The one book I’m buying a boy this Christmas

Posted on October 26, 2017

Oh dear, did you see the word Christmas in this headline and freak out? I can’t even think about the fact that it’s nine weeks away without breaking into hives. There just seems to be such an awful lot of STUFF TO DO between now and 25 December…

Because I am a Person Who Buys Books For Christmas, I decided that I’d make life easier for all of us by asking the fabulous Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook group to nominate the ONE BOOK they’re definitely buying for a boy this year (there’s a girls’ list too, don’t panic!). You can also check out last year’s One Book I’m Buying A Kid This Christmas list for even more great suggestions.

Clicking on the book title will take you to Booktopia for more information about the book and the opportunity to buy.

Easy peasy.

Boys aged 3-5

Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! by Lynley Dodd

WeirDo (series) by Anh Do and Jules Faber

“Bob, Not Bob!” by Liz Gorton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick.

No One Likes A Fart by Zoe Foster-Blake and Adam Nickel (13 November)

Boys aged 6-8
Mr Stink by David Walliams

Dog Man (series) by Dav Pilkey

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palaccio

Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables by Tim Harris

Tiny Timmy (series) by Tim Cahill

WeirDo (series) by Anh Do and Jules Faber

The Bad Guys (series) by Aaron Blabey

500 Minutes of Danger by Jack Heath

Bear Grylls Adventures (series) by Bear Grylls

Flying Fergus (series) by Chris Hoy and Clare Elsom

Axel & Beast (series) by Adrian C. Bott and Andy Isaac

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond and Oliver Jeffers

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

The Alien Zoo… and You! by Adrian Beck and Heath McKenzie

Pierre the Maze Detective (series) by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN

Boys aged 9-12

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (illustrated) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

Samurai Kids (series) by Sandy Fussell

The Book of Secrets (Ateban Cipher #1) by A.L. Tait

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon

Big Nate (series) by Lincoln Peirce

Tales from a Tall Forest by Shaun Micallef

Nevermoor: The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

David Astle’s Gargantuan Book Of Words by David Astle

Lion: A Long Way Home (Young Reader’s Edition) by Saroo Brierley

Magnus Chase (series) by Rick Riordan

My Life And Other Weaponised Muffins by Tristan Bancks

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (series) by Kazu Kibuishi

The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Friday Barnes: Girl Detective (series) by R.A Spratt

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Women in Science: 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world by Rachel Ignotofsky

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney (7 November)

Boys aged 12+

Lizards: A Wild Australia Guide (Steve Parish) by Swanson Stephen

Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Boys aged 14+

The Ones That Disappeared by Zana Fraillon

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

As always, we’re a bit light on for older boys! Have you got a great suggestion for boys 12+ or 14+? Please share it in the comments below! And check out the girl’s list here.

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