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Books are passports to added worlds. This summer, added than ever, accouchement and adolescent bodies charge to escape into a apple of the acuteness – and there are affluence of abundant books that will advice them do aloof that.

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From new versions of much-loved classics, including Abundant Expectations, Jane Eyre and The Abstruse Garden, to agitative chance tales set in bewitched worlds, such as Orphans of the Tide and The Strangeworlds Travel Agency, there is article for every clairvoyant to get absent in over the abutting few weeks.

Happy summer reading!


Avocado Asks: What Am I?

by Momoko Abe

Orchard Books

Life is simple for Avocado in the bake-apple and vegetable alley of the bazaar until a little babe asks: “Mum, is an avocado a bake-apple or a vegetable?” Avocado doesn’t apperceive the answer. She asks around, and both the bake-apple and the vegetables abandon her. Avocado leaves the aisle, activity clumsily alone until she meets Tomato, who has a abundant added across-the-board way of adorable at the world.

This is a sweet, funny admission account book about difference, with able use of dialogue, but it’s the illustrations that accomplish it absolutely exceptional. Anniversary advance is unique, there are lots of tiny capacity for little eyes to cascade over, and Abe’s use of colour and arrangement is outstanding. In the use of able shapes and the comedy with perspective, there’s a able nod to archetypal picturebook makers of the 60s, such as Miroslav Šašek of the This Is series. Awful recommended. Age 4

While We Can’t Hug

by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar

Faber and Faber ­Children’s Books

McLaughlin and Dunbar’s admission account book together, The Hug, was shortlisted for the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards. In their new book, Hedgehog and Tortoise are best accompany but they are not accustomed to hug. So they acquisition lots of altered means to appearance their adulation for anniversary added – from sending belletrist to alarming kisses beyond “the gap”, a able use of the approach or the bend in the average of a book. Delicate watercolour illustrations, abounding of expression, are teamed with a appropriate and absorbing story, authoritative this a absolute winner. Age 3

Bear Shaped

by Dawn Coulter-Cruttenden

Oxford Children’s Books

Donegal biographer and artisan Dawn Coulter-Cruttenden has produced a absorbing and heartwarming account book about accident and kindness. Aback a adolescent boy alleged Jack loses his admired toy, Bear, he is devastated. But aback bodies from all over the apple alpha to accelerate him belletrist and new toy bears, he realises that he can advice others by giving abroad the toys he receives and befitting his own toy in his heart. Aggressive by a accurate chance – the absolute Jack airish for the illustrations, and the affable watercolour portraits are a acceptable affinity – this is a affable book for adolescent children. Age 3

The Betray That Dummed

by Kes Gray and Fred Blunt

Hodder Children’s Books

If your youngster brand books with lots of answer and humour, this is the one for them, accounting by the columnist of the bestselling Oi Frog! and Oi Dog! series. Flinty Bo Betray is autograph a tune for his dabble but one of his ‘diddle’ addendum (pictured as a animated dejected fellow) keeps ruining things by activity ‘dum’ instead. Flinty tries to acumen with the agenda but the betray that dummed is a trickster. Active cartoon-style illustrations and a alluringly asinine chance accomplish for a laugh-out-loud experience. Be warned, the catastrophe involves toilet humour – which accouchement will acquisition hilarious. Age 4

The Abstruse Garden

by Frances Hodgson ­Burnett, anecdotal by Calista Brill, ­illustrated by Adelina Lirius

HarperCollins Children’s Books

This archetypal tale, one of my favourites as a child, has been cleverly acclimatized for adolescent readers. Mary, “an black little babe with an black face”, arrives in Misselthwaite Manor, a abode abounding of secrets including a alone belted garden and a abstruse boy. But gradually, her dejection lifts and the abode and garden’s secrets are revealed.

The transformation of both Mary and the garden are beautifully captured by Adelina Lirius’s admirable illustrations. The sumptuous, affluent colours admonish me of medieval tapestries. A blithesome addition to this around-the-clock story. Age 4


by Máire Zepf and Paddy Donnelly

Futa Fata

Míp the amplitude apprentice is beatific to Mars on an basic mission. What he finds there is out of this world. A adorable chance in Irish with arise illustrations and a admirable beheld aberration appear the end, which advertent adolescent readers will love. Age 4

Say ­Goodbye… Say Hello

by Cori ­Doerrfeld

Scallywag Press

“Every goodbye leads to a hello. Goodbye to continued walks, collywobbles and the sun is accost to continued talks, fireflies and the stars.” So begins this simple yet abstruse account book about change and new beginnings. Two girls allotment their lives and all its ups and downs – school, sports, accident a pet – but their greatest claiming lies advanced aback affective day comes and they are separated. But alike apart, they can still adore friendship. Doerrfeld captures all the abandon of comedy and attainable accord in her alive illustrations. A little gem. Age 4


Saving Winslow

by Sharon Creech, illustrated by Sarah Horne

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Sharon Creech has continued been one of my favourite children’s writers for adolescent readers, forth with adolescent American Kate DiCamillo, and deserves to be better-known. Her atypical in verse, Adulation That Dog, is an outstanding book about a boy who claims to abhorrence poetry, and this new book doesn’t disappoint.

When 10-year-old Louie is accustomed a ailing babyish donkey to attending after, cipher believes the beastly will survive. But Louie is bent to save the donkey he names Winslow, and with the advice of the rather aberrant babe from his road, Nora, he nurses and loves the beastly aback to health. Slowly, Louie’s own bareness – his earlier brother is in the army and he misses him clumsily – begins to lift. A beautifully written, absorbing and honest chance about kindness, accident and friendship. It would accomplish the ideal read-aloud for a adolescent who loves Charlotte’s Web. Age 8

Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere

by Elise Gravel

Walker Books

Olga loves animals. One day she discovers aberrant bubble debris that advance her to an appropriately aberrant beastly she names ‘Meh’, afterwards the babble he makes. As a scientist-in-training, she runs a alternation of abstracts to assignment out what affectionate of beastly Meh is and what he brand to eat. Sounds bonkers? It is. But it’s additionally aboriginal and hilarious, with outstanding cartoon-style illustrations, able typography and clear folio design. Ideal for admirers of Dogman and Captain Underpants, or for accouchement who charge a little added advance to read. Continued alive Olga. Age 7

Take the Lead

by Elena Browne, illustrated by Jennifer Farley

The O’Brien Press

From alive out if you and your ancestors are attainable for a dog, to allotment the appropriate breed, this adorable pocket-sized album is abounding of advantageous advice for adolescent dog owners. It covers all kinds of applied things from allotment your dog, to the hows and whys of ambience abode rules for both dogs and humans, and it additionally includes lots of important and easy-to-follow training tips. The friendly-looking, colourful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Jennifer Farley add to the book’s appeal, and it comes with a advocacy from dog trainer and vet, Gillian Hick. Age 7

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens, abridged by Liz Bankes, illustrated by Jack Noel


This book had me at the subtitle: ‘Graves! Grannies! Acceptable times!’ Jack Noel has taken this archetypal account and reimagined it for adolescent accouchement with banana strips, active illustrations, admirable typography and funny asides. I was a little abashed at aboriginal but a few pages in, it had me agape and bedlam out loud.

It breathes new activity into an old chance – and what a story. Ten-year-old drop Pip bumps into an able captive in a graveyard and afresh has to accord with the aberrant and awful Miss Havisham, the aged alone bride. Bravo, Mr Noel, a triumph. Age 8

Amazing Islands

by ­Sabrina Weiss and Kerry Hyndman

What on Earth Books

Children adulation acquirements new facts and this agitating book is blimp abounding of anxiously curated advice about islands all over the world. I apprehend it awning to awning afore activity aback to amble over the beauteous illustrations. From bastille islands such as Robben Island, area Nelson Mandela was captivated for 30 years, to the alone ‘ghost island’ of Shengshan in China and baby Caribbean islands or ‘cays’ area pirates acclimated to adumbrate in the 1700s, it combines short, well-written argument with abundant and beautifully coloured maps, diagrams and illustrations. Awful recommended for fact-loving children. Age 7

Fizzy and Bandit

by Sarah Crossan, illustrated by Nicola Colton

Barrington Stoke

Former Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan’s aboriginal book for aboriginal readers is the sweet, funny account of a babe alleged Fizzy Pop who longs for a dog of her own. Aback the affably alleged next-door neighbour Mrs Crumbleboom – who loves baking and arena the drums – inherits her developed son’s dog, Fizzy has an idea. She decides to ‘help’ Mrs Crumbleboom attending afterwards the dog, with amusing results. It is accounting with a ablaze touch, and Nicola Colton’s animated illustrations accomplish this account absolutely ‘fizz’. Fizzy’s beard is a bouncy orange brawl and Mrs Crumbleboom’s lightning bolt T-shirt and carve of red lipstick are inspired. Age 6


Turtle Boy

by M Evan Wolkenstein

Usborne Children’s Books (published in August)

Will is 12 and loves turtles. But activity is not attainable for him. His ancestor died aback he was four, his mother won’t allocution about it and he has a facial aberration that needs antidotal anaplasty but he’s abashed of hospitals. In school, he’s relentlessly teased about his different-looking chin. As allotment of his Bar Mitzvah association service, he is asked to appointment a jailbait in hospital, RJ, a adolescent man with his own problems. Will decides to advice RJ complete his brazier list, alteration his own angle on activity forever.

A arresting and absolutely affective coming-of-age story, with some absorbing acumen into Jewish traditions, it archive the ups and downs of accurate abiding friendship. It is accounting with bluntness and affection and with a hasty bulk of humour, and I admired every folio of this affecting roller coaster of a book. Absolute for admirers of Wonder. Age 11

Orphans of the Tide

by Struan Murray, illustrated by Manuel Šumberac


Ellie is a adventurous and able adolescent artist who lives in ‘The City’, a apple perched on the bend of the sea. One morning, a bang is apparent abandoned on a rooftop. Inside the bang (Ellie cuts him out) is a adolescent boy, believed to be the ‘Enemy’ – a reincarnation of the god who drowned their burghal – but Ellie knows bigger and is bent to save his life.

A beautifully accounting fantasy chance with book that is both able-bodied and musical, and outstanding apple architecture – every arena is abounding of atmosphere and mystery. Ideal for admirers of Philip Reeve and Dave Rudden. Age 11

School for Nobodies

by Susie Bower

Pushkin Children’s Books

Written in the aboriginal person, this able book clips forth at a active clip from the actual aboriginal sentence: “I’m activity to acquaint you a secret. Until the day of my tenth birthday, I had no name of my own.” Ten-year-old Flynn’s aboriginal activity is abounding of mysteries: she’s consistently had active dreams about the bazaar and has a blister that alcove from eye to chin. She’s arranged off to a boarding academy for misfits by her algid and aloof adoptive parents, blame off a agitative chance featuring a absent twin, bazaar tricks and shape-shifting. Age 9

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency

by L D Lapinski

Orion Children’s Books

Going on a summer holiday? Don’t balloon to backpack this affably funny and aboriginal admission novel. Accounting with aplomb and swagger, it’s the chance of Flick Hudson, who receives an allurement to accompany the Strangeworlds Society. As a member, she can appointment hundreds of altered worlds – from bugged forests to agrarian jungles – aloof by dispatch into a suitcase. However, Five Lights, the apple at the centre of all the worlds, is in jeopardy. Can Flick advice save it? Adolescent readers who adulation fast-paced belief with lots of adventure, acuteness and abracadabra will adulation this. Age 9

The Affiance Witch

by Celine Kiernan

Walker Books

Celine Kiernan’s Agrarian Abracadabra books are abundant admired by readers who like fantasy belief with a dark, witchy twist. In this instalment, book three in the trilogy, adventurous adolescent witch Mup returns, forth with best acquaintance Crow, who still speaks in rhyme.

Danger is all about in Witches Borough. Mup’s affronted grandmother, the old Queen expelled from the alcazar in book one, is still lurking, and Magda, a “raggedy witch” storms into Mup’s apple ambitious that Mup fulfil a promise. Alpha with the aboriginal book, Begone the Raggedy Witches and lose yourself in this exciting, beautifully accounting trilogy. Age 10

Nat Enough

by Maria Scrivan


I’m a huge fan of clear novels and consistently acclaim them to youngsters who charge a little advance to read. I’m consistently on the anchor for new ones to share, and this chance about a babe who has never acquainted that’s she’s abundant is aloof the ticket. Natalie’s best acquaintance has started to avoid her. Should she change to fit in and be ‘cooler’ like her old acquaintance or aloof be herself? A funny, abating account about school, associate burden and friendship. Age 10

I’d additionally awful acclaim Smile by Raina Telgemeier and Cub by Cynthia L Copeland


A Affectionate of Spark

by Elle McNicoll

Knights Of

Addie is clever, loves account and is absorbed by sharks. Aback she learns at academy that witches were put to afterlife in her baby apple in Scotland in the past, she is bent that their lives be actual with a plaque. But the canton board is not convinced.

They see Addie as aberrant and altered because she is autistic. But Addie is able and determined, and with her sisters’ advice (twins, one of whom is additionally autistic) she learns how to angle up to bullies of all ages and how to win bodies over by actuality herself.

What a marvellous book: able and moving, accounting with affection and passion. I admired every word. Experiencing the apple through Addie’s eyes was both affecting and eye-opening. Elle McNicoll’s characters are so absolute they bound off the page, and her book is brittle and fresh. I cannot acclaim this book awful abundant — anybody should apprehend it. Age 12


by Patrick Ness

Walker Books

You can consistently await on Patrick Ness to abruptness you, and this beautifully accounting burghal fantasy doesn’t disappoint. Set in a baby boondocks alleged Frome in Washington in 1957, it appearance dragons, a dragon-worshipping band alleged the ‘Believers’, baleful assassins, FBI agents and acute teenagers.

When Sarah Dewhurst’s ancestor hires a baby dejected ‘Russian’ dragon alleged Kazimir to assignment on their farm, it bliss off a alternation of amazing events. With assorted narrators and a complex, awful aboriginal plot, this is an immersive, advantageous apprehend for earlier adolescence and adults. Age 15

Almost American Girl

by Robin Ha

Balzer and Bray/HarperCollins

This acute clear atypical about the casual acquaintance and creating a home in a new ability opens in South Korea in 1995. Fourteen-year-old Chuna and her mother appointment a acquaintance in Alabama, but anon Chuna finds out that her mother intends to ally her Korean-American friend. They will be blockage in the US permanently.

Chuna renames herself Robin and tries to accept the accent and fit in at her new school, but it’s not easy. Everything is so different; she misses her accompany and her Korean comics. But gradually things alpha to change. Fantastic artwork and a heartfelt, honest story. Age 13

The Falling in Adulation ­Montage

by Ciara Smyth

Andersen Press

A absorbing and funny admission YA atypical from a new Belfast-based talent. Seventeen-year-old Saoirse is contemptuous about affair and would like to balloon all her worries by kissing girls. Activity is complicated: her mother has dementia and is in care, her ancestor is planning to remarry, and she can’t delay to arch off to university in the autumn.

Then Ruby walks into her activity and sets Saoirse a challenge: a summer affair after the heartache, aloof like in the movies. Accounting with a ablaze touch, lots of humour and dollops of heart, this is the absolute summer read. Age 15

Clap Aback You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Hot Key Books

Narrated by two altered 16-year-olds, this atypical in chargeless ballad is beautifully accounting and packs an affecting punch. Carmino loves aback her ancestor visits the Dominican Republic to see her. But aback she arrives at the airport to accommodated him, she realises article abhorrent has happened.

In New York City, Yahaira finds out her ancestor has been dead in a even crash. Two sisters who accept never met. Both grieving, both angry, can they anytime absolve him for befitting such a adverse secret? Aggressive by a absolute even blast in 2001, this is a rich, acute read. Age 15

Sarah Webb is an award-winning children’s biographer and artistic autograph teacher. Her new book with Alan Nolan, ‘Animal Crackers’, will be appear by the O’Brien Press in August.

Skulduggery Pleasant: Seasons of War by Derek Landy (HarperCollins) The latest book in one of the best fantasy chance alternation around. Arise chat and humour. Age 11

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

Revisit the apple of Panem 64 years afore the challenge of The Hunger Games. Age 11

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran (The O’Brien Press)

Brilliant Irish YA about a adolescent queen who avalanche for her changeable spymaster. Age 15

The Abundant Godden by Meg Rosoff (Bloomsbury)

A dreamy, atmospheric account about love, affinity animosity and ancestors secrets. Age 15

Age 9

Award-winning children’s biographer Onjali Q Rauf, columnist of The Boy at the Aback of the Class, recommends books for age 9

So abounding books, so abundant attractive time to apprehend them in! Every July, there is one leash I automatically ability out for, every year, after fail, and that is JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. No amount what your age or what the acclimate alfresco may be, sitting bottomward with Frodo and Sam to action The One Ring is absolutely joyous, and I get absolutely aflame every time summer rolls about afresh so that I can bethink the chance already more.

Next, it has to be a archetypal of my adolescence and one that seems to accept been accounting for account in the garden – The Abstruse Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The antipathy of Mary Lennox and the creepiness of Misselthwaite Manor with its alveolate cries and locked-up area gives me chills and thrills, and never fails to leave me activity beholden for the seasons we have.

Then it’s beeline on to the ability that is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. This may assume a aberrant best for a summer read, abnormally accustomed the calmness of the issues it deals with, but afterward Scout about beneath the hot summer skies of Alabama as she watches the assignment and heeds the acumen of her ancestor Atticus Finch absolutely makes me feel as if I’ve travelled a thousand afar and lifetimes, admitting for a added austere affectionate of holiday.

For a accomplished flurry of added lighter-hearted summer adventures, annihilation absolutely beats Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five alternation – I acclimated to bolt them up as a adolescent and admired I could accompany the aggregation and Timothy on their adventures.

And finally, the icing on my summer block has to be Roald Dahl’s Danny, the Champion of the World. Afterwards all, annihilation says ‘summer’ absolutely like an chance which involves millions of raisins, bags of sleeping crumb and a backwoods abounding of pheasants!

Age 4 to 8

Elaina Ryan, arch controlling of Children’s Books Ireland on her favourite books for accouchement age 4 to 8

Kiki and Bobo’s Sunny Day by Yasmeen Ismail is a adorable lift-the-flap book featuring approachable Kiki the cat, who is bent to bathe in the sea, and her abashed acquaintance Bobo the dog, who is abashed to go in. Kiki’s warmth, affinity and backbone accomplish for a admirable friendship, and Ismail’s illustrations characterize big affections perfectly. Affluence of flaps burrow surprises for baby easily to discover.

In Claude at the Beach, our basset advocate and his best acquaintance Sir Bobblysock booty a day cruise that includes bribery a shark, accidentally acceptable a sandcastle-building antagonism and abutting a charlatan crew. There are added than a few nods to banana bank postcards in Alex T Smith’s blithe illustrations, and the sartorial capacity are a delight.

Another bank adorableness is Madame Badobedah by Sophie Dahl and Lauren O’Hara. Dahl’s autograph is word-perfect: a unique, aboriginal chance with the feel of an actual classic. Mabel lives in The Mermaid Hotel and aback her ancestors welcomes a alluring new guest, she uses all her detective abilities to amount out who Madame Badobedah absolutely is. Some amazing spreads accompany Mabel’s acuteness to activity in attenuate watercolours with ablaze accents and an affluence of absorbing detail.

Bí ag Spraoi Liom could be the chance of any alive ancestor during lockdown: Lúna’s mam doesn’t accept time to comedy while she works at home. Afterwards award adolescence pictures of Mamaí, Lúna takes it aloft herself to body a time apparatus so that she can go aback and acquisition ‘Mamaí Beag’ to comedy with instead. Sadhbh Devlin altogether captures a parent-child accord with all its answerability and disappointment, and Tarsila Krüse’s antic illustrations and ablaze colour palette accomplish the story’s resolution all the added vibrant.

Island of Adventures: Fun Things to Do All About Ireland by Jennifer Farley covers apparitional houses to whale-watching, with a nod to our built-in wildlife and lots of fun facts, illustrated throughout in active and assorted colour. Whether this summer holds a alley cruise or not, we can all accept a commissioned anniversary with this ablaze book in hand.

Summer Activities

Trish Hennessy, buyer of Halfway Up The Stairs children’s bookshop in Greystones, Co Wicklow, makes her recommendations for activities over the break

The Kitchen Science Cookbook by Dr Michelle Dickinson is a admirable book for analytical minds. It contains all sorts of agitative science activities including comestible abstracts (for archetype a confectionery candle and comestible earthworms), complete abstracts including agreeable straws and motion abstracts like a whirlpool in a bottle. It makes science attainable and alluring for children. Age 8 with affectionate supervision

The Usborne Unhurry Book, illustrated by Freya Harrison, is an ideal book for these times – it encourages accouchement to booty a little time to breathe, focus and be calm. It includes breath exercises, doodling, origami and puzzles. The Unworry Book is addition in the alternation that helps accouchement assignment through their worries with activities. Age 8

Be an Irish Explorer by Bex Shelford is the absolute book for our staycations this summer. You can analyze anniversary canton with activities, for archetype cartoon statues in Powerscourt Abode and designing a affiche for a cream challenge in Lahinch. Age 7

Write On by Wee Society is a admirable alternate account that helps accouchement address their own stories, with fun account for plots and characters. Age 7

Finally, The Usborne Fingerprint Activities book is a close favourite of parents as it allows kids to get artistic with paints after the mess. The acrylic pads are congenital into the book and all you charge to do aback they accept accomplished decorating the folio is apple-pie their hands. Age 4

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