10 Summer Reads for Little Ones

If you've got a little one to entertain on a journey, or you're just looking for some new books to keep the children happy at home over the holidays, we may have the answer. We asked parents and carers from across Scotland to share the books their wee ones are in love with right now - hopefully one of these will become a new favourite for your family this summer!


Cover of Shark in the Park
My mum bought my son Shark in the Park and he absolutely loves it! He is nearly one and wants it read to him constantly. He loves the bright, colourful pictures. The rhythmic repetition, the surprises and he turns the page and loves watching us do the actions (looking up and down, left and right). It’s such a fun read made even better by seeing my son smile and laugh every time! - Judith


I Want My Hat Back
My 3-year-old son, Teddy, loves I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. As well as featuring lots of different animals, there is a dark humour in the story that seems to really tickle my son. It is also useful for teaching to read between the lines, as what the characters say does not always match up to what they have done. A simple, funny story with beautiful illustrations. - Gillian



Yoshi the Stonecutter
I help at my 4-year-old's nursery library and love to see what she picks. One popular choice with the whole family was Yoshi the Stonecutter. Yoshi is tired of being poor, hot and tired so he wishes to be something better - each time his wish is granted. A beautifully illustrated book that teaches us that though the grass can appear to be greener, we thrive and are happiest when we appreciate being ourselves. - Katy


Cock a Doodle Poo cover


Thomas is three and loves Cock-a-doodle-Poo. He enjoys the rhyming text and reads along with me - he keeps the book in his bed and I often hear him reading to himself in the morning. He laughs a lot when the naughty fox gets covered in rooster poo! - Kenny



Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See?
My one-year-old twins both adore Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? They love to practise the different sounds that the animals make and the fact there's so much repetition means they can both try and join in too because they know what's coming. The purple cat and the blue horse are their absolute favourites! - Rachael


Cover of Giant Jumperee
At the moment, every bedtime my 16-month-old reaches for The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. I’d like to think it’s down to the silly voices I give all the different animals – including a Northern Irish elephant. However, it’s more likely the beautiful, friendly illustrations and simple-yet-classily-told tale that she loves. - Danny


Goodnight You Goodnight Me
My nephew Jack was 5 when his sister was born. He loves sharing books with Paige and Good Night You, Good Night Me is a favourite. A treasured photo of mine is Paige holding the corner of the book while watching Jack point out some of the words and pictures. The cloth book feels lovely for them both to hold, there are big pictures to look at and it's a lovely book to share. - Ruth


Pip and Posy Super Scooter
Arthur is almost 2 and enjoys reading Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter. He always repeats the words 'Oh no!' when Posy falls off the scooter, and likes it when Pip and Posy cuddle near the end. It's perfect for his age as there aren't too many words and the pictures tell the story. He can really relate to the simple message and character's emotions. - Ian


Goat goes to Playgroup cover
My grandson at 2-and-a-half is about to start playgroup so we have been reading 'going to school' books together and Goat Goes to Playgroup has become a firm favourite. The simple text follows goat and his friends as they spend a day at playgroup: hanging up coats, dressing up, circlre time and reassuringly being collected at home time by mummies and daddies. The illustrations bring to life goat's not quite perfect day with humour - Pat


This Zoo is not for You cover
My four-year-old (and his unborn baby brother!) are loving This Zoo is Not For You by Ross Collins. It's a great story about kindness, tolerance and friendship, told with plenty of humour. Plus, my son loves having so many opportunities to say 'platypus!' I love that it's a chance to bond with him and with the baby, who's getting to hear the story too! - Brianne



If you're looking for more books to share with little ones this summer, we have plenty of book lists for children of all ages on our website.