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Summer books for babies and toddlers

To the Beach

Come rain or shine, these wonderful books capture the feelgood fun of sunshine and holidays.

  • Toddle Waddle

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    An ideal book for sharing - babies will love imitating the sounds in the text and pointing out details in the illustrations.

  • Skip through the Seasons

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Maria Carluccio
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    • 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.

  • Bear in Sunshine

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Debbie Harter
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    • This is an entertaining introduction to the seasons, with bright illustrations
    • The rhyme and humour make this book a great success
    • Look out for the other Bear books in the series

  • To the Beach

    Author: Thomas Docherty
    Publisher: Templar

    Lovely story of a boy using his imagination to go on a trip to the seaside

  • Sometimes I Feel Sunny

    Author: Gillian Shields Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    An introduction for the youngest readers to the different feelings they experience, from sad to funny, angry to sunny, and even lost and small.

  • Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Anna Hibiscus is at the beach with her family. She wants someone to go in the sea and splash in the waves with her but they are all busy doing other things.

  • I Heart Holidays (Martha and the Bunny Brothers)

    Author: Clara Vulliamy
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    • 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.

  • Brambly Hedge - Summer Story

    Author: Jill Barklem
    Publisher: Collins

    Part of the classic Brambly Hedge series, which also includes Spring, Autumn and Winter.

  • Paddington in the Garden

    Author: Michael Bond
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    • Part of the beloved series following Paddingon Bear and the Brown family.
    • Paddington lends a paw in the garden, with some funny results!
    • Preschoolers will love the illustrations and hearing you read the story.