10 Things: Ten great children’s novels for big & little kids


Today’s 10 Things list was put together by Renee Anne. An Australian artist, Renee compiled a list of great children’s novels she read as a young girl and considers to be worth of passing onto her kids someday. Renee also created a lovely print to share with you as well.  You can see it below and even click here for a free printable version!  Yay! You can see more of her work on her blog and in her Etsy Shop.

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Ten great children’s novels for big & little kids  –  by Renee Anne

  • The TwitsRoald Dahl – I know this list is a “top ten” and including three books by the same author seems a little unfair. But seriously. These three books would have to be the best books of my childhood. End of story. (But you agree don’t you?!)
  •  Goosebumps booksR.L. Stine – Sorry I don’t really have a specific title, but I think I read over 100 of these books. Pick one, and I am sure you will be spooked. I think the whole “I-am-being-naughty-because-I-am-reading-a-scary-book-how-tough-of-me” is the appeal of these books.
  • AnimorphsK.A. Applegate – Again, other “series” style of book, so pick a title any title. I guess the romantic undertones in these books appealed to the teenager-hitting-puberty in me. And I mean, what could be sexier than boys and girls transforming into animals. Woah.
  • Puberty BluesLette, Kathy / Carey, Gabrielle – Speaking of puberty, how could I pass up an opportunity to mention this one. For anyone under the age of 18, definitely a sneaky read for under the covers when parents aren’t looking. All I can say is, HOT!
  • Tomorrow When the War BeganJohn Marsden – A book (and series) to appeal to your smarter side of the brain. This one extends into the “hard core grown up novel” category due to its thickness and smaller font. I felt very smart reading this one at a young age. Lots of great serious issues like war, love, family. Quite possibly my most favourite book ever? Could it be?
  • Peter RabbitBeatrix Potter – Hang on, with all this seriousness, we best not forget one of the childhood classics. If I could say that anything subconsciously lead me to love illustration, this book would quite possibly be it. A beautiful classic.
  • Quirky Tails!Paul JenningsPaul Jennings would take you places you thought no one talked or thought about. I always loved the “this is wrong but I want more” element.
  • The Harry Potter SeriesJ.K Rowling – You thought I had forgotten hadn’t you. Like the way I started this list, I really really don’t think this one needs explanation. All around-best-book-series-ever. Seriously.



  1. I’d just like to add the Gaia Girls & Midnighters series to the list. Both are great tween book series that I really enjoyed reading as an adult! (Only the first two Gaia Girls books are out yet though.)

  2. I love that someone else has read Tomorrow When the War Began. Such great books!

  3. One of my all time favorite books from when I was a child was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    My favorite books to read to my daughter are all the Robert Munch books. They are really great and Fia loves them. I also love The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson

    Those are just a few of my favorites.

  4. I love all of the Roald Dahl books. My list would also include Pippi Longstocking and the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series. And for a slightly more sophisticated kid, the “His Dark Materials” trilogy by Philip Pullman.

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