Summer Reading for Kids


Each summer, when the school year comes to an end, children run off thrilled to escape homework and their lessons. While it’s a time for holiday relaxation and fun, the downside can be that children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays and they return to school in September at a disadvantage.
Reading is fundamental to the development of children and countless research shows the links between good reading skills from an early age and future success in life.

The good news is that UK libraries organise the Summer Reading Challenge every year, to encourage children aged 4-11 to keep reading over the summer holidays, and prevent this loss of learning. And Chorleywood Bookshop is so committed to the cause that it has organised its own Stories in the Summer programme.
The programme is specifically aimed at children aged six and under. Sheryl Shurville, co owner of the bookshop explains: ‘ Parents often find school holidays stressful. They often need to juggle childcare and work and then they’re anxiously trying to find activities to keep the children occupied. Reading to children and encouraging them to read is often not on the top of the list of priorities. It’s so important to captivate children with stories whilst they’re young.’

Here are some recommended summer reads:


florentineFlorentine and Pig Have A Very Lovely Picnic – by Eva Katzler
Age – 5 and under
Welcome to the magical world of Florentine and Pig! Join them on their adventures as they discover the glorious world of friendship, frolics & food.
Florentine and Pig are going to celebrate a lovely sunny day by having a picnic. Florentine puts on her thinking cap and comes up with a delicious menu, including treats like apple and carrot muffins – only to realise that Pig ate the last of the apples! Pig knows what he has to do when he spots three perfect apples at the top of the tree in the garden. Pig is intrepid and Pig is brave, but how good a climber is he?
A near disaster is averted, and Florentine and Pig get to work making a very lovely picnic indeed. Families can join in the cooking fun by following the recipes at the back of the book.
(source – Amazon)


darcyDarcy Burdock – by Laura Dockrill
Age – 5 to 8
Ten-year-old Darcy Burdock is one of life’s noticers. Curious, smart-as-a-whip, funny and fiercely loyal, she sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her.
In this first book, we are introduced to her family: Mum, who Darcy loves as much as her favourite fried egg and chips, Dad, who is kind and fair if a bit hopeless, and little siblings Hector and Poppy, who Darcy likes dressing up in ridiculous outfits and having dance-offs with, respectively. Plus there’s her non-bleating pet lamb, Lamb-Beth and best friend, Will, to have adventures with.
Darcy learns that turning into an angrosaurus-rex and causing chaos just gets her in trouble, trying to run away from home with a reluctant lamb in tow leads to sore kneebows, it’s best not to throw a massive strop just before your surprise birthday party, Hallowe’en is all about spider costumes and having a pumpkin with a wonky eye, and if she’s ever in a situation at home or at school where she’s not sure what to do, she should write a story around it and the truth will be illuminated by her imagination (source – Amazon)


adventure islandAdventure Island: The Mystery of the Whistling Caves – by Helen Moss
Age 8+
The Mystery of the Whistling Caves by Helen Moss is being launched as a new, contemporary Blyton-esque adventure series and certainly contains all the elements: caves, secret passages and a good old-fashioned crime to solve. With references to hoodies, rock bands and computer games, this is a fun reworking of a winning formula and a great recommendation for any reader in search of adventure. (Source – Vanessa Lewis THE BOOKSELLER)


itch rocksItch Rocks – by Simon Mayo
Age 10+
Mayo’s story about the misadventures of a 14-year-old science nut, Itchingham Lofte, whose experiments result in exploding dustbins and “mass puking over teachers”, soon had 150 pupils erupting in spontaneous applause. By the time he wrapped things up 40 minutes later, every child wanted his autograph and the queue snaked around the hall. (Source – Evening Standard)


Recommendations provided courtesy of Chorleywood Bookshop


Stories in the Summer begins on July 23 and will run every Tuesday through to August 27th. (see our What’s On Calendar for more details)

There’s an exciting list of classic books being featured including The Gruffalo, Squash and a Squeeze, Dear Zoo, What the Ladybird Heard, Hamilton’s Hat, Tyrannosaurus Drip and the new best seller The Paper Dolls by outgoing children’s book laureate Julia Donaldson. Every Tuesday children will have a chance to be part of a Guinness World Record- they can colour in a paper doll which will be added to a what aims to be the world’s longest paper chain. Take a look at Chorleywood Bookshop’s stunning window display, which features some of the dolls that children have already handed in.

If children would like to buy copies of any of the books featured on the day then the price of the ticket will be taken off the cost of the book.

Contact Chorleywood Bookshop on 01923283566 to buy your ticket -first come first served as places are limited.