The kids have voted (well, sort of!)

Once upon a timeThe kids were way too indecisive to come up with a list of their favourite books for the year (even the program for Swan Lake made their list!) so I’ve come up with a bit of a shortlist.

When the Moon Forgot by Jimmy Liao

One day, the moon forgets to rise. Then it’s found by a little boy who takes the moon home. They become best friends – until one day the moon needs to return to the sky. Gorgeous story with illustrations that the kids can look at for hours and still find something new to see.

The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez

A great way to exercise your storytelling imagination and the kids’ imaginations too. A book with no words – but the pictures tell their own tale. A fox steals a chicken story with a great twist at the end that the kids will love.

The Snagglegrollop by Daniel Postgate

If your children like imaginary creatures then they’ll love this story of a boy who isn’t allowed to have a dog – so he invents a snagglegrollop. Then the snagglegrollop meets a quibblesnuff and true love ensues. And the boy gets his dog after all.

Baby Bird’s Blankie by Margaret Wild

There are very few Margaret Wild books that we don’t like but this is one of the best. My two and a half year old is still pretending to be the baby bird losing her blankie at least six months after the book has been returned to the library.

There are Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz

Reader participation is definitely required in this book as your kids help the cats in the book find wool and fish and even help to dry their fur. A book that really makes the kids feel as if they are a part of the story.

Yikes by Alison Lester

Alison Lester (no relation!) is a great Australian children’s book author. This book will fire the imaginations of your children as they are asked to choose which character they might be in each of seven wacky adventures ranging from the circus to space to a Transylvanian castle.

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

When I looked into this book I was surprised to discover it was banned in many places when it was released because of the naked and anatomically correct drawings of Mickey, the main character. I don’t think my kids even blinked an eye at his nakedness – other than thinking it was funny. This is a true Sendak fantasy – an eccentric tale that is completely unlike anything you’ve read before, which is why the kids love it.

I hope some of these inspire you to add books to the Christmas stockings of your children this year. Merry Christmas!

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