30 books by Australian authors to give to kids this Christmas

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)

My Sunbeam Baby by Emma Quay

Too Busy Sleeping by Zanni Louise and Anna Pignataro

Dreamers by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and Sally Morgan

Puddle Hunters by Kirsty Murray and Karen Blair

The Last Peach by Gus Gordon

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)

The Turnkey by Allison Rushby

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+ 

The Fall by Tristan Bancks

Woo’s Wonderful World Of Maths by Eddie Woo

Lenny’s Book Of Everything by Karen Foxlee

Fearless Frederic by Felice Arena

Limelight by Solli Raphael

 Teens 14+ 

After The Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson

Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

Brontide by Sue McPherson

Changing Gear by Scot Gardner

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?