Summer reads

Summer reads

Recommended by Pickled Pepper Books


Reading Beauty, By Deborah Underwood – 2-7 years

An update of the classic fairy tale for the modern princess, this action-packed picture book gives us an independent heroine whose love of reading breaks a curse, redeems the evil fairy, and creates her own happily-ever-after. The exciting sequel to Interstellar Cinderella.

Maybe, By Chris Haughton – 2-7 years
Chris Haughton has created yet another wonder for story time. Maybe is a cautionary tale full of fun, suspense, and lots of delicious mangoes! Three little monkeys are left with just one instruction – don’t go down to the mangoes as there are tigers lurking. But can the naughty monkeys resist? Surely just going to take a peek can’t hurt?

Shark block, By Christopher Franceschelli (author) and Peskimo (illustrator) – 0-3 years
Easily the safest way to interact with sharks, Shark Block is the latest in the popular board book series from Abrams. Full of cut-out windows, pullout pages, and bold illustrations this will teach you and your baby or toddler all you could ever want to know about nature’s most exciting predator.

Hey You, By Dapo Adeola (author). Illustrated by Dapo Adeola, Alyissa Johnson, Sharee Miller, Jade Orlando, Diane Ewen, Reggie Brown, Onyinye Iwu, Chante Timothy and Gladys Jose – 2-7 years
There are so many good books to help children and their grown-ups talk about emotions now. Here is another great one exploring happiness, and what it feels like. This is the second of Eva Eland’s picture books that helps little ones deal with big emotions.

Big Sky Mountain, By Alex Milway – 5-8 years
Just the thing to get children excited about the outdoors, this is the first in a new series from the author of Hotel Flamingo. Rosa has come from the city to live with Grandma Nan in the wilds of Big Sky Mountain where there are oh-so-many adventures to be had. As fun as things may be, trouble soon comes knocking in the form of some unexpected visitors.

Twitch, By M.G. Leonard – 8-12 years
A brand new, super-duper exciting mystery adventure all about… birdwatching? Twitch loves birdwatching. He has three pet chickens, four pigeons, and swallows nesting in his bedroom! But when he finds out that a convicted robber has escaped prison and is hiding in the woods, he decides to use his birdwatching talents for a bit of detective work. This adventure is great fun and full of drama.

Do Something for Someone Else, By Michael Platt (author) , Loll Kirby (author), and Yas Imamura (illustrator) – 4 years+
A gorgeously illustrated call to action for young children to spread kindness and do good deeds. Do Something for Someone Else features real-life stories from children whose small acts of goodwill are changing the lives of others accompanied by a how-to-help section, with simple steps to inspire young readers to take action at home and at school. will fire your child’s imagination, help them label their emotions and expand their comprehension. What’s not to love.