The Summer holidays are a great opportunity to take a little time to yourself and get stuck into a book. We’ve put together some suggestions of fantastic Summer reads, some of which are available for free from Read Liverpool.
For Parents/Carers to Share with the Youngest Readers
Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert- Morag Hood and Ella Okstad
Sophie Johnson is an endearing new picture book character, who is just bursting with information and knowledge that she is keen to pass on. She’s a self-confessed unicorn expert (among other things) and has dressed up her toys and pets with their own unique horns. Strange then, that she doesn’t seem to notice the real unicorn who has come into her house…
LLP says: A genuinely funny picture book which shows that we don’t always notice what is right under our nose!
Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth- Paula Bowles
When Little Lou finds a wriggly, squiggly piece of wool amongst a pile of toys, she curiously gives it a tug. But—what’s this? The wool tugs back—there’s something at the other end! And as Little Lou follows the wool, she realises that it’s attached to . . . A giant woolly mammoth! Quick, RUN!
But soon the woolly mammoth gets snagged, and he starts to get smaller . . . And smaller . . . And smaller. In fact, he is so small that he doesn’t really seem so scary anymore—he’s just the right size for a cuddle!
LLP says: A lovely book to share together, all about not judging a book by its cover and the power of a cuddle!
Tropical Terry- Jarvis
Coral Reef City is home to the most dazzling shoals of tropical fish in ALL the ocean. And then there is Terry. Terry looks grey. Terry feels dull. And although he is the best at playing “Hide A Fish”, he can’t help but wonder: Just what would it feel like to be part of that dashing, flashing crew? So, with the help of his friends, he fashions a flashy costume and is ready to impress… “Hello-o-o everybody! Just call me TROPICAL Terry!” But will life as a tropical fish be everything he always dreamed of?
LLP says: Whether you are travelling abroad or not, Tropical Terry, with it’s wonderful colours and scenes of under the sea, will get you in the holiday mood!
Billy and the Beast- Nadia Shireen
Whilst on a lovely walk in the woods, Billy and her trusty sidekick Fatcat hear a terrible rumble… a terrible rumble coming from a Terrible Beast… He’s making a Terrible Soup out of all of Billy and Fatcat’s friends!
Luckily, our brave heroine Billy has a trick or two up her sleeve (or in her hair)…
LLP says: A fantastic adventure story featuring a clever and brave heroine who is able to outwit a monster!
For Readers of 5-8 Years
The Cat and the King- Nick Sharratt
Nick Sharratt’s fabulously funny début novel, THE CAT AND THE KING, tells the story of a gentle, unworldly King and his very clever cat, and is illustrated throughout in two colours with Nick’s irresistible wit and humour. The cat and the King must find a new home after their castle burns down in an Unfortunate Incident with a dragon. They choose Number 37 Castle Close, and the cat introduces the King to all sorts of new experiences, from washing-up to shopping. Then danger looms when the pesky, fire-breathing dragon makes its return.
LLP says: A lovely story for beginner readers! Warm-hearted and funny!
Baby Aliens Got My Teacher- Pamela Butchart
Izzy and her friends are really surprised when Miss Jones starts being nice to them. After all, this is the teacher who secretly smiled when Maisie Miller fell off her chair that time. And then a teddy bear appears on her desk, with “You’re Great” written on its tummy. Miss Jones isn’t a teddy bear kind of person. She’s more of a hates-puppies-and-thinks-kittens-are-ugly kind of person. And that’s when they know – Miss Jones has been taken over by aliens. And now she’s trying to turn them all into aliens, too. RUN!!!
LLP says: The Summer is a great time to get stuck into a new series and the ‘Izzy’ series from Pamela Butchart is one of the funniest around!
Witch Wars- Sibeal Pounder
When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim’s shed to tell her she’s a witch, Tiga doesn’t believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH and magics her away down the drainpipes to compete in Witch Wars – the competition to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City.
LLP says: Witch Wars is a fabulously fun and funny read- full of silliness, puns and riddles!
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse- Chris Riddell
Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely.
Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house and, together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael, the three children begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it’s too late!
LLP says: Part mystery, part adventure, part ghost story- Ghost Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is just a great fun read (with the most gorgeous illustrations and book design!)
A Place Called Perfect- Helena Duggan
Violet never wanted to move to Perfect. Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time? But Violet quickly discovers there’s something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strange and her dad has disappeared. When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have been stolen away… and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!
LLP says: Creepy and quirky… a great book to show that ‘perfect’ isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be!
The Island at the End of Everything- Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Ami lives on Culion, an island for people who have leprosy. Her mother is infected. She loves her home – but then islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave. Ami’s desperate to return before her mother’s death. She finds a strange and fragile hope in a colony of butterflies. Can they lead her home before it’s too late?
LLP says: This is a beautifully written historical novel that will whisk you away to the island of Culion in the Philippines.
Luke is a comic-mad eleven-year old who shares a treehouse with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke’s only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he’s gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world…
LLP says: A must read for all superhero fans! This is packed with references to comic books and pop culture but is a fun and exciting read even for those who don’t know who Blue Beetle is! It’s also the first in a series so if you get hooked there’s plenty more where that came from!
Max and the Millions- Ross Montgomery
Max is used to spending time alone – it’s difficult to make friends in a big, chaotic school when you’re deaf. He prefers to give his attention to the little things in life… like making awesome, detailed replica models.
Then Mr Darrow, the school caretaker and fellow modeller, goes missing. Max must follow his parting instruction: ‘Go to my room. You’ll know what to do.’
There on the floor he finds a pile of sand … and in the sand is Mr Darrow’s latest creation… a tiny boy, no bigger than a raisin, Luke, Prince of the Blues. And behind the tiny boy… millions of others – a thriving, bustling, sprawling civilization!
LLP says: Funny, moving, adventure-packed… and it’s set during the Summer holidays too! It’s like reading it in ‘real time’.
Keep an eye out tomorrow for our suggestions for teen readers and grown ups!