Great Summer Reads For Kids

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Great Summer Reads For Kids

Published 3 December 2021

Getting kids excited about reading this school holidays is now a little bit easier with this list of great summer reads for children, handpicked by our librarians.

Visit one of our libraries and borrow a copy, or check out our collection of free eResources.

Woollahra Libraries are also running a Summer Reading Challenge to get kids exploring between the pages of a good book. We can provide recommended reading lists for age groups and interests and there are some great prizes up for grabs!

The Day I Fell Into a Fairytale by Ben Miller

The Day I Fell Into A Fairytale

Lana loves stories. Especially the ones she and her brother, Harrison, share in their make-believe games. When Harrison decides he’s too grown-up to play with Lana she finds herself feeling lonely. Until something magical happens…Hidden in the strange new supermarket in town, Lana discovers a portal to a fairy-tale world! But these aren’t the happy-ever-after fairy tales that Lana knows, they are darker and more dangerous, and the characters need Lana’s help to defeat an evil witch. But she can’t do it alone. Can she convince Harrison to believe in stories again and journey to the world with her…before it’s too late?

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The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.This timeless classic, introduces us to Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth, recounting the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon, Smaug the Magnificent.

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Atlantis: The Accidental Invasion by Gregory Mone


Kaya, raised in the undersea, high-tech world of Atlantis, has always been fascinated by the legends about life above the water. When a group of officials known as Erasers move to bury those legends for good, Kaya sets out to the surface to uncover the truth once and for all.

In the world above, where climate change has led to giant tsunamis that threaten Earth’s coasts, all Lewis wants is to spend more time with his scientist father. When he stows away on his dad’s top-secret research trip, he finds himself thrown headfirst into an adventure much bigger than he bargained for. Fast-paced and action-packed, The Accidental Invasion brings readers into a world unlike anything they’ve seen before.

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe to find her father, a gifted scientist, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Their journey will take them on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure—one that will threaten their lives and our universe.

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High Voltage by Jacqueline Harvey (Kensy and Max #8)

High Voltage

After a tumultuous school term, a family holiday with sunshine, sleep-ins and Portuguese tarts is just what Kensy and Max need. Granny Cordelia is adamant: there are to be no investigations while on vacation. When strange incidents start piling up, the twins are torn between their loyalty and their nose for adventure.As all leads point to the annual E-Prix championship, Kensy and Max find themselves drawn into the middle of a menacing plot. High-powered sports cars are not the only dangers on the streets of Sintra. Someone wants Wolf Motors and the Formula E car race to go up in smoke, and they won’t let anything or anyone get in their way.

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The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna

The Song of Lewis Carmichael

Matthew has dreamed and read about the North Pole for as long as he can remember. And he has done it secretly. It is a place that cannot be tarnished by the world in which he lives - a world in which he struggles to find answers and make friends, while everything seems to come easily to other children.But one day, a crow called Lewis Carmichael lands at Matthew's window - a crow who believes in Matthew in the most simple and ordinary ways. Soon, the unexpected voyage of a lifetime begins - and it will change everything...
An unforgettable adventure story from award-winning children's book author Sofie Laguna, with enchanting illustrations by Marc McBride.

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Eliza Vanda’s Button Box by Emily Rodda

Eliza Vanda's Button Box

No one saw Eliza Vanda arrive in Tidgy Bay that rainy winter afternoon. The sign advertising 'Cabins for Rent' was almost hidden by a pile of builder's rubble, but Eliza Vanda didn't seem at all put out by the mess.Life hasn't been much fun for Milly Dynes lately. There seem to be problems everywhere she looks. She's always loved her home in Tidgy Bay, but at the moment she wishes she was somewhere - anywhere - else. Then Eliza Vanda turns up-and magic comes with her…A sparkling new fantasy adventure from multi-award-winning author Emily Rodda.

Available as an eBook on Bolinda Digital

The Summer I Robbed a Bank by David O’Doherty

The Summer I Robbed a Bank

Rex's parents have split up, he's about to make the daunting move to secondary school, and to make matters worse he has to spend his summer holiday on a remote and rainy Irish island - with lots of unruly sheep for company. The only upside: he'll be staying with his strange and brilliant Uncle Derm. Then Rex discovers Uncle Derm is about to execute his most hair-brained plan yet - to rob the island's travelling bank! Like the local legend of medieval Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley, Uncle Derm plans to redistribute the money to local needy causes on the island and he needs Rex's help.

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

After decoding a scrap of paper in runic script, the intrepid Professor Lidenbrock and his nervous nephew Axel travel across Iceland to find the secret passage to the centre of the earth. Enlisting the silent Hans as a guide, the trio encounter a perilous and astonishing subterranean world of natural hazards, curious sights, forty foot mushrooms, prehistoric beasts and sea monsters.Journey to the Center of the Earth is a perilous and astonishing adventure, considered to be Jules Verne’s most extraordinary epic of science fiction.

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Welcome to Trashland by Stephen Cole

Welcome to Trashland

Theo lives in a vast dumping ground got broken electronics in Ghana. He searches the trash for metal scraps to sell for cash, and dreams of going to school and escaping this harsh life. So when Emanuel turns up with talk of buried treasure, Theo sees a chance to get out of Trashland. When Emanuel draws the attention of a local gang, Theo realises his new friend is keeping dangerous secrets. Welcome to Trashland is a thrilling new environmental adventure from bestselling author Steve Cole.

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