Mini Travellers Children’s Book Recommendations for June 2019


It’s June, the sun is shining and the summer holidays are fast approaching. We’ve got a fantastic selection of books this month whether you’re looking for ways to entertain young readers at home or on holiday. Do keep an eye on the Mini Travellers twitter account for a chance to win copies of some of the books featured.

 Picture Books

 Zoology for Babies by Jonathan Litton and Thomas Elliott (Caterpillar Press)

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With bright, bold artwork and a lift-the-flap ending, this board book is perfect for very young readers who love animals. Zoology for Babies is part of a series with other including Anatomy for Babies, Botany for Babies and Architecture for Babies.

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Who’s Hiding at the Seaside by Katharine McEwen (Nosy Crow)

With over 20 little flaps and full of all kinds of sea creatures to discover, this beautiful book has been a big hit in my house. It’s been perfect to read with my 2 year old ahead of our holiday to the coast.

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I Really Want To Win by Simon Philip & Lucia Gaggiotti (Templar Publishing)

The little girl in this story is desperate to win a medal and a trophy. But when events don’t quite go to plan, she finds herself learning an unexpected lesson.

With plenty of humour, a great message and lovely bright artwork, my 4 year old has really enjoyed reading this.

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5-8 years

 The Adventures of Harry Stevenson by Ali Pye (Simon & Schuster)

Harry Stevenson might seem like an ordinary guinea pig, (who loves to eat and sleep, and eat some more), but somehow he always ends up on extraordinary adventures. With plenty of humour and illustrations throughout, this is an entertaining story for young readers.

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The Backpack Activity Book by John Bigwood and Joseph Wilkins (Buster Books)

Packed full of games and puzzles from mazes to brainteasers, this 96 page book is perfect for taking on a journey. There is another book in the same series called Amazing Pen and Paper Games which is full of even more puzzles to keep readers busy.

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Never Get Bored Outdoors (Usborne)

This 128 page book is jam packed with plenty of ideas and activities for things to do outside, from ball games to picnic recipes and from tree spotting to throwing boomerangs. This book is perfect for the summer holidays.

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8-12 years

Lampie and Children of the Sea by Annet Schaap, translated by Laura Watkinson (Pushkin Children’s)

After disaster strikes one stormy night, Lampie the lighthouse keeper’s daughter is sent to work as a maid at the Admiral’s house. There are rumours a monster lives in the tower there, but what Lampie actually discovers changes the course of her life forever. With it’s fairy tale feel, cast of quirky characters and strong themes of friendship and celebrating differences, this is a brilliant read by a bestselling Dutch author.

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The Lost Book of Adventure from the notebooks of the Unknown Adventurer by Teddy Keen (Frances Lincon Children’s Books)

This beautiful book is based on notebooks and sketchbooks discovered in a sealed metal container in the Amazon by outdoor enthusiast Teddy Keen. It contains 192 pages about everything you need to know to survive and thrive in the wild – from building shelters to tying knots. With it’s stunning artwork, this is perfect for inspiring a love of adventure and the great outdoors.

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No Ballet Shoes In Syria by Catherine Bruton (Nosy Crow)

Eleven year old Aya, her mum, and baby brother arrive in the UK seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a ballet lesson, the teacher recognises her talent but she may not be allowed to remain in the country long enough to fulfil it. This is a beautiful, powerful story and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Young Adult

The Wickerlight by Mary Watson (Bloomsbury)

Two months after Laila was found dead on the village green, her sister Zara is determined to solve the riddle of why, and how, she died. But as she retraces Laila’s footsteps and starts to learn more about local folk law, she soon finds herself tangled up in an ancient feud. With the perfect blend of magic, mystery and romance, this is a compelling read.

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I Will Not Be Erased’ Our Stories About Growing Up As People of Colour. Gal-dem. (Walker Books)

This is an insightful collection of 14 stories by women and non-binary people of colour talking honestly about their experiences growing up. Inspired by teenage diaries, letters and poems, each essay explores themes ranging from identity to friendship and activism. No matter the reader’s background, these stories help you realise that whatever you’re facing, you’re not alone.

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My Secret Lies With You by Faye Bird (Usborne)

Last summer Alys appeared and then vanished without a trace. This summer Cait is the new girl in town, another girl has been reported missing and Cait is desperate to uncover the truth about what happened to Alys. This is a gripping summer read perfect for the holidays.

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Some books have been gifted by the Publishers but all views are my own.

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A mum of two, Naomi Jones spent eight years working for Children’s Publishers in London and now works as a freelance writer, editor and children’s publishing professional.

3 thoughts on “Mini Travellers Children’s Book Recommendations for June 2019”

  1. what a great list of book for kids. During travel they need to learn lots of thing and adopt something new. The Wickerlight by Mary Watson (Bloomsbury) already in our home and it’s so comprehensive!

  2. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. Big thanks for the useful info.


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