Be inspired to read this summer with our Brisbane Libraries lists of top books for 2022.
Spend balmy days reading in blissful solitude, or rediscover a love of reading together with your family.
Top 5 children's picture books
- Whitney and Britney: Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford
- Cat Dog by Mem Fox
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Creepy-Crawly Halloween by Eric Carle
- The Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Julia Davidson
- Bluey: Charades
Top 5 children's books
- Spinning weird! by Anh Do
- The Bad Guys: Episode 14, They're bee-hind you! by Aaron Blabey
- Dog Man: Mothering heights by Dav Pilkey
- Kristy and the Snobs: A graphic novel by Chan Chau
- Baby-sitters Little Sister no. 5, Karen's school picture by Katy Farina
Top 5 young adult books
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
- Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Top 5 adult fiction books
- Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
- Better Off Dead by Lee Child
- The Sentinel by Lee Child
- When You Are Mine by Michael Robotham
- The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly
Top 5 adult non-fiction books
- Love Stories by Trent Dalton
- So You Think You Know What's Good For You? by Norman Swan
- Retirement Made Simple: Everything you need to know by Noel Whittaker
- The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku
- Atlas of the Heart: Mapping meaningful connection and the language of human experience by Brene Brown
Summer Reading events
Did you know there are free Summer Reading events for kids all summer long including science shows, craft sessions and live performances.
- Summer Reading: Uncle Burragan
For ages: 3-12 years
Description: Go on a cultural journey with Dreamtime stories and dance.
- Jingle Bells, What's That Smell? Live
For ages: 3-10 years
Description: Come along with this hilarious live music show from author, Deano Yipadee.
- Writing Workshop with Megan Jacobson
For ages: 12-17 years
Description: Learn how to develop your own story with a Brisbane-based, award-winning young adult author.
- Make and create for families
For ages: all ages and abilities
Description: Share in stories, play a guessing game, and create your own book cover and title.
The Kids Catalogue
Our new library catalogue for kids, The Kids Catalogue, makes it even easier for young readers to find the perfect book by searching on their favourite animal, author or character. Available on desktop and mobile devices, the catalogue also shows if books are available on library shelves. You can place books on hold and pick up from your local library.
Visit our Libraries page for plenty more information about our fantastic libraries.