The one book I’m buying a girl this Christmas

The one book I'm buying for a girl this Christmas: recommendations from the Your Kid's Next Read Facebook group
Posted on October 25, 2017

The one book I'm buying for a girl this Christmas: recommendations from the Your Kid's Next Read Facebook groupOh 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 girl this year (there’s a boys’ list too!).

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.

Girls aged 3-5

Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin

Can You Catch a Mermaid? by Jane Ray

Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin and Steve Antony


Girls aged 6-8

Clementine Rose (series) by Jacqueline Harvey

EJ: Girl Hero (series) by Susannah McFarlane

EJ: Spy School (series) by Susannah McFarlane

Violet Mackerel (series) by Anna Branford

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

How to Draw Cute Stuff by Angela Nguyen

Little People, Big Dreams (series)

Deltora Quest (Graphic Novel) by Emily Rodda and Niwano Makoto

Thelma The Unicorn by Aaron Blabey

Ivy and Bean (series) by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary

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

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls #2 (coming 30 November)

Dr Boogaloo and the Girl Who Lost Her Laughter by Lisa Nicol


Girls aged 9-12

PIppa’s Island (series) by Belinda Murrell

The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

The Locket of Dreams by Belinda Murrell

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

Women Who Dared by Linda Skeers and Livi Gosling

How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

Enid Blyton Jolly Good Food Cookbook by Enid Blyton and Allegra McEvedy

Nevermoor: The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Women in Sports: 50 fearless athletes who played to win by Rachel Ignotofsky

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

Tensy Farlow and the Home For Mislaid Children by Jen Storer,

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

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

Blubber by Judy Blume

Where the Mountains Meet The Moon by Grace Lin

David Astle’s Gargantuan Book Of Words by David Astle

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (series) by Lynne Jonell

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World by Kate Pankhurst

Girls Who Rocked The World by Michelle Roehm McCann and Amelie Welden

Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women retold by Kate Forsyth (coming 13 December)


Girls 12+

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Best Loved Poems (anthology), edited by Neil Phillip

The Science of Doctor Who by Paul Parsons

The Ingo Chronicles (series) by Helen Dunmore

Which book are you definitely buying for a girl this Christmas? Let us know in the comments. And check out the boys’ list here.

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  1. Cherie

    Definitely waiting for ‘Rebel Girls 2’ for one neice, for another I’ve got the ‘Big Life Jornal’ which helps promote a growth mindset, and another will be getting ‘A Patch from Scratch’ because they are doing an urban veggie patch.
    One daughter will be getting the Rosie Revere workbook, and a son the Iggy Peck workbook.

    • Allison Tait

      Sounds like a great list Cherie!

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