December 2020 Children’s Book Roundup

It’s the end of the year! Huzzah! So long 2020! It’s been real. Lucky there has been a swathe of outstanding children’s books to brighten the many (many) days at home. Here are a few more to add to your collection. Welcome to the December 2020 Children’s Book Roundup!

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Snow Ghost –  Tony Mutton and Diana Mayo

Snow Ghost

Snow Ghost is searching for a place to call home, but it not an easy task. The people of the town will not welcome a ghost, the tangled wood is gloomy and eerie and the top of a hill uninviting. Eventually, Snow Ghost finds a small country farm high on the moors. Outside, a girl and boy play in the snow. Could this be the place for Snow Ghost to finally call home?

You can find Snow Ghost on the Bloomsbury website.

Step Into Alice in Wonderland – Cynthia Alonso

Step into Alice in Wonderland

Cynthia Alonso brings the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland to life for young readers in this delightfully illustrated board book. In true Alice style, the book it’s self is cut in the most quirky and intriguing way – something that grabbed my four year old’s attention immediately.

The story is very simplified, but it carries the essence of the original.

You can find Step Into Alice in Wonderland on the Allen & Unwin website.

Fish – Brendan Kearney


Finn and his dog, Skip, love fishing. They get up early in the morning and launch their small wooden boat amongst the great fishing boats at the water’s edge. They go to their usual spot, but something is wrong… There are no fish! There is, however, a whole lot of plastic and other garbage.

Finn and Skip spend the day scooping out rubbish, but they don’t find a single fish. Dejected and with rumbling bellies, they head back to shore, the little boat piled high with trash.

All is not lost, however. When they reach land, they meet a group of like-minded people who are determined to make the ocean a better place. Perhaps, with enough effort from enough people, the fish might just return…

You can find Fish on the Penguin website.

Give Me Some Space! – Philip Bunting

give-me-some-space- December 2020 Children's Book Roundup

Una dreams of a life in Space. Life on Earth is just so so-so. But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life is Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?

Hannah loves this book. It is wonderful to see that the smart, ambitious Astronaut-in-Waiting protagonist is a girl. (Sadly, strong, smart, ambitious female lead characters are still not so common.) Hannah wanted to read it again and again.

Give Me Some Space! Is the official storytime book for the National Simultaneous Storytime 2021. It will be read by over 1 million kids across Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday 19h May 2021 and a reading will also be broadcast from astronauts from the International Space Station. And there could not be a better book for it!

You can find Give Me Some Space! here.

Busting! – Aaron Blabey

Busting December 2020 Children's Book Roundup

Lou was Busing for the loo. But yikes! The loo had quite a queue. What on earth was Lou to do?

And so begins Lou’s funny quest for relief. Busting! Is another hilarious Aaron Blabey addition with catchy rhyming text and funny illustrations. We’ve got it in board book format and at almost two years old, Monty is quite fond of taking himself off to flick through the book and have a chuckle.

You can find Busting! on the Scholastic Store website.

Grumpy Unicorn Hits The Road (A graphic novel) – Joey Spiotto

Grumpy Unicorn December 2020 Children's Book Roundup

Graphic novels are all the rage now.  At a lunch recently, a friend’s son, forced to attend by virtue of having nowhere else to go, brought along a graphic novel to read in between really listening to what the grown ups around him were talking about. As his father lamented that graphic novels are the chips of the literary world, I noted that grown ups have always bemoaned the youth’s penchant for a new series or format that would surely lead to their downfall and why, oh why won’t they read REAL literature. (The Goosebumps series, the Choose Your Own Adventure Series and the Babysitters Club series were to cause the literary (if not literal) demise of my generation, for those wondering. My friend’s son reliably informs me that the Goosebumps series is still around and he seemed mildly alarmed to learn the series originated in ye olden days of my youth.)

Anyway. This is not at all an old man rant! On to Grumpy Unicorn Hits The Road! Grumpy Unicorn is bored and hits the road in search of adventure. Can he find someone or something that doesn’t totally annoy him?

It is a fun story. Your child will be reading a worthy book, will enjoy it and, I’m no expert but I’d say that may make your child want to read more books (of the graphic novel and non-graphic novel variety). Enjoy.

You can find Grumpy Unicorn Hits The Road (A graphic novel) on the Scholastic Store website.

Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck – Simon James Green and Aleksei Bitskoff

Just how much bad luck can one boy have? And more importantly, how does one get rid of it? During just one week, Riley has mislaid the class rabbit, lost his swimmers to a rabid dog and blown up a science lab. There are some funny, funny adventures to be had.

You can find Life of Riley: Beginner’s Luck here.

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