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The 50 best books of 2019 for children from babies to teens - just in time for Christmas

After another bumper year for children's books, Sarah Webb picks her favourite titles of 2019 for young bookworms from zero to teen

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Festive fillers: there is something for every age group at Christmas, so fill their bookshelves with these top picks. Pictured illustration by Linda Fährlin from The Great Irish Science Book

Festive fillers: there is something for every age group at Christmas, so fill their bookshelves with these top picks. Pictured illustration by Linda Fährlin from The Great Irish Science Book

What I Like Most by Mary Murphy, illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang

What I Like Most by Mary Murphy, illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang

Tiny and Teeny by Chris Judge

Tiny and Teeny by Chris Judge

Wild in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Wild in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

The Child of Dreams by Irena Brignull

The Child of Dreams by Irena Brignull

Small in the City by Sydney Smith

Small in the City by Sydney Smith

The President's Surprise by Peter Donnelly

The President's Surprise by Peter Donnelly

The Crayons' Christmas by Drew Daywalt

The Crayons' Christmas by Drew Daywalt

The Tide by Clare Helen Welsh

The Tide by Clare Helen Welsh

Don't Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton

Don't Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton

An illustrationby Lauren O'Neill for How Will Santa Find Us? by Shane O'Brien and Stephen Rogers

An illustrationby Lauren O'Neill for How Will Santa Find Us? by Shane O'Brien and Stephen Rogers

A Sea of Stories by Sylvia Bishop, illustrated by Paddy Donnelly

A Sea of Stories by Sylvia Bishop, illustrated by Paddy Donnelly

The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable by Oliver Jeffers

The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable by Oliver Jeffers

Rabbit and Bear: A Bite in the Night by Julian Gough, Illustrated by Jim Field

Rabbit and Bear: A Bite in the Night by Julian Gough, Illustrated by Jim Field

How Will Santa Find Us?

How Will Santa Find Us?

Rabbit and Bear: A Bite in the Night by Julian Gough, Illustrated by Jim Field

Rabbit and Bear: A Bite in the Night by Julian Gough, Illustrated by Jim Field

The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable by Oliver Jeffers

The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable by Oliver Jeffers

Koshka's Tales: Stories from Russia by James Mayhew

Koshka's Tales: Stories from Russia by James Mayhew

Take Five by Niall Breslin, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

Take Five by Niall Breslin, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

The Night-Time Cat and the Plump Grey Mouse by Erika McGann, illustrated by Lauren O'Neill

The Night-Time Cat and the Plump Grey Mouse by Erika McGann, illustrated by Lauren O'Neill

Boot: Small Robot, Big Adventure by Shane Hegarty, illustrated by Ben Mantle

Boot: Small Robot, Big Adventure by Shane Hegarty, illustrated by Ben Mantle

Jasper and Scruff by Nicola Colton

Jasper and Scruff by Nicola Colton

A Sea of Stories by Sylvia Bishop, illustrated by Paddy Donnelly

A Sea of Stories by Sylvia Bishop, illustrated by Paddy Donnelly

She Can: The Colouring Book for Tomorrow's Irish Sports Stars by The 42, illustrated by Chris Judge

She Can: The Colouring Book for Tomorrow's Irish Sports Stars by The 42, illustrated by Chris Judge

I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak

I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak

The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan

The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan

Molly and the Whale by Malachy Doyle

Molly and the Whale by Malachy Doyle

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

The Lost Tide Warriors by Catherine Doyle

The Lost Tide Warriors by Catherine Doyle

Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Pog by Pádraig Kenny

Pog by Pádraig Kenny

Lily at Lissadell by Judi Curtin

Lily at Lissadell by Judi Curtin

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

The House on Hawthorn Road by Megan Wynne

The House on Hawthorn Road by Megan Wynne

Toffee by Sarah Crossan

Toffee by Sarah Crossan

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

The M Word by Brian Conaghan

The M Word by Brian Conaghan

Free Lunch by Rex Ogle

Free Lunch by Rex Ogle

In the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido

In the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido

Mother Tongue by Patricia Forde

Mother Tongue by Patricia Forde

The Great Irish Science Book by Professor Luke O'Neill, illustrated by Linda Fährlin

The Great Irish Science Book by Professor Luke O'Neill, illustrated by Linda Fährlin

123 Ireland! by Aoife Dooley

123 Ireland! by Aoife Dooley

My First Book of Irish Vehicles by The O'Brien Press

My First Book of Irish Vehicles by The O'Brien Press

Shooting for the Stars by Norah Patten, illustrated by Jennifer Farley

Shooting for the Stars by Norah Patten, illustrated by Jennifer Farley

Epic Tales of Triumph and Adventure by Simon Cheshire, illustrated by Fatti Burke

Epic Tales of Triumph and Adventure by Simon Cheshire, illustrated by Fatti Burke

GIY's Know-It-Allmanac: The Ultimate Family Guide to Growing and Cooking Food Through the Year by Michael Kelly and Muireann Ní Chíobháin, illustrated by Fatti Burke

GIY's Know-It-Allmanac: The Ultimate Family Guide to Growing and Cooking Food Through the Year by Michael Kelly and Muireann Ní Chíobháin, illustrated by Fatti Burke

Earth Heroes by Lily Dyu, illustrated by Jackie Lay

Earth Heroes by Lily Dyu, illustrated by Jackie Lay

Atlas of Amazing Birds by Matt Sewell

Atlas of Amazing Birds by Matt Sewell

Wild Lives: 50 Extraordinary Animals That Made History by Ben Lerwill, illustrated by Sarah Walsh

Wild Lives: 50 Extraordinary Animals That Made History by Ben Lerwill, illustrated by Sarah Walsh

The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo

Poems from a Green and Blue Planet edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, illustrated by Aaron Cushley

Poems from a Green and Blue Planet edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, illustrated by Aaron Cushley

A bohemian waxwing from Atlas of Amazing Birds by Matt Sewell

A bohemian waxwing from Atlas of Amazing Birds by Matt Sewell

Illustration by Linda Fährlin from The Great Irish Science Book

Illustration by Linda Fährlin from The Great Irish Science Book

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Don't Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton

Don't Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton

What I Like Most, by Mary Murphy and Zhu Cheng-Liang

What I Like Most, by Mary Murphy and Zhu Cheng-Liang

How Will Santa Find Us by Shane O'Brien and Stephen Rogers

How Will Santa Find Us by Shane O'Brien and Stephen Rogers

Artwork from Don't Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton

Artwork from Don't Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton

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Festive fillers: there is something for every age group at Christmas, so fill their bookshelves with these top picks. Pictured illustration by Linda Fährlin from The Great Irish Science Book

It's been another cracker of a year for children's books. From a brand-new book by Eoin Colfer set in the world of Artemis Fowl, to Norah Patten's award-winning true story of her journey to become Ireland's first astronaut, Shooting for the Stars, there really is something for everyone this Christmas.

From all the books for children and teenagers I've read this season I've selected my 50 favourites - titles I think young readers will fall in love with.

Happy Reading!


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