KIDsorted picks their favourite summer reading for all age ranges

Children sitting in row and reading books at the park

The summer holidays are upon us, and we can’t wait to curl up with a good book. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite books for all kids of all ages, and since we know our little ones like to read things over and over, we’ve chosen stories that continue to delight…even after multiple reads!


Books for Babies and Toddlers

Love Monster

It’s a really sweet story about an ugly monster in a world of cute fluffy things that searches for and then finds love. The message is lovely and in addition to that whilst on his search they include opposites like high and low, in and out etc. to teach toddlers about key concepts.

Oh No, George!

A story about a dog that promises to be good for the day but fails miserably and is in fact very naughty. He feels guilty and in the second half of the book makes it up to his friend by behaving really well and sharing. It’s a great message and well illustrated.

Rosie Revere Engineer

This fabulous book is about a little girl who wants to and finally becomes an engineer and about historical women in aviation (all in rhyme of course!). Great to get girls excited in STEM subjects from early on and for little boys to see that girls can rock too!

Hippos Go Berserck

One hippo, all alone, calls two hippos on the phone. So begins this counting story, in which exuberant hippopotamus guests show up in ever-increasing numbers, until an all night party is inevitable.

Iggy Peck Architect

Iggy Peck has been building fabulous creations since he was two (like the tower he built out of used diapers). When a new second grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up!

The Most Magnificent Thing

This book is about how even when something you create doesn’t turn out well at first that it can become something marvellous (underlying emphasis on never giving up!).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Discover the interactive and beautifully engineered pop up edition of the world famous classic children’s book, which was first published in 1969. We love how the caterpillar literally pops off the page, crawling along branches, munching through food and, finally, turning into an extraordinary butterfly.

Knuffle Bunny

This cautionary tale of a lost stuffed bunny will delight parents and children alike. The combination of photographs and drawings is lovely.

Good Night, Gorilla

There may not be a lot of text in this story, but children love the gorgeous illustrations and happily go to bed along with the gorilla…

Books for Kids Ages 3 – 6

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

This classic tale is a good one for inspiring summer adventures.

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

This book presents the most famous fairy tales in its original version before Disney. It is lovingly designed and features  The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea in artworks from 1840s to 1980s.


The combination of Julia Donaldson’s words and Axel Sheffler’s drawings are always a winner, and this story in particular has a wonderful rhythm. A great one for any child that loves fish or tall tales…

The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein’s classic story of a generous tree may have you in tears – and the simple line drawings are a delight.

A Visitor for Bear

Bear doesn’t really like having visitors, but he learns a wonderful lesson from a persistent mouse.

The Last Noo-Noo

Do you have a child who is on the verge of giving up their dummy? This story is a great one to read to help them along their way to being a big kid!

Books for Kids Ages 6 – 11

Whether you’re reading out loud to your children or they’re devouring books on their own, here is a selection of tales for Key Stage 2 children.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A spooky series that will keep young readers on the edge of their seats.

The Witches

Roald Dahl’s tale of witches living among us is a bit scary, but, as with all his books, has plenty of humour and you can be assured of the triumph of good over bad!

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein’s collection of poems for kids will keep them coming back for more. It’s a great one to dip into a bedtime – whether you have lots of time or are just looking for a few funny rhymes. Adults will appreciate the humour as much as kids!

Horton Hears a Who

This is a wonderful tale with an inspiring message.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Even if they’ve seen the movie, children as young 6 will enjoy the wizardry of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The books get darker as they go along, so the later ones might be more appropriate for 8 and up.

Horrid Henry

We are positive that no children WE know could ever be as Horrid as Henry, but he is a lot of fun to read about.

Books for Pre-teens and Teens

There’s a great variety of pre-teen and teen literature out there to excite the imagination, here are just a few.

The Edge Chronicles

A fantastic adventure for pre and early teens. Twig is plunged into an unexpected journey that will take him to the deepest and strangest reaches of the Deepwoods. Can he stay alive and discover the answers to questions from his past?

The Hunger Games

Great for teens and adults alike. Now major motion picuture series, The Hunger Games trilogy will ensnare the imagination and force the reader to reflect on a dystopian version of home. And When Katniss Everdeen volunteers for the annual Hunger Games, her world will never be the same.

To Kill a Mockingbird

An essential read for teens. Follow Scout as she navigates the racially contentious world of 1930’s Alabama. What begins as a story of childhood friends becomes an insight into the makeup of humankind. Voted most life changing book by a female author.