Best Children’s books for kids to read

In our home a good book and a big imagination go a long way during the longer holidays and now that Hamish is reading fluently we are always looking for fantastic books to read.

I recently discovered these books by some talented authors and illustrators.

Here’s my list of books that every child should be reading these holidays.


Arnold the Not Dinosaur by Jess Robus

I absolutely adore this book not only for the beautiful story but because it is printed in dyslexic font making it inclusive to struggling readers.

The illustrations are adorable and Arnold is relatable to a lot of children.

The moral behind the story to remain true to yourself is one our children need to hear often.

Jess is also only 16 years old and I personally am looking forward to many more books by this talented author.

Read our review here and you can can order your own copy from

Sibo Says by Ginny Stone

I have been a long time fan of Ginny’s Sibo stories.

Ginny writes with such passion and in a way that allows you to fall in love with learning.

Each story, of which there are several, tackles an important topic and adds lots of small bits of information for young readers to absorb.

To discover more about Sibo says or to order follow the website

Read my reviews here and here

Wildkids books by Kayleigh Huysamen

Kayleigh is a super talented homeschool mom who shares her love of nature with her talent for story telling.

Kayleigh has several book series but of those I absolutely recommend her first reader set and her ABC animal series.

Read my reviews on Wildkids books here

On the Asher series here

On Sophia safari here And here

On Sophia safari series 2 here

And Sophia’s bushveld guide for wild kids here

Tea-Tyme  Jungle book by Jen Grobowski

This adorable little book is the first in the Tea-Tyme Tjeezie Taylz series. A cute colour in and read book series designed to make you laugh out loud as you follow the talented of Mr Tea-Tyme Tjeezie mouse on his journey through the Tea-Tyme Jungle with his friend Mr Crosspatch cat who is searching for the secret tea recipe.

For more info and to purchase the book visit

Gordon the Garden Pea by Marilize Ackerman

I absolutely love this little pea person. This beautifully illustrated book is such a wonderful way to teach our children to love themselves as they are. Such an important message to learn and what better way than through a lovely story.

Illustrated and written by Marilize Ackemann, the book is made and printed in Cape Town. It is hardcover, 29 x 25 cm (h x w), 42 pages. It is a picture book, so best for readers under 8 years old. 

Poppy Dwarf and The Wishing Flower by Nikita Smit

Follow Poppy, a dwarf girl, as she follows a path to discover not only a wishing flower that grants wishes for a few magical hours, but also learn new words that rhyme. Meet different characters with Poppy and learn with her that there is no one to be but yourself!
This book features stunning illustrations, has words that rhyme and a few pages in the back to explain big words. There is also has a letter from Poppy to her readers.
To purchase a copy visit

Die Avonture van Danie die Duimdwergie by Nikita Smit

Volg vir Danie, ‘n dwergie kleiner as die ander op ‘n avontuur waar hy nuwe dinge leer, weghardloop van ‘n jakkals, ‘n hasie bevriend en homself aanvaar soos wat hy is.
Just like here English book Poppy Dwarf and The Wishing Flower, this book centre’s around Danie accepting himself for who he is as he struggles to make friends with other dwarves because of his size.
To purchase a copy visit

Treemergency by Emily House

We once attended a reading of Emily House’s book , Earth takes a break, and what stood out for me was her passion for story telling.
She has 3 children’s books and these would be an addition to any book shelf.


Too young to understand the seasons, Tilly panics when her favourite tree begins to lose its leaves. Worried her poor friend is very ill, she does everything in her power to save it.

Treemergency! is a humorous, yet gentle, exploration around the rhythms of nature. It tells the story of the passing of seasons, of the idea of change, and how even a child’s care for one tree is special enough to make a difference.

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Earth feels unwell, so she goes to the doctor. What the doctor prescribes seems impossible to Earth until she wakes the next day to surprising change! Enjoy reading a story from Earth’s perspective! Earth Takes a Break is a fantastic conversation starter for exploring themes of self-care, looking after one another, and considering how we care for this special planet we are lucky enough to call home.
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“Charming … A great way to demonstrate resilience.” —Booklist 

A heartwarming read-aloud about the special relationship between a child and their best friend in all the world… a soft, cozy blanket.

Everywhere Bonbon goes, Blanket goes too. They love to adventure together. Until an uninvited guest joins the family picnic, and… disaster strikes.

What will life be like without Blanket? Determined to keep the duo on their path of adventure, Dad crafts a plan.

Lilting, lyrical text and comically detailed illustrations tell an uplifting tale about resilience, ingenuity and love.

As a mom these are the books I would add to our bookcase. Good quality stories, fabulous storytelling, amazing illustrations from talented authors.
Which are you adding to your child’s reading list ?

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