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Top 10 Best Summer Holiday Books for Kids

Hooray - school's out for summer! But with so much free time on their hands, it can be a challenge to keep the kids busy, especially on rainy days. But not to worry; we've put together a list of the best summer holiday books for kids to ensure they're engrossed for hours.

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1. Puzzle Adventure Stories Collection

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These brilliant books are perfect for keeping your kids busy on a flight or road trip this summer. Each book tells an exciting interactive adventure story about Ned, Ruby and Mungo the dog. From a Mummy's tomb to a creepy castle, kids can complete puzzles to progress through these engaging activity books. 

2. The Famous Five Stories

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Enid Blyton

Join the intrepid Famous Five - Dick, Anne, Julian, George and Timmy the dog - throughout their exciting summer holidays, as they have adventures in caves, castles, secret passageways and more! The gang must outsmart thieves, hunt for hidden treasure, and unravel all sorts of mysteries in these riveting classic tales.

3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Lewis Carroll

This summer holiday, take a trip to Wonderland and immerse yourself in a dreamlike world. Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and tumble into a world where all your normal worries disappear, and you must instead contend with the grinning Cheshire Cat, the nonsensical Mad Hatter and the cruel Queen of Hearts. Full of wonderful wordplay and perplexing puzzles, children will love this riveting read.

4. Roald Dahl Collection

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Roald Dahl

Discover the bizarre, hilarious and phizz-whizzing tales of the wonderful Roald Dahl, including The Twits, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many more. Explore his wondrous worlds and quirky characters in these truly gloriumptious stories, featuring Roald Dahl's distinctive wit and spellbinding storytelling. This is the perfect selection of stories for the long summer holiday.

5. National Trust: Who’s Hiding at the Seaside?

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Little learners will love finding out all the fun facts in this lovely seaside book for toddlers. They can uncover facts about nature's favourite shore-dwelling animals by lifting the flaps. Created in partnership with The National Trust, this is a great book to bring along on a trip to the beach. 

6. National Trust: Ned the Nature Nut’s Nutty Nature Facts and Jokes

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Andy Seed

Summer is the best time to be exploring the great outdoors and this absolutely nutty book on nature is perfect for getting kids enthusiastic about spending time outside, away from a screen. Filled with facts and jokes, this is an easy read that will help kids develop a love and appreciations for the animals and plants that live beyond their front door. 

7. His Dark Materials Series

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Philip Pullman

Featuring three books - Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - this captivating fantasy trilogy follows Lyra and her 'daemon', the animal embodiment of her inner self. This summer holiday, kids can travel with Lyra to amazing fantastical settings, through snowy hills, to an otherworldly city, and even to the Land of the Dead, on all sorts of daring and dangerous quests, accompanied by armoured bears, witches and plenty of strange magic... 

8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

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Jeff Kinney

This hilarious worldwide bestseller is beloved by kids from New York to Newcastle! It stars Greg, who finds himself thrust into a new school, where scrawny little weaklings like him must share the corridors with bigger, meaner, tougher kids who are already shaving. Greg decides he must try to become cool, and attempts to do so through his popular friend, Rowley. But what will happen when their friendship is tested to the limits? These books are the perfect light-hearted reads for summer.

9. Journey to the River Sea

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Eva Ibbotson

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at just thirteen, is sent from England to faraway Manaus, to live with relatives hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an enigmatic and eccentric governess who has her own mysterious reasons for making the journey. Before long, both will discover a lush, exotic world, filled with new experiences that will enchant and challenge them both. Young readers will be captivated by this mesmerising tale.

10. Yoga For Kids

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Susannah Hoffman

The calming and health-boosting art of yoga has been embraced by millions of adults worldwide - so why not encourage your kids to take part, too? With this appealing and friendly guide, specially designed for kids, children can explore a wide range of yoga poses as well as build up their confidence and de-stress. In-between learning these poses, they can also discover how to make their own mindfulness jar which is a great way to encourage self-care in any household.