Holiday Reading Recommendations

Sharing a Shell Cover
Category: Bookbug

With the school holidays on the way, the Bookbug team have devised a wee list of summer picture book reads. Perfect for sunny and rainy days!

Sharing a Shell – Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks

The little hermit crab loves his new shell and doesn’t want to share it. But it’s only when his friends leave him that he discovers what true friendship really is. A delightful, colourful and sparkly picture book with fantastic rhymes and lots to find and discuss on each page.


birdsongBirdsong – Ellie Sandall

I just love the artwork in this beautiful book! The gorgeous pastels, pencils and watercolour images really bring this heartwarming story to life.



giraffes can't danceGiraffes Can’t Dance - Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

This fun and jolly picture book tells the story of Gerald the Giraffe who feels left out because he can’t dance. Absolutely perfect to read aloud because of the wonderful rhyming text and children will love the humour in it. A lovely story about how it’s ok to be different.


Spot goes on holidaySpot Goes on Holiday – Eric Hill

I can’t quite believe that Spot the Dog is now over 30 years old – he hasn’t aged a bit! Eric Hill’s simple, vibrant stories are still as popular today as they’ve ever been. In this story Spot has great fun at the beach, goes fishing and makes a new friend. Children will love lifting the flaps to find out what’s underneath.


Queen's KnickersThe Queen’s Knickers – Nicholas Allan

This summer has been all about the Queen’s Jubilee, and what better way to celebrate than reading this hilarious picture book! A little girl is wondering what pair of knickers the Queen will wear on a visit to her school. Will it be her 'at home' knickers - adorned with corgis - or her 'garden party' knickers, or perhaps her woolly Balmoral ones..., to name but a few? One of my all time favourites, there’s lots of giggling to be had by children and adults alike. And apparently the Queen herself is a big fan.


peppa pig muddy puddlePeppa Pig: The Biggest Muddy Puddle in the World Picture Book

No list of summertime reads would be complete without a rainy book and this one fits the bill perfectly. There is nothing more fun than jumping in puddles, and the muddier the better as far as Peppa and George are concerned. I just love Peppa Pig and her huge popularity proves that lots of other people do too. This book is charming, bright and most importantly, lots and lots of fun!


paddington goes for goldPaddington Goes for Gold – Michael Bond

Paddington is absolutely without doubt my favourite fictional bear. He’s just so funny and endearing – who could fail to be charmed by him as he gets into all kinds of scrapes? This brand new story was obviously written with the Olympics in mind but it’s really a celebration of that very British trait: it’s not the winning but the taking part that counts.