any of the Pig books would be great gifts for your pre-school children. Miraculously, buying Pig books is also buying a gift for yourself as you are likely to enjoy reading them as much as your children enjoy listening.

8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I have to admit I have not actually read this book. However, Sam gave it a great review, and given he has read it three times and seen the movie, I am guessing it appeals to pre-teen and teen boys.


7. Zombie Boy by K.S. Hall

This was one of my surprises this year. I loved this story. The zombie element really appeals to per-teen boys, and the will even get to read a really good story of bravery and friendship.


6. Firstlife by Gena Showather

This is one for the 16+ girls. A love triangle with a different take on the afterlife, this book was hard to put down. Book two of the series is already in my bag for my Christmas read.


5. Swim Season by Marianne Sciucco

For the 12+ girls I have this great book about friendship and dealing with life and everything it throws at you.


4. What is Behind the Door of Room 32 by B.C.R. Fegan

This was another surprise for me. I loved this beautifully illustrated picture book that has a different perspective on teaching counting. You and your children will love the rhymes and images.


3. Sweet Adversity by Sheryl Gwyther

My top three books for the year are pretty interchangeable. I loved Sweet Adversity because it had a spunky female character, a great story line and a historical setting. Such a great read for 10+ girls and boys alike.


2. Koala Bare by Jackie French

I adore this book. I just loved Matt Shanks illustrations, and the whole tale about letting a koala be just himself. Treat yourself to a great book, and maybe you can also sometimes share it with your children.


1. The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome by Katrina Nannestad

Another book with a strong female lead, a great sense of humour and set in Rome. I loved this quirky mystery story with a twist, and hopefully so will your 10+ children.


I am sure there are a great many more books out there for you to buy, perhaps you have some recommendations of your own and I would love it if you shared them with us.

My Top 10 For Christmas

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