It’s my great pleasure to welcome the fabulous Allison Tait (A.L. Tait) back to Style and Shenanigans. A.L. Tait is the internationally published bestselling author of two epic adventure series for kids: The Mapmaker Chronicles and The Ateban Cipher. She is also co-host of the Your Kids’ Next Read Facebook community, co-host of the top-rating podcast So You Want To Be A Writer, and a teacher of creative writing for kids and adults. Find out more at allisontait.com.
I don’t know about you, but with Christmas drawing near and the demands on my time ramping up, I’m looking for anything that will make life easier.
For me, books are always my fallback, go-to, best-ever gift, so I thought I’d put together a list of some top choices for book gifts for different age groups.
I’ve decided to narrow in on Australian authors, because I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to share our own stories and Christmas is definitely one of the best excuses to do so.
So here it is – my list of all-Australian, all-ages Christmas book gifts for kids.
Let’s call it my gift to you!
Babies (0-2 years old)
Too Busy Sleeping by Zanni Louise and Anna Pignataro
Dreamers by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally Morgan
Puddle Hunters by Kirsty Murray and Karen Blair
Preschoolers (3-5 year olds)
Beware The Deep, Dark Forest by Sue Whiting
All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys
Thelma The Unicorn by Aaron Blabey
Wide Big World by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Isobel Knowles
Another Book About Bears by Laura and Philip Bunting
Lower Primary (6-8 Year Olds)
Funny Kid Stand Up by Matt Stanton
Polly and Buster by Sally Rippin
Help Around The House by Morris Gleitzman
The Sisters St Claire and the Royal Mouse Ball by Carlie Gibson and Tamsin Ainslie
High Five To The Boys: A Celebration of Ace Australian Men (Random House Australia)
Upper Primary (9-11 Year Olds)
Alice-Miranda In Scotland by Jacqueline Harvey
Natural Born Loser by Oliver Phommavanh
Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables by Tim Harris
Wakestone Hall (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue – Book 3 in the series) by Judith Rossell
Young Teens 12+
Woo’s Wonderful World Of Maths by Eddie Woo
Lenny’s Book Of Everything by Karen Foxlee
Fearless Frederic by Felice Arena
After The Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson
The Things That Will Not Stand by Michael Gerard Bauer
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Which books have your kids loved this year? Any of the above?