The best books for the summer holidays

    Illustration by Rob Biddulph

    Emma O’Donovan rounds up her top books for the summer holidays



    Age 2-4: Sunk! By Rob Biddulph
    Penguin Blue is sure to inspire piratical adventure in young shipmates, as he sets sail to discover hidden treasure. But will the sinking ship scupper his plans?£12.99, Harper Collins

    Age 2-4: Sun by Sam Usher
    The sun is shining and conditions are perfect for a picnic with Grandpa and some unexpected visitors. This has all the characteristics of a classic. £6.99, Templar Publishing

    Age 2-4: What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks
    Anarchic fun unravels as two cheeky robbers plan to steal the Queen’s crown. Will Ladybird foil their plans? £11.99, Macmillan Children’s Books



    Age 5-7: King Coo by Adam Stower
    You will never meet anyone quite like King Coo, but if perchance you should, you are in for the time of your life. This book shines with brilliance. £9.99, David Fickling Books



    Age 5-7: Enid Blyton Summer Holiday Stories by Enid Blyton 
    A nostalgic celebration of the simple pleasures in life – what could be more delightful than a trip to the seaside? £6.99, Hodder Children’s Books



    Age 5-7: Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Up, Up and Away! by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton
    Doughnuts, disguises and doggy detective work are all that’s needed to defeat dastardly Red Rocket. £5.99, Nosy Crow



    Age 8-10: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth
    Join Tash as she ventures across Tibet in search of the Dalai Lama, who may hold the key to rescuing her parents. £6.99, Orion Children’s Books



    Age 8-10: The Bolds on Holiday by Julian Clary and David Roberts
    Camping in Cornwall has never looked so crazy, as the hyena family hit the coast in chaotic style. A beautifully illustrated, laugh-a-minute romp. £6.99, Andersen Press


    Age 8-10: Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by Rob Lloyd Jones
    When the family go to Cairo on holiday, Jake and Pan’s parents vanish, and it’s up to the twins to find them. £6.99, Walker Books



    Interactive: Picture This! by Paul Thurlby
    Based on works found in the National Gallery, Paul Thurlby lends his brilliant retro illustrations to this interactive book, sure to promote a life-long love of art. £5, Hodder Children’s Books



    Interactive: Out and About: Night Explorer!
    This brilliant kit comes complete with torch, star map and glow-in-the-dark stickers, perfect for promoting fun learning. This would make the ideal gift for budding young adventurers. £12.99, Nosy Crow


    Activity: Spot the Difference: Things That Go
    Stuck in traffic? Little ones will love this vehicle-themed spot the difference book. Vibrant pages encourage observational skills in pre-schoolers. £4.99, Dorling Kindersley