: Children’s Literature Edition. My 8 (6 pictured, because one is out on loan and one is an ebook) favourite kids’ reads of 2018 are ones that are beautifully-written, heart-squeezing, with rich characterisation and a deep sense of truth about the world. Some of them deal with hard realities, which means they might not be okay for sensitive young readers, but all these picks have both great literary and incredible human value. ✨ Clockwise from top left: Wolf Hollow, Lauren Wolk; A Single Shard, Linda Sue Park; Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson; Once, Morris Gleitzman; Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson; and Fearless Frederic, Felice Arena. Not pictured: Lenny’s Book of Everything, Karen Foxlee; Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhha Lai.