Summer holiday book list

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You can help your child keep up the progress they’ve made at school during the long summer break by encouraging them to read every day. We’ve put together our favourite titles for babies and children up to age 11 about the summer. It’s never too early to get your little one interested in books!


Baby to 3 years

Kiki and Bobo's Sunny Day by Yasmeen Ismail

Your child can join bouncy Kiki and shy Bobo for a day at the seaside in this interactive lift-the-flap story, perfect for very young children.

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andrae and David Wojtowycz

Bursting with bright illustrations and packed with sea creatures including sharks, whales, octopi and more! This bestselling picture book is a delight to read aloud and share with young children.

Busy Airport by Rebecca Finn

Busy Airport is full of interactive fun. The simple push or pull of a tab in this chunky, interactive board book can cause all sorts of amazing things to happen: bags go round the carousel, helicopters take off and aeroplanes fly through the clouds!

Spot Goes on Holiday by Eric Hill

This lift-the-flap book follows Spot as he heads to the beach with his family. The book has colourful illustrations, large font and a simple story which will entertain very young children.


Ages 3 to 5 years

Labyrinth by Theo Guignard

The perfect book to explore worlds made of plants, skyscrapers and cities in this book that asks children to trace their way through 14 magical mazes.

Horrid Henry’s Holiday by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

Horrid Henry is up to his usual hijinks, causing chaos on his family holiday. This Early Reader title is ideal for building your child’s confidence to read by themselves.

Mr Men on Holidayby Roger Hargreaves

Your child can join Roger Hargreaves’ beloved characters on their summer holiday with this fun, colourful book. Plus, can they spot where Walter the worm is hiding?


Ages 5 to 8 years

Sea Urchins and Sand Pigs by Cornelia Funke

Between dune pigs, mermaids and hidden treasure, there’s never a dull moment at the Sandy Cove holiday village! This easy-to-read book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, making it ideal for children who find reading more difficult.

Frankie’s Magic Football Summer Holiday Showdown by Frank Lampard

Frankie and his team love playing football, but what will happen when their magic football sends them back in time?

In Focus: Cities by Libby Walden

Your child can travel the world with this super-sized book, which delves into the cultural, social and historical stories of 10 world-famous cities.

My Brother's Famous Bottom Makes a Splash! by Jeremy Strong

Nicholas and his family are off on holiday to Turkey! But rest and relaxation are not on the cards… Your child will laugh out loud at this wacky holiday adventure.


Ages 9 to 12 years

Bright Star by Jenny Oldfield

When 12-year-old Morgan is sent to her aunt's ranch in the Rockies for the summer, she has no idea that she will forge a bond that will last her lifetime.

The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer by Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud

It’s the first day back after the holidays and the teacher wants to know what the pupils have been up to on their summer break. This book is a fast-paced, illustrated summer adventure that's so unbelievable, it just might be true! 

The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters by Kara LaReau and Jen Hill

The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters will captivate older readers looking for humour, hijinks, and a swashbuckling good time.

Children's Discovery Atlas by Anita Ganieri and Sara Lynn Cramb

Your child can explore the whole world in one book with this beautiful atlas. Each page includes ‘sight-seeing’ features as well as lots of facts about every place on the globe.