Affordable Books to Fill Your Christmas Stocking

There have been some small and affordable books published this year. This list is made up of those that have attracted our attention. Most of the books and accessories listed below are small enough to fit into a Christmas stocking. Others retail at a perfect price for a Secret Santa (K.K.) gift.

Under $5

Little Mates Series:

Little Mates are funny stories that will charm children for generations. The alliterative alphabet stories are delightful to  read-aloud. There are 26 endearing Australian animal characters to collect!

Amazing Amelia

By Susannah McFarlane and Lachlan Creagh

ISBN:978-1741696783

Format: Paperback (140 x 140mm)

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published in: Australia, February 2011

RRP: A$4.99

Suitable for ages 3+

Other series titles available

You can read a review at Kids Book Review

Little Golden Books


Distributed through Random House, a large selection of Little Golden Books are available at bookstores, supermarkets and variety stores.

RRP: A$4.50

Dear Santa: Doodles for You

Michael O’Mara Books

ISBN:978-1742970769

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont

RRP: A$4.95

Suitable for ages 4+

A wonderful little activity book with lots of pages to complete and colour for Santa.

Under $10

New Grug Books:

Grug is back with new pastel colours. Grug helps little readers learn the concepts of colour, numbers and letters with simple text and adorable, cheeky illustrations.

Grug Colours

Ted Prior

ISBN:978-0731815067

Format: Board Book

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, November 2011

RRP: A$9.99

Suitable for ages 1+

Grug ABC

Ted Prior

ISBN:978-0731815036

Format: Board book

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, November, 2011

RRP: A$9.99

Suitable for ages 1+

Grug 123

Ted Prior

EAN:978-0731815043

Format: Board book

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, November 2011

RRP: A$9.99

Suitable for ages 1+

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Concept Books:

Illustrations of May Gibbs’ Gumnut Babies are suitably matched to the concepts of numbers and colours. Royalties from the sale of these books is donated to Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the Northcott Society.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Present 1 2 3

May Gibbs

ISBN:978-1742830230

Format: Board book

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

RRP: A$9.99

Suitable for ages 1+

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Present Colours

May Gibbs

ISBN:978-1742830421

Format: Board book

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

RRP: A$9.99

Suitable for ages 1+

Stripy Horse, Time for Bed

Jim Helmore and Karen Wall

ISBN:978-1405253024

Format: Board Book (169 x 151 mm)

Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd, January 2011

RRP: A$9.95

Suitable for ages 2+

Stripy Horse- Just for You is also available (9781405253055)

Stripy Horse books chronicle the events of a child’s day in a playful way. They are great for  encouraging action from young readers.

I Spy Little Toys

Jean Marzollo

ISBN:978-0545220965

Format: Board book

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (Scholastic), September 2011

RRP: A$9.99

Suitable for ages 3+

Lily’s Wish

By Barbara Pyett and Serena Geddes

ISBN:978-1921042829

Format: Paperback

Publisher: New Frontier Publishing, November 2011

RRP: A$9.95

Suitable for ages 3+

A cute story that starts with Lily and Santa sharing letters with one another. Santa has to give much thought to a unusual request from Lily, one that doesn’t involve a material present.

Little Treasures: Jessica’s Box

Peter Carnavas

ISBN:978-1921928093

Format: Paperback

Publisher: New Frontier Publishing, October 2011

RRP: A$9.95

Suitable for ages 5+

A perfect little book to give to a child starting school in the new year.

Little Treasures: Last Tree in the City

By Peter Carnavas

ISBN:978-1921928123

Format: Paperback

Publisher: New Frontier Publishing, October 2011

RRP: $A9.95

Suitable for ages 4+

This book will inspire little green thumbs and environmentalists-in-training.

Billie B Brown Series:

Billie B Brown is an active and exciting young girl who early readers will be able to relate to.

The Best Project(Latest title)

Sally Rippin

ISBN:978-1921848018

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, August 2011

RRP: A$7.95

Suitable for ages 6+

Billie’s little brother is cute, but he can be annoying. Billie has to keep everything away from him. Especially the tower she has made for her school project..

Billie B Brown- The Perfect Present (A special Christmas title)

Sally Rippin

ISBN:978-1921759277

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, November 2010

RRP: A$7.95

Suitable for ages 6 +

Billie is bursting with excitement. It is Christmas tomorrow! She knows her presents must be hidden somewhere. A bit of peeking won’t hurt, will it?

Other Billie B Brown titles are available

Go Girl Series

The Go Girl series has been written to help young girls with new experiences and transitions.

Best Christmas Ever

Rowan McAuley

ISBN:978-1742970738

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, November 2011

RRP: A$9.95

Suitable for ages 7+

Other Go Girl titles are available

Sophie and the Shadow Woods Series:

Sophie and the Shadow Woods is a great introduction to the fantasy genre for early readers.

The Bat Sprites

Linda Chapman and Lee Weatherly

ISBN:978-0007411733

Format: Paperback (194 x 129 x 11 mm)

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, December 2011

RRP: A$9.99

Suitable for ages 7+

On her tenth birthday, tomboy Sophie learns she is the Guardian of the magical gateway, and that her destiny is to protect the human world from the goblins, trolls and evil sprites that inhabit the Shadow Woods.

Other books in the series are also available

Pocket Rocket Books:

Pocket Rocket books are best selling stories published in a small format.

Naughty Stories- The Girl Who Blew Up Her Brother

Christopher Milne

ISBN:978-1921848902

Format: Paperback (118 x 178 mm)

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, July 2011

RP: A$5.00

Suitable for ages 6+

Pocket Rocket: Zac Power Sky High

H. I. Larry

ISBN:978-1921848841

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, July 2011

RRP: A$5.00

Suitable for ages 7+

Other Pocket Rocket Books available

Battle Boy Series:

# 15: Underwater War

Charlie Carter

ISBN:978-0330404327

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Pan Macmillan, December 2011

RRP: A$9.99

Suitable for ages 7+

Battle Boy 005 enters his biggest battle yet. It’s the battle of the Atlantic – the longest battle of the Second World War, fought between German U-boats and Allied ships.

Other Battle Boy titles are available

Unicorn Riders Series:

An adventure series for early readers which promotes friendship and teamwork. Each of the first four books of the series focus on the four characters who make up the Unicorn Riders.

Quinn’s Riddles

Aleesah Darlison (Illustrated by Jill Brailsford)

ISBN:978-1921529979

Format: Paperback (130 x 200mm)

Publisher: Walker Books Australia, October 2011

RRP: $A6.50

Suitable for ages 8+

Following a series of riddles, the Unicorn Riders must rescue Queen Heart’s young son from his kidnappers.

Other Unicorn Riders titles are available

A little over $10


What Am I?

Salina Yoon

ISBN:978-0545178532

Format: Board book (190 x 152mm)

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (Scholastic), January 2011

RRP: A$12.99

Suitable for ages 0+

An interactive book for little hands. Children are encouraged to make guesses using rhyming clues and image silhouettes before pulling a tab to reveal a hidden object.

Who Am I?

Salina Yoon

ISBN:978-0545178525

Format: Board book (190 x 152mm)

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (Scholastic), January 2011

RPP: A$12.99

Suitable for ages 0+

An interactive book for little hands. Children are encouraged to make guesses using rhyming clues and image silhouettes before pulling a tab to reveal a hidden animal.

Parrot Carrot

Jol and Kate Temple and Jon Foye

ISBN:978-1742376868

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Allen & Unwin, November 2011

RRP: A$12.99

Suitable for ages 2+

A padded little book that combines word play with funny pictures . An app is also available to complement this book. Read our full review.

It’s a Book-Midi Book

Lane Smith

ISBN:978-1921977466

Format: Hardback (140 x 120mm)

Publisher: Walker Books, December 2011

RRP: A$12.95

Suitable for ages 4+

A little book that reminds us of how enchanting books can be in a high-tech world. Read our review of the original It’s A Book

We are All Born Free

Amnesty International

ISBN:978-1847801517

Format: Hardcover (130 x 150mm)

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Walker Books), September 2011

RRP: A$12.95

Suitable for ages 5+

A collaborative effort between international artists has produced this delightful mini book illustrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Royalties from the sale of this book are donated to Amnesty International.

Yves Saint Laurent Colouring Book

Yves Saint Laurent

ISBN:978-1406333824

Format: Paperback (130 x 180mm)

Publisher: Walker Books, February 2011

RRP: A$12.95

Suitable for ages 7+

A suitable gift for budding fashionistas.

E is for Echidna

Bronwyn Bancroft

ISBN:978-1921714610

Format: Board book (177 x 181 mm)

Publisher: Little Hare (Hardie Grant Egmont), August 2011

RRP: A$14.95

Suitable for ages: 1+

A bright and beautiful word book focusing on the wonderful animals, plants and food of Australia.

Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet

Paul Thurlby

ISBN:978-1921759499

Format: Board book (211 x 163 mm)

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, April 2011

RRP: A$14.95

Suitable for ages 1+

This is a hip and stylish alphabet book for toddlers and preschoolers. Paul Thurlby turns each letter of the alphabet into a quirky and clever illustration.

The ABC Book of Machines

Helen Martin, Judith Simpson and Cheryl Orsini

ISBN:978-0733329586

Format: Board Book (185 x 149 x 16 mm)

Publisher: ABC Books (Harper Collins), July 2011

RRP: A$14.99

Suitable for ages 3+

An informative little book perfect for imaginative children who want to know what makes machines tick.

Animal Tales:

The Animal Tales series is made up of four books, each narrated by a different Australian Animal who finds itself in danger. Set in the early settlement period of Australia the stories show what little understanding humans (called Uprights by the animals) had of native Australian animals.  Included at he back of each book is a description of the animal and original interpretations of the animals drawn by the early settlers.

Each book retails for A$14.95

Suitable for ages 5+

The Tale of Kaz Kangaroo

Susan Hall and Ben Guy

ISBN:978-0642277299

Format: Hardback

Publisher: National Library of Australia, May 2011

The Uprights initially think of a kangaroo as a dog or a deer. They learn that kangaroos can hop with their young in its pouch.

The Tale of Kyla Koala

Susan Hall

ISBN:978-0642277268

Format: Hardback

Publisher: National Library of Australia, May 2011

The Uprights initially mistake the koala for a bear. They learn that Koalas consume gum leaves, not milk.

The Tale of Wil Wombat

Susan Hall

ISBN:978-0642277275

Format: Hardback

Publisher: National Library of Australia, May 2011

The Uprights learn that wombats, even young ones, have long claws that make them master diggers.

The Tale of Peek Platypus

Susan Hall

ISBN:978-0642277282

Format: Hardback

Publisher: National Library of Australia, May 2011

Initially confusing the platypus with a duck or a mole, the Uprights learn that a platypus needs water to breathe.

Once Upon a Time…

Nick Sharratt

ISBN:978-1406331929

Format: Paperback (220 x 240mm)

Publisher: Walker Books, August 2011

RRP: A$15.95

Suitable for ages 3+

Based on size and price this book only narrowly makes it onto this list of stocking fillers. I just had to include it though because it has been one of my daughter’s favourite books of the year. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure-story for toddlers and preschoolers. This book has all the ingredients of a good fairytale: a place to live, a friend, some magic, wishes and a happy ending. Cut-out objects are included that help young readers finish the sentences and create their own unique story.

A similar title by Nick Sharratt, Pirate Pete,  is also available


Accessories


My Little Bookcase Bookplates

RRP: A$ 1.50 each or $5.00 for a set of five bookplates

My Little Bookcase is not a store. If you’re interested in purchasing bookplates please send an email to info@mylittlebookcase.com.au and include your name, email address, delivery address and quantity required.

No More Dog Ears- Ribbon Bookmarks & Gifts

Bookmarks start at $10.00

I have purchased one of these as a gift for my next door neighbour. The quality is outstanding. Check out the range of bookmarks available at No More Dog Ears Bookmarks.

Cafe Secrets Melbourne: EAT for little ones

RRP: A$9.95

This is really a gift for the family. Having these cards means that your kids can get involved in choosing where you eat your family breakfast on a Sunday morning, rather than mum doing a search on the internet.

Available in Readings stores, selected Dymocks & Collins bookstores, newsagents, kids’ boutiques and some featured cafes. It is also available to purchase directly through Little Eats.

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