Celebrate Kids Month with these 10 exciting new reads!

by |September 4, 2023

Kids Month at Booktopia means the best new and upcoming books for kids of all ages are in the spotlight! From picture books to first chapter books, there is something for every young reader. 

We adore children’s literature and encourage all young readers to set their imaginations wild this Kids Month.

Our favourite picture books for early readers:

Who Took My Nuts? By Tommy Little, Lucinda Guilford (Illustrator)

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The squirrels are throwing a party and everyone is invited! But greedy Tyril is definitely NUT in the mood to share. A cheeky cautionary tale about selfishness and sharing with a lovable character and engaging rhymes.

Fart’s Favourite Smells by Zoe Foster Blake, Adam Nickel (Illustrator)

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The beloved Fart character from Zoe Foster Blake’s No one likes a fart is back with a lift-the-flap book to make more friends! Which smell will be his favourite? An adorable and humorous story to explore.

Sunday Skating by Andrea Rowe, Hannah Sommerville (Illustrator)

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This beautiful tale of self-doubt, courage and the power of friendship made its way to our top picks effortlessly. From the author of 2022 CBCA Picture Book of the Year – Early Childhood, Jetty Jumping, comes another book to catch you if you fall. 

Emma Memma How Are You, by Emma Memma

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Beloved children’s entertainer Emma Memma takes you inside her world to say hello to all her mates. Wave hello to Elvin Melvin and Waffles the Wombat in this delightful picture book including Auslan signs illustrated and consulted by Deaf artists. This game-changing accessibility makes it an easy pick for our list.

Nothing Alike by Zewlan Moor, Peter Cheong (Illustrator)

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Inspired by #sorrywrongasian, Nothing Alike is a slyly funny story about a white boy who can’t tell two Asian girls apart in his classroom. Or can he? A book shining a light on race, perception and stereotypes with friendship at the forefront. Navigating a tricky topic with humour and humility, is ideal for primary school aged kids.

You’re Fabulous As You Are by Sophie Beer

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Celebrating all forms of gender expression, You’re Fabulous As You Are tells kids it’s okay to choose any colour or change your mind, and encourages them to be completely and unashamedly their fabulous selves. A vibrant and heart-warming conversation starter for any age.

Books we love in 2023 for older readers:

Hello Twigs, Surprise! by Andrew McDonald, Ben Wood (Illustrator)

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Cheeky Red is a twig who loves to give surprises, that is until all his friends are shocked and scared! This joyous graphic novel is designed to read aloud, perfect for fans of Narwhal and Jelly, and School of Monsters. You can check the other four Hello Twigs books here too!

Superhuman Army: E-boy 5 by Anh Do, Marcelo Baez (Illustrator)

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In the 5th book in the electric adventure series from Anh Do, Ethan’s powers will be put to the ultimate test when he finds himself in a desperate race against the corrupt government and its army of androids. We think it’s great for readers aged 10-14.

We Didn’t Think It Through by Gary Lonesborough

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For the more advanced reader, a compelling coming-of-age YA novel about seventeen-year-old Jamie Langton finding his future and navigating the challenges of racism, family and friendship in a small Australian town. Jamie ends up in the youth justice system where he must find a way to mend his relationships with himself, his friends, his family and his future.

The Sun and The Star by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro

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Demigods Nico di Angelo and Will Solace must endure the terrors of Tartarus in their attempt to rescue an old friend in this thrilling adventure – set in the funny, mythical and action-packed world of Percy Jackson. Nico will have to face demons both internal and external as his relationship with Will is tested to the core in this standalone adventure featuring two of the most popular characters in the Percy Jackson saga.

To celebrate how much we love all things adventure and imagination, shop these titles (or any of our Kids Months Top Picks!) in the month of September for your chance to win 1 of 2 $450 prize packs thanks to Best&Less*. Happy Reading!

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