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Summer Reading List For Kids & YA

Clare Sawyer, Head of Children’s and YA Programs, compiles her picks of the best summer reads for little kids, big kids and teens — from Richard Roxburgh’s rollicking debut to a disquieting thriller for the YA crowd.

Picture Books

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T Rudd
This book is almost tactile with its illustrations painted on recycled cardboard. The beautiful imagery is paired with incandescent poetry by Maxine Beneba Clarke.

Mulga’s Musical Magical Creatures by Mulga
Join street artist Mulga in his colourful rhyming dream. Musical animals populate his world in this funky, eye-catching picture book.

For Middle Grade

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Raymie has a plan that is sure to bring her father back to the family home. Kate DiCamillo paints the world of 1970s Florida with loving detail. Oh, and it features baton twirling.

Artie and the Grime Wave by Richard Roxburgh
Richard Roxburgh’s first children’s book is a great romp with both humour and grit. Roxburgh’s illustrations are an added bonus.

For Young Adults

Rosa My Sister by Justine Larbalestier
Tense and evocative, this thriller places threat in an unusual individual. It’s a gripping read.

Gemina: The Illuminae Files_02 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The follow up to Illuminae, Kristoff and Kaufman again deliver, transporting us all to a world of intrigue and deception.

– Clare Sawyer, Head of Children’s and YA Programs