Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to get out and about with the kids! Whether you’re planning to hit the beach, go for a picnic at the park or go on a family adventure, reading is an activity for the kids that you can take with you anywhere anytime to keep the little ones entertained.
Emily Drabble, Head of Books, BookTrust says “Summer is such a lovely time of year, everyone is getting out and about and the energy is amazing! Reading is the perfect portable activity to take with you on family trips and is such a nice way to teach your little one all about the amazing adventures and exploring that this season brings.”
These books are some of our favourite children’s titles about the summertime, with a wide range in terms of genre and reading age, there’s something here for everyone.
Off to the Beach!
Author: Child’s Play
Child’s Play continue to build on their range of truly inclusive and accessible books with this sensory gem. Off to the Beach! takes us on a tactile trip to the seaside.
Clem and Crab
Author: Fiona Lumbers
Clem loves going to the beach and tries hard to keep the coastline clean, but soon realises she needs the help and enthusiasm of her classmates, too. An uplifting and inspiring picture book that demonstrates that lots of small actions can have a big impact. The uplifting story is accompanied by beautiful illustrations, which bring the seascape to life.
To the Beach
Author: Thomas Docherty
Lovely story of a boy using his imagination to go on a trip to the seaside.
Paddington in the Garden
Author: Michael Bond
Part of the beloved series following Paddington Bear and the Brown family. Paddington lends a paw in the garden, with some funny results! Pre-schoolers will love the illustrations and hearing you read the story.
Skip through the Seasons
Author: Stella Blackstone
Illustrator: Maria Carluccio
This book takes you on a journey through the year and the seasons. Learn about weather, activities and celebrations. The story and word lists are great for helping to build your child’s vocabulary.
A Tiny Little Story: Park
Author: Lisa Jones and Edward Underwood
A bright and interactive cloth book with a velcro-fastening strap that can attach to a pram, this relatable little story about an everyday trip to feed the ducks can be read either on the go or at home.
I Heart Holidays (Martha and the Bunny Brothers)
Author: Clara Vulliamy
Read about Martha and her little bunny brothers on their splashy, sunny holiday! Colourful and detailed illustrations that young children will love to explore. Follow Martha as she stays upbeat while trying to entertain her brothers.
Is it a Mermaid?
Author: Candy Gourlay
Illustrator: Francesca Chessa
Bel and Benji meet a friendly dugong, also known as a sea cow, on a tropical beach. This delightful book about friendship, imagination and self-belief includes factual information about these gentle marine mammals, who are sadly at threat of extinction.
Author: Ruth Green
Herbert and Hilda Hedgehog have been enjoying a book about the seaside and decide to go and see it for themselves. This gentle story has a bouncy rhyme, and the tone remains sweet and upbeat throughout.