Welcome To Our Kids' Section!
At Munro's we have a dedicated team of children's book experts happy to help you select the perfect book for your special someone.
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In the subsection links above, we have highlighted some of our recent and all-time favourites for a variety of ages. If you are looking for more ideas, please check out:
What's New & Hot for December!
This exciting fourth installment in the Heroes of Olympus series picks up after the third book's cliffhanger: when Percy and Annabeth fell into a pit that leads straight to the underworld! Don't miss this the latest in this thrilling series. Ages 12+.
If you haven't discovered the Divergent trilogy yet, now is the perfect time as the final installment, Allegiant has finally arrived! This action-packed series has long been our top recommendation for fans of The Hunger Games. Ages 14+.
Pete the Cat has delighted readers since his very first adventure walking around in his (originally) white shoes. Now Pete is back, but this time he's in a bad mood, but all that changes with the help of some magic sunglasses, friends like Squirrel, Turtle and Alligator and the sun shining in the sky! Ages 3-5.
At long last, the 8th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is finally here! In this latest installment, Greg Heffley has lost his best friend and is having a hard time turning his luck around. Will leaving everything up to dice rolls and chance help make things better for him, or is his bad luck permanent? Ages 8+.
Roan has just started Jedi Academy. His comics, diary entries, newsletter clippings and teachings from Master Yoda will delight Star Wars and Wimpy Kid fans everywhere! Ages 8+.
Our top staff favourite for 2013, and illustrated by one of our all-time favourite authors, Oliver Jeffers, is the story told from the perspective of a box of crayons. Poor Duncan just wants to color, but what he discovers are letters of protest from his colourful crayons about being over-used, under-used, or only being used for the same purpose again and again! Ages 3+.
If you loved Ivy & Bean...
Ivy and Bean couldn’t be more different but end up becoming best friends. Together, these 7-year-olds share all kinds of adventures in this popular early chapter book series. In their latest book, the girls decide to be so good that animals will love them and follow them home. But of course, things don’t turn out as planned!
Clementine is a talented problem-solver and through these delightful chapter books she tells us the story of her daily adventures as her mind races from one thing to another.
Unfortunately for Earwig, who loved living at the orphanage, her new "mother" is horrible and not as easily manipulated as the staff at St Morwald′s. But with the help of a talking cat named Thomas, Earwig will have to use all her ingenuity to turn the tables on the ugly Bella Yaga!
Violet always tries to think outside the box. When she spots a small china bird at the flea market that she desperately wants, she thinks of an imaginative plan for getting it - and her methods are anything but ordinary!
This fabulous British primary book follows the adventures of Mildred Hubble, the worst witch-in-training at Miss Cackle's Acedemy for Witches. Try as she might, Mildred can't get the hang of flying on a broomstick, she's afraid of the dark, and her potions tend to explode.
If you loved The One & Only Ivan...
Not often does a book come along that all our Kids' Section staff unanimously adore, but we are confident that this is one of 2012's best. Based on a true story, Ivan is a Silverback Gorilla who was taken from his home as a baby and has lived his nearly thirty years as The Big Top Mall's biggest attraction. When customers begin to dwindle, a baby elephant is captured to draw in the crowds and Ivan makes it his mission to rescue her from the same fate that had befallen him. A gorgeous, tragic and definite must-read!
Edward Tulane is a china rabbit who thinks very highly of himself until one horrible day he is ripped away from his devoted owner and thrown overboard from the Queen Mary. During his extraordinary journey home he discovers that he can learn to love.
This brilliant read is the story of a friendship between Walter, a solitary rat who is an avid reader, and Miss Pomeroy, a reclusive children's book author. Their correspondence begins when a lonely Walter writes a note on Miss Pomeroy's typewriter: "My name is Walter, I live here too."
When Mrs. Tabby discovers that her litter of kittens can fly, she knows she must send them to find somewhere safe to live, far from the city. Thelma, Roger, James, and Harriet fly off to the countryside to find a new home.
What are a motley group of mutts to do when they want revenge on an evil prize-winning purebred poodle? Why, sabotage the Westminster dog show of course. The residents of the National Last-Ditch Dog Depository may be drooly, flatulent, and in one case three-legged, but their hearts are as pure-bred as they come.
If you loved The Girl Who Could Fly...
Like a cross between Anne of Green Gables and X-Men, this is a creepy and gripping tale of a girl with special powers who is taken from her family to live in a mysterious Institute with others of her kind. This novel is similar in tone to Philip Pullman or the later Harry Potters, so be aware that some scary situations could upset younger or more sensitive readers.
Ten-year-old Jane Doe is an entirely ordinary girl living in a town of extraordinary geniuses. How will she ever stand out ? However, when pirates, sea serpents and other adventures start causing chaos, an unremarkable Jane might just have the key to sorting it all out. This genuine and charming book is guaranteed to make you chuckle!
Mibs Beaumont is about to turn thirteen find out what her savvy, or special power, will be: will she be able to create electricity like her brother? However, just before the big day, her Poppa is in a terrible accident. Mibs is sure her savvy will be able to cure him and sets off on a cross-country trip to reach him and save his life.
Everyone has a Talent, and eleven-year-old Cady’s is cake baking. But while she can pick out everyone’s perfect cake, she doesn’t know who she or how she became an orphan. With its blend of whimsical stories, eccentric characters, unexpected plot twists and a pinch of magic, this book is a perfectly-crafted treat.
This is a great quirky read for girls! When Primrose's parents disappear on an extended sea voyage, Primrose passes much of her time at the nearby restaurant Girl on a Swing, where everything is served on a waffle. A recipe at the beginning of every chapter adds to the charm of this lovely story.
If you loved Harry Potter...
In this beautifully-told fantasy that reads like a timeless fable, Kate trades her shadow for a wish. Unexpected consequences follow this act of desperation. To save herself, Kate must track down the mysterious stranger who took her shadow, and solve the mystery haunting her and his past.
In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage.
Maile Meloy’s Apothecary is a wonderful mix of historical fiction (post-WWII Britain, cold war spies & knee socks) and fantasy (mystical book, magical spells & impossible adventures) that culminates in a race to save the world.
Prue McKeel's little brother is abducted by a flock of crows . To find him and bring him home, Prue must brave the Impassable Wilderness. Fairy tale lovers will devour this clever tale by the singer and songwriter of the band The Decemberists.
If you loved John Green...
Ed Kennedy does not have a lot going for him. He's a high school dropout, an underage cab driver who lives with his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman, and his life is unremarkable, until the day he accidentally stops a bank robbery. Suddenly, Ed is a hero. Suddenly, Ed is given a mission...
Henry is living with his father in Vancouver, trying to deal with the violent tragedy that has blown his family apart. Amidst all his grief and rage is a wonderful story with laugh-out-loud moments. Never has recovering from bullying and its aftermath been so real or so darkly funny.
Greg’s life as an invisible high school student (and covert movie maker with his tiny but dangerous friend Earl) is going fine until his mom makes him befriend Rachel, a girl dying of leukemia. Full of obscenities, awkward moments, hilariously original humour and surprisingly deep emotional truths.
Everybody Sees the Ants and Please Ignore Vera Dietz. Lucky (from Ants) and Vera are narrators dealing with unbelievably crazy situations. With dark humour, a twisted sense of surreal and compelling topics, these books cannot be put down!
If you loved The Hunger Games...
As punishment for an uprising against the capital almost 75 years ago, Panem (once known as North America) must provide 24 teenagers to participate in the yearly live broadcasts of the Hunger Games. Brave Katniss volunteers to replace her young sister in these cruel and deadly games. We loved this thrilling and exciting series. Put lots of time aside as you won't be able to put any of them down! Ages 12+
Tris was born among The Selfless but chooses to join The Brave, and as part of her brutal initiation she must learn to embrace danger and control her fears. The biggest risk she takes by far, however, is the secret she keeps--one that could have her killed or worse... Ages 14+.
June is a prodigy of the Republic – a rising star of the elite ruling class who is destined for success. Day is a fifteen-year-old outlaw who has a sizeable bounty on his head. After June’s brother is murdered, Day and June are thrown together, caught between each other and the Republic that has the power to destroy everything they care about.
After a volcano suddenly erupts in Yellowstone, darkness and ash take over most of the surrounding states. Which leads Alex, whose family was visiting relatives in a distant town, to leave his violence-ridden town and make his way through harsh weather and a desolated landscape to find them.
On a day like any other, a spaceship appeared in the sky and and began taking over the Earth in waves. Teenage survivor Cassie is fighting her way back to her younger brother, taken away by military forces, while preparing herself for the 5th and last wave. Only 1 rule applies to survivors: trust no one.
Teenage orphans Mahlia and Mouse have created a quiet life for themselves in the jungle on the outskirts of the war-torn Drowned Cities. The last thing they want is trouble, but when they stumble upon an injured genetically altered super-soldier named Tool, trouble is already on its way.
Matt learns very young that he is a clone. Although he doesn't know what that means, judging by the way people treat him - it must be bad. As he gets older he learns the frightening truth and the reason why he was created. This terrific science fiction story is one of our all-time favourites!