School Holiday Books: How To Keep The Kids Busy

School’s out but books are in! Read through our top recommendations and keep the kids occupied with fiction, journaling, craft and sports books.


As usual there are plenty of kid-friendly activities around the place during these school holidays, but it’s also the perfect weather for staying right where you are (70% chance of rain! A minimum of 8-degrees! Winds of up to 35km-per-hour! Brrr). But how do you stop them from climbing the walls? The answer is books… (well, you didn’t think I was going to try to sell you an X-box did you?).

When it’s too cold to venture out for picnics and exploring, let them curl up with one of these Enid Blyton adventures featuring brand new covers by some of our best-loved contemporary illustrators, including Quentin Blake and Oliver Jeffers. Which is your favourite?

When your Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan declares they’ve read ALL the books umpteen times, hand them a copy of The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself and let them become the author and illustrator of their own journal, with plenty of funny prompts and ideas to get them started.



For a Wimpy-free version that girls will love try Doodle Diary: Art Journaling For Girls or for older children get the brilliant Wreck This Journal.


If you can’t keep them inside and it’s a sporty holiday they’re after, let them cool down after a day on the footy field with a book from our Olympics range.


We’ve got books to suit all sporting enthusiasts: from crowd-pleasers like Sticker Dressing: Sports (250 stickers plus simple text); to the quirky The Story of the Olympics; or for a fascinating study there’s Carole Wilkinson’s The Games: The Extraordinary History of the Modern Olympics.

If your kids have been enjoying ABC3’s hilarious Horrible Histories programme, expand their knowledge with a book from our Horrible Histories range by Terry Deary - guaranteed to make learning about the past great fun.

We’ve got craft books and science experiment books galore, as well as card packs containing 50 or even 100 ideas for keeping busy.



My final shout-out has to go to The Stick Book - the title alone may appeal to parents like me with a child who collects sticks and rocks, insisting each one is special. When it all gets too much indoors, tell the kids to run outside and fetch a stick because this book contains loads of ideas for how to use them for adventure, bushcraft, creative play and music.


More fun than you can shake a great long muddy stick at.

emily-gale-staff-pic Emily Gale is a Children’s & YA Specialist at Readings Carlton, and a Children’s & YA writer the rest of the time. Her other title is ‘Mum’, or more accurately ‘Muuuuuuuuum!’

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