REVIEWS: Great summer reads for kids

25 November 2018

Though the long summer break is the perfect opportunity for kids to switch off and get outdoors, 
it’s also critical for them to keep up their reading skills. Thankfully, there’s nothing nicer on 
a summer’s afternoon than settling in the shade and escaping into the pages of a good book. 

And there are some amazing books available this summer to keep kids entertained.

Pink Is for Boys

By Robb Pearlman


Pink is for boys, and girls, and everyone! This picture book reframes the blue/pink gender stereotypes and empowers kids, and their grown-ups, to express themselves in every colour of the rainbow.

Do Not Lick this Book

By Idan Ben-Barak


Take Min the microbe on an adventure to amazing places she’s never seen before – the icy glaciers of your tooth, or the twisted jungle of your shirt. The perfect book for taking a closer look at the world. 


By Mac Barnett


The second in the innovative Shape trilogy, this book is about Square and Square’s friend Circle. Understated yet striking, Square nudges readers toward a more well-rounded way of looking at things.

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

By Ryan T. Higgins


It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! Until she gets a dose of her own medicine.

Going to the Volcano

By Andy Stanton


Join two intrepid explorers as they take a train-o, jump on a plane-o, ride a Great Dane-o (down the lane-o) on their way to look at the volcano. Nothing could possibly go wrong – could it?!

Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different

By Ben Brooks


This is a beautiful and inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess.

Perfect for any child who might feel different from the pack.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

By Elena Favilli


The tales of 100 remarkable women and their lives. From Marie Curie to Malala, Ada Lovelace to Zaha Hadid, this book brings together thestories of scientists, artists, politicians, pirates and spies.

Fairytales for Feisty Girls

By Susannah McFarlane


Girls can rescue themselves! Watch Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Thumbelina create their own happily ever afters in this beautiful and emboldening bedtime book.

The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings

By Sarah Prineas


The powerful Lost Books at the palace library are infecting the rest with an evil magic, and two unlikely friends must figure out who, or what, is controlling the books and their power. 

The Big Book of the Blue

By Yuval Zommer


This book has everything for the young oceanographer. Explore the underwater world, learning about some of the slipperiest, scaliest and strangest underwater animals.

The Book of Comparisons

By Clive Gifford


This exciting picture book for curious kids measures and compares a huge variety of different subjects. Absorbing and entertaining, you’ll never look at the world in the same way again.

The Giant Book of Spot What! 

By Nick Bryant


A fun picture hunt book with 2,000 things to spot! From cotton reels and ladybugs, to paintbrushes and pins and plugs. With travel games to test your luck, and answers in case you get stuck.

You Are Awesome

By Matthew Syed


Using examples of successful people, this positive and empowering guide will help children build resilience, find the confidence to fulfil their potential, and become happy, awesome adults.

Unmasked (Young adult version)

By Turia Pitt


Telling the story of Turia's life before and after the fire, this young adult edition of Turia Pitt’s bestselling book Unmasked is unflinchingly honest and completely inspirational.


A simple way to keep kids reading during the summer break is the Sunshine Coast Libraries Summer Reading Club. Kids can register online, read or listen 
to five titles, submit a reading log and go in to draw to win a prize pack of their choice. Open from 1 December and running throughout the school holidays. 
All details will be on the library website mid-November. Head to

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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