Top 10 books to pack for the kids this school holidays

The school term is nearly over, and you know what that means? School holidays, that’s what! And how better to spend a couple of weeks of a well-earned break than mixing a local getaway with a good book? Thanks to our friends at Booktopia, biggest Australian-owned online bookstore, we’ve compiled 10 book recommendations that the kids will love to read while on holiday that will keep them happier than any video game or movie. Enjoy!

The Little Ones

  1. Cat on the Run: Cat of Death! Episode 1
    What happens when the world’s #1 cat video star gets accused of a crime she didn’t commit? She becomes a cat on the run, that’s what. But how do you avoid capture and prove your innocence when you are the most famous feline on the planet?! Well, it ain’t easy. This book is excellent for holiday storytime before bed!
  2. Hello Twigs, How Are You Feeling?
    The world is big when you’re a twig! From the best-selling creators of Real Pigeons comes a joyous early graphic novel series that you can read aloud. This super cute book is bursting with fun illustrations.
  3. Fart’s Favourite Smells
    Zoe Foster Blake’s beloved Fart character from the bestselling No One Likes a Fart is ready to make some new toddler and baby friends with this fun lift-the-flap board book. Fart is looking for his favourite smells – so lift the flaps to discover what your favourite smell will be! Great for kids who like to laugh.
  4. A Most Mysterious Manor
    Want a princess tale that will empower your little princess or prince? Best-selling illustrator Megan Hess shines in this astonishing new collection of original fairy tales about young girls discovering their own power. Each enchanting story will be set in a decadent faraway land, with uplifting themes that will resonate with young girls – and no Prince Charmings!

    Middle Graders

  5. The Lonely Lighthouse of Elston-Fright
    Danger, darkness and a mysterious legacy unveiled in this magical seaside adventure by the bestselling author of A Girl Called Corpse. We adored the first book in this series and know the follow up will be a hit with kids!
  6. Rainbow Magic: Lois the Balloon Fairy
    No one knows how to throw a party like the Birthday Party Fairies! Join Rachel, Kirsty, Gracie and Khadijah on a magical birthday adventure. Rainbow Magic books are such a fun, collectable series that kids just adore.
  7. Willa and Woof 5
    Adventure, imagination and loads of fun! It’s oldies versus kids when Sunset Views Retirement Village hosts its very first Tournament of the Ages. Willa’s helping plan the event, but one of the older kids on the committee doesn’t want her there. Plus, she needs to find time to train for her first ever proper gymnastics competition.


  8. We Didn’t Think It Through
    From the author of the award-winning The Boy from the Mish, comes a compelling coming-of-age YA novel about 17-year-old Jamie Langton finding his future and navigating the challenges of racism, family and friendship in a small Australian town. Perfect for the teen looking for something a bit different.
  9. Girl, Goddess, Queen
    Is your child obsessed with TikTok? The feminist myths of Madeline Miller meet the #spice of Sarah J. Maas (with a hefty slice of Bridgerton’s sexy, witty banter) in this fierce, fresh and enormously fun YA fantasy retelling from a growing TikTok superstar.
  10. The Third Daughter
    The Third Daughter is a dark sapphic, dual POV fantasy from the author of Sweet and Bitter Magic, centering on slow-burn romance and women in power. An ideal choice for young adults who like to escape into another reality.

You’re only a Wotif away

Whether you’re revisiting annual holiday traditions, returning to your fave destinations or checking out somewhere new, don’t forget to pack a couple of these books for the kiddies for when they head back to your holiday rental or hotel and unwind with a book.

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