The summer holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy reading and to take time to discover some of the superb books which are available. Over the year, we have reviewed hundreds of books covering all interests and for all age groups. We add to our reviews as frequently as new books are released, so make sure you keep checking back at Best New Books to see what we've added. There are so many wonderful books I wanted to include but space didn't allow it, so please look at the reviews on the site.
Our worksheets on specific books and authors are an excellent way to encourage children to think about the books they are reading and to give them a background to the story. Many of them also include comprehension passages. You can find the entire range here. For the younger children, we have Thomas the Tank Engine; Winnie the Pooh is always a favourite. Older readers will enjoy learning more about The Lord of the Flies. These pages are also excellent for use in school, by librarians and teachers.
Many children enjoy - and even prefer - non fiction. If children are somewhat reluctant to read, they can often be encouraged by receiving books which are about a favourite hobby, sport or personality. Below you will find some books which may be of interest - please look at our non-fiction reviews for more.
The World Around Us Whether you are going away for a holiday, having days out in the country or at the seaside, or staying at home visiting local parks and open spaces, the summer is a great time to get to know more about the world around us. Here are some super books to encourage and inform children.
Why not use their new-found knowledge to try out some of our fun nature quizzes? Our Nature Quiz will encourage children to observe the world around them and if they don't know the answers, suggest they use books to do some research. We also have a Plant Quiz and our Weather Quiz is all about that all-important topic.
Teachers - do you know that we have a comprehensive collection of books from major educational publishers on the site? These include Raintree, Bloomsbury and Hachette and you will find the reviews invaluable when choosing books for the classroom or school library. Our page on Book Resources for Teachers includes recommendations and links.
We have a wide range of resources to encourage reading and the use of libraries. One of the best ways to encourage reading is The Summer Reading Challenge which takes place every year during the summer holidays. Children can sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all FREE.
Enjoying the world around us Here are some books full of ideas for outdoor activities, come rain or shine.
Activity books are a fantastic way to keep children occupied during journeys, to have on hand perhaps when waiting for meals or appointments, or to take out into the garden and enjoy. They are an excellent way to develop and reinforce many key skills, including concentration, reasoning and creativity.