Top 10 summer vacay reads for children!

Summer vacation is here, and what better way to keep your little ones entertained and engaged than with a good book?

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With so many children’s books to choose from, it can be challenging to know where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 recommended children’s books for this summer vacation. From classic tales to modern favorites, these titles are sure to capture your child’s imagination and take them on an unforgettable reading adventure. So, grab a cozy spot in the shade, and let’s dive into these must-reads for kids!

“The Blue Umbrella” by Ruskin Bond is a heartwarming novella that tells the story of Binya, a young girl from a small village in the Himalayas. When she acquires a beautiful blue umbrella, it becomes the envy of everyone in the village. The story explores themes of jealousy, kindness, and the beauty of simple things in life. Bond’s writing style is simple yet evocative, transporting the reader to the idyllic setting of the story. Overall, “The Blue Umbrella” is a delightful read for both children and adults alike.

A wonderful selection of 27 short stories about holidays by one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, Enid Blyton. Ideal for reading aloud, or for children from about 7 years old to read alone. School’s out! So go on a picnic, visit the seaside or throw coconuts at the fair in this enchanting collection of stories perfect for summer holidays. Enid Blyton has been delighting readers for more than seventy years with her endless summers of magic, fun and adventure. Enid’s best-loved characters include Noddy the wooden boy, Timmy the dog from The Famous Five and the mischievous twins Pat and Isabel O’Sullivan from the much-loved boarding school series St Clare’s!This collection contains the original stories dating back to the 1940s.

Have you ever stopped to marvel at the earth’s beauty: at snow-capped mountains and oceans so deep; at colourful flowers and extraordinary animals? The tale of how such beauty came into existence is a curious one indeed.
India’s favourite storyteller brings alive this timeless tale with her inimitable wit and simplicity. Tricked out with enchanting illustrations, this gorgeous chapter book is the ideal introduction for beginners to the world of Sudha Murty.

In an ever changing world, torn by unexpected events and challenges, poetry has the power to soothe, calm, and work a special kind of magic. There are more than a hundred poems in this book, and they have different rhyme schemes and use a variety of literary devices. These poems embody the extraordinary power of words, and they will make readers smile, ponder and question, as they introduce them to the many wonderful forms that poetry, the music of literature, can assume. After you read “To Catch a Poem,” the lines of some of the poems will linger in your mind, and perhaps, help you to catch a poem of your own too!

Heidi (1881) is a story of an orphan girl who is sent to live with her grumpy grandfather in the Swiss Alps. The embittered grandfather who lives in seclusion, is known as ‘uncle ALP’, and deeply resents Heidi’s arrival. But soon, he grows fond of her. Lost in the idyllic world of snow-covered mountains, Heidi befriends Peter, the goatherd, his mother, Bridget, and his blind maternal grandmother. While all seems well in Heidi’s Wonderland, she is soon compelled to leave the comforts of the hills and go to Frankfurt to live with a differently-abled girl named Clara. Overcoming the initial difficulties, Heidi and Clara become friends. Amidst the grey streets of a new city, Heidi struggles to overcome her homesickness. If only she could return to the mountains. Will she ever meet her grandfather again? Written well over a century ago, Johanna Spyri’s Evergreen tale of a young girl’s coming of age, of her bravery and compassion, remains a classic.

Tom, a mischievous young boy, lives with his Aunt Polly and younger brother Sid. He is famous for his pranks and for being a troublemaker. He has an uncanny ability to get out of tight situations with whatever means are at hand. Things take an untoward turn when Tom and his friend Huckleberry Finn sneak into a graveyard one night and witness a murder. What follows are a series of adventures—fearsome, hilarious and inspiring.

Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor. He remains for many the world’s No. 1 storyteller.
Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden, surrounded by odd bits and pieces such as a suitcase (used as a footrest), his own hipbone (which he’d had replaced) and a heavy ball of metal foil (made from years’ worth of chocolate wrappers), Roald Dahl wrote some of the world’s best-loved stories. From Charlie Bucket and Mr. Willy Wonka in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, to Fantastic Mr Fox to DannyChampion of the World and The Twits, Roald Dahl created many unforgettable characters in his children’s novels, that continue to delight readers old and new.

All 21 original Famous Five books in a slipcase – The ultimate collection to introduce the best-known and most popular world of our greatest storyteller. These are the original books which children have been enjoying since the 1940s. Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and George’s dog, Timmy, who have adventures and solve mysteries on and around Kirrin Island. They encounter smugglers, thieves, runaways and other strange and mysterious people – both good and bad. The Famous Five began life as eagerly-awaited magazine serials which achieved an instant following. So popular were the books that readers urged the publishers to establish a Famous Five club. The characters have inspired board games, stationery, a play and two TV series. Having celebrating 70 fabulous years in 2012, it’s clear the Five are here to stay for a long time to come!

An enchanting collection of the five best works in children’s literature, this beautifully designed box set is not only a must-have for your library but is also perfect for gifting. Crash land in the Sahara desert with a young boy fly with Peter Pan to Neverland explore the secret garden with Mary meet the Wizard of Oz in the magical city of Emeralds and befriend Sara, the little imaginative princess delightful and enthralling, these tales of adventure continue to remain an all-time favourite.

The essential introduction to the world of Harry Potter: three magical adventures in one beautiful box set.Every great story has a great beginning. From the moment Harry Potter is deposited on the doorstep of number four, Privet Drive, with a swish of Albus Dumbledore’s cloak and the words ‘Good luck, Harry’, J.K. Rowling’s irresistible storytelling pulls readers into an unforgettable, magical adventure. Harry Potter is a milestone in every child’s reading journey and this gorgeous, collectable three-book set is the perfect introduction for new readers and young Muggles everywhere.This beautifully produced box set contains Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, with enchanting cover art by Jonny Duddle – plus three gorgeous, colourful bookmarks with memorable quotes from favourite Harry Potter characters!


Cloud 9 is a compilation of the winning stories from the Children’s Day special short story contest by the same name organised by WriteFluence in October 2021. The book consists of 16 short stories selected from 107 submissions that had been received from all over the world for the contest.

From classic tales to contemporary stories, there’s something here for every young reader to enjoy. Whether your child is just starting to learn to read or is already a seasoned bookworm, these books are sure to captivate their attention and inspire their creativity.

So what are you waiting for? Head to your local library or bookstore and start exploring these amazing titles today! Reading is not only a great way to pass the time, but it’s also a wonderful way to encourage a lifelong love of learning and a thirst for knowledge. Happy reading, and have a fantastic summer vacation!

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