Auckland Libraries: Top 10 for kids

Top 10 for kids

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

Rona Moon = Ko Rona Māhina

Tim Tipene

Picture book

Rona Moon gets angry with everyone - her brother, her nana and papa, and then one night she calls the moon stupid! Next minute she finds herself up on the moon, meeting her ancestor Whaea Rona. In English and te reo Māori.

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Slime

David Walliams

Book

The Isle of Mulch is home to a lots of horrible grown-ups. The school, the park, the toy shop and the ice-cream van are all run by awful adults who like making children miserable. Something needs to be done but who could be brave enough?

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Antiracist Baby

Ibram X Kendi

Picture book

Antiracist Baby is bred, not born. Antiracist Baby is raised to make society transform. Babies are taught to be racist or antiracist- there is no neutrality. Take these nine steps to make equity a reality. A must-read book for kids and grown-ups.

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Dozer the Fire Cat

Robyn Prokop

Picture book

In 2019, a tiny spark in a Pigeon Valley paddock became the largest fire in New Zealand since 1955. Hundreds of firefighters fought the blaze and 3,500 people were evacuated. This story is based on a real cat called Dozer who survived the fires.

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The shadow moth

Francesca Gibbons

Book

Imogen should be nice to her little sister Marie. She should be nice to her mum's boyfriend too. And she certainly shouldn't follow a strange silver moth through a door in a tree. But then... who does what they're told?

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Jungledrop

Abi Elphinstone

Book

The second novel in Abi Elphinstone's new series, The Unmapped Chronicles, takes readers to the magical kingdom of Jungledrop. A breath-taking adventure story, that's also about being kind - to others, to our planet and to ourselves.

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Pirate stew

Neil Gaiman

Picture book

Meet Long John McRon, the most unusual babysitter ever. Long John has a whole crew of wild pirates in tow, and he's about to transform a perfectly ordinary evening into a riotous adventure beneath a pirate moon. It's time to make some PIRATE STEW.

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Whiti

Victoria Cleal

Book

The colossal squid has been the most popular exhibit at Te Papa since it arrived there in 2007. This book tells the fascinating story of these creatures from the deep. A must-have natural history book for young readers and their whānau and teachers.

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Across the risen sea

Bren MacDibble

Book

Neoma and Jag live on high ground surrounded by the risen sea that has caused widespread devastation. When strangers arrive, the friends find themselves drawn into a web of secrecy and lies that endangers the way of life of their entire village.

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Maya and the rising dark

Rena Barron

Book

A twelve-year-old girl discovers that her father is the keeper of the gateway between our world and The Dark, and when he goes missing she'll need to unlock her own powers and fight a horde of spooky creatures who are determined to start a war.

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