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New Book Gifts for 6-10 Year Olds this Christmas

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Lists! What is not to love? Lists make me feel calm and organised, especially at this time of year when chaos is more my daily reality! I’ve spent several weeks creating book gift lists for different age groups, which I hope will make your Christmas book shopping easier this year. Most titles on the lists are 2019 publications, but some of my perennial or must-have favourite books also make an appearance. A few titles are featured with a synopsis, click on ‘buy’ button to read synopsis of other titles.

This list is for readers aged approximately 6-10, or readers who read in this age range. Of course, please check suitability for your child and have a look at the lists above and below this age range as you curate the book gift list for your young reader. If you’re looking for a reading gift for parents or educators, ‘Raising Readers’ might make a good addition to the present pile!

Click on ‘buy from Booktopia’ when shopping online in Australia to #supportaustralian. Amazon and Book Depository options for overseas purchases. Purchase in store from your local independent bookstore where possible #supportlocal.


‘Hey Awesome’

by Karen Young

‘Hey Warrior’

by Karen Young

‘The Book of Stone’

by Mark Greenwood, illustrated by Coral Tulloch

Every stone has its own unique story – and everybody needs a story stone and a book to collect it in! Mark has collected stones of all shapes and sizes since he was a kid and now he wants to share his passion in a book (unlike all other other rock and mineral books) that explains the special connection that can be enjoyed when one pays attention to the stones that are all around us and can mean so much, if we take the time to appreciate them. Together Mark and illustrator, Coral Tulloch, have created a book that allows them to share the theme of geological wonder, solitude, special memories and places through stone.

‘Toffle Towers’ series

by James Foley

‘Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street’

by Felicita Sala

‘Stardust School of Dance’ series

by Zanni Louise

‘Eco Rangers’ series

by Candice Lemon-Scott

‘Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime’

by Lisa Harvey-Smith

‘The Fate of Fausto’

by Oliver Jeffers

‘Cooee Mittigar: A Story on Darug Songlines’

by Jasmine Seymour & Leanne Mulgo Watson

‘Vognox and the Viking’

by Nick Falk & Tony Flowers

‘All of Us: A History of Southeast Asia’

by Jackie French & Virginia Hooker, illustrated by Mark Wilson

‘Cunning Crow’

by Gregg Dreise

‘Juno Jones’ series

by  Kate Gordon, illustrated by Sandy Flett. Full review here.

‘Australian Birds’

by Matt Chun. Full review here.

‘Australian Sea Life’

by Matt Chun

‘The Adventures of Princess Peony’ series

by Nette Hilton & Lucinda Gifford

‘ Nevertell’

by Katharine Orton

‘The Tales of Mr Walker’ series

by Jess Black

‘Dr Boogaloo and the Girl Who Lost her Laughter’

by Lisa Nicol

‘The Secrets of Magnolia Moon’

by Edwina Wyatt, illustrated by Katherine Quinn

Magnolia Moon is nine years old, likes Greek mythology, her best friend Imogen May (who understands the importance of questions like, “If you could be one fruit, any fruit, what would you be?”), wishing trees, and speaking crows. She knows instinctively that buffadillos are armadillos crossed with buffalos and believes there are walramingos living in her garden. She’s also the kind of person who can be entrusted with a great many secrets. Each chapter in this novel, which captures Magnolia’s year of being nine and ends on Chapter Almost 10, reveals a secret that Magnolia is keeping. From her best friend moving to the birth of her little brother Finnegan, Magnolia navigates every challenge and secret that comes her way with the kind of authenticity and innocence that comes from being nine years wise.

‘Funny Kid Kicks Butt’

by Matt Stanton (and others in the ‘Funny Kid’ series)

‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’

by Nat Amoore. Full review here.

‘Jurassica’

by Lance Balchin

‘Dog Man’ series

by Dav Pilkey

‘Atticus Van Tasticus’

by Andrew Daddo & Stephen Michael King

‘The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1-7: A Graphix Collection’

by Ann M Martin. Adpated by Gale Galligan & Raina Telgemeier 

‘Our Planet: The One Place We All Call Home’

by Matt Whyman & Richard Jones

The official children’s book to the Netflix original documentary series, Our Planet, with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough. This glorious visual celebration of the natural world combines extraordinary photography from the series with stunning illustrations from acclaimed artist, Richard Jones. Lose yourself in icy landscapes, dense jungles and endless oceans. Learn how our fascinating habitats, and the plants and creatures living there, interconnect to create the one place we all call home – Our Planet. This beautifully written and informative book for children has an uplifting message of hope that will strike a chord with all the family.

‘Pie in the Sky’

by Remy Lai. Full review here.

‘Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth’

by Lisa Nicol

‘Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!’

by Tim Flannery, illustrated by Sam Caldwell

‘Wolf Girl’ # 1 & 2

by Anh Do

‘Amelia Chamelia’ series

by Laura Sieveking, illustrated by Alyssa Bemudez

‘Girl Geeks’ series

by Alex Mills

‘Corner Park Clubhouse’ series

by Davina Bell

‘Fish Kid and the Lizard Ninja’

by Kylie Howarth

‘Polly and Buster’ series

by Sally Rippin. Full review here.

‘Sporty Kids’ series

by Felice Arena, illustrated by Tom Jellett. Watch my ‘Five on Friday’ about these here

‘Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code’

by Rebel Girls

‘Madame CJ Walker Builds a Business’

by Rebel Girls

‘Through My Eyes: Hasina’

by Michelle Aung Thin

‘Funny Bones’

Edited by Kate Temple, Jol Temple & Oliver Phommavanh


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