Christmas Picks Chapter Books & Novels

After the picks for Babies and Toddlers & the one for Preschoolers, here is a selection of chapter books & novels

Tried and True

yours sincerely giraffe book, Megumi Iwasa, Jun Takabatake, chapter books for kids   My Happy Life Gecko Press illustrated chapter books   Detective Gordon the first case book, Ulf Nilsson, Gitte Spee, chapter book for kids

Dunger book, Joy Cowley, novel for kids The Ice Sea Pirates by award-winning Frida Nilsson

Snake and Lizard anniversary edition Joy Cowley Gavin Bishop Gecko Press

New Releases

The Mapmakers’ Race
by Eirlys Hunter

In The Listener top 50 best children’s books of 2018

One of the most poised, stylish children’s books I’ve read in a long time … just an utter delight. Kate De Goldi, I love this. Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand

A classic quest with challenges in every chapter, a well thought-out narrative arc and plenty of in-jokes for all ages, ably supported with appealing illustrations. 

Anna Mackenzie in New Zealand Books

Read the first chapter here.

Dear Professor Whale, Junior Ficton Gecko Press

Dear Professor Whale
by Megumi Iwasa & Jun Takabatake

A charming chapter-book follow-up to the international bestseller Yours Sincerely, Giraffe.

Delightfully silly, since the events are: a seal swimming race, a penguin walking race, and a whale spouting contest. Kirkus Reviews (US)

Read the first chapter here.