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December Book List – Top Kids’ Books

Published: 20 December 2018

Stuck for reading inspiration? Check out our monthly list of top picks from Auckland Libraries’ collections, hand-selected by our own librarians.

For December, entertain the kids with our top 10 children’s books, curated by our librarians from Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

To keep your kids reading over the holidays, sign up for our free summer reading programme, Kia Māia te Whai Dare to Explore.

  1. The ice monster

Travel back to London in 1899 and uncover the story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammal.

  1. The top-secret undercover notes of Buttons McGinty

Buttons is shipped off to Ranktwerp Island Education Fortress for Gifted Lame Unruly Minors, a boarding school on a remote island, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. His parents are missing and there are bogus baddies and a burly bigfoot on the prowl.

  1. There's a tui in our teapot - He tūī kei rō tīpāta

There's a tūī in our teapot. He's looking out at me. A tūī in the teapot? Yes, he wants a cup of tea! A tūī and his various friends; takah ē, kea, korimako, p ū keko and hoiho invade the family kitchen, getting up to all kinds of mischief!

  1. Secret world of butterflies

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet, do a dark red poo when they come out of their chrysalises and that some drink the tears of crocodiles? This book will open your eyes to these magical creatures around us.

  1. Animals of Aotearoa

This beautiful reference book is a must-have for children curious about NZ's wild animals. It includes land and seabirds, frogs and lizards, many kinds of fish and other marine creatures, insects and invertebrates.

  1. Rivers: a visual history from river to sea

This breathtaking journey along the most important rivers in the world takes us from the Nile to the Amazon, the Mekong Delta to the Mississippi, the Murray to the Waikato. Our seas and rivers tell a compelling story about our planet.

  1. The assassination of Brangwain Spurge

Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom - from which no elf has returned alive in more than 100 years.

  1. Why is that lake so blue?

Why is our place magic? Why are its islands shaky? Why are our mountains tall and our forests green? Why are some lakes so blue? What happens below the waves? This book shares the magic, secrets, mysteries and marvels of Aotearoa New Zealand.

  1. Bob

Visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy, ten, is reminded of the promise she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature who cannot recall who or what he is.

  1. Midnight at the library

A picture book about the story of a book through time and its eventual home in a library.

More book lists

If your chosen book is checked out, you can find more book lists with something for everyone from kids to teens to adults!

Plus, get more information on the Kia Māia te Whai Dare to Explore summer reading programme here. 

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