We enjoyed lots of amazing new children's books from 2000-2009, including several Harry Potter books, a host of stunning YA novels and plenty of fantasy adventures. For the very best children's books from the 2000s, ordered by year of publication, simply check out the list below.
J. K. Rowling | 2000 onwards
The last four books of the spellbinding Harry Potter series were published throughout this decade, continuing to enchant millions of fans worldwide. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published in 2000, followed by The Order of the Phoenix in 2003, The Half-Blood Prince in 2005 and The Deathly Hallows in 2007. In these books, Harry must take part in a death-defying wizards' tournament, battle Death Eaters, witness tragic events and finally confront his most terrifying nemesis: Lord Voldemort.
Trudi Canavan | 2001
The first book in the heart-pounding Black Magician trilogy follows Sonea, a girl who lives in the downtrodden slums of the city of Imardin. Every year, the city's magicians 'purge' the streets of urchins and slum-dwellers. They put up a magical shield to ward against attacks - but Sonea somehow penetrates this shield with a rock. The magicians' worst fear has come true: there's an untrained magician loose in Imardin. They've got to find her, but Sonea is determined to stay hidden forever - despite her powers growing increasingly uncontrollable.
Christopher Paolini | 2002/2003
This enthralling fantasy adventure was self-published in 2002, and then picked up by a publishing company in 2003. Eragon, a young farm boy, lives a simple, uneventful life - until a dragon hatches from what he thought was just a stone. Eragon is thrown into a new world of destiny, magic, peril and power. Armed with only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller, Eragon and the dragon must navigate hazardous terrain and dark enemies ruled by a malevolent king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider and save the Empire?
With charming illustrations by Axel Scheffler and moving themes of friendship and adventure, this gorgeous picture book follows a tiny snail who wishes to sail. To do so, he must hitch a ride on the back of an enormous whale. The pair set off on an incredible journey past icebergs, volcanoes, sharks and penguins. But then disaster strikes... the whale finds itself beached in a bay! Can the little snail save the day?
Markus Zusak | 2005
Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, this poignant story is narrated by Death and follows Liesel, an avid young booklover and determined book thief at a time when thousands of books were being destroyed. When Liesel has to help hide a Jewish boy in the basement, the power of words and books to enrich the soul is explored by both youngsters as they try to evade danger and even death. This spellbinding yet shocking story is a must for any young booklover.
Rick Riordan | 2005
This thrilling fantasy series stars a rather unlikely hero: Percy, a troubled child who has dyslexia and ADHD. The story rapidly progresses from a school outing for mortals from the twenty-first century, to a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena. Infused with mythological elements and filled with shocking twists and turns, this bestselling novel will engross children.
Stephenie Meyer | 2005
When 17-year-old Isabella Swan moves to the dreary town of Forks, she expects her new life to be just as dull as the town. But her new classmates are drawn to her, unlike the Cullen family, it seems. Bella is certain that Edward Cullen despises her - until he saves her from an out-of-control car, that is. Bella will discover there's a reason Edward behaves so coldly: he is a vampire, and he thirsts for her blood. This dark and gripping fantasy romance will hook teen readers.
Jeff Kinney | 2007
This hilarious worldwide bestseller is beloved by kids from New York to Newcastle! It stars Greg, who finds himself thrust into a new school, where scrawny little weaklings like him must share the corridors with bigger, meaner, tougher kids who are already shaving. Greg decides he must try to become cool, and attempts to do so through his popular friend, Rowley. But what will happen when their friendship is tested to the limits?
Suzanne Collins | 2008
The first in the ground-breaking Hunger Games trilogy, this captivating novel follows feisty 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen. The post-apocalyptic nation of Panem consists of twelve 'districts', most of them oppressed and miserable places - except for the opulent, shimmering Capitol. But Katniss from District 12 has the chance to change everything once she ends up participating in the brutal 'Hunger Games', a televised fight to the death between a group of teenagers. Featuring adrenaline-pumping action, turbulent romances and a gritty atmosphere, immerse yourself in this white-knuckle novel.
This bizarre yet brilliant novel stars Bod, a baby who escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family. Bod finds safety in the most unlikely of places: a graveyard. Brought up by the local ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has a unique childhood, learning about life from the dead. But the murderer is still out there looking for him... Will he survive into adulthood? This stunning, eccentric novel features every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence.