Child sitting outside reading a book

Tips on books to enjoy this summer!

Finally summer is here! Long, lazy days with plenty of time for reading in the hammock, on the beach, in the lawn, under a parasol or just at home on the couch on a rainy day. Check out these reading tips on fresh books by ALMA laureates. Scroll down and you'll find teacher Ann-Marie Körling's tips on how to get your child to read in summer times.

Make note that we only mention the English title here. Please google to see if the book is translated into your local language!

For the youngest:

Hajbarnet av Barbro Lindgren och Charlotte Ramel

The Shark Child by Barbro Lindgren
(Rabén & Sjögren, 2020)

This excellent picture book is a nice little story about a curious shark child and his worried shark mother. The shark child thinks everything is fun, he wants to play, experience and get away. But how should he discover the world without the mother shark being worried? There will be great drama when the little shark child embarks on adventure under the surface and pushes the boundaries.

Reading age 3-6:

Cover of Cloud Bread by Baek Heena

Cloud Bread by Baek Heena (Hansol, 2011)

The celebrated breakthrough work Cloud Bread is a hopeful tale about a family that eats heavenly bread made of clouds which gives them the ability to fly. Cloud Bread playfully tells a story about miracles happening in the dreary day-to-day that grow out of caring of each other, but the book also explores new, experimental storytelling techniques where photography is a central expressive means.

Reading age 8-12:

Cover of th book McTavish takes the biscuit by Meg Rosoff

McTavish takes the biscuit by Meg Rosoff (Barrington Stoke Ltd, 2019)

A wonderful funny reading-out-loud book for the whole family. When Pa Peachey decides to enter the town bake-off competition, his grand plans turn out to be far more impressive than his baking skills. As Pa’s ambitions start to crumble, rescue dog McTavish smells disaster in the making. Can he find a way to save the Peachey family from disaster yet again? A book to love and laugh for those who like dogs but also for those who did not already know that they liked dogs.

Reading age 12+:

COver of La belle sauvage by Philip Pullman

The book of dust - La belle sauvage by Philip Pullman (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017)

The first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogy where he returns to the parallel world of His Dark Materials to expand on the story of Lyra! Malcolm's Oxford life has been one of routine. But now as the rain builds, the world around Malcolm is, it seems, set to become increasingly far from ordinary. Finding himself linked to a baby by the name of Lyra, Malcolm is forced to make a dangerous journey that will change him and Lyra for ever.

Reading age 15+:

If you come softly by Jacqueline Woodson (Penguin Books, 2010)

Written by the 2018 ALMA laureate, this book is about Jeremiah who is fifteen and black and Ellie who is fifteen and white. They meet at a private school and fall in love and then have to deal with how society treats them because they're an interracial couple. A powerful story of love that leaves readers wondering "why" and "if only . . ." A great read, and - frighteningly enough - it is centered around a theme that is as topical today as it was twenty years ago when the book was first published. 

How to get your child to read in summer times