1. Watch a classic book come to life on stage

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and friends are going on tour around the UK this summer! From May to July, you’ll be able to watch Eric Carle’s timeless stories come to life. It’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50th birthday and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate! Plus, all the shows are inclusive and have been designed to be autism-friendly so all children and families with sensory issues can enjoy.

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Very Hungry Caterpillar

2. Enjoy a book-inspired afternoon tea

If you’re in London over the summer and a Beatrix Potter fan, stop in at the Le Méridien Piccadilly hotel for a Peter Rabbit afternoon tea! From chamomile mousse and vegetable patch sandwiches to a bunny’s favourite carrot cake, this is a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon.

Book your afternoon tea now

Peter Rabbit afternoon tea

3. Create a summer reading nook

Make reading this summer extra fun by creating a summer reading nook together! It can be inside or outside or choose a new spot every week to keep things interesting. And best of all it doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant; follow our how to guide. Or take some tips from author Jacqueline Wilson below.

4. Start a summer book club

You’ll be spending lots of time together over the summer, so start a parent and child book club. And who doesn’t love being part of a club? This is a great way to add some excitement to reading over the summer and encourage book discussions; what did you like? What didn’t you like? Don’t forget snacks!

Book club

5. Wander along a fairy trail

Visit Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire this summer to meet the Alphabet Fairies. From July to September, take part in an interactive Alphabet Fairies Garden Trail inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s beautiful illustrations. Complete fairy games and activities around the Gardens. Can you find the fairy kingdom where the King Cup Fairy and Queen of the Meadow Fairy reign?

The Alphabet Fairies Garden Trail , Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA (23 July to 8 September 2019)

Fairy trail

6. Write a novel

On those inevitable rain-filled British summer days, put pen to paper and write your own novel. Follow Jacqueline Wilson’s, Ade Edmondson’s and Steven Butler’s tips for writing stories. And for budding illustrators, have a go at creating your own picture book

write a novel

7. Or spit some rhymes (poetry that is)

If you’re a promising poet, try writing your own ridiculous verses this summer. Best of all, poems don’t have to be long or rhyme! Try a Haiku which only requires five syllables on lines one and three, and seven on line two. We have a plethora of poetry books to inspire fledgling rhymesters and some pointers from author Michael Rosen on how to perform poems.

Write poems

8. Meet Charlie Changes into a Chicken author Sam Copeland

Fans of this new laugh-out-loud series can meet the author Sam Copeland and illustrator Sarah Horne. Bring along your own copy – or grab one in The Book Nook – and get it signed! Afterwards, you can stop by the child-friendly café, hang around for story time or play in the bookshop’s very own pirate ship.

Book your place now: The Book Nook, 1 St Johns Place, First Avenue, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FJ (18 June 2019)

Sam Copeland

9. Discover (or rediscover) new book characters

One of the best things about books is the characters. And what better time to find new ones to fall in love with than over the summer! If you like to laugh out loud, work your way through the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Or if you enjoy stories with lots of mischief and magic, Roald Dahl’s selection of tales will do just the trick. And if it’s feisty characters you like best, read all of the Tracy Beaker tales and earn badges with this fun read-along challenge

Discover characters

10. Get a library card

If you’re a passionate reader and love nothing more than to be surrounded by books, get a library card this summer. Not only you be able to wander the shelves and read as many books as you like, but often libraries hold fun events. Here are some of our favourite libraries around the UK. 


11. Or take a tour of all the best kid’s bookshops in the UK

If, like all bookworms, you want to add to your own personal library – and who can blame you – get lost in some of the best bookshops for kids. As well as filled with wonderful tales and characters, some of these shops have reading nooks, story events and live-in cats!


12. Download a Puffin activity pack

For when you’re stuck indoors on those rainy summer days – scribble, stick and have fun beyond the book. We’ve put together three age-specific activity packs so all you need to do is download and print! 

Summer activity packs

13. Get crafty and make something

There’s no better time to get creative than over the summer break! Wannabe astronauts can build their own rocket ship; budding scientists can make a lava lamp; or if you’re a bug lover, start your own worm farm. If you’re planning on doing lots of reading this summer, then make a Roald Dahl bookmark. And if you just want to be messy there’s only one thing you should do; make some slime!

Get creative

14. Sit back and listen to your favourite stories

Are you and your family planning on spending a lot of time travelling over the summer? Listening to an audiobook in the car is a great way to enjoy stories – and prevent any motion sickness that can happen when reading! Audiobooks are also fun to listen too when doing other things, like crafts or baking, or just before bedtime.


15. Become a super sleuth over the summer

With all that free time over the summer, you can’t help but observe and notice when some things are afoot. So, banish boredom and become an expert detective with detective Daisy Wells’ how-to guide. Now all you need is your first case and a partner. And on those days when you’d rather do some low-key detecting, have a go at solving this murder mystery.

Become a detective

16. Host your own Puffin picnic

One of the best parts of the warmer summer weather is being able to dine al fresco! So, host your own picnic! You can do this in your local park, on the beach or in your own garden. As well as delicious snacks, blankets and pillows, and great company; make it a proper Puffin affair with our book-inspired bunting and fun headgear

Have a picnic

17. Star in your own play – as your favourite Puffin characters!

Love being up on stage and performing for everyone? Then why not put on your own play and star as your favourite book character? We’ve got a selection of costumes to get you started. From wimpy kid Greg Heffley and a detective from the Murder Most Unladylike series to a ghostbusting agent (if you want to add a little action to the story!)

Host a play

18. Throw a book-inspired sleepover

You don’t have to be up early for school, so that means lots of fun sleepovers during the summer holidays! Need help getting your sleepover off to a flying start? Download our Creakers sleepover kit. Want some fun party games to keep your VIP’s entertained? Try our Twits party game or our Tracy Beaker party pack. Then when the lights are down and everyone is snuggled up, share a story or two. We recommend The Puffin Book of Ghosts & Ghouls and Little Badman.

Host a sleepover

19. Play book bingo!

Turn reading over the summer into a game! Download and print off our book bingo sheet for inventive ways to enjoy a story and try different genres. Read under a tree; read a non-fiction book, visit a library; are you up to the challenge?

Book bingo

20. Enjoy a Pirates and Mermaids-themed story time

If you’re on the lookout for swashbuckling tales, head to your nearest SEA LIFE centre. They’ll be hosting brilliant story time sessions, featuring some of our beloved classic tales, including Peter Pan, Treasure Island, The Fairytale Hairdresser and The Little Mermaid. Perfect for some downtime as a family.

Book your tickets to SEA LIFE now (20 July – 8 September 2019)


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