Lois Hopkins: Top summer reads for kids
Whether you are on a long journey, on holiday or playing at home, sometimes a good book can transport you to a whole new world of adventures - and it keeps the kids quiet for a while! So here are my favourite books for kids this summer, says children's book buyer Lois Hopkins
Aside from this summer's chart topping hits such as What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday by Julia Donaldson (picture book); The World's Worst Children 2 by David Walliams (8-12 year-old fiction); Tom Gates Family, Friends and Furry Creatures, by Liz Pichon (8-12 year-old fiction); Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz, (8-12 year-old fiction). Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus (Teen/Young Adult) there are heaps of good stories to come and find downstairs at Jarrold. For holiday fun, there's an array of activity and craft books and for long journeys the good old I-Spy series and audiobooks come in handy.
Here are my top 10 reads for kids this summer:
The Storm Whale by Benji Davies (picture book)
A little boy called Noi lives with his fisherman dad by the sea. One day Noi rescues a stranded baby whale, Noi hides him in the bath and they become great friends until his dad discovers them. Its simplicity makes this book stand out, a lovely story beautifully illustrated.
The Storm Whale is included in a buy one get one free offer on a selection of picture books.
I Will Not Wear Pink by Joyce and Polly Dunbar (picture books)
When Priscilla pig invites Plunkett pig to her themed pink party he declares: "Nothing or no one will make me wear pink!" A funny story about not conforming and being yourself by local author Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by her daughter Polly Dunbar.
Included in the buy one get one half price offer on all children's picture books
The Bolds on Holiday by Julian Clary
With their extended hyena family in tow, the Bolds head on down to Cornwall for a spot of camping. But it's never long before trouble sniffs these hyenas out, and when Bobby is mistaken for a pup and snatched by a wicked dognapper the holiday turns into a rescue operation.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The film version of this humorous story is now showing in cinemas. A mean head teacher becomes a superhero straight out of the comics Harold and George write together without even knowing it after they accidentally hypnotise him and chaos ensues.
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
If they love Captain Underpants Dog Man is also bound to be a popular one with 8+ year olds as it follows the Captain Underpants series with characters Harold and George.
Radio Boy by Christian O'Donnell
Spike really wants to be a DJ and with a little bit of help from his Dad and friends he becomes the anonymous star of a secret radio show.
The Accidental Billionaire by Tom McLaughlin
Jasper loves experimenting with things, but they usually end up with an unsuccessful bang until one day he accidentally invents a world-changing device.
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery
For those following Anne with an E on Netfix, this is the classic tale of Anne Shirley's ups and downs growing up in Avonlea.
One of 25 selected children's Vintage classics included in a buy one get one free offer
The Nearest Faraway Place by Hayley Long
The story of the love between two brothers in the aftermath of a family tragedy by local author Hayley Long.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
The paperback edition of last year's hit includes extra bits such as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts as well as background information on the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the wizarding world prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.