Best of the Best Children's Books 2013

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Is it too early to do a best of list? Probably just, but we figure the information is probably of more value to you now rather than waiting say for New Years eve when you are all shopped out and suffering from post-Christmas-itis

There have been some absolute gems published in the Children's Book world this year and I have found it very hard to choose. To be honest, I was hoping this bookseller caper would make selecting books for gifts a cinch… but now it feels like choosing between family members. I love them all, and angonise over having to choose!

But anyway, onto the absolute standouts for the year 2013, and not in order of importance. Here are our Top 5



1. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywelt & Oliver Jeffers.

This funny take on an industrial dispute led by frustrated crayons is laugh out loud funny. Perfect for kids aged 4+, especially those that colour a LOT.

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2. Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester

Part lullaby, part poem this is a parents wish to their new born baby. This is a heartwarming and special picture book.

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3. Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon

New York, New York.... how I do love that town. With a jazzy feel and a story about finding a friend, this is a gorgeous book.

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4. Open Very Carefully, A Book with Bite by Nick Bromley & Nicola O'Byrne

Crocodile gate-crashes story about the ugly duckling. Little duckling outsmarts him, draws a pink tutu on him and he eventually crashes out of the book. This one is Funny.

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5. Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt and Sarah Massini

A celebration of books, of building with them, reading them, wearing them. LOVE This!

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6. Banjo & Ruby by Libby Gleeson & Freya Blackwood

Full of animal noises to join in on, this is a great read aloud. It tells the story of an unusual friendship.

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7. Starting School by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker

The perfect picture book to be reading to anyone about to start school. It will give a preschooler an idea of what to expect at school including playing on the monkey bars and getting your hair pulled. It is a fantastic glimpse into Australian primary school life.

Available here (stocks are very limited pre Christmas)

On the day you were born

8. On the Day You Were Born by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks

With gorgeous illustrations and heart felt text this is a beautiful picture book for a new baby or a babyshower gift. Good luck getting through reading it aloud without a lump in your throat.

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9. The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen & Freya Blackwood.

A magical tale of imagination and friendship. Blast off to outer space with the terrible suitcase and learn how to make the best of things. 




10. Seadog by Claire Saxby & Tom Jellett

Full of exuberance and wave chasing, this is a very lovable scruffy dog. A fantastic read aloud. 

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So that's it... our top 10 for 2013. Have we left your favourite off the list? Do you dare vote on a winner? Have you read them all? Love them? We would love to hear your thoughts, comment on the blog below :-)

Last update: Sep 25, 2017


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