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Storytelling (which has been an ancient form of communication for decades) offers educational and creative learning benefits for children of all ages. It’s also a great way for you to interact with your children and spend some quality time with them, which is just as important as learning!

If you want to do it properly, true storytelling doesn’t need to make use of actual books. Ideas are conveyed simply through spoken word. Your imagination can be a wonderful source of inspiration for your kids, who will enjoy using your stories to shape and develop their own.

So, if you’re up to the task, spend some time this summer holiday inventing characters, places and adventures you can explore with your children. Re-discovering old family stories and tales from your childhood may offer a great starting point.

For those who are a little more time-poor or struggling for ideas, here’s our recommendations for books to read with your children this summer holiday:

0-5 year olds:Do not enter the monster zoo

  • Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo by Amy Sparkes

An exciting and imaginative adventure, containing an inspiring message to encourage young readers to have confidence and stand up for themselves.



  • The Storm Whale by Benji Daviesthe storm whale

A picture book conveying the idea of friendship and loneliness in a tender and heartwarming way.




6-8 year olds:penny dreadful

  • Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker by Joanna Nadin

Three stories in one hilarious book about a girl called Penelope Jones.



oliver and the seawigs

  • Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve

You’re in for a big adventure! Beautifully illustrated and funny.




  • The Great Galloon by Tom Banks

Another book of adventures. Full of pirates and action, and lots of great pictures.the great galloon





9-11 year olds:

  • The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia Lee(Middle) The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia Lee

An entertaining and plucky novel which will appeal to both boys and girls.




  • The Jade Boy by Cate Cain
    the jade boy

A thrilling story containing sorcery and mystery, as well as a dose of horror and history.





  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Stairs by Jonathan Stroudthe screaming staircase

A supernatural thriller novel for older children which is scary, funny and intriguing.