Summer Reading: Our picks for 3-7s

The Giant Jam Sandwich
Category: Reading

Summer's here, giving you the perfect opportunity to read lots of fantastic books! To help you decide what to read, members of the Early Years team have picked their favourite old and new summertime reads for you to enjoy together with your little ones.





Lynsey Rogers picked:

The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Three by the Sea
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter (3-7)

As a child, my summers were all about adventures in the garden, playing with friends, reading books and letting my imagination run wild. I was a huge fan of Beatrix Potter’s books and The Tale of Peter Rabbit is definitely my favourite (with Jemima Puddle-Duck a close second). There’s something about her stories and the beautiful illustrations which take me back to those simpler times when you dreaded the moment it would become too dark to stay outside. The image of Peter Rabbit roaming around Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden and munching away on carrots is something which has stayed with me for a long time. If your little ones haven’t discovered the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter, why not introduce them this summer?

Three by the Sea by Mini Grey (3-7)

Now, I spend my summers wishing I could live by the sea! I’m a big fan of Mini Grey’s books and Three by the Sea is fantastic title for summer. It tells the story of a dog, cat and mouse living happily in a house by the sea until a mysterious salesman knocks on the door, offering them gifts which cause them to reconsider their domestic arrangements! It’s a colourful and quirky tale of friendship full of heart and humour. The gorgeous illustrations will make you want to run to the seaside with your bucket and spade in hand.


Catriona Wallace picked:

The Fly by Petr Horacek

The Giant Jam Sandwich (pictured top) by John Vernon Lord (3-7)

Picnics are, without doubt, my favourite thing about summer. I don’t even mind getting grass in my food and insects in my drink. It feels somehow more wholesome. I trace my love of picnics back to one of my favourite picture books of all time: The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord. I loved this book when I was a kid. I think it was the combination of oversized food and community ingenuity that captured my imagination (and appetite.) Although I don’t hold anything against insects, it was interesting to see the wasps of the wonderfully named Itching Down get their comeuppance.

The Fly by Petr Horacek (3-7)

On the flipside, Petr Horacek’s book The Fly looks at insects from a six-legged point of view. The energetic style of Horacek’s pictures is perfect for capturing the life of this busy, buzzing creature. The story follows the fly as it flits from page to page, under flaps and upside down. Will you find yourself sympathising with the fly that likes to attend your picnics? I very nearly did!



Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers
Kirsty Sinclair picked:

Katie Morag and The Two Grandmothers by Mairi Hedderwick (3-7)

I have great memories of my Granny (Granny Edinburgh, rather than Granny Cornwall) reading Katie Morag and The Two Grandmothers to me and my brother as children. I just loved the stories and especially the beautiful illustrations of the Isle of Struay. A lovely summery read!

The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber (3-7)

I love this book! Set in the picturesque coastal village of Mousehole (pronounced Mowzel), The Mousehole Cat tells the story of Mowzer and his pet human Tom, and the adventures they face together. Ideal for adults and children to share – you can spend ages exploring the wonderful artwork.