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Picture books for summer

Age group: 0-2, 3-5
Topics: Bookbug
Closeup of orange starfish on beach beside the sea

Summer is fully in swing, and we’ve got the perfect list of picture books for you to share with your wee one whilst out enjoying the sunshine.

Bethan Woollvin Three Little Vikings

Who says that girls don’t know best? When things start to go wrong in their village, three fearsome, feisty Vikings know what to do. But the Chieftain thinks he knows best, and won’t listen to the girls – until they prove him wrong, that is. This is a great picture book for teaching young readers about the value of trusting your own instincts and working as a team. The illustrations are adorable and expressive, bringing to life the strong little Vikings’ determination to help their village.

Allison Colpoys Joseph Coelho My Beautiful Voice

This gorgeously illustrated book is all about the power of using your voice. With the helping hand of an inspiring teacher, a shy girl musters up the courage to write and perform a poem in front of her entire class – and she discovers her beautiful voice! With bright, expressive strokes of colour on every page, this book will engage your little ones and teach them an inspiring lesson about finding the confidence to use their voice.

Catherine Rayner Arlo The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep

Sleep doesn’t come easy to all of us. This is a beautifully illustrated picture book about a lion called Arlo, who struggles to get to sleep… until one day, when an owl takes pity and decides to help him. This is the ideal bedtime book for any little lion cubs who struggle to sleep, with a song to help them drift off.

Momoko Abe When The Sun Goes Home

What does the sun do when he goes home? The sun can sometimes feel lonely, and it’s not always easy to put on a smiley face – sometimes it’s not all sunshine and rainbows! One day, when the sun starts to tumble from the sky, he is helped by the clouds, and realises that he doesn’t have to do everything by himself. This is a lovely picture book with illustrations reflecting each of the sun’s emotions, and a wonderful message about kindness, friendship and accepting help when you need it.

Michael Slack Kittens On Dinosaurs

Three little kittens have climbed just about everything there is to climb… except for three unsuspecting dinosaurs. This adventurous picture book features adorable, expressive digital illustrations and a hilarious narrator concerned about the kittens’ welfare as they go on their quest to climb the dinosaurs. It shares a great lesson about the value of hard work and determination in achieving your dreams, ideal for little ones who are about to embark on new adventures, be it starting school, making new friends or trying new things!

Sam Taplin Seashore Sounds

What are the sounds of the seaside? Seashore Sounds is a lovely interactive guide to the sights and sounds you might find near the sea. With finger trails, buttons and holes in the pages allowing readers to feel their way around the book, this is a great way to introduce your wee ones to the magic of the seaside, including seagulls, dolphins, the noises that waves make, and much more!

Jo Loring-Fisher Samuel Narh Maisie's Scrapbook

Maisie’s Scrapbook follows Maisie through the seasons as she discovers that, though her parents come from different places and cultures, they love her just the same. Maisie’s cultural heritage is brought to life with lovely, gentle illustrations on each page. This is a super cute picture book to help little ones celebrate their family and cultural heritage.

Chris Haughton Maybe...

A delightfully cheeky story about three little monkeys who learn an important lesson about pushing boundaries – and the dangers that are always lurking around the corner! Featuring funky illustrations and an action-packed story to match, we loved this picture book. Maybe… you will too?