Best Kids Books for Summer 2018
This week is all about the kids.
Summer vacations are here and reading is good for them as is for us. But, what are the best books to keep your kids amused this summer?
With large range of choice on the market, we propose you a mixture of classics and some of the best new children’s fiction organised by age.
Babies, Toddlers, and Pre-schoolers
Summer Evening by Walter de la Mare
Part of the Four Seasons of Walter de la Mare series, beautifully illustrated by Carolina Rabei, this book can only initiate a love of poetry as you enjoy de la Mare’s glorious celebration of a balmy summer’s evening.
Ocean Meets Sky by the Fan Brothers
The creators of The Night Gardener and The Antlered Ship return with another fantastical picture book that tells the tale of a boy who travels to a fabled land of magical beings to honor the memory of his beloved grandfather.
Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere
Another great picture book from this bestselling author. In this, Grumpy Frog learns about compromise and tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
It’s easy to see why this classic picture book, featuring Carle’s beautiful, distinctive illustrations depicting the simple tale of a caterpillar munching his way to becoming a butterfly, has sold more than 22 million copies.
A fun-packed book designed to make the great outdoors even greater which features ideas for all weathers and all seasons.
David Walliams is now onto his third book of the World’s Worst Children, and this Dahl-esque writer continues to create as silly and surreal stories as ever.
Tom Gates: Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans by Liz Pichon
This is the fourteenth book in this hilarious series and features all the illustrations, humour and biscuits, bands and DogZombies obsessions you expect.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Alcott’s classic tale celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012 and, in 2017, was dramatized in a BBC adaptation, bringing new fans to this enduring and much-loved story of the March sisters.
Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins
An evocative tale of making a new friend and finding sea glass on the beach during a young girl’s beach vacation with her parents and older sister from Newbery Medalist author Perkins.
Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell
Riddell’s compelling combination of fabulous character, great plots, and irresistible steam-punk-style illustration are as wonderful as ever in this fourth and most recent Ottoline tale.
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
A classic tale of hope and courage which follows the Balicki children and their orphan friend Jan through four years of occupation and an exhausting and dangerous journey from war-torn Poland to Switzerland.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
In 2016, this book became the most-funded publishing Kickstarter of all time, raising $675,614.
Last year, the record was broken by the sequel, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2, which has raised more than $866,000. Fantastic short tales of inspiring women, perfect for bedtime reading.
Precious and the Monkeys: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case by Alexander McCall Smith
McCall Smith evokes his fabulous Precious Ramotswe stories for younger readers. Precious and the Monkeys is the first book in the series of five.
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation edited by Maureen Johnson
Young people are increasingly ready to stand up and be heard, and this book seeks to give them a way to start the conversation.
With contributions from a wide range of voices from a wide range of perspectives, who share their experiences of encountering various forms of injustice.
You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed
Syed’s book helps kids overcome their fear of failure and to understand that anyone who has achieved anything impressive has gone through multiple stages of imperfection.
His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy of compelling characters and twisting plots through parallel universes of fantastic creatures continues to attract new readers and can be returned to again and again by existing fans. Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Mysteries is another great series for teens.
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Attention may have now turned to the magical world of fantastic beasts, but Rowling’s delicious stories tracing Harry and his friends’ travails through seven years of wizarding education at Hogwarts continues to weave its magic on generation after generation of kids and adults alike.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Just the latest from a luminary of YA fiction, Turtles All the Way Down tells the story of two friends’ search missing billionaire and characteristically unconventional exploration of living with an anxiety disorder.
Green’s other books, including his 2005 debut Looking For Alaska, the comedic An Abundance of Katherines, and the celebrated Fault in Our Stars are all well worth seeking out too.