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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.

Clare Elsom
17th-century statue Horace comes to life and forms a rock-solid friendship with Harriet in this funny and action-packed book. With humour, heart, and stylish pictures from the illustrator of Chris Hoy’s Flying Fergus series.
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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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Mordicai 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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Laura Owen, Korky Paul
Winnie is full of mad-cap schemes and plans to put her magic to good use. Wilbur is her long-suffering best friend, and everyone's favourite moggy. Giggles are guaranteed in this fantastic gift edition! Perfect for young readers who are ready to enjoy longer stories with more narrative content, complemented by vibrant illustrations by the brilliant Korky Paul.
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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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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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Harriet Muncaster
Half vampire, half fairy, totally unique! A brand new story in this charming series of chapter books, beautifully illustrated in black and pink throughout. Perfect for readers who like their magic and sparkle with a bit of a bite.
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Keep your child reading over the summer with Read with Oxford



Want to keep your child reading over the summer but not sure where to start? Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to encourage and develop reading skills. Featuring great authors, engaging storylines, fun activities, and much-loved characters like Winnie and Wilbur and Biff, Chip and Kipper.
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