Summer holiday book list

Keep little minds whirring over the summer holidays with these brilliant reads for all ages.

Baby to 3

Kiki and Bobo's Sunny Day 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. Kiki can't wait to get to the beach and swim in the sea. But why isn't Bobo as excited for their sunny day out?

Commotion in the Ocean Commotion in the Ocean
by Giles Andrae and David Wojtowycz

Bursting with bright, bold illustrations and packed with favourite 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 Busy Airport
by Rebecca Finn

Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or just want a book to keep your child entertained, 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 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, guaranteed as a perfect introduction to Spot's world.

Age 3 to 5

Labyrinth Labyrinth
by Theo Guignard

The perfect book to keep your child entertained during the holidays. They can explore worlds made of plants, giant skyscrapers, wild habitats, and futuristic cities, in this beautifully-illustrated book that asks them to trace their way through 14 magical mazes. This title is also featured on the Summer Reading Challenge book list.

Horrid Henry’s Holiday 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 Holiday Mr Men on Holiday
by 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?

Age 5 to 7

Sea Urchins and Sand Pigs 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 Frankie’s Magic Football Summer Holiday Showdown
by Frank Lampard

Football-mad children will love this exciting story from top footballer Frank Lampard. Frankie and his team love playing football and the summer holidays are the perfect time for a kick around. So what will happen when their magic football sends them back in time… to a boarding school?!

In Focus: Cities In Focus: Cities
by Libby Walden

Your child can travel the world from the comfort of their own home with this super-sized book, which delves into the cultural, social and historical stories of ten world-famous cities.

My Brother's Famous Bottom Makes a Splash! 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, full of fun illustrations by Nick Sharratt.

Age 7 to 11

Bright Star 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. This powerful story is ideal for developing older children’s confidence to read by themselves.

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

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

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

In the spirit of the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters will captivate older readers looking for humour, hijinks, and a swashbuckling good time. The book is also featured on the Summer Reading Challenge book list.

Children's Discovery Atlas 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, packed full of illustrations and photos. Each page includes ‘sight-seeing’ features to whet young explorers’ appetites, as well as lots of facts and stats about every corner of the globe.

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