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Summer reading for 5 - 7 year olds

A mixture of first chapter books and more challenging picture books will help you find the right book for your new reader.

Colin Thompson
Exquisitely detailed illustrations bring this tale of a boy who lives in a world of books to life. Join him as he travels through strange worlds to find the secret of how to live forever. Brilliantly funny.
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Joanne Schwartz
This wonderful book works on so many levels. On the one hand, it is the story of a boy growing up by the sea, but many other themes are woven into the story though the words and enchanting illustrations.
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Mordecai Gerstein
In 1974, Philippe Petit walked across a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Centre in New York. This picturebook tells the story of the event through glorious images and well-chosen words. For adults reading, the ending is especially poignant.
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Cas Lester
Follow Nixie - a fairy with attitude - as she tries to make her friends' swimming party go with a splash. Her wonky wand is up to its usual mischief and soon the peaceful pond becomes a froggy fiasco! Bumblebees' bottoms - Nixie's in trouble . . . again!
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Gemma Merino
A story of discovery and finding out that everyone has their strengths. Little crocodile wants to play with his family, but they want to be in the water while little crocodile has other ideas about what is fun. He doesn’t want to be on his own so he tries different ways of being with them, all to no avail - why doesn't the crocodile like water?
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Mini Grey
Set in an ordinary street, with ordinary people, Hermelin (a detective mouse) sets up shop in one of the attics. He uses his observational and typing skills to solve the mystery of missing valuables. Everyone is grateful, until they find out Hermelin is a mouse... The detailed illustrations will make children want to look again and again!
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Alex T Smith
A hilarious tale of a dog finding out what goes on at a farm and country fair - and saving the day!
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Alexis Deacon
Beegu is not supposed to be here on earth. She has come from far away and is lost. On her travels she tries to find a friend but only the children seem happy to welcome her. A heart-warming story about belonging and difference.
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Simon Bartram
Find out what Bob's average day is like. He gets up and goes to work… on the Moon! He cleans and tidies the Moon. He entertains tourists visiting the Moon. In fact, Bob knows everything there is to know about the Moon – well almost everything… Boys and girls will love this clever, funny and hugely entertaining book.
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Benji Davies
A beautiful, warm picture book about a whale being washed up onto the beach; central to the story is the strong and special relationship between a father and his son.
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Wendy Meddour
When a magical steam train puffs into their lives, brother and sister Leo and Ella find themselves on an incredible journey to save the Kingdom of Izzambard! Will they stop evil Griselda before she destroys all the magic in the kingdom? Will they get home in time for tea? Hop on board The Secret Railway to find out!
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Linda Sarah
A story of acceptance. Best friends Birt and Etho love making marvellous contraptions on Sudden Hill. What will happen when new boy Shu wants to join in too?
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John Burningham
Would you rather drink snail squash or eat mashed worms? Help a witch make stew? Tickle a monkey? Or maybe - if you could really be anyone or do anything in the world - would you rather just be . . . you? Encouraging thought and opinion in young children, this book will get the whole family debating what they would rather do.
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