Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Looking for some great reads to keep your children entertained and enthralled this summer? We have collated a super choice of books, both old and new, which we hope you will enjoy as much as your child will.

Under 5’s

1. “Diary of a Wombat” Jackie French

A wombat’s work is never done…
Take a trip with a wombat, and discover the ins and outs of her day in this modern classic Australian picture book. There are holes to be dug and territory to be defended – and don’t forget all the eating and sleeping that needs to be squeezed in too!

2.“What do You do With a Tail Like This? Steve Jenkins

Steven Jenkins and illustrator Robin Page explore the many amazing things animals can do with eyes, ears, mouth, noses, feet, and tails. Young readers will relish the mystery behind this interactive guessing book.

3. “The Tickle Book”. Ian Whybrow

Look out - there's a Ticklemonster about! And he's off to tickle all his animal friends, from the pigs on the farm to penguins at the zoo. Join Tom and Bear as they follow him on his adventures, but watch out - you might get tickled too!

4.“Oi Frog”. Key Gray

The brilliant rhyming text makes the book enjoyable to discover again and again, whether you're a child - or an adult!

5. “Moo, Baa, La,La,La”. Sandra Boynton

This raucous story about the sounds animals make—including three pigs who say "la la la!"—is just right for reading aloud.

5 to 7 year olds

1. “The Boy Who Grew Dragons”. Andy Shepherd

When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad's garden, he doesn't think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit back into the house - and gets the delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker - quickly. And then something extraordinary happens - more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons!
2. “Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth”. Judd Winnick
Colourful, action-filled and laugh-out-loud funny, with plenty of burps, farts and catchphrases, HILO is the first in a bestselling US graphic novel series for younger readers. It's also a genuinely well-told, gripping sci-fi story.

3. “Haunted House”. Jan Pienkowski

Enjoy a tour of this spooky old house where a spine-tingling surprise lurks in every dark corner. Re-issued in its original full-size it is now even more gleefully ghoulish.

4. “100 Dogs”. Michael Whaite

This silly celebration of dogs is bursting with funny details to spot and crazy, characterful dogs to fall in love with - a bark-aloud book to return time and again.

5. “How the Borks Became”. Johnathan Emmet and Elys Dolan

An easy to understand, hilarious and devastating book about evolution! The illustrations of the little Borklings discovering they need fur, longer necks, camouflage..

7+ years old

1. “The Puffin Keeper”. Michael Morpurgo

Readers of all ages will fall in love with this tale of a life-changing friendship and a lost puffin from the bestselling author of War Horse.

2. “The Creakers” Tom Fletcher

So - along with her friends Norman and Ella - Lucy sets off on an unbelievable adventure into a topsy-turvy, back-to-front and inside-out new world . . . The world underneath her bed. The world of . . . The Creakers!

3. “The Magic Faraway Tree”. Jacqueline Wilson

Wind your way through the Enchanted Wood and climb the Marc Faraway Tree, for an adventure beyond your wildest imagination.

4. “Treehouse Tales”. Andy Griffiths

There are lots of laughs at every level in Treehouse Tales: too SILLY to be told ... UNTIL NOW! From the bestselling Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton Climb the storeys with thirteen, never-before-heard adventures starring Andy, Terry and their friends.

5. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” Robert Sabuda

Robert Sabuda has created a resplendent pop-up version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original publication. This glorious edition is told in a shorter version of L. Frank Baum's original text, with artwork in the style of W. W. Denslow. With sparkling touches of coloured foil and Emerald City eyeglasses, this classic tale is certain to find an honoured place on the family bookshelf.

Contributed by Christine Havercroft

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