Saturday 17 March 2018

Sarah's top 10 children's books of 2010

Age 18 months to 3

Lulu's Loo by Camilla Reid (Bloomsbury, £6.99)

Brilliantly funny and sweet book about potty training for toddlers.

Age 2 to 5

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers (Harpercollins, £6.99)

His best book yet -- packed with emotion. One to read over and over again.

A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton (Walker, £11.99)

Storming picture book with glowing illustrations from a new Irish talent.

There's Going to Be a Baby by Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books, £12.99)

Perfect balance of text and illustration from two picture-book masters.

On the Road by Niamh Sharkey (Walker Books, £11.99)

Recent winner of an Irish Book Award, a brilliant farmyard Thelma and Louise.

Age 5 to 8

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo (Walker Books, £8.99)

An exceptional book for early readers featuring two young friends and their adventures.

Age 8+

Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil by Derek Landy (Harpercollins, £12.99)

Fast, gripping action adventure mashed with fantasy/horror -- what's not to love?

Eva's Journey by Judi Curtin (O'Brien Press, €7.99)

Another cracker about friends and family from Limerick's writing legend.

Age 11+

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (Walker Books, £7.99)

Swoons by the bucketful and a compelling first-person narrative make this a must for the girls.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, £6.99)

Final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Stunning. I defy any teen not to love it.

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