Recommended Summer Books

Summer time provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a catalogue of fantastic children’s books in the sunshine. Whether you love nothing more than delving into a good book during a picnic in the park, or you’re looking for books to keep your kids entertained during a long flight, there’s a whole host of summer books that are perfect keeping your little ones entertained.

After all, reading is integral to a child’s development, especially when it comes to igniting their imagination, developing their language skills and expanding their knowledge.

Here at Muswell Preschool, we believe that every child should love to have their head in a book and we are always reading to the children in our care!

With this in mind, here’s a round up of our favourite books this summer…


Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Helen Oxenbury and Mem Fox 

Little ones love this magical book, which tells the endearing story of babies born around the world who all are the same in having “as everyone knows ten little fingers and ten little toes”. Featuring simple yet impactful text and illustrations, this wonderful story is one of our all time favourites, and never fails to capture the imagination of the children we read it to.

This is mainly due the repetition featured throughout the book, which encourages children to respond to familiar experiences and words. With its many positive messages and a surprise at the end with the introduction of “my” baby, this book is sure to become your favourite too!


Farm Babies by Rod Campbell

This touch and feel book is always a hit, and offers a whole range of educational benefits, which is why it is one of our favourites here at Muswell Preschool. Taking children on an exciting journey around the farmyard, throughout the book children are encouraged to touch and feel the different textures of the animals, and also count the animals that they meet along the way!

With its open narrative, children are also encouraged to repeat the story back. But that’s not all… the book also encourages dialogue throughout by hinting at what might be coming on the next page, allowing the reader to ask questions and reflect with the listener. 


Rosie’s Hat by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey

Children of all ages love engaging with this book, which is why it is one of the nursery’s firm favourites.

The story is simple yet highly engaging and tells the story of Rosie’s hat, which blows off her head and eventually leads to the rescue of a cat from a tree. This book has a whole host of imaginative illustrations, which instantly engage the children.

The use of repetition and rhyming also further enhance the appeal of this book, as the children love repeating the refrains, which are different on each page, and relate to the illustrations such as “Patter, Patter! Squeak, Squeak!” The sentences are also short and simple, however the illustrations offer clues to the text.