Whitcoulls Top 50 Children’s Books for 2014

Whitcoulls Top 50 Children’s Books for 2014

New Zealand bookstore Whitcoulls announced the winners of their “top 50 children’s’ book” award yesterday, and it’s a great mix of books. This is just the top ten, for the full list visit Whitcoulls Book Store.

This is the first year I’ve paid attention to the top 50 children’s books, so I’m looking forward to being able to see how it grows and changes over time. It is interesting to see a mix of new (like I Need a New Bum!), classic (like The Very Hungry Caterpillar), and more modern classics (like Harry Potter). It’s quite surprising to see just how many books I have not read!

It is also great to see the list quite well-balanced between picture books and, text and topic, dense Young Adult fiction. I hope this means we’re doing something right in New Zealand to create young readers that get the reading bug and never stop!

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows If you’ve not read the Harry Potter series, it’s not too late you know. I am always a little resistant to hope on a bandwagon, but I am glad I did with these. The writing is very good, and the story both heartbreaking and heartwarming.

2. Hairy Maclary and Friends: A Touch & Feel Book by Lynley Dodd

Hairy Maclary and FriendsOh my, it’s a Hairy Maclary book I’ve not yet read! I’m feeling deprived now, and here I thought I’ve been doing well having memorised so many of them. Although, perhaps not on purpose 😉

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry CaterpillarAnother favourite book in our house, and it seems that I’m not the only one to ‘flap’ the final page and make the butterfly fly away.

4. The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths,Terry Denton

The 39-Storey TreehouseOne of these titles that I’ve seen so many great reviews for, but is still living on my to buy list.

5. Baa Baa Smart Sheep by Mark Sommerset,Rowan Sommerset

Baa Baa Smart Sheep

6. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

The GruffaloThis is one I really enjoy reading aloud, but I do rather worry about using it as a bedtime story for littlies, that are young enough to perhaps be frightened by the big scary Gruffalo, but perhaps not quite ready to comprehend the cleverness of the mouse. I love the rhymes though, so it has become a cuddle up on the midday couch book.

7. Demon Dentist by David Walliams

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8. I Need a New Bum! by Dawn McMillan, Ross Kinnaird

9. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

10. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Recently made into a rather good movie, this Young Adult Dystopian is well written and thought-provoking, but at times a little too much “thriller” for my own taste.



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