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The Ant Club summer booklist

Grandad’s Secret Giant

Take a look at our suggested summer term booklist for your Reception and Year 1 children. You can view it online or print out for your class.

  • William Bee’s Wonderful World of Trucks

    Author: William Bee
    Publisher: Pavilion

    William Bee loves trucks. A lot. In fact, he loves them so much, he has written and illustrated this amazing guide to giant vehicles of all kinds. Children will return to this book again and again.

  • How To Be a Tiger

    Author: George Szirtes Illustrator: Tim Archbold
    Publisher: Otter-Barry

    How To Be a Tiger is the first collection for younger children by multi-award-winning poet George Szirtes - and it's a treat that will make little ones laugh, think and wince.

  • Nanette’s Baguette

    Author: Mo Willems
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Nanette is excited to go to the bakery on her own to get the baguettes. Unfortunately, she cannot resist taking a bite - and then another... A story - told in giggle-inducing rhyme and quirky illustrations - all about responsibility and being truthful.

  • Pigeon P.I.

    Author: Meg McLaren
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Murray MacMurray, the Pigeon P.I., is enjoying some quiet time until a persistent yellow canary named Vee asks him to help find her missing friends. This story of mystery and friendship will delight both children and adults.

  • Love is

    Author: Diane Adams Illustrator: Claire Keane
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    A little girl cares for a duckling just as a parent would care for a baby. But also, as the duckling grows, the little girl comes to understand that part of love is letting things go. A gentle and inspiring joy to read. 

  • I Can Only Draw Worms

    Author: Will Mabbitt
    Publisher: Puffin

    This genuinely hilarious book is brilliantly simple, based on the idea that the author-illustrator can only draw very childlike worms. Highly recommended.

  • Horrible Bear!

    Author: Ame Dyckman Illustrator: Zachariah OHora
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This sweet and simple story about friendship and saying sorry perfectly captures the frustration that children can feel when something doesn’t go right, and the relief we all feel at saying sorry and making things better again.

  • I Don't Know What to Call My Cat

    Author: Simon Philip Illustrator: Ella Bailey
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd

    The girl in this book has got a new pet cat, but has absolutely no idea what to call it. This picture book provides some hearty chuckles and the illustrations have a lovely, big-eyed 'cartoony' feel to them, choc-a-bloc with amusing details.

  • A Piglet Called Truffle

    Author: Helen Peters Illustrator: Ellie Snowdon
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    When Jasmine discovers a helpless piglet, she takes it upon herself to make sure it has a chance. But will Truffle be allowed to stay with Jasmine for good? This short, sweet story of a little girl looking after the runt of the litter is a perfect early reader. 

  • Quiet!

    Author: Kate Alizadeh
    Publisher: Child’s Play

    A small child takes us on an auditory tour of her home in this delightful picture of family life, ingeniously interpreted through its sounds. It's a book that radiates comfort, security, warmth and love.

  • If I Had a Dinosaur

    Author: Gabby Dawnay Illustrator: Alex Barow
    Publisher: Thames & Hudson

    A little girl wishes ever so desperately that she could have a pet, but she's unsure about what kind of pet she would like.

  • Last Stop on Market Street

    Author: Matt de la Pena Illustrator: Christian Robinson
    Publisher: Puffin

    A New York Times Bestseller, this wonderful picture book about the riches that money can’t buy is a timely and timeless reminder for all of us, not just children, that caring, thoughtfulness and community are more important than material wealth.

  • The Night Gardener

    Author: The Fan Brothers
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    A sumptuously illustrated, heart-warming tale of a sad town and lonely orphan, given new life by the kindness of The Night Gardener. There is little text, leaving the emotional impact to the gorgeous pictures. This has the feel of an instant classic.

  • The Barefoot Book of Children

    Author: Tessa Strickland Kate DePalma and David Dean
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    This is a beautifully comprehensive and thought-provoking picture of the many different ways in which people live around the world. A book to dip into time and time again; a treasure trove of discussion topics, but also an aesthetic delight.

  • Grandad’s Secret Giant

    Author: David Litchfield
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    Although the Secret Giant is rarely seen, grandad is convinced he exists. Maybe he's lonely, and just needs a friend? There's a mysterious luminosity to the illustrations of this magical story about accepting people who are different.