Auckland Libraries: Top 10 for kids

Top 10 for kids

The top 10 titles for kids, curated by our librarians for the latest Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

The ice monster

David Walliams

Set in London, 1899. This is the story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammal.

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The top secret undercover notes of Buttons McGinty

Rhys Darby

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.

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There's a tui in our teapot = He tūī kei rō tīpāta

Dawn McMillan

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

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Secret world of butterflies

Courtney Sina Meredith

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.

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Animals of Aotearoa

Gillian Candler

This 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. This is an essential and beautiful reference book.

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Peter Goes

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.

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The assassination of Brangwain Spurge

M. T. Anderson

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.

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Why is that lake so blue?

Simon (Simon David) Pollard

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.

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Wendy Mass

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.

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Midnight at the library

Ursula Dubosarsky

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

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