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Summer Reading 2021

The long summer holiday is drawing to a close but with a book, there are no limits to how far your imagination can go.

We have beach reads, back garden reads and brilliant bedtime reads. We've lots of fascinating non-fiction titles to keep your young ones interested...and kids always love an activity book...perfect to keep them occupied on a long journey.

Scroll down for a list of books, in age order, to keep your young readers busy over the summer holidays.

For more inspiration, take a look at our LoveReading4Kids Loves section with spotlights on some of our best-loved authors including Michael Morpurgo, Lauren Child and Geraldine McCaughrean. There are also a range of special features for readers interested in more focused themes; LGBTQ+ Literature, Green Reads, Literature that Celebrates Diversity, and more.

Every year we cover the most important and influential Book Awards and this section is a great treasure trove to plunder for top quality books. We have the shortlists, and often the longlists too, of all the main children's book awards including the Children's Book Award, the Branford Boase, the CILIP Carnegie Greenaway Medals and UKLA Book Awards. It's worth a browse!

Our Graphic Novels & Comics section has had a refresh and now has an awesome selection of quality must-reads. And if your children prefer facts to novels, head over to our blog section for a round-up of the Best Non-Fiction with titles with a wide range of titles from science to art to famous people, suitable for all ages from toddler to teen.

If you are looking for activities to keep the kids entertained, check out our Kids Zone. There are activities with a bookish theme to download including colouring in pages, puzzles and creative projects..and videos with draw-alongs, storywriting tips and author talks. Joanne Owen helps your kids Get Creative with her features to inspire Writing for Pleasure. And take a look at A World of Adventure: 50 Books to Inspire : try a micro-adventure and camp in your garden, take a nature walk, create a bug hotel, bake or hold a star-gazing night!

The titles in this section will be refreshed throughout the summer months so it will be well worth coming back to take a peek. Happy browsing!

Comments (95)

Sheri D - 29th July 2021

What a brilliant selection of books

Alison A - 28th July 2021

Some really great ideas for the boys to read, love the sound of "Something I Said"

Lilian W - 27th July 2021

What a great choice difficult to know what to buy first.

Rebecca P - 27th July 2021

some lovely recommendations here!

Laura C - 26th July 2021

My son would love Bunny vs Monkey

Susan B - 26th July 2021

I could happily spend an hour or three reading your lists of wonderful books, especially those for the children. I find myself focussing on the creative and activity-type books most of all for holidays.

Marion G - 22nd July 2021

What a great selection of books for all ages. Going to get 'YOU CAN cook tasty food, for fun days in the summer hols with my grandchildren.

melanie c - 21st July 2021

I'd put anything by Ross Weldon on the list.

Fiona K - 19th July 2021

Thanks for the great lists, I've bookmarked some to buy for my granddaughter.

Margaret G - 16th July 2021

Were being truely spoil - lets see if we can read them all

Mary L - 16th July 2021

Great selection of books. I have some ideas for books for my grandson

lynda s - 8th July 2021

Wonderful ideas to check, give ideas for gifts especially if they are given book coupons

Susie W - 8th July 2021

Not my Problem sounds good, just like me!

Lucy S - 8th July 2021

Some really exciting reads. We love the 'You can't take an elephant on...' books so will definitely look out for the holiday one.

Julie J - 7th July 2021

Some lovely books there - some are already on my wanted list!

Laura P - 6th July 2021

My kids would love these!

MARIA R - 4th July 2021

That should keep the kids busy during the holidays!

Peter W - 1st July 2021

Some fabulous choices here.

Gill W - 30th June 2021

Fab reads for a not so summery summer.

Brenda H - 29th June 2021

A cracking selection of books

Fiona K - 7th September 2020

Lots of great books to choose from. Very useful so I can find new material to read to my granddaughter.

Andi G - 7th September 2020

Great selection of books, something for everyone

Tracy B - 7th September 2020

Brilliant selection of reading material for little bookworms of all ages

Lindsey M - 7th September 2020

This is a brilliant list, very helpful with the age recommendation too. It can be so hard to choose which book would be suitable when looking online. Thank you. I like the look of the fairy sticker books.

Angela P - 7th September 2020

What a great and comprehensive list of suggestions - something to suit everyone!

chris b - 7th September 2020

Each and every one of these reads would be very welcome to our bookcase :-)

Deborah C - 7th September 2020

Some great sounding reads here. My daughter loves to lose herself in a good book

MANDY D - 6th September 2020

With my 11 grandchildren ranging from 10 years down to 9 months this list has given me a fab choice of books for them

Susan B - 6th September 2020

Am particularly taken with the Elmer book and the much applauded Duck and Penguin Do Not Like Sleepovers.

Susan B - 6th September 2020

So pleased to read this list! I am just about to invest in some more books for the children. Thank you.

Michael O - 5th September 2020

Wonderful selection for the children

Claire P - 5th September 2020

would love to read Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Jan H - 4th September 2020

Such a varied and helpful list - thank you

kim w - 4th September 2020

The runnaway pea washed away looks interesting

kim w - 4th September 2020

The choice of good books is seemingly endless

Judith A - 3rd September 2020

What a fabulous selection of books, cannot wait to read them

Naomi O - 3rd September 2020

Awesome list, something for everyone!

debra f - 2nd September 2020

Looking forward to reading some of these great new books with my junior reading group and the Book Club after-school readers, as well as hearing about their summer holidays/lockdown reading. Thank you to all the supportive parents who've ensured their bookworms got a constant stream of new/rediscovered books over the past 6 months!

Carly B - 2nd September 2020

We are going on a Treasure Hunt sounds like a lovely read.

Jacqui G - 21st August 2020

Wonderful list.

Ishka T - 21st August 2020

Great list of books definitely something for everyone!

Wendy G - 21st August 2020

Another great list.

Ray D - 18th August 2020

What a great choice

Tracy B - 17th August 2020

Some lovely books here, a great reading list for a variety of ages and reading ability

Hannah C - 12th August 2020

We Are Bound By Stars looks great!

Marion G - 11th August 2020

How To Change Your Parents into Superstars looks great fun.

fiona w - 11th August 2020

a great selection and something for everyone of my children, its great that they are available now as reading them will make sure the kids dont fall behind at school

Vesta P - 11th August 2020

What a great selection of Summer reads. There's something for everyone there.

Priscilla S - 11th August 2020

wow some great titles there, what a lovely selection of books for my great grandson

Christine L - 10th August 2020

Fab selection, some great suggestions for gifts

Karen P - 7th August 2020

Hideous Beauty is great and can’t wait to read The Unadoptables

lisa a - 6th August 2020

yoga babieslooks like fun

lisa a - 6th August 2020

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes looks really interesting

Pat H - 5th August 2020

Great selection for all my grandchildren aged 5 - 8

MARIA R - 5th August 2020

would like to read 'loveless' sounds interesting

Susie W - 5th August 2020

Gemma's Not Sure looks a good read, and one we can all (not just teenagers!) identify with!

lynda s - 4th August 2020

some wonderful choices here

lynda s - 4th August 2020

good selections

Christine L - 4th August 2020

So many great books, I love buying books for children so have now have lots of great suggestions now to help with presents

Eileen R - 3rd August 2020

So many great choices, don't know where to begin!

Gill M - 2nd August 2020

What a great selection of books for little book worms.

Anne H - 2nd August 2020

Excellent selection

Michael O - 2nd August 2020

Amazing selection for all children age groups

Sarah W - 1st August 2020

One of my favourite parts of being a nursery school teacher is reading to the children, so I'm always on the lookout for great new picture books!

amy f - 1st August 2020

What a great list x

James F - 31st July 2020

Amazing range of books!

chris b - 21st July 2020

Thanks for some fab recommendations :-)

terri h - 21st July 2020

What an excellent reading list!! But where to start!

Margaret G - 19th July 2020

Spoilt for choice - fun fuelling - love love LOVE

Anna T - 18th July 2020

Loved The Freddie Yates book. Highly recommended

susan w - 16th July 2020

Some great ideas here to keep the kids entertained, some classics and some newer stories. Thanks too for the link to the activities blog. I'm sure we will be trying some of them.

Anne-Marie M - 7th July 2020

I'm a book ONLY giving Auntie and several of these are going on my reserve lists

lynda s - 6th July 2020

A great place to start a search for 'what next' especially as it includes all the new books

Marion G - 6th July 2020

What a lovely selection of books. I am particularly looking forward to sharing 'Ways To Make Sunshine', with my grandchildren.

lilly b - 1st July 2020

WOW great picks

jackie p - 30th June 2020

Great selection of summer reading

Joy W - 29th June 2020

Love the variety of books,something for everyone!

Donna S - 29th June 2020

Some great ideas here to inspire my children to keep reading through the summer holidays.

Naomi O - 29th June 2020

Great selection for inspiration!

Debby B - 28th June 2020

A great selection covering different ages and abilities. I think 2020 will also be known as a year when children read more than any other year. It would be nice to not only remember all the loss and problems created by the Coronavirus pandemic, but the gains in children expanding their reading, independent learning, home experiments, creativity and imaginative inventions. I think many children will benefit from having time to explore, to try things out, to spend time reading indoors and outdoors. Last year I gave a big pile of books to my neighbours 2 little ones and a similar pile (+ a costume) to my nephew - it's nice to see children delighted o have new reading material.

Alison B - 28th June 2020

My daughter and I are looking forward to reading Hope Jones Saves the World.

Sharon W - 28th June 2020

Great selection of books

Jordanne P - 27th June 2020

Lovely selection of books - will definitely have to look into a few of these books for my class.

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Jenny M - 27th June 2020

There are so many books in this list that my daughter would love to read

Leah T - 26th June 2020

Some eclectic choices here, my 10 & 7 year-olds will want to read lots of them.

Natalie B - 26th June 2020

Fantastic list for my little girl xx

Laura P - 24th June 2020

Will refer to this list for my 9 year old!

Lilian W - 24th June 2020

Great to see Elmer is still a favourite. Most of the Authors have passed through the hands of my Children now the turn of Grandchildren.

Sally C - 24th June 2020

Fabulous selection

Gill W - 23rd June 2020

A fab selection of books for all the children that have been in lock down.

Emma C - 23rd June 2020

Great selection here and lots to add to my reading list!

Avis R - 23rd June 2020

Where to start, such a lovely selection of reading material

Nancy T - 23rd June 2020

I would love to read Pets And Their Famous Humans.

Susie W - 22nd June 2020

Some lovely picks these, my favourite has got to be Isadora Moon Goes on Holiday

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