It’s a fun time of year to choose books, so we’ve chosen some favourites, for everyone from peek-a-boo toddlers to speedy preschoolers and adventure-loving book-gobblers.
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For the toddler who loves peek-a-boo | Age 1–3
These board books are built for sharing, from word play to jumping. Toddlers love this version of dominoes from the beloved Noisy Book.
For the zippy preschooler | Age 3–5
These picture books all feature intriguing vehicles and are great to read aloud loudly and often become part of the family.
For the child who creates stories in the garden | Age 3–6
Where the main character makes stories out of the everyday.
For those who know their paraweta from their patero | Age 1–7
These reo Māori editions of some much-loved stories are suitable for tamariki (and the young at heart) with a little or a lot of te reo — start with Koro and Hoihoi Turituri (age 1–3), build up to Paraweta and the rhymes of Te Hipo Huna (age 3–7).
For the philosophers | Age 3 to infinity
For children who like to ask big important questions or think about things.
For the reader who wakes up knowing this could be the most interesting day of their life so far
These illustrated chapter books are for newly independent readers: Bruno takes life as it comes, Giraffe writes letters, Zanzibar achieves an incredible feat, and three siblings start a funeral company for animals.
For the fact-collector | Age 7+
These striking non-fiction hardbacks are suitable for visual learners and fact gatherers of all ages: choose world history, architecture, dinosaurs or science.
For adventure-loving book gobblers | Age 8–12
Gripping novels where children put the world to rights, explore the icy wilderness, rescue family and break a few rules.
For everyone who can’t get to sleep on Christmas Eve
These books will help us all snuggle down to sleep: two for small children and two storybooks.
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