Our Summer Book Basket


It is a hot & heady summer here, with daily dippings into our Summer book basket. The seasonal baskets work well here – it keeps the books fresh and cries of joy can be heard when we are reunited with our old friends!

Summer by Gerda Muller

A favourite from when the girls were little. This wordless board book still brings smiles.

Mudpies and Other Recipes 

A cookbook for dolls! Perfect for summer baking & cooking for children of all ages & their favourite dolls & teddybears. So sweet and includes classic recipes such as Dandelion Souffle, Mock Mud Puddle Soup & Honeysuckle Wine. Utterly gorgeous.

Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

A soulful book for both children & their grown-ups. Thought-provoking; it helps us to think about the ‘why’s’ of our lives, where we are headed & who we truly are.

Cloud Boy by Rhode Montijo

A simple, dreamy book with few words about a little Cloud Boy who feels lonely. A lovely book, perfect for reading in the garden and then lying on your back looking for pictures in the sky…

Peter in Blueberry Land by Elsa Beskow

Peter is on a hunt for blueberries for his Mother as a birthday gift. He finds more than he bargained for!

The Sun Egg

Fairies, Elves, Gnomes & animals, oh my!

The Flowers Festival by Elsa Beskow

The fairies invite Lisa to their midsummer festival. The little details in this book make it so very special and as always the illustrations of Elsa Beskow are just beautiful. This is a firm favourite of Elianna.

Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow

This one is Mummy’s favourite book! Another superbly illustrated Elsa Beskow book that introduces the child to the process of how clothes were made in times gone by. Pelle shears his lamb & trades jobs with family & neighbours to get the fleece carded, spun, woven & eventually made into a new suit. Beautifully rhythmic. A lovely springtime / summer read.

From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman

Lots to learn in this Junior science book all about the lifecycle of a butterfly.

The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony

A superb story about the journey of a Dandelion seed with a subtle metaphor for trust.

Be a Friend to Trees by Patricia Lauber

Another of mummy’s favourite books. A junior science book that not only covers the ‘how’ but the ‘why’. Trees are a valuable natural resource & this book explains why they must be protected.

Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen

An early nature reader that introduces the child to Bees in an interesting & fun way. A favourite of Rose.

Are You A Ladybird? by Judy Allen

Another in the series, this time about Ladybirds. Colourful illustrations that bring the Ladybird to life.

Toad by the Road by Joanne Ryder

A wonderful poem that takes us through the year with our friends the Toads.A book much loved by Rose.


Pollinating Pet by Jude Tonkin

A great book to learn about the job that bees do in our world, with a page in the back of the book with ideas for cross curriculum learning.

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Thorough, interesting & surprising, this books does a wonderful job of teaching about seeds with wonderful watercolour illustrations & great text.

Summer is a great opportunity to laze on a blanket in the garden under our Magnolia tree with a stack of books, or sit by the book basket with a friend. I have collected our books over many years & always look to add more. I would love to hear about your favourite summertime reads in the comments.


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