Getting ready for Children’s Book Week

The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s annual Book Week celebrations are just around the corner. For a week, kids will be treated to author visits and workshops and encouraged to pick up a new book. If your littlies are feeling stuck on what to read next, consult our round up below:

Older Readers

I Have Lost My Way

Gayle Forman is an expert at creating believable characters. Freya, Harun and Nathaniel, Forman’s three protagonists, tell very different stories, but are bound together by grief, having each suffered terrible loss. The three teenagers’ paths collide — literally — in New York’s Central Park and the flawed, vulnerable trio develop an unlikely friendship.

Told from the perspective of each character, Forman demonstrates her willingness to explore the more difficult aspects of life, such as religion, sexuality and mental health. In sharing their stories with each other, Freya, Harun and Nathaniel discover the cathartic nature of friendship.

Younger Readers

Gangsta Granny

David Walliams, one half of the duo behind British comedy television series Little Britain brings young readers this laugh-out-loud funny tale of a boy named Ben and his rather unique Grandma. Recommended for children aged eight and over, Tony Ross’s illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to Walliams’ story. Much of the humour is toilet-based, but considering Walliams is the fastest growing children’s author in the UK, it’s obvious the man can tell a good fart joke.

Picture Book

Pig the Pug

Even the cover of Aaron Blabey’s picture book will bring a smile to your face. Blabey’s hilarious illustrations and a clever rhythmic writing style tell the story of a selfish pug called Pig. Pig refuses to share his toys with his housemate, a wiener dog named Trevor. Trevor suggests that Pig would have more fun if he spent more time sharing and less time preventing other dogs from playing with his toys. Pig ignores Trevor’s advice, a decision that will ultimately come back to bite him.

Non-Fiction/Informational

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Featuring illustrations by 60 female artists from around the world, the multi-award winning Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is filled with inspirational stories of incredible women throughout history. From Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama, these true tales of remarkable women and their achievements is an empowering read at any age. Sunday Times Magazine reviewer Esther Walker puts it best when she reveals that reading the book to her daughter prompted “a revolution at bedtime”.

Stop by Dymocks, Big W and Target to find a host of new release book titles.