Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Junior Fiction

Posted on December 3, 2023

It’s that time of year, when we ask the Your Kid’s Next Read community to share their young readers’ favourite reads of the previous 12 months.

This year, to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, we’ve broken our list up into categories share multiple lists of ‘favourite reads’ in different categories: picture books, early chapter books (5-7), junior fiction (6-9), middle grade (10-13) and young adult (14+).

This time, it’s junior fiction, for readers aged 6-9 years old. (Yes, there’s a bit of crossover age-wise with chapter books, because kids come to reading at their own pace and stage.)

Some of these books were published in 2023, some were not. One of the joys of a community like Your Kid’s Next Read is the ability for members to curate and create book lists that stretch way back through reading experiences, meaning any request or query results in a deep and thoughtful TBR pile on just about any subject.

Stand by also for Team YKNR’s favourite reads in 2023, coming soon.

These lists are great starting points when you’re looking for the next great read for your kid/s. Click the title to find out more about each book*.





best junior fiction books 2023The Travelling Bookshop (series) by Katrina Nannestad (ill. by Cheryl Orsini)

(“Our whole family loved this series.” – Jenn)

Weirdo (series) by Anh Do (ill. by Jules Faber)

Dragon Girls (series) by Maddy Mara


Best junior fiction books 2023The Wild Robot (series) by Peter Brown

Runt by Craig Silvey (ill. by Sara Acton)





Best junior fiction books 2023Anna Hibiscus (series) by Atinuke

Goosebumps (series) by R. L. Stine

(“My nine year old’s favourite series at the moment.” – Kylie)

Olga (series) by Elise Gravel


Best junior fiction books 2023Friday Barnes (series) by R. A. Spratt

(“My nine year old’s favourite.” – Danielle)

Wolf Girl (series) by Anh Do (ill. by Jeremy Ley)

Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams


best junior fiction books 2023Deadly D & Justice Jones (series) by Scott Prince and David Hartley

(“My son discovered this series this year and loved it.” – Christina)

Tom Appleby Convict Boy by Jackie French

You Choose (series) by George Ivanoff


Best junior fiction books 2023Miss Penny Dreadful (series) by Allison Rushby (ill. by Bronte Rose Marando)

The 13-Storey Treehouse (series) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

(“My six year old is enjoying these books.” – May)

The Ella Diaries (series) by Meredith Costain and Danielle McDonald


best junior fiction books 2023The Adventures of a Girl called Bicycle by Cristina Uss

Boy vs Beast (ebook series) by Mac Park

Usborne Money for Beginners by Eddie Reynolds, Marco Bonatti, Matthew Oldham

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey


Best junior fiction books 2023Crookhaven (series) by J. J. Arcanjo

(“…were a huge hit with my nine year old.” – Larissa)

Ham Helsing (series) by Rich Moyer

Netball Gems (series) by Bernadette Hellard and Lisa Gibbs


Best junior fiction books 2023The Worst Week Ever (series) by Eva Amores and Matt Cosgrove

(“Has been a huge hit in my house.” – Jackie)

Guinea Dog (series) by Patrick Jennings

The Baby-Sitters Club (graphic novels series) by Ann Martin and Raina Telgemeir


Best junior fiction series 2023The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (Kingdoms and Empires series) by Jaclyn Moriarty (ill. by Kelly Canby)

(“My almost-eight-year old daughter LOVED this series and has shared it with all her friends and her teacher! We read together initially and now she is re-reading the whole series herself.” – Han)

Emmie & Friends (graphic novels series) by Terri Libenson

Enola Holmes (graphic novels series) by Serena Blasco and Tanya Gold


Best junior fiction books 2023Pigs Might Fly by Emily Rodda

(“My 8 year old has read it over and over again this year.” – Naomi)

5 Worlds (series) by Mark Seigel and Alexis Seigel

Landing With Wings by Trace Balla


Best junior fiction books 2023Mr Bambuckles Remarkables (series) by Tim Harris (ill. by James Hart)

(“Mr8’s standout reads.” – Sarah)

Ramona (series) by Beverly Cleary

The Enchanted Wood (series) by Enid Blyton (ill. by Mark Beech)


Best junior fiction books 2023Ninja Kid (series) by Anh Do (ill. by Jeremy Ley)

(“Our reluctant reader has been converted to reading by himself by [this] series.” – Dot)

The Worst Witch (series) by Jill Murphy

Pages & Co (series) by Anna James


best junior fiction books 2023Wilderlore (series) by Amanda Foody

The Notebook of Doom (series) by Troy Cummings

Ella and Owen (series) by Jaden Kent (ill. by Iryna Bodnaruk)

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer


Best junior fiction books 2023Wayside School (series) by Louis Sachar

Flat Stanley (series) by Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures (series) by Sara Pennpacker, Jeff Brown, Mickey Pamintuan

Megabat (series) by Anna Humphrey


best junior fiction books 2023The Wizard of Oz (Oz Collection series) by L. Frank Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson

(“All 14 of them! Totally whimsical and at this age they don’t question all the contradictions he writes, haha.” – Louise)

The Naughtiest Unicorn (series) by Pip Bird (ill. by David O’Connell)

Polly Pecorino – The Girl Who Rescues Animals (series) by Emma Chichester Clark


best junior fiction books 2023The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna (ill. by Marc McBride)

Big Tree by Brian Selznick

Odder by Katherine Applegate (ill. by Charles Santoso)



Best junior fiction books 2023Dragon Masters (series) by Tracey West

The Christmasaurus (series) by Tom Fletcher

Star Wars (graphic novel series)



Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Chapter Books (5-7)

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Picture Books


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Allison Tait Your Kid's next ReadAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. My latest novel THE FIRST SUMMER OF CALLIE McGEE is out now. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

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