Thursday, July 25, 2013
#ReadItMD13 Theme Week - "Summer Holidays - Ten Children's Picture Books to tuck into your Trunki for your holiday"
|In the summertime, we love books on the beach!|
This time last year we gave you our recommendations for ten brilliant summer or holiday-themed children's picture books. This year as part of our #ReadItMD13 Theme Week celebrating the first week of the long long LONG school summer holidays, here are ten more summery sunny and holiday books we've loved and know you will too!
So here goes, in no particular order...
1) Katie Morag and the Big Boy Cousins by Mairi Hedderwick (Red Fox Picture Books)
|Katie Morag and the Big Boy Cousins by Mairi Hedderwick. Such a lovely book, wish we were there!|
Imagine a long summer idly spending time up in the remote scottish highlands. Sounds utterly utterly idyllic to me and reading the adventures of Katie Morag, and her naughty cousins who come to stay every summer for the long vacation, you'll almost feel like you're there.
Making dens, making mischief and eventually making sure they pitch in and help the awesome Granny Island, Katie Morag and her cousins will have you googling for summer holidays north of the border. Charming and beautiful, a great summer read!
2) Meggie Moon by Elizabeth Baguley and Gregoire Mabire (Little Tiger Press)
|She's smart, she's cool, she's Meggie Moon by Elizabeth Baguley and Gregoire Mabire|
3) The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat by Ronda and David Armitage
|The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat by Ronda and David Armitage. Even cats like to go on their travels!|
One book in a huge range of Lighthouse Keeper's Cat stories, this moggy lives a charmed and idyllic life in a lighthouse, whiling away long summer days eating and sleeping and doing all the things cats do. Until curiosity gets the better of him and he goes off to explore.
4) The Dunderheads - Behind Bars by Paul Fleischman and David Roberts (Walker Books)
|The Dunderheads Behind Bars by Paul Fleischman and David Roberts. Summer in the clink?|
5) SPLASH! Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke and Lauren Tobia (Walker Books)
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A well deserved book of the week, SPLASH! has a huge dash of joie de vivre running through its beautifully illustrated pages. Anna Hibiscus is at the beach with her family - but why won't anyone play in the surf with her? What is wrong with Dad, Mum, Granny and Grandpa, Uncles and Aunties and cousins? Anna soon discovers that you can have fun even when you're on your own, and it's amazing how quickly folk will join in with splashy games on a hot sunny day. Sublime!
6) Father Christmas Goes On Holiday by Raymond Briggs (Picture Puffin)
|Father Christmas Goes on Holiday by Raymond Briggs. Bloomin' perfect!|
7) Winnie at the Seaside by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul (OUP)
|Winnie at the Seaside by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul. Magical!|
We still love Winnie the Witch despite not catching up with her adventures for some time now. Here in "Winnie at the Seaside" you'll see the chaotic results of witchy holiday magic. Aided by trusty sidekick Wilbur, who actually looks rather fetching as a cat-fish, Winnie enjoys the summer sunshine but made sure she packed her magic wand for the perfect vacation.
8) Hubble Bubble Granny Trouble by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger (Nosy Crow Books)
|Hubble Bubble Granny Trouble by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger. Witchy Granny ROCKS!|
When staying with Granny during the summer holidays - is life made more complicated just because she's a witch? When one little girl tries to re-style her witchy grandma, she realises that perhaps having a witch in the family isn't such a bad thing after all. We loved Grandma's method of dealing with a crowded beach for sure!
9) Miffy's Garden by Dick Bruna (Egmont Books)
|Miffy's Garden by Dick Bruna. Green fingered summer holidays? You betcha!|
10) The Trouble with Gran by Babette Cole (Inky Sprat)
|The Trouble with Gran by Babette Cole. Is Gran quite what she seems?|
Whew! That little lot should keep your tiddlers entertained for a wee while. As ever, drop a comment below if you have more summer holiday favourites, we'd love to hear about them!