School’s out for summer!

School’s out for summer this week and everyone who’s lucky enough will be hotfooting it to sunnier climes – but what will they be packing in their suitcase for their kids to read?

There are plenty of great ways to find book recommendations – join in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library, check out virtual story sites Story Cloud and Magic Town or head over to Lovereadingforkids or Booktrust for some great suggestions and themed lists.

We will also be adding recommended reading lists on our new website, which is launching very soon – but for the time being here is a selection of top reads recommended by everyone at Hot Key Books for all ages – old and new – to add to your suitcase or download onto your e-reader.

Let us know yours in the comments below too!

Under 5
Avocado Baby by John Burningham
Friends by Kathryn Cave and Nick Maland
So Much by Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
There’s an Alligator Under my Bed by Mercer Mayer
Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Beep Beep, Let’s Go by Eleanor Taylor
The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs

5-8 years
The Clumsies Make A Mess by Sorrel Anderson
The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman and David Robert
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson
Fattypuffs and Thinifers by Andre Maurois
Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor Mccay
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton
The Painted Garden by Noel Streatfield
Little Grey Rabbit by Alison Uttley

9-12 years
Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken
How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant by Elen Caldecott
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Back Home by Michelle Magorian
The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert O’Brien
Wonder by R J Palacio
Holes by Louis Sachar

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
Momentum by Saci Lloyd
Watcher Bee by Mary Melwood
Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O’Shea
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
No & Me by Delphine de Vigan
Falling into Glory by Robert Westall

And of course we couldn’t leave off Angel Dust by Sarah Mussi and Insignia by S. J. Kincaid – great summer reads from Hot Key Books launching on 2 August!


4 responses to “School’s out for summer!

  1. Little Rabbit Foo Foo for the under 5s – I still know it word for word, I just love that he gets done by the goonies in the end….

  2. My daughter loved Little Rabbit Foo Foo – it’s just so bonkers!

  3. I love The Outsiders! There’s a really pretty anniversary edition of it out there in the world. I must have it!

  4. Long summer days mean you have the time to read a book slowly, and spend hours afterwards thinking about it. Two books for teens that deserve that special attention are ‘Fallen Grace’ by Mary Hooper, and ‘Code Name Verity’ by Elizabeth Wein. Gripping, tragic, moving, beautiful, and with their own brand of hope at the end. Well worth reading more than once, in fact.

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