Top 5 Books To Add To Your Child's Summer Reading List

The sun is out, the days are getting longer, and it is starting to truly feel like summer. With that in mind, it's worth freshening up your kids' reading list with a few books that feel more summery and tell a great story.

We’ve pulled together a list of the 5 best children’s books to add to their library this summer. Whether you have a younger child or a little bit older, our list will have a little bit of everything for them.


Check out our favourite summer reads below!


The Best Books For Your Kid To Read This Summer


Kipper's Beach Ball by Mick Inkpen

Kipper's Beach Ball by Mick Inkpen

Why we love it:

- Full of summery fun and frolics for your little ones
- Has a really sweet and important message at its core around sharing

Kipper has been a staple of children’s book collections for years - over 30 years, in fact. So your kids are in safe hands with him. The story involves Kipper opening his cornflakes to discover a big, beautiful beach ball and follows him and his friends on all sorts of summery adventures. We love this book because it’s light, fun and has a really sweet and important message around sharing.


Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 4 by Jeff Kinney


Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days


Why we love it:

- A genuinely hilarious book that will have you full-on belly laughing
- Perfect for slightly older children with a very relatable lead character

Diary of a Wimpy Kid has become one of the most successful children’s book series ever because it deals with real issues kids suffer with heart and hilarious humour. This book is no different. Greg is forced into a whole bunch of activities over the course of the summer in the name of “family togetherness”. Obviously, it doesn’t always go to plan, and chaos often ensues. This book is perfect for slightly older kids as it’s incredibly relatable, dealing with everything from family dynamics to young love and friendship.


Tiddler by Jilia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Tiddler by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler

Why we love it:

- The perfect picture book for summer with outrageous tales from under the sea
- The melodic writing makes for an enjoyable bedtime story - especially putting on voices for each of Tiddler's sea friends!

The story of Tiddler, the story-telling fish, is captivating and absolutely delightful for little ones to listen to and look at the beautiful illustrations. It follows Tiddler telling tales of diving with dolphins and meeting mermaids before he is swept up in a fisherman's net. Dropped in an unfamiliar part of the ocean, Tiddler struggles to find his way back home until he hears a familiar tale and follows it all the way to safety. This is the perfect book for fans of Finding Nemo and will engage little ears through enjoyable rhymes and silly stories.


The Beast of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams

The Beast of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams

Why we love it:

- A silly, fun and thrilling adventure 
- Lots of plot twists that will keep you on your toes

David Walliams has cornered the market in silly, fun and beautifully illustrated children's stories in recent years -  and that’s why he has become a bestselling author. The Beast of Buckingham Palace follows the young Prince Alfred, who’s never known a life outside of the palace. A series of strange events start to take place, which lead to his Mum (the Queen) being dragged away to the Tower of London. Alfred has to step up and save her and the country. Like every book David Walliams rights, there’s as much in this for the parents as there is for the kids, so if it’s a summer bedtime story you’re looking for, this is perfect for you. 


Young Adult Pick


Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin


Elsewhere by Gabriella Zevin


Why we love it:

- The fun characters, and particularly animals, that you meet along the way
- It's a moving and bittersweet story that tackles tough topics in a creative and imaginative way

If you’re looking for a brilliant well-imagined and well-written Young Adult novel for your teen to read, we recommend Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. Set in the picturesque world of Elsewhere, a place after death with beautiful beaches and a warm breeze, Liz Hall wakes up in her pyjamas on a boat after being a victim of a hit and run. A place so similar to Earth, and yes so different. In Elsewhere, you age backward from the day of your death until you're a baby and return to Earth. This book deals with grief, death, and loss, and is a story that will stay with the reader long after turning the last page. Whilst not a summery read, per se, it's the perfect opportunity for adolescents to explore deep topics in a lighthearted way and enjoy an escape to a new world.



With books for all ages, these books are sure to add some excitement to your child's reading list this summer. If you’re looking for other book inspiration, then take a look at our list of the best animal books to read, the best children’s books to read and if you want to get a head start on Christmas, then the best Christmas books for kids.

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