Summer Reads for Summer Days

By The Children's Bookshop

By The Children's Bookshop

Our selection of sunny, fun and breezy titles are perfect for the summer holidays. Whether you're looking for adventure, romance or ideas for what to do during the summer months, we have something for all your summer book lovers!


Clementine Beauvais

£8.99 £8.54

The perfect feel-good summer story. After being called the three 'ugliest girls in school', Mireille, Astrid and Hakima set off on a summer road trip to Paris, selling sausages on the way. Determined to leave the bullies behind they find friendship, fame and happiness instead!

Moominsummer Madness

Tove Jansson

£7.99 £7.59

When the Moomins are flooded out of their family home, they set about finding themselves a new one. And being resaourceful and practical little creatures they soon find a most unusual place to live - a floating theatre!

Pride and Premeditation

Tirzah Price

£14.99 £14.24

What more could you want from a summer read than an amazing rewrite of a beloved classic?! When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates. Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case-and her feelings for Darcy-become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

Under A Dancing Star

Laura Wood

£7.99 £7.59

Romance, wimsy and blissful summer. Bea is determined for an adventure before she is married off to keep the family estate alive. Enter Ben, italy and the perfect summer romance. There is only one rule - they absolutely must NOT fall in love...

Stig & Tilde: Vanisher's Island

Max de Radigues

£9.99 £9.49

Daring escapades abound in the action-packed adventures of plucky twins, Stig & Tilde. Keeping with a local tradition, Stig and Tilde hop on a dinghy and head to a desert island to survive alone without adult supervision. However, a unexpected detour leads them to the wrong island and it looks like it's inhabited by something that isn't too fond of guests...

The Lost Book of Adventure: from the notebooks of the Unknown Adventurer

Unknown Adventurer

£20.00 £19.00

A facsimile edition of the tattered notebooks of the Unknown Adventurer, this love letter to the wild details everything you need to know about how to live and thrive in nature, from the principles of treehouse building to wilderness first aid. Plenty of fun to be had for the whole family this summer!

Under the Water

Carles Porta

£12.99 £12.34

Hidden in a remote place surrounded by high mountains, there lies a secret valley. There is an entrance, but you could pass by it a hundred times and still not see it... It's finally summer, and our friends from the hidden valley are gearing up for a dreamy summer afternoon! When a new, watery friend appears, Ticky, Mister Cold and the rest of the pals explore an exciting new undewater world. But a great monster lurks beneath the surface, and our joyous friends sure are causing quite a fuss! Will they be able to escape its terrible jaws?

The Lost Leopard

Jonny Marx and Xuan Le

£12.99 £12.34

Join Flora and Fauna, the world's greatest explorers as they embark on an extraordinary adventure in search of an elusive species of wild cat - the clouded leopard. With flaps and paper effects throughout who knows what marvellous things they'll encounter along the way, or what their baby, Bud, may discover on this epic odyssey.


Einat Tsarfati

£12.99 £12.34

Think of a sandcastle. A really really big sandcastle. A sandcastle so grand and lovely that it's fit for royalty. That's what this book is about, wondrous, ridiculous and oh so summery!

Safari Pug

Laura James and Eglantine Ceulemans

£6.99 £6.64

Pug in on safari! Lady Miranda has packed a picnic and they are on their way.. there's just one little problem; what if wild animals like pugs for lunch?!

Toby Alone

Timothee de Fombelle and Francois Place

£7.99 £7.59

Toby Lolness is just one and a half millimetres tall, and he's the most wanted person in his world, the Great Oak Tree. When Toby's father makes a ground-breaking discovery, tapping into the very heart of the Tree's energy, he also realizes that exploiting it could permanently damage their world. Refusing to reveal the secret of his invention to an enraged community, the family is exiled. But one man is determined to get hold of the forbidden knowledge ... and his plan is to destroy the Tree. Now Toby's parents have been imprisoned and sentenced to death. Only Toby has managed to escape, but for how long?

Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne

£7.99 £7.59

The ultimate adventurers book! Phileas Fogg bets his friends he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. There is no time to lose - will Phileas make it home before the final hour and win the wager?


M. G. Leonard

£7.99 £7.59

School's out. Summer's here. Twitch plans to spend the summer in his hide training his pigeons and birdwatching. He doesn't expect to be making friends with the class bully, investigating a missing convict case and becoming a local hero. But, summer is unpredictable...

Wave Riders

Lauren St John

£7.99 £7.59

Twins Jess and Jude Carter live a dream life sailing from one exotic destination to the next with their guardian, Gabriel. But after Gabe vanishes and a storm smashes up their lives, they're left penniless and alone. When a wealthy, glamorous family offer them a home, everybody tells them they're the luckiest children in the world. But the Blakeneys' stately mansion is full of secrets - secrets that seem entangled with the twins' own fate. As they race to uncover the truth, Jess and Jude must confront their deepest fears. How do you solve a mystery when that mystery is you?

Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery

£6.99 £6.64

Anne is one of our favourites and we think summer is the perfect timer to reread, or discover something magical! The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables - but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts' affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter, and soon it's impossible to imagine life without her.

The Lightning Catcher

Clare Weze

£6.99 £6.64

Alfie has noticed a few things about Folding Ford but the most interesting one is that the weather is BONKERS. One frost-covered branch on one tree in the middle of June? A tiny whirlwind in a bucket in the garden? Only in Folding Ford. Armed with his bike, a notepad and his new best mate Sam, Alfie is going to investigate. This is the ultimate summer holidays adeventure story!


Judy Blume

£6.99 £6.64

Fudge is five - and he's driving his older brother, Peter, mad, as usual! Going on holiday with Fudge - and baby Tootsie, Turtle the dog and Uncle Feather the bird - means disasters every day. Even worse for Peter, disgusting Sheila Tubman is staying in the same house. Will it be Peter's nightmare holiday? One thing's for sure - it's going to be fudge-a-mania all the way!

The Great Godden

Meg Rosoff

£7.99 £7.59

In a sun-drenched house by the sea, teenage brothers and sisters and older cousins fill the golden days with wine, games and planning a wedding. Enter the Goddens: irresistible, charming Kit and surly, silent Hugo. Suddenly ther's a serpent in paradise - and the consequences will be devastating.

The Greengage Summer

Rumer Godden


Eliot the charming englishman, Mademoiselle Zizi and sixteen year old Joss merge together in a gold-green summer of discovery, until the fruit rotted on the trees and cold seeped into their bones. An explosive love story set in the champagne country of the Marne.

The Exiles

Hilary McKay

£7.99 £7.59

Ruth, Naomi, Rachel and Phoebe Conroy love reading and having fun more than anything else. So the sisters are horrified when they learn that their parents are sending them away to Cumbria for the summer, to stay with their fearsome grandmother: Big Grandma. Big Grandma is strict, makes them do chores and doesn't let them have any fun - but worst of all, she refuses to let the girls read any books. Determined to enjoy their summer, the sisters decide they aren't going to put up with their grandmother's tough regime, and in doing so they somehow manage to cause inordinate amounts of chaos . . . But as the girls search for alternatives to Big Grandma's way of life they slowly start to understand its appeal, just as she starts to understand them. Are the two generations more alike than they think?

Children of the Quicksands

Efua Traore

£7.99 £7.59

City girl Simi is sent to stay with her long-lost grandmother in a remote Nigerian village. There's no TV, internet or phone. Not a single human-made sound can be heard at night, just the noise of birds and animals rustling in the dark forest outside. Her witchlike grandmother dispenses advice and herbal medicine to the village, but she's tight lipped about their family history. Something must have happened, but what? Determined to find out, Simi disobeys her grandmother and goes exploring. Caught in the sinking red quicksand of a forbidden lake, her fantastical journey begins ...

We Won an Island

Charlotte Lo

£7.99 £7.59

When Luna's family win an island, Luna thinks it will solve everything AND she can finally get a donkey! But things don't go entirely to plan - no one expects Luna's younger brother to win a Sheep Pageant, for example - and the secret festival they hold soon spirals out of control. But the island is beautiful, and the family are happy, and maybe Luna will get her donkey after all...

Claude in the Country

Alex T. Smith

£5.99 £5.69

A quiet nature walk in the country turns into a busy day on the farm when Claude ends up mucking out the pigs, feeding the chickens, and lassoing a fearsome bull!

The Naughtiest Unicorn on the Beach

Pip Bird and David O'Connell

£6.99 £6.64

Blow up your inflatable, apply the factor 50 and polish those sunnies... Mira and Dave the naughtiest unicorn are going to the BEACH! Mira can't wait to build a GIANT sandcastle (although Dave is more interested in eating a GIANT GLITTERY ICE-CREAM). But when Mira and her Unicorn School friends go exploring and spot a little narwhal in BIG trouble, the fun day out turns into a super-adventurous rescue mission... it's Dave and Mira to the RESCUE!

By Ash, Oak and Thorn

Melissa Harrison

£7.99 £7.59

Three tiny, ancient beings - Moss, Burnet and Cumulus, once revered as Guardians of the Wild World - wake from winter hibernation in their beloved ash tree home. When it is destroyed, they set off on an adventure to find more of their kind, a journey which takes them first into the deep countryside and then the heart of a city. Helped along the way by birds and animals, the trio search for a way to survive and thrive in a precious yet disappearing world...

The Colour of the Sun

David Almond

£7.99 £7.59

Davie travels his small town in search of a supposed murderer. But the landscape soon starts to blur into something dark and twisted. He must make sense of the landscape, if he has any chance of finding answers. The people he encounters on his travels don't seem entirely real either. Then he meets the victim of the murder... but, is he dead, or alive?

Grandma Bird

Benji Davies

£7.99 £7.59

Noi isn't at all sure about spending the summer at Grandma's. But thats before he gets swept up in a dramatic rescue that will mark the beginning of a touching new friendship.

Monsieur Roscoe on Holiday

Jim Field

£6.99 £6.64

Monsieur Roscoe is going on holiday! Join him and his goldfish, Fry, as they camp, ski and sail their way through the journey of a lifetime, making friends and learning lots of new French words along the way.

You Can't Take an Elephant on Holiday

Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman

£6.99 £6.64

A wonderful laugh-at-loud story full of ridiculous capers and terrible holiday companions. Fun for all the family.

Splash Day!

Nick Sharratt

£6.99 £6.64

plish, splosh, splash! It's Splash Day and everyone is ready for a water fight! They've got their trunks and wetsuits, some wellies and rubber rings, and Mrs Rose even has a great big hose! Join in with all the splashing fun in Nick Sharratt's beautiful debut Little Gem. Bursting with lots of rhyme, rhythm and energy for little ones to enjoy, it's the perfect book for a young reader's first steps on the path to reading independence.

Alfie on Holiday

Shirley Hughes

£7.99 £7.59

A heartwarming summer seaside tale. Alfie is heading off to the seaside with his grandma. Together they'll make sandcastles, play games and paddle in the sea. Alfie also makes a friend on the beach and - with a little help from grandma and Bernard - will discover what true friendship looks like.

Lucy and Tom at the Seaside

Shirley Hughes

£7.99 £7.59

Lucy and Tom are off for a very special day out at the seaside! But what to do first? They can paddle and swim, make magnificent sandcastles and play games on the beach... it's going to be a lovely day!

Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

Atinuke and Lauren Tobia

£7.99 £7.59

Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa and today she is going to the beach with her family. The laughing waves are splashing! who is going to splash with Anna?

Winnie and Wilbur at the Seaside

Australia) Thomas Victoria Valerie ( and UK) Paul Oxford Korky (

£6.99 £6.64

Winnie and Wilbur are off to the seaside. Winnie is having a whale of a time but Wilbur hates getting wet. He'd much rather go home. So when Winnie's broomstick is swept out to sea, will they end up stranded on the beach?


Sam Usher

£7.99 £7.59

It's the hottest day of the year, the perfect day for a boy and his grandad to set off on an adventure - and the perfect day to share a picnic with pirates!

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