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3 Jul

Heading into the Summer holidays, we’re all looking for something new to read and we’d love to see all our boys (and girls!) get stuck into a good book over the Summer! There are some fantastic bookshops in Bray, like Dubray or Bookstation, and online shops like and also have some great deals on books. Also, the local library has many of the books listed below on their shelves and the library staff would be happy to help you to choose something that would suit you!

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Kim Harte from recommended some fantastic books, if anyone is looking for some tips! Kim loves children’s literature and often appears on Ireland AM to make suggestions for books for children and young adults. Also, from checking out her list below, we can confirm that she has EXCELLENT taste in books!

For 6-8 year olds, Kim recommends:

  • A boy and a bear in a boat by Dave Shelton
  • The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs by Gary Northfield – a comic
  • Sleepwalkers by Vivian Schwarz – also a comic
  • The Mr Gum series by Andy Stanton
  • The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour by Jeremy Strong
  • The Iron Man by Ted Hughes  – some of the older readers may like this too
  • The Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems
  • Alan Nolan does great children’s comics published by the O’Brien Press and, as a bonus, he lives in Bray!

For older readers, Kim suggests:

  • Goblins by Philip Reeve
  • The Last Wild by Piers Torday
  • Definitely some Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy – Great characters and it’s set in Ireland!
  • Anything by David Walliams is perfect for Roald Dahl fans. He has a very similar sense of humour.
  • The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz & Young Bond series by Charlie Higson are both great for readers looking for spies and adventure
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • The Bell Between Worlds by Ian Johnstone – this one is a bit more of a challenge – it’s the first in a new series of books, but if you enjoyed the Narnia books by CS Lewis or Mr Foley’s favourite books by Philip Pullman, this could well be right up your street!

We also asked Kim for ideas for younger readers – don’t forget, reading to your younger brothers, sisters or cousins is a great way to practise your reading, but also a clever way to pick up brownie points! Kim recommends:

  • A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus by Mo Willems
  • Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen & Kevin Waldron
  • I Want My Hat Back & This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  • Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Thanks very much to Kim for all her help!

Has anyone any other suggestions? What are you reading at the moment?

3 Responses to “Summer Reading!”

  1. Ms. Brennan
    11:54 pm on July 3rd, 2013

    Great idea! One of my favourite things about the holidays is that I can get through lots of books quickly. I’d love to hear about what you’re all reading. One of the best memories of my childhood was going to the library with my brother and sisters during the summer months. Check out @SummerBuzz on twitter for updates on how to keep up your reading skills over the break!

  2. alex white
    11:26 am on July 9th, 2013

    This is the best school ever! Thanks Ms Whyte and the other teachers. I can’t stop thinking about the school 🙂

  3. alex white
    11:29 am on July 9th, 2013

    Thanks Ms. Brennan for putting the website together! My sister said she’s excited to see you! From Alex.

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