Kids Book Guide

Kidsgiftguide Recommendations to Best in Books to kids from an early age creates a stimulating and safe environment, it encourages language, thinking and literacy.   A child’s first teacher is their parent or caregiver.  Reading from the start of life will help establish a life-long love of reading in kids.  Reading aloud to your child from the earliest age will set a pattern for the rest of their life.  Reading together is a special time when a child is young.  When they are older and independent they will need some guidance to continue the journey of reading.

Here are some reading suggestions to give them a flying start. Some of these suggestions for early readers have stood the test of time and are now what you could call “Classics” for young kids.  They make perfect gifts as they will be read and enjoyed many times over.


From 4 months of age:

Who Sank the Boat, by Pamela Allen



Old MacDonald had a Barn, by Stephen Gublis





I Went Walking, by Sue Machin and Julie Vivas





Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?, by Bill Martin and Eric Carle






Whose Tail?, by Jeanette Rowe





That’s not my teddy, by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells





From 12 months of age:


Hug, by Jez Alborough





Shhh! Little Mouse, by Pamela Allen





Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell





Maisy’s Bedtime, by Lucy Cousins





Cows in the Kitchen, by June Crebbin and Katherine McEwen





Where is the Green Sheep, by Mem Fox

(some of these classic little kids fiction even come with a soft toy)




Going Shopping, by Sarah Garland





Spot Goes on Holiday, by Eric Hill





All About Me, by Debbie MacKinnon





From 2 years

Bertie and the Bear, by Pamela Allen




The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle





Ten in the Bed, by Penny Dale





The Wheels on the Bus, by Dan Penny





Boo to a Goose, by Mem Fox





Time for Bed, by Mem Fox and Jane Dyer





Baby Wombat’s Week, by Jackie French





Here come Poppy and Max, by Lindsey Gardiner





Rosie’s walk,  by Pat Hutchins





Crocodile Beat, by Gail Jorgensen and Patricia Mullins





On Your Potty! By Virginia Miller





From 4 years

Where’s My Teddy?, by Jez Alborough





Belinda, by Pamela Allen





Za-Za’s Baby Brother, by Lucy Cousins





Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, by Lynley Dodd





The Cat in the Hat, by Dr Seuss




Possum Magic, by Mem Fox





Diary of a Wombat, by Jackie French




The Little Yellow Digger, by Betty & Alan Gilderdale





Let’s Get a Pup! By Bob Graham





Baby Bilby where do you sleep? By Narelle Oliver






We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury




Where the Wild Things are, by Maurice Sendak




Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson





Big Red Hen and the Little Lost Egg, by Margaret Wild





From 6 years

:  Zac Power Series





Audio Books

:  Kids can listen to and read-along to stories.





Mr Men and Little Miss series




Enid Blyton Story Books




Pokemon Stories





Rainbow Magic Series (stories about fairies)





Go Girl Series, various authors (stories for girls)





Guiness Book of World RecordsGuiness Book of World Records

:  remarkable achievements from across the world.






 From 9 years

This age group the book choice will of course vary depending on whether you are buying for a girl or a boy.  When thinking about a book choice for your tween-ager think about their interests and hobbies or perhaps to starting a new hobby.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

Art and Craft Books

:  origami, knitting, weaving, paper-folding, drawing, crocheting, scrap-booking, or learning a new skill.



Cooking Books





Hobby Books

:  include guides to sports, or topics of interest such as rock collecting;  space;  insects; marine life; reptiles and many more.



Humourous Books

:  this age group like topics that appeal to their sense of humour or that are gross or weird. Look for something that’s a little wacky such as the Guiness book of records, or Ripley’s Believe it or not.


Popular Books

:   These books are usually found seasonally as they end up becoming Television shows or movies.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, by Jeff Kiney




Star Wars Series




Harry Potter Series, by JK Rowling




Eragon Series, by Christopher Paolini




Goosebump Series






Horrible Histories, series by various authors





Geronimo Stilton Series





Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket






Deltora Quest, by Emily Rodda






Artemis Fowl

:  Artemis Fowl is a series of eight science fiction fantasy novels written by Irish author Eoin Colfer.






The Hobbit, by JR Tolkien





Raold Dahl Titles






Anne of Green Gables (Classics for the girls)