The latest edition of the Kid’s Reading Guide (KRG), a fabulous treasure trove of the best new books for children and teenagers, has just been released.

The 2017-2018 guide features books selected, read and reviewed by Australian booksellers, with the help of some enthusiastic younger reviewers.

Produced by the Australian Booksellers Association, this very informative and handy guide makes the search to find the best fiction, activity and information books for babies, toddlers, younger readers and teenagers an easier process.

This is the second year I have been involved in the selection process for the KRG and have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a huge array of books over the past few months.

There are terrific new books for all ages in this year’s guide, with the cover of the KRG featuring artwork from Nevermoor, the brilliant new children’s fantasy book by debut Australian author, Jessica Townsend. It follows the heart-stopping adventures of Morrigan Crow, who survives a deadly curse to undergo a series of trials in Nevermoor’s wundrous world.

This captivating read is perfect for 10-12 year olds and Harry Potter fans. Other great Middle Fiction reads include a mix of steampunk and futurism in the stunning graphic plus novel Timeless 1: Diego and The Rangers of The Vastlantic; a new Cressida Cowell story The Wizards of Once; and the fantastic adventure of Katharine Rundell’s The Explorer, set in the Amazonian rainforest after four children survive their plane’s crash-landing.

The choice of new Picture Books for young readers is enormous this year, with one of my absolute favourites being the latest from Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.

The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse is a delightful and hilarious romp that will prove irresistible to youngsters and adults alike. There is also the brilliantly funny new Charlie and Lola story from Lauren Child, A Dog With Nice Ears, whilst the imaginative Zoom from debut Australian author Sha’an d’Anthes, is a gorgeous space adventure for young explorers.

There is a great selection of books for teenage readers including debuts from Australian authors Claire Christian with Beautiful Mess and Kate O’Donnell’s Untidy Towns.

Some of the biggest names in teenage books also have new releases, including John Green’s Turtles All The Way Down and the wonderful new Philip Pullman, La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust.

The latest activity books include everything from David Astle’s Gargantuan Book of Words, a book set on the high seas with Pirates Magnified, build your own World Globe and Space Racers kits, as well as new information books on every topic imaginable.

The KRG offers a fantastic range of choices sure to help foster the imagination of every young reader, regardless of their age.

Another wonderful thing about the KRG is it’s available absolutely free from your local independent bookstore, which in Bathurst’s case is BooksPlus. Make sure to drop in and grab yourself a copy!