Brilliant books about summer (older children)

The front cover of The Tale of Truthwater Lake by Emma Carroll

Celebrate the sun with these children's books set during the summer holidays.

These books are some of our favourite children's titles about the summer time, and with a wide range of genres, there's something for everyone.

Brilliant books about summer (younger children)

  • The Shark and the Scar

    Author: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Shark and the Scar

    Author: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 10+

    This gripping mystery will keep readers guessing to the end and asks some difficult questions about right and wrong and how someti…

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  • The Magician’s Daughter

    Author: Caryl Lewis Illustrator: George Ermos

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Magician’s Daughter

    Author: Caryl Lewis Illustrator: George Ermos

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Abby finds a book that will allow her and her magician dad to perform real magic! A miraculous story about the magic of community,…

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  • The Storm Swimmer

    Author: Clare Weze

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Storm Swimmer

    Author: Clare Weze

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    When Ginika meets a boy who lives in the sea, they strike up a secret friendship - but what will happen when he gets ill? A v…

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  • The Summer I Robbed a Bank

    Author: David O'Doherty Illustrator: Chris Judge

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Summer I Robbed a Bank

    Author: David O'Doherty Illustrator: Chris Judge

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    Rex is not the sort of person to rob a bank... until he's sent to stay with his Uncle Derm for the summer! Expect high jinks, clos…

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  • The Whale Watchers

    Author: Dougie Poynter Illustrator: Amberin Huq

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Whale Watchers

    Author: Dougie Poynter Illustrator: Amberin Huq

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Can Finn and his new friend Skye save the beached minke whale? A charming story about how you can make a difference to the planet,…

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  • Bertie and the Alien Chicken

    Author: Jenny Pearson Illustrator: Alexsei Bitskoff

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Bertie and the Alien Chicken

    Author: Jenny Pearson Illustrator: Alexsei Bitskoff

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Bertie must help Nugget the alien chicken find Earth’s most valuable resource - before the aliens blow up the planet! A brilliant …

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  • Sisters of the Mist

    Author: Marlyn Spaaij

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9-11

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  • Sisters of the Mist

    Author: Marlyn Spaaij

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9-11

    It’s summer and Margot, Kyra and Janna are staying with their granny in Frygea Forest, a place full of legend. Trolls stalk the fo…

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  • High-Rise Mystery

    Author: Sharna Jackson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • High-Rise Mystery

    Author: Sharna Jackson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    High-Rise Mystery is the perfect ‘whodunnit’. As the two girls sift through red herrings and reveal a series of tower block secret…

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  • Tom's Midnight Garden

    Author: Philippa Pearce

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Tom's Midnight Garden

    Author: Philippa Pearce

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    With no garden or children to play with Tom feels lonely and unhappy, until one night he hears the clock striking thirteen and dis…

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  • Four Children and It

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Four Children and It

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Jacqueline Wilson pays tribute to her 'all-time favourite classic children's author' E. Nesbit in this contemporary reimagining of…

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  • Rebound

    Author: Kwame Alexander

    Interest level: 10-12+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Rebound

    Author: Kwame Alexander

    Interest level: 10-12+

    Reading age: 10+

    It’s 1988 and Charlie Bell is 12 and going through the hardest time in his life. But while staying with his grandparents, he is in…

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