Summer Reading for 6-8 year olds

Summer holidays are just around the corner and I thought you may be interested in one or two ideas for summer holiday reading.

Several of the girls in Class 3 (a mixed age class from 6-9 years), who I work with once a week, have been loving “ The Naughtiest Girl in The School” series by Enid Blyton. The good readers can read it for themselves, while the slightly less confident ones enjoy having it read to them. Meanwhile, for those lovers of fairies, mermaids and similar stories, Mermaid Magic by Gwyneth Rees is an ever popular choice. In fact, there often seems to be a fight between the 8 year olds as to who can borrow this book next.

Some great fun books for the younger end of this age group are the Ricky Ricotta books, which feature lots of “How to draw Ricky and Friends” as well as a simple story and great illustrations.

The boys at this age seem to need a bit more effort put in, to persuade them that reading is fun. Many still enjoy the non-fiction books about dinosaurs, aeroplanes etc and switching them across to non fiction can be quite a challenge. The Dinosaur Cove series are especially good from this viewpoint as they have the theme of dinosaurs (along with some great illustrations), but put into a story. They are suitable for newly confident readers who are no longer on a school reading scheme.For keen football players, the Tom Palmer books are all about football , but again in a story setting.

I have tried, but sadly in vain, to get one super-intelligent boy, aged 8, onto fiction books, but he insists on staying with his aeroplane books. They have to be about modern planes eg Airbus 380 and need to describe the workings of the plane. When I asked him why these were his favourites he said that if he were ever on a flight and the pilot was unable to continue flying the plane for some reason, he could save all the passengers on board. I guess popular fiction will have to wait!

There is another youngster with a fascination of aircraft in this class too, this time because his mother works for one of the big airlines. “What does your Mum do?” I innocently asked. “Is she cabin crew or a pilot?”  “Well, came the answer, she does pilot sometimes, but she’s not very good at it, so mostly she’s cabin crew. So, for all those fascinated still with facts be it aircraft or sport, The Guiness World of Records, is often very well received.

For those who have made that leap to fiction, check out our site, Hummingbird Books, where all our books have been recommended by children themselves as “brilliant”, “amazing” or just “really, really good”.

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