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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au