We are switching off our mobile phones, tablets and TV screens and picking up a book! 'Which book?' you ask? We have compiled a selection of great reads that will brighten up your family afternoons, whether on the plane, on a beach or at home! From toddlers to tweens, do not fret, we've got you covered.
1. Fing- David Walliams
Meet the Meeks! Myrtle Meek has everything she could possibly want. But everything isn't enough. She wants more, more, MORE! When Myrtle declares she wants a FING, there's only one problem... What is a FING? Mr and Mrs Meek will do anything to keep their darling daughter happy, even visit the spooky library vaults to delve into the dusty pages of the mysterious Monsterpedia. Their desperate quest leads to the depths of the jungliest jungle where the rarest creatures can be found. But will they ever find a FING?
2. Zog- Julia Donaldson
Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He's also the most accident-prone. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help him with his toughest test: capturing a princess?
3. Peppa the Mermaid- Peppa Pig
Peppa and Rebecca Rabbit would love to be mermaids! When they come up with a plan to have an under-the-sea party, Peppa gets carried away and invites all her friends over for a swimming disco with starfish-shaped sandwiches and a real beach! There's just one problem... Mummy and Daddy Pig aren't prepared for this at all .
4. Mary Poppins- P.L.Travers
When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins into the home of the banks children, their lives go topsy-turvy and are changed forever. More than eighty years since we first met Mary Poppins, this original, classic story is still charming readers and transporting new fans into the mysterious world of everyone's favourite magical nanny.
5. There's a Dragon in Your Book- Tom Fletcher
OH LOOK, there's an EGG in your book! But this isn't any old egg - there's a dragon in it . . . And pretty soon she has set your book ON FIRE. OH NO! Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott have created a fantastically interactive sequel to their bestselling There's a Monster in Your Book. Children will love stroking, poking and flapping the book to make magic happen as they turn the pages. Can they help Little Dragon find a way to stop the fire and fly off on her own adventure?
6. The Tiger Who Came to Tea- Judith Kerr
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! This inimitable picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again.
7. My Mum Tracy Beaker- Jacqueline Wilson
Tracy has returned, hand in hand with her daughter Jess, and she's ready to make her childhood dreams come true. Jess and Tracy Beaker are the perfect team. They do everything together. Jess thinks Tracy is the best mum ever, even when she shouts at her teachers! Tracy has made the perfect home for Jess, leaving The Dumping Ground far behind her. Yes, their flat's a bit mouldy. It's only just big enough for two. And the Duke Estate is a bit scary. But it's their happy home. Until Sean Godfrey, Tracy's rich boyfriend, whisks them away to his mansion, life of fast cars and celebrity stardom. Will Jess's brilliant mum turn into a new person altogether?
8. Tiddler- Julia Donaldson
The smallest fish can tell the tallest tales ... "Sorry I'm late, Miss. I set off really early but on the way to school I was captured by a squid. I wriggled and I struggled till a turtle came and rescued me." "Oh, no, he didn't." "OH, YES, HE DID." Tiddler is a little fish with a BIG imagination! What ever will he come up with next?
9. Birthday Boy- David Baddiel
This is the story of Sam Green, who really, really, really loves birthdays. He loves the special breakfasts in bed. The presents. The themed parties. Blowing out the candles on his cake. Everything. He is so excited about his 11th birthday, in fact, that he wishes it was his birthday every day. So, at first, it's quite exciting when his birthday happens again the next morning. And again. And again. And again... But it's not long before things start to go wrong.
10. The Ice Monster- David Walliams
When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster - a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole - she's determined to discover more... A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, and sparks the adventure of a lifetime - from London to the heart of the Arctic!