This half term we are switching off our mobile phones, tablets and TV screens and picking up a book! 'Which book?' you ask? We have compiled a selection of great reads that are 'in' right now and will brighten up your family afternoons, whether on the plane, on a beach or at home! From toddlers to tweens, do not fret, we've got you covered.

"Beastly Verse" by JooHee Yoon is a gorgeous book, making poetry come alive with her exquisite illustrations. JooHee is an illustrator and print maker whose work often appears in the New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, Le made and others. The book aims to help return poetry into children’s lives. Perfect for children age 5 and 7.

“LOTS” by Marc Martin is a beautifully illustrated book for curious globe-trotters both young and old! This book celebrates the world and allows the reader to travel from Hong Kong to the Amazon, Antarctica and India. There is so much to discover: the landscapes, cultures and oceans. This book is perfect for children between the ages of 5 and 10.

“Mind Hug” by Emily Arber and Vanessa Lovegrove is the perfect introduction to mindfulness for younger children. “This important and lovely storybook introduces mindfulness in an age-appropriate way. A mind hug is a simple, powerful idea that all children can use to pause for a few moments and ground themselves. To understand mindfulness early provides a good set up for life and helps to build resilient mental health, something that needs investment.” Pyschotherapist Sarah Gibbs.



“Press Here” by Herve Tullet begins with a simple yellow dot. Each page is filled with surprising instructions such as: shake the pages, tilt the book and takes the reader on a colourful journey! What’s incredible is that adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page. This book will definitely cause a few giggles not only amongst children, but adults too! Perfect for children from 1-3 years.


“Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls” by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavalo is packed with 100 incredible stories of extraordinary women from the past as well as the present. This book is all about all the rebel girls whose actions have changed history. Illustrated by 60 female artists from all around the world, this book is a real treat! Perfect for children from age 4+!

“The Invention of Hugo Cabinet” by Brian Selznick is about a twelve-year-old boy Hugo, who is an orphan living in the walls of a busy Paris train station. His survival depends on secrets and anonymity. Hugo’s secret is put in jeopardy when he meets an eccentric girl and her grandfather. This book is recommended for 8-12 year olds with love for an adventure!