Auckland Libraries: Top 10 for kids

Top 10 for kids

Discover the top 10 books for kids, curated by our librarians for the 2021 Auckland Libraries Top 100.

Everything under the sun

Molly Oldfield

Book

A wonderful collection of 366 curious questions asked by children from around the world. How much bamboo can a giant panda eat? Do aliens exist? Why do hammerhead sharks have such strange-shaped heads?

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Poison for breakfast

Lemony Snicket

Book

This true story begins with a puzzling note under his door: You had poison for breakfast. Following a trail of clues to solve the mystery of his own demise, Snicket takes us on a thought-provoking tour of his predilections.

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The last fallen star

Graci Kim

Book

After thirteen-year-old Hattie Oh casts a dangerous spell so her adopted sister, Riley, will get a share of her inherited magic, Riley must undertake a near-impossible quest to save Hattie from death.

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The hatmakers

Tamzin Merchant

Book

When Cordelia Hatmaker's beloved father fails to return from an ingredient-hunting expedition, Cordelia is the only member of the family who knows in her heart that he can't be gone for good.

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The memory thief

Leonie Agnew

Book

A fierce, spiky girl and a lonely troll form an unlikely alliance in Leonie Agnew's extraordinary novel for children aged 9 years and up.

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Tiger daughter

Rebecca Lim

Book

Wen Zhou is the daughter and only child of Chinese immigrants whose move to the lucky country has not been so lucky. Wen and her friend, Henry Xiao, plan to enter a school far from home, but when tragedy strikes, can Wen save herself and Henry?

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Māmā, e hiakai ana mātou

Teri Ta'ala

Picture book

One by one, Hohepa, Raniera and Hineraumati let Mama know that it's time to eat. She tells them where to find the food, but when they look where she said, they don't see food. It's only when Mama takes charge that the ingredients come together.

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How I saved the world in a week

Polly Ho-Yen

Book

Billy has only ever known one thing - The Rules of Survival. When a mysterious virus breaks out that turns people grey, the world changes forever. As Billy flees the city in search of safety, all his skills are put to the test.

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The runaway girls

Jacqueline Wilson

Book

Victorian London, 1851. Lucy runs away from her father, stepmother, baby and horrid governess. Kitty is a street performer who shows Lucy how to survive. Lucy repays Kitty by befriending families to get free meals and singing for the crowds.

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Asiasiga 'i le Falemata'aga i Te Papa = Going to Te Papa

Dahlia Malaeulu

Picture book

Board book featuring measina or treasures from Sāmoa in the collection of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, with text in both Sāmoan and English.

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