5 of the best summer holiday reading books

Get your little ones in the mood for summer with these sunshine-themed books from toddlers to 8 year olds

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It’s July so holiday season is once again upon us. Here are our picks to keep children amused over the summer break…

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1. Bears at the Beach

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Bears at the Beach is a delightful storybook that will fill you with the warmth of summer. The Bear family decides to take a trip to the seaside.

But the beach is a very busy place and soon Baby Bear has wandered off alone… Then the beach becomes a lonely place as people pack up their belongings and head home.

But then Baby Bear has an idea that will save the day. Emma Carlisle is a great author/illustrator and has really captured the joy and chaos of a family day out. A lovey sunny story.  

Age: 2+
Publisher:
Panmacmillan
Price:
£6.99

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2. Archie’s Holiday

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Archie’s Holiday is the debut picture book by Domenica More Gordon and is a genuinely funny story that can be enjoyed by parents and children alike.

Archie is a very successful tailor, so successful in fact he has worn himself out and is in desperate need of a holiday. This book follows Archie as he packs-up his belongings and heads off for a dream break, but typically, things do not go to plan. 

This is a really charming, witty story and perfect for snatching a bit of quiet time during a busy day.

Age: 2+
Publisher:
Bloomsbury
Price:
£6.99

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3. The Usborne Outdoor Book

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Usborne reigns supreme when it comes to keeping children occupied, and the Outdoor Book is a great tool for encouraging your child to put down the iPad or remote and get outside.

Everything is covered from woodlands, seascapes to city parks and stargazing. And there are so many ideas from 10-minute projects to overnight adventures always bearing child safety in mind.

This is a fantastic book which you will no doubt return to year after year.

Age: 6+
Publisher:
Studio Press
Price:
£9.99

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4. Holiday Ha Ha Ha!

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Holiday Ha Ha Ha! is a new collection of short stories from super-funny authors including Jeremy Strong, Steve Cole and Steven Butler.

The 8 stories all focus on the summer holidays – from disastrous car journeys to ghost hunting. Suitable for children over 8 years, these stories are great for children to read themselves or for a bedtime story at the end of the day.

The summer holidays offer the perfect opportunity to get your child into reading and this book certainly contains some great writing that will get them hooked.

Age: 8+
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Price:
£6.99

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5. Campervan Colouring

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Should the weather fail, this will appeal to children and parents alike! Colouring seems to be the past-time of choice for lots of people at the moment and this gorgeous collection of classic VWs truly captures the spirit the summer.

Campervan Colouring is the latest book from artist Kludoman and is packed with quirky, offbeat, intricate designs that will keep mums, dads and children busy for hours.

Age: 8+
Publisher:
Studio Press
Price:
£8.99

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