Utterly splendiferous: The kids books that should be read this month.

by |August 24, 2016

EmilyPicWelcome! My name is Emily and I edit the Kids Buzz at Booktopia. I may have grown up, but I will NEVER grow out of children’s books. From Aaron Blabey’s picture books to The 78-Storey Treehouse, from Roald Dahl to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I read it all.

Every month, I’ll be letting you know what my favourite new-release children’s books are! For August/September, have a look at my suggestions below.

As a special treat, it also happens to be Kids Month at Booktopia! Order any books from one of our many categories and you’ll go into the draw to win some amazing prizes.

Browse the Kids Month Showcase!

Aaron BlabeyDon’t Call Me Bear
by Aaron Blabey

Warren the koala is the star of the riotously funny Don’t Call Me Bear! Warren is lovable, but a little bit grumpy – why can’t everyone stop calling him a bear? He’s a marsupial!

This book combines Blabey’s trademark rhyming stories with a fun lesson on Australian animals. It’s fantastically funny story, perfect for both toddlers and early primary students. Plus, Aaron Blabey’s humour is a lot fun for parents too! Learn More.


Marge in ChargeMarge in Charge
by Isla Fisher

Marge in Charge is a wondrously funny collection. There are three stories in the book, featuring Jemima, Jake and their amazing babysitter Marge, who is incredibly tiny, and grew up in a palace! She always adds something fun to the to-do list Mum leaves behind.

I absolutely wish that I had had a babysitter like Marge – and I’m very tempted to try my hand at the chocolate soup she creates! The illustrations by Eglantine Ceulemans are also just fantastic! Learn More


AChildofBooksA Child of Books
by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston

This is the greatest gift you can give a book lover… of any age.

The child of books encourages a little boy to follow her – to sail on a sea of words, to climb mountains and to sleep on clouds. The illustrations are absolutely incredible – Sam Winston has created amazing landscapes using words from children’s classics to host Oliver Jeffers’ characters.

With a truly wondrous interior encased in this gorgeous cloth-bound book, A Child of Books makes a wonderful gift, whether for a special child in your life, or just for yourself! Learn More


EmilyRoddaThe Hungry Isle
by Emily Rodda

I absolutely ADORED Deltora Quest when I was little, and was unbelievably thrilled to discover the new series, Star of DeltoraIt is a wonderful story, set in the fantasy world of Deltora. The series follows Britta, a young girl who is determined to become Apprentice to the famed Trader Mab.

The Hungry Isle is the final book – so much action is packed in! There are twists and turns galore! The series is a fantastic book for all kids – whether they loved the original Deltora Quest stories, or if they’re new to Emily Rodda’s marvellous world! Learn More.

78 storey

The 78-Storey Treehouse
by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

The boys are BACK! The treehouse has 13 new levels – there’s a drive-thru car wash, Andyland (populated by Andy clones), Terryland (full of crazy Terry clones), a combining machine (make crazy animal hybrids!), and so much more.

In this book, the boys aren’t hurrying to write another story for their angry publisher, as they were in the other stories. This time, there’s a movie-maker in town! Mr Big Shot wants to make a movie about the boys, but he doesn’t like the way they always do things. So much crazy treehouse action is packed into this book! And be sure to look out for the spiky cows on each page! Learn More

Browse the Kids Month Showcase!


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