Reading is one of the simplest pleasures in life. A good book has the ability to transport you to another world, experience another time and meet amazing characters. To help foster a love of reading in your grandchild, we’ve hand-picked six of the best books for children of all ages. Plus, given Christmas is just weeks away, these reads make fantastic presents!
Ages 0-3 – The Useful Book: Play School 50th Anniversary Edition illustrated by Jedda Robaard
Play School has been a fixture on Australian screens for 50 years, and to celebrate, beloved presenter Justine Clarke has written an introduction to the classic Play School title, The Useful Book. Filled with fun activities, kid-friendly recipes, songs and much more to explore, it’s the perfect way to introduce tots to reading.
Ages 3-6 – Don’t Call Me Bear by Aaron Blabey
It must be hard to be a koala these days, especially with so many people adding “bear” to their name. In this hilarious book, Warren the koala is on a mission to stop people calling him a “koala bear” – he’s a marsupial, after all! Littlies will love Warren and his adventure, plus it’s a great way to teach them about our iconic Aussie wildlife.
Ages 6-9 – Marge In Charge by Isla Fisher
“Why follow the rules when you can invent your own?” Aussie acting sensation Isla Fisher asks in this riotously fun book, featuring three great stories. When Jemima and Jake are sceptical upon first meeting their elderly, grey-haired babysitter, Marge, until their parents leave and she reveals her rainbow-coloured hair and exciting plans for adventure.
Ages 9-12 – A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee
Annabel Grey has been brought up to be an elegant and proper young Victorian lady, but it’s hard to be “proper” when your aunts are witches! When Annabel is sent to live with her magical relatives, she quickly falls in love with the world of magic, finding a lot more lies in her destiny than the life of a lady – perhaps even saving the world.
Ages 12-15 – Street Soldier by Andy McNab
All his life, Sean Harker has been on the wrong side of the law, stealing cars and fighting. But after he’s finally caught by the police, he’s given one last opportunity to turn his life around – by becoming an undercover soldier in the British Army. Now, it’s up to him to save the streets of London from a terrifying new enemy.
Ages 15 and over – Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Described by The Monthly as “an Australian To Kill a Mockingbird,”in this critically-acclaimed Australian novel set in 1965, Charlie Bucktin is woken by a visit from mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones, begging him for help. What Jasper shows Charlie changes the course of their lives in the small mining town of Corrigan forever.
Tell us in the comments below, do your grandchildren love to read? Have you shared any of your childhood favourites with them?