Great Books Guide 2019: best new children's books

Here are 100 books from the last year that we think are great – and so will children.

Our priority is to get children excited about books, stories and rhymes because if reading is fun, children will want to do it. That's why we've put together this guide full of books we think are absolutely brilliant, carefully chosen to engage and excite children all the way up to age 11. We believe that the "right" book is always the book a child wants to read – and we hope this guide inspires you to find that book. 

Check out the books by age below, or download the full Great Books Guide 2019 (PDF, 7.23MB).

Search great children's books by age

We've grouped together the books by interest age. Click on the list to see the books and read our reviews.

Great Books Guide: for children aged 0-3

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2019), which we think any baby or toddler aged 0-3 will love. 

Great Books Guide: for 4 to 5 year olds

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2019), which we think any child aged 4 to 5 will love. 

Great Books Guide: for 6 to 7 year olds

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2019), which we think any child aged 5 to 6 years will love. 

Great Books Guide: for 8 to 9 year olds

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2019), which we think any child aged 8 to 9 will love.

Great Books Guide: for 10 to 11 year olds

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2019), which we think any child aged 10 to 11 years will love.

Trying to find books for children 12+?

Looking for even more books that older siblings or more advanced readers will love? Here are some suggestions!

Rosie Loves Jack

Author: Mel Darbon

Sixteen-year-old Rosie (who has Down’s syndrome) is devastated when circumstances separate her from boyfriend Jack (who has some brain injury-related anger management issues). An absorbing read with a powerful and convincing affection at its centre.

Read more about Rosie Loves Jack

Conspiracy of Ravens

Author: Leah Moore / John Reppion / Sally Jane Thompson

Anne Ravenhall is just trying to get through her exams at boarding school - until a mysterious aunt leaves her a mysterious locket. Soon, she's caught up in a roaring supernatural adventure...

Read more about Conspiracy of Ravens

The Disconnect

Author: Keren David

Can Esther give up her phone for two months to win a thousand pounds? A short, snappy and entertaining book with a relatable and healthily balanced premise for teenagers: perfect for supporting conversations about social media, friendship and peer pressure.

Read more about The Disconnect

Happy Girl Lucky

Author: Holly Smale

Hope Valentine is about to find out that life isn't a movie - even when you're a member of an acting dynasty - in this light-hearted but satisfying new series from Geek Girl author Holly Smale.

Read more about Happy Girl Lucky

No Fixed Address

Author: Susin Nielsen

If Felix can win Canada’s biggest junior quiz show, he and his mum can stop living in a car park. Or is that just wishful thinking? Felix’s story is hard to put down and the gritty issue of homelessness is tackled with sensitivity and gentle humour.

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Oh My Gods

Author: Alexandra Sheppard

Life as a teenager can be challenging enough without the added stress of having to keep secret the fact that half your family are ancient Greek gods! A witty book that also deals with common teen challenges and celebrates diversity and individuality.

Read more about Oh My Gods

Contender: The Chosen

Author: Taran Matharu

This is the first book in a trilogy from the bestselling author of the Summoner series.
Plenty of gore, and nail-biting jeopardy punctuate a mystery adventure that has many elements of a video game, so will appeal to gamers as well as lovers of fantasy fiction.

Read more about Contender: The Chosen

Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars - The Collected Edition

Author: Jessica Abel; backgrounds and design by Lydia Roberts; colours by Walter

This collection of Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars, issues 1-3, is a fascinating graphic novel, melding a dystopian Mars society with the popular American sport of women’s Roller Derby. 

Read more about Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars - The Collected Edition

Where the River Runs Gold

Author: Sita Brahmachari

Shifa and her brother Themba live in a world destroyed by climate change, but when they're sent away to work, they're horrified to discover a cruel and corrupt system. Will they be able to escape and make the world a better place?

Read more about Where the River Runs Gold

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