There have been so many great children’s fiction titles this year. I’ve been furiously reading books for ages 7-12 for my many school visits this year so that I would have some fantastic new books to introduce kids to. Here are my top 10 children’s fiction titles of 2015.
- The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing by Barry Hutchison
- Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
- The Bad Guys: Episode 1 by Aaron Blabey
- Olive of Groves by Katrina Nannestad
- Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
- The Porridge of Knowledge by Archie Kimpton
- The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce
- The Ghosts of Tarawera by Sue Copsey
- The Marvels by Brian Selznick
- Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (will review on the blog next year when it comes out in NZ)
My favourite children’s fiction title of 2015 is…Olive of Groves by Katrina Nannestad. It has been one of the last books I’ve read this year but it really stands out for its wonderful characters and quirky humour.
My favourite series for children of 2015 is…The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. The combination of Aaron’s hilarious text and illustrations make this series an absolute winner!
The Bad Guys: Episode 1 by Aaron Blabey
They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys . . . and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys’ first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad
Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?
Dragon Knight: Witch by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley (Book 3)
A witch’s curse and brussel sprouts are bad enough. But will Percy’s revenge be the end for Merek? From the creators of Dinosaur Rescue comes an outrageous and revoltingly funny medieval adventure series that’ll set you on fire!
Stan the Van Man by Emma Vere-Jones and illustrated by Philip Webb
Sometimes, being helpful is not enough . . .
When the mail van driver walks out, Miss Mickle from the Post Office store is left in a right pickle. Enter Stan, a helpful chap who offers to drive the delivery van. Unfortunately Miss Mickle doesn’t give him the chance to explain that he actually can’t read … and parcel pandemonium ensues! When the angry recipients storm the Post Office and find out the reason for the misdeliveries, they decide to band together to help Stan learn to read.