Summer book list

We’ve got summer reading covered with this list of holiday reads broken down by age range.

Baby to 3

Daddy Island Daddy Island
Phillip Wells and Nikki Daly

This picture book celebrates a small boy's relationship with his father, who he regards as a secure island on which he can be anything he wants to be - as bright as a star, as fierce as a bear, or as still as a rock.

Who’s in the Garden? Who’s in the Garden?
Phyllis Gershator and Jill MacDonald

In this novelty peepo book, small children are invited to look through the holes on every other page to answer the question, 'who’s coming to see how my garden grows?’. The energetic, rhyming text introduces lots of creatures that are busy foraging and frolicking in the garden.

Maisy’s Plane Maisy’s Plane
Lucy Cousins

Get set to go flying in Maisy's plane. It's Eddie's birthday and Maisy the mouse has an extra special surprise. Go up, up and away as she passes Tallulah in her hot air balloon and loops the loop in the skies, before delivering a "happy birthday" message – all in time for Eddie's party!

Age 3 to 5

Out of the Blue Out of the Blue
Alison Jay

This wordless book about the mysteries of the sea invites readers to tell the story in their own words, stimulating the imagination and helping to develop visual literacy. Follow the unique, crackly illustrations about the mysteries of the sea and tell a new story each time you read the book.

Portside Pirates Portside Pirates
Oscar Seaworthy and Debbie Harter

Traverse the high seas with a lively band of buccaneers as they enjoy a musical adventure aboard their galleon. This book includes fun information about historical pirates around the world and a helpful chart naming the parts of a ship.

Lots of Things to Spot on Holiday Lots of Things to Spot on Holiday
Hazel Maskell

There are cute animals for children to spot on a sandy beach, in a thrilling adventure park, by the pool and in lots of other exciting places in this holiday look-and-talk book. Each scene is packed with things to spot and there are puzzles, games, stickers and lots of things to talk about too. For a taster, download our activity sheet.

Migloo’s Day Migloo’s Day
William Bee

This is the story of Migloo’s day, a day filled with food, fun, friends and adventure. There are things to find and puzzles to solve on action-filled pages brimming with detail, as a fun-loving dog leads the way. Download our activity sheet and get started with a spot the difference.

Age 5 to 7

Chandra’s Magic Light Chandra’s Magic Light
Theresa Heine and Judith Gueyfier

This heart-warming story tells the tale of two sisters who are determined to save enough money to purchase a solar-powered light to help their unwell brother. The book provides an authentic introduction to Nepali village culture, with extra information about Nepal at the back of the book.

The Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: Attack of the Giant Sea Spiders The Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: Attack of the Giant Sea Spiders
Gareth P. Jones

The Steampunk Pirates jump at the chance to earn a handsome reward in return for doing some snooping… until they find themselves sandwiched between the Dread Captain Inky beard and a spider on the attack. Can they escape without a scrape or have the robotic rebels ticked their last?

A Walk in Paris A Walk in Paris
Salvatore Rubbino

Join a young girl and her grandad as they spend the day in Paris, where they explore a bustling market, marvel at its beautiful buildings and indulge in tasty treats. This child-friendly tribute to the French capital captures the excitement of a young visitor experiencing the wonders of a new city.

Age 7 to 11

Gardening for Beginners Gardening for Beginners

An introduction to gardening for absolute beginners, with simple instructions for plants that anyone can grow – even without a garden! Step-by-step illustrated instructions show children how to grow flowers, herbs and food such as lettuce and potatoes. For a sample of this book, download the Growing Sunflowers guide.

Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs
Sarah Forbes. Illustrated by James Brown

Ever since her parents were tragically washed away in a flood, Elspeth has been forced to live with her horrible aunt, Miss Crabb, in the attic of the Pandora Pants School for Show-offs. Elspeth spends her days sweeping up mouse droppings, washing filthy pots and dodging Tatiana Firensky, the most horrible show-off of all. But what Elspeth doesn't know is that things are about to change...

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
Megan McDonald. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Just when it looks like her summer is going to be boring, Judy comes up with a thrilling plan. Get ready for a race involving tightrope walking, Scream Monster riding, a treasure hunt for Judy's teacher, a midnight stakeout, a runaway ice-cream truck, and a dash of Bigfoot. It's the best, never-done-before summer ever!

Daisy Dawson at the Seaside Daisy Dawson at the Seaside
Steve Voake. Illustrated by Jessica Meserve

The sky is blue, the clouds are white and it's time for Daisy Dawson's summer holiday. With her new friends the rapping baby rabbits and Pinchy the dancing crab, Daisy comes across a dolphin in danger. Can they save the magic of the seaside?

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