Baby, toddlers to teenagers; Kensington Mums & London Little Thinkers book suggestions for the Summer holidays

With technology advancing every day more, we think it is important for our little ones to be connected with the world and stay up to date with change BUT we cannot stress enough how important it is to encourage your little ones to keep reading books and for parents, to read with them daily  over the holidays. Stimulate your children’s imagination and let their minds wonder with beautifully written books by inspiring authors.

Kensington Mums would like to thank Rebecca Dooley, founder of  London’s Little Thinkers for helping us, help our mums and families choose the best books for your children to take on holiday.

 

About London Little Thinkers

“LLT is an online resource which promotes an educational and engaging London life for children. Set up by Rebecca Dooley, a primary school teacher working in a leading London day school means that all of the recommendations are well-considered to promote fun learning. LLT offers daily ideas and regular educational events. Sign up to their newsletter, full of what LLT recommends before each holiday!”

 

 

 

Find  our suggestions below:

Age 0-1

That’s not my  –  Osborne Series 


A multi-award winning series of brightly illustrated books with simple, repetitive storyline. That’s not my… books are perfect for little fingers – with touchy-feely textures to explore, or stickers and colouring to practise hand and pen control.

 

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Age 2-3 :

 

Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins

  A “hole” lot of fun!Today my daddy said to me, “It’s time you learnt to peck a tree.” Little Woodpecker has just learnt how to peck and – ooh! yippee! – what fun it is! Off he goes, on his first big pecking adventure, and he peck, peck, pecks his little heart out. He pecks the hat and then the mat, the tennis racket AND the jacket… just LOOK at all the holes he has made! Comical, contemporary and original! A stunning new picture book title from Lucy Cousins, with colour so exuberant it leaps right off the page.

 

 

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Age 4-5:

 

We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen 

 

“Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!”

 

 

 

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Penguin by Polly Dunbar 

“Ben is given a penguin as a present. Try as he might, however, he cannot get a reaction from his inscrutable companion. He pokes him, sings for him and eventually fires him into outer space but to no avail – Penguin still ignores him. Ben loses his temper with Penguin, so a big blue lion gobbles him up. Ben’s saviour appears in an unlikely form causing him to realise that penguin loves him after all, in his own special way.

 

 

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Age 6-7

Beegu by Alexis Deacon

“Beegu is from another world and somehow gets lost on Earth. Lonely and confused, she wanders off to a nearby city to find some friends. But the only friendly people she comes across are the children, while the big Earth creatures just don’t seem to understand.

Deacon’s simple text and soft illustrations cleverly convey a child’s feelings of uncertainty and confusion when faced with new surroundings. This is a heart-warming and satisfying tale that is certain to provide comfort to young children”.

 

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 The Owl who was afraid of the dark  

by Jill Tomlinson

Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing – he is afraid of the dark. “Dark is nasty” he says and so he won’t go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realizes that through these encounters that dark is super after all.

 

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Age 7-8


The Sheep Pig
by Dick King-Smith

The Sheep-pig is one of Dick King-Smith’s most famous tales. It shot to further fame when the film adaptation, Babe, was released in 1995.  

‘Why can’t I learn to be a Sheep-Pig?’ When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can’t be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig.

 

 

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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

 

The giraffe, the pelican and the agile monkey set out to prove that they are the best window-cleaning company around.

 

 

 

 

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Age 8-9:

 The Midnight Gang by David Walliams

Welcome to the Midnight Gang! Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for… the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning…

When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward… But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime

 

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Age 9-10:

Harry Potter

“Discovering the joys of Harry Potter is a rite of passage for kids today. Since J.K. Rowling released the first book more than 15 years ago, kids have been devouring the books, watching the movies, and — at least for super fans — playing games and apps and visiting websites devoted to the young wizard.  One of the delights of discovering Harry Potter is that you see him grow up. But along with that, the subject matter of the books and movies gets scarier, the villains get viler, and beloved characters die.”

 

 

 

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Age 10-11:

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water.  He is not alone…

Michael Morpurgo’s classic children’s book Kensuke’s Kingdom is a thrilling adventure story for ages 9+, and winner of The Children’s Book Award (2000). Now available in hardback and paperback.

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the holidays & please get in touch if you wish to share your suggestions or give feedback on any of the books above.