A guide to the best kids’, tween and teen books

November 25, 2013

Dewey's best book guide

If ever you’re wondering what would make a good book present, or even what books to buy your own kids, then have a look at Exclusive Books’ Dewey’s Big Book Guide for Kids, available in stores.

The guide features the best of the best when it comes to great reads for toddlers until teens.

Here are the titles that have been handpicked for the guide (it’s handy to have the hard copy of the guide though).

Titles for 0-3 years 

Baby Touch: Moo-Moo by Ladybird

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

How Do Dinosaurs Series – Favourite Stories by Jane Yolen

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Nuwe Kinderverseboek by Riana Scheepers

Aandstories vir Kleuters by Pieter W. Grobbelaar


Picture Books for 3 – 6 years

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Ouma Emma Mamma by Lorenz Pauli and Carmen Hansen-Kruger

Gruffalo Sound Book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

It’s a Book by Lane Smith

Hot Hippo by Mwenye Hadithi and Adrienne Kennaway

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb

Guess How Much I love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, Chris van Wyk and Paddy Bouma – the official children’s picture book edition of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom.


Titles for 6-9 years

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

How To Train Your Dragon Series – Favourite Stories by Cressida Cowell

Where’s Wally? By Martin Handford, Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis

Mr Gum Eight Copy Slipcase by Andy Stanton

My Boetie dink hy’s Batman en ander Rympies by Jaco Jacobs and Chris Venter

Jakkals en Wolf by Pieter W. Grobbelaar and Sean Verster 

Titles for 9-12 years

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The Chronicles Of Narnia – The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Charlotte’s Web by Elwyn Brooks White, The Skulduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling, The Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz and The Dork Diaries Series including Dear Dork by Rachel Renée Russell.

Titles for 12- 15 years

The Spud Series by John van de Ruit

The Young Samurai Series – The Way of The Warrior by Chris Bradford

Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

The Chaos Walking Series – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Suurlemoen by Jaco Jacobs

Permanente Ink by Carina Diedericks -Hugo

Titles for 16 + Teens

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

The Mortal Instruments Series – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom by Marita van der Vyver

Black Dog (Kate Greenaway Medal – 2013) by Levi Pinfold

Maggot Moon (Costa Children’s Award – 2013; Carnegie Medal – 2013) by Sally Gardner

Lien se Lankstaanskoene by Derick van der Walt


Taken at the recent Dewey launch:


Among my favourite favourites…



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