The October Unity Books Kids’ Bestseller Chart

What is the best way to get adults to read? Get them to read when they’re kids – and there’s no better place to start than Unity’s bestselling children’s books.

Look, we don’t know how this happened but it looks like Christmas is on its way and not too slowly. Our monthly list of best-selling children’s books is your time/life-saving guide to good reads for the little ones. While we are here, we would like to draw your attention to christmas kiwi booksa locally run organization that helps kids across the country decipher a brand new book every holiday.


1 Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong (Hachette, $28, 13+)

I got the S word. Lots of broadcast time In Aotearoa October. This book is the first in a new two-book series by sensational writer Chloe Gong (who wrote This great article Our). They follow her highly successful novels These Violent Delights and Our Violent Endings, loosely based on Romeo and Juliet. The Foul Lady Fortune publicist says:

“It’s 1931 in Shanghai, and the stage is set for a new decade of intrigue. Four years ago, Rosalind Lang was brought back from the brink of death, but the bizarre experience that saved her also kept her from falling asleep and aging — and allowing her to heal from any wound. In short, Rosalind cannot die. Now, in dire need of redemption from her traitorous past, she uses her abilities as a killer for her country.”

Sounds like a busy summer of reading for your teen (and/or for yourself).

2 Counting Creatures by Julia Donaldson; Illustrations of Sharon King Chai (Two Hoots, $25, 2+)

A beautiful, detailed, flap book for young readers.

3 Spaceboy by David Williams (HarperCollins, $25, 4+)

From that little one-man fantasy machine to titles like Bad Dad, Gangsta Granny, etc. Spaceboy is set in 1960s America where Ruth is obsessed with space, and then one night, a UFO crashes. It sounds fun and reminds Margaret What is the wonderful book? Greatest extraterrestrial show Something to look out for if you or the kid you’re looking for is a space lover.

4 Maui & Other Legends: 8 Classic Tales of Aotearoa by Peter Gossage (Penguin, $40, 3+)

A classic, must-have staple for Aotearoa’s bookshelves.

5 Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy by Alain de Botton and Anna Doherty (Press Confirmation, $40, 9+)

This has been on the list for a while. It’s a book that fuels “but, why?” coercion of children. There’s a bit of an old school feel to it: a dark, almost dangerous cover with a sense of weight and heaviness.

6 Frozen Mountain: Decide Your Destiny by Emily Hawkins and R. Frison (Wide-Eyed Press, $40, 8+)

This book is a game crossed with survival guide. Venture your way through the book with the pop-up game of chance… and try not to die. “Horrific tales provide wildlife survivors with a glimmer of hope as you deal with the consequences of your choices. One bad decision can lead to disaster…”

Cricky. It looks fun though.

7 They Come: Maori Gods and Heroes by Gavin Bishop (Penguin, $40, for all ages)

One of the most important books of the year: beautiful, large, and full of stories that all ages will enjoy and watch on land, sea and sky around them.

8 One Weka Went On Foot By Kate Price (Batman Books, $25, 2+)

Weka weka woo! When will we get the bird of the year is our question. These cute and resourceful little birds are in the spotlight in this sweet new book for little ones.

9 Where’s Frida Kahlo By Angela Arrhenius (Nosy Crowe, $15, 1+)

I often wonder what Frida could have made of all the merchandise now bearing her picture…However, this book is a beautiful and tasteful flap book that makes a little book for artists (and for themselves…Hidden Mirrors are always a win-win- aged one year).

10 No way! By Dan Marshall (Pantera Press, $33, 8+)

One for the facts collector in your family. This book is full of interesting stuff and wonderfully illustrated as well.


First Annual Series No. 3 Edited by Kate de Goldie and Suzanne Paris (Annual Ink, $45, 9+)

We admire this wide-ranging, fun and complex variety full of stories of all kinds. Yearbooks expand on what you might consider children’s literature in terms of style, form, and authors as well. Read Suzanne Paris’ article on why there is an “annual” Now, on Spinoff.

2 Wicked By Julia Donaldson And Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Box, $28, 4+)

Perfect for Halloween they were…the lighted-up kids’ royal duo celebrates witches, ghosts and trolls who are horrible, bad, and evil villains. Love her.

3 156 Floors Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton (MacMillan, $18, 4+)
One of the most delightful live literary events I’ve been to has been Andy Griffith and Terry Denton live. They were crazy. They were fun. They hit marshmallows in a crowd of 800 kids with a tennis racket and I thought someone would break an arm or head. But everything was fine. Yahoo to the tree house from an impossible height!

4 Adventures of Gloves: Wellington’s Famous Purr-Sonality by Silvio Bruinsma (Penguin, $20, 3+)


5 Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong (Hachette, $28, 13+)

6 Space Boy David Williams (HarperCollins, $25, 4+)

7 Mercat Christmas Emily Graphite (MacMillan, $18, 3+)

It’s happening… New Christmas books will be with us from now on. Who doesn’t love a meerkat though. They display the right level of anxiety at this time of year.

8 Atwa: Maori Gods and Heroes by Gavin Bishop (Penguin, $40, for all ages)

9 One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus (Boffin, $21, 12+)

Karen McManus writes murder mysteries for teens. Here’s a blurb for this latest edition that will undoubtedly become a bestseller:

Five students go to the reservation. Only four of them survive.

Yale hopes Bronwyn hasn’t publicly broken any rule.

Superstar athlete Cooper just knows what he’s doing in Diamond League baseball.

Bad boy Nate falls one slip away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addie cracks open her perfect life.

And alien Simon, creator of the infamous gossip app at Bayview High, will never talk about any of them again.”

10 Sleepy Kiwi from Cat Queen (Tikitibu, $20, kids)

A beautiful, monochrome book for young children. Their eyes can see the bold design, it is absolutely beautiful and adorable as a gift.

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