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Children's books about summer

The Summer Gang

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 summertime, with a wide range in terms of genre and reading age, there's something here for everyone.

  • The Penderwicks

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    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Penderwicks

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    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 7+

    Four eccentric sisters and their loving but distracted father take a holiday cottage in the beautiful Arundel estate.

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  • Beep, Beep, Let's Go!

    Author: Eleanor Taylor Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • Beep, Beep, Let's Go!

    Author: Eleanor Taylor Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor

    Interest level: 1+

    Reading age: 4+

    A family of dogs are setting off for the seaside in their car. Along the way they are joined by a menagerie of their friends.

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  • Seal Surfer

    Author: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Seal Surfer

    Author: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    A welcome re-publication of Foreman's timeless and evocative account of a boy's relationship with life and death.

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  • Buried Alive!

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Buried Alive!

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    This humorous tale sensitively highlights issues such as friendship and bullying.

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  • Clare and her Captain

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Catherine Rayner

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Clare and her Captain

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Catherine Rayner

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 7+

    While on holiday in Devon, Clare strikes up a touching friendship with an elderly man and his beloved horse. This moving tale of l…

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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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  • Rules of Summer

    Author: Shaun Tan

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Rules of Summer

    Author: Shaun Tan

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 5+

    An excellent book illustrating 'what I learned last summer' that would be an inspiring addition to any bookshelf.

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  • The Summer Gang

    Author: Cornelia Funke

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Summer Gang

    Author: Cornelia Funke

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Living on a remote farm, Charlie wants nothing more than sneak off with a gang of friends for adventure. This summer she's going t…

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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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  • The Wind in the Willows

    Author: Kenneth Graeme Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Wind in the Willows

    Author: Kenneth Graeme Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

    Follow the adventures of Mole, Ratty and Toad in this beautiful new edition of a much-loved classic, illustrated by David Roberts.…

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  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Author: Tove Jansson Translator: Elizabeth Portch

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Author: Tove Jansson Translator: Elizabeth Portch

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Moomintroll is cheerful and chubby and lives in the magical Moominvalley with his mother, Moominmamma, his father, Moominpappa and…

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