When most American kids think of Australia, they probably think of kangaroos and beaches – not books. But Australian children’s authors are quietly making a big impact on bookshelves around the country – and we think your kids will love their particular blend of adventure, friendship, humor and cracking good stories!
One of our favourites is A.L. Tait whose series The Mapmaker Chronicles is out now. The story is about a reluctant boy who is part of an epic race to map the world back when everyone thought that if they sailed too far they would fall off the edge. As you can imagine, the series is packed full of adventure, fun characters, humour and mystery, but it’s also a quiet story about doing big things, even when you’re small and scared.
We’ve chosen A.L. Tait among 11 other Aussie children’s authors who are writing books that kids love to read. These authors’ series range from fantasy to mystery, from early readers to upper middle-grade, and from stand-alone stories to sensational series. Look for these authors at your local bookstore or online.