Your Kid’s Next Read


yknrfbIf you’re looking for the ‘next book’ for a child, tween or teen, the Your Kids Next Read Facebook group is the place where all the cool kids are hanging out. The lovely Allison Tait set up this fast-growing group and invited me on board as a moderator. It is the place to share your thoughts on books your children have read, links to relevant children’s book review blog posts, and, of course, feel free to ask the group for suggestions and recommendations about books for your child to read next.

There is featured books, links to interviews with authors and lots of lots of great book ideas for your kids – it is a happy and inspiring little Facebook space in which to hang out in. You can join here. 

Quite some time has been spent (not by me!) putting together some master lists of books which get mentioned time and time again in this group and you can see the ‘Early Childhood’ (birth to eight years) lists below, other lists to follow. Please note that these lists are member generated and not edited with my teacher librarian hat on! Some books may be more suitable for slightly older readers as independent reads, but will work brilliantly as read-alouds for bedtime books.

Many of you will, very rightly, question why the male/female split on reading lists past the kindergarten age. Of course all of these titles can and should be used with both sexes. However, having worked in a co-ed, then a boys school, now a girls school…I have witnessed first-hand the differences in reading preferences. This is an over generalisation of course and there are always exceptions to the rule. I’ve also read enough children’s and YA fiction over the years to note that publishers target books at males or females, again, there are always exceptions. Use the lists below how best suits your child, student or library patrons.

Popular Kindergarten Reads (Age 3-5) from Your Kid’s Next Read Members

‘Tashi’ by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble (ill.)

‘Pig the Pug’ by Aaron Blabey

‘The Bad Guys’ by Aaron Blabey

‘Ninja vs Samurai’ by Nick Falk and Tony Flowers (ill.)

The Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (ill.)

‘Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepherd (ill.)

The Selby series by Duncan Ball,

‘Engibear’s Dream’ and ‘Engibear’s Bridge’ by Andrew King and Benjamin Johnson (ill.)

‘Moomintroll’ series by Tove Janssen

‘Winnie the Pooh’ by A.A. Milne

‘Cook me a story’ by Bryan Kozlowski

‘Ruby Red Shoes’ series by Kate Knapp

‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson

‘Giraffes can’t Dance’ by Giles Andreae

‘Cheeky Monkey’ by Andrew Daddo and Emma Quay (ill.)

‘Eddie’ series by Sarah Garland

Because I can’t help myself with suggestions, my own fav kindergarten age reads are ‘Billie’s Super Dooper Adventures’ here, my Top Ten Early Childhood books of last year are here and a link to all my ‘birth-5’ read ideas are here.Top Ten Early Childhood Books 2015

Popular Starting School Reads (Age 5-7) from Your Kid’s Next Read Members


‘Riddle Gully’ by Jen Banyard

Roald Dahl various

‘Mr Rusty’s New house’ (Tales from Fern Hollow series),

‘Jack Russell Dog Detective’ by Darrel and Sally Odgers

‘Zac Power’ by H.I. Larry

‘Captain Underpants’ by Dav Pilkey

‘Selby’ by Duncan Ball

‘Fizz’ by Lesley Gibbes

‘Mr Worry’ by Roger Hargreaves

‘Ben 10’ by Charles Fullerton

‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ by by Virginia Ironside and Frank Rodgers (ill.)

‘Pippi Longstocking’ by Astrid Lindgren and Lauren Child (ill.)

‘Mighty Michael’ by Sandy Lawson

‘What Mr Darwin Saw’ by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom (ill.)


‘Riddle Gully’ by Jen Banyard

‘Ivy and Bean’ by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackwell (ill.)

Roald Dahl various

‘Clementine Rose’ series by Jacqueline Harvey

‘Clarice Bean’ series by Lauren Child

‘Famous Five’ series by Enid Blyton

‘Violet Mackerel’ series by Anna Branford

‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton

’13 Storey Treehouse’ books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (ill.)

‘Sparkle Spa’ series by Jill Santopolo

‘Lulu Bell’ series by Belinda Murrell

‘What to do when your temper flares’ and ‘What to do when you worry too much’ by Dawn Hueber

‘Billie B Brown’ series by Sally Rippin

‘The girl who never made mistakes’  by Mark Pett

‘Squishy Taylor’ series by Ailsa WildeTop Ten Beginning Reader Books for 2015

Popular Lower Primary (age 7-8) from Your Kid’s Next Read Members


The Ttreehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (ill.)

‘Weir Do’ series by Ahn Do

‘Captain Underpants’ by Dav Pilkey

‘The Magic Pudding’ by Norman Lindsay

‘The tale of Despereaux’ by Kate DiCamillo

‘The Mapmaker Chronicles’ by A.L. Tait

‘Goosebumps’ by R.L. Stein

‘Trixie Belden’ by Julie Campbell

‘Samurai Kids’ series by Sandy Fussell

‘Lotta’ series by Astrid Lindgren

‘Geronimo Stilton’ series

‘Captain Midnight’ series (various authors)

‘Danny Champion of the World’ by Roahl Dahl

‘Land of Stories’ by Chris Colfer

‘Captain Jimmy Cook discovers third grade’ by Kate and Jol Temple


‘Flora and Ulysses’ by Kate DiCamillo

‘Tale of a Fourth Grade Nothing’ and ‘Superfudge’ by Judy Blume

‘The Naughtiest Girl’ series by Enid Blyton

‘Riddle Gully’ by Jen Banyard

‘Anti-Princess Club’ by Samantha Turnbull

‘City of Ember’ by Jeanne DuPrau

‘Where the sidewalk ends’ by shel Silverstein

‘Horse Crazy’ series by Alison Lester

‘The Worry Tree’ by Marianne Musgrove

‘Our Australian Girl’ books by various authors

‘Lemony Snicket’ series

‘Emily Eyefinger’ series by Duncan Ball

‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B. White

‘Fairy Detective Agency’ by Sally Gardner

‘Ramona the pest’ by Beverley Cleary

‘Nim’s Island’ by Wendy Orr

‘What Katy Did’ series

‘The Worst Witch’ series

‘Withering-by-Sea’ by Judith Rossell

‘Black Beauty’

‘Chain of Charms’ series by Kate Forsyth

‘Ruby Redfort’

‘Friday Barnes’

Steven Herrick and Kathryn Appel verse novels

‘Finding Serendipity’

‘Verity Sparks’

‘The Quigleys’ sereis

‘Casson family’ series

‘The Red Wind’ by Isobelle Carmody

‘Anne of Green Gables’

‘Max Remy’ series by L.M. Montgomery

‘Nancy Clance’ (follows on from the Fancy Nancy picture books),

‘Molly Moon’

imes slip novels by Belinda Murell

‘Truly Tan’ series

‘Samurai kids’ series by Sandy Fussell

‘Emily’ triolgy by L.M. Montgomery

‘Alice in Wonderland’

‘City of Embers’

‘Becuase of Winn-Dixie’

‘Harriet Clare’ series by Louise Park

‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar

‘Someday Angeline’

‘The boy in the Girls toilet, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Some lists I  compiled, which are now several years old but still relevant, can be found here (for 9 Years+) and here (for 12 years+)

The titles of each book takes you to the Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. You can also compare prices on Fishpond and Bookworld for Australian purchases.If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here. Purchases clicked through from the Children’s Books Daily site result in a small commission. Commission is used in part to maintain Children’s Books Daily and to support community groups which connect children with books.


  1. Great lists – thank you.
    I was a bit surprised at some of inclusions in the 3-5 years group. I cannot imagine either of my children (2.5 and 4.5yrs) listening to me read the Treehouse books or even Bad guys…they LOVE books and listening to stories, but they just don’t have the attention span to follow along with chapter books.
    A minor detail…I noticed your mention of Pippi Longstocking (my fav!) has the illustrator as Laurel instead of Lauren Child.
    Thanks for the amazing work that you do for all of our benefit.

    • Hi There! I do somewhat agree! These lists were created by the members of our Facebook group and I possibly wouldn’t read The Treehouse Books with my four year old, although she ADORED listening to them on audio book and she has really enjoyed ‘The Bad Guys’ but mainly as her 8 year old sister read it to her! Sometimes little people with older siblings are keen to listen to longer books. And thanks for the edit – I type like I speak…FAST so I often make typos!

    • My eldest son LOVED the Magic Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair books at 4 (his 5th birthday was Magic Faraway Tree themed). We read both series twice through before we were allowed to move on. We’ve always had a chapter book on the go ever since. His 6th birthday theme was How to Train Your Dragon as we’d just finished reading that book together. Every child is different 😉