Top 15 Children’s Books to Read on Holiday

Whether your children enjoy reading on the plane or like to keep themselves entertained on the beach, we’ve selected a range of children’s books which are suitable for all ages, and which we’re sure will get your kids into the spirit of summer!


For the little ones:

Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

Perfect to get your children in the adventuring mood, Where the Wild Things Are is a classic children’s book that’s worth packing in your suitcase.


The Snail and the Whale, Julia Donaldson

A little snail decides it wants to sail the ocean, and gets a piggy back from a whale! A great book for little ones to read on the beach.


Pop-up Jungle, Fiona Watt

Journey through the jungle and learn about the exotic menagerie of animals that live there with this colourful pop-up book.


Travel Activity Book, James MacLaine

For something more practical, James MacLaine’s Travel Activity Book will keep kids occupied on that troublesome flight, with plenty of puzzles and activities to do.


Going on Holiday, Felicity Brooks

Designed for especially young children, Going on Holiday helps children understand travel and the basic dos and don’ts of going away.


For primary schoolers:

Roald Dahl Collection, Roald Dahl

There’s nothing more imaginative, engaging or colourful than the works of Roald Dahl. There’s plenty to choose from, but we love classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


Beyond the Deepwoods, Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

The beautifully illustrated Beyond the Deepwoods tells the story of a boy named Twig who gets lost in a magical woods filled with colourful characters. It’ll have your children yearning for adventure!


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K Rowling

No surprises here – J.K Rowling is the queen of children’s books. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is more light-hearted than the main Harry Potter series, making it perfect to take on holiday.


The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling

A great choice if you’re headed somewhere exotic on holiday (or to Disney!), the Jungle Book is a lively story filled with unforgettable characters, including the lovable Baloo.


The Famous Five Series, Enid Blyton

A classic for every generation, the Famous Five stories are bursting with mystery and adventure, and perfect for the summer holidays.


For young adults:

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein

If it’s a rambling adventure, filled with dwarves and dragons, you’re after, the Hobbit is a no-brainer, and perfect for any reading age, really.



The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is famous for his charming and unusual books, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane is no exception.


His Dark Materials, Phillip Pullman

If your children love fantasy, they’re bound to love Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, which is set to expand with his upcoming novel, The Book of Dust.


Tiffany Aching Series, Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series is great for young adults, and the perfect introduction to his Discworld series.


Tales of the Peculiar, Ransom Riggs

Great for teenagers, Tales of the Peculiar is filled with plenty of weirdness to spare. The short story format also makes it the perfect book to take on holiday.