Win a Fabulous Bundle of Summer Reads For Your Kids!

As the summer stretches before us, what could be better than lazing away a few days with new books? It’s certainly how I used to spend my summers as a child, still do in fact! Which is why today I wanted to share with you these five books, from the team at Puffin, Ladybird and Penguin, that we have been reading and enjoying here, along with the chance to win them all!

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney

Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has chronicled his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals. Now it’s Rowley’s turn to give his side of the story. But Rowley has agreed to tell Greg’s story along the way, too. (After all, Greg says one day he will be rich and famous and the world will need to know how he managed it). But Rowley’s stories about Greg might not be quite what his friend had in mind . . .

Age range: 8+ years

The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding

Charlie’s racehorse has certainly earned the name Noble Warrior: he won the Derby against all odds and bested a bunch of nasty kidnappers.

But now Noddy is facing his greatest challenge yet . . . Charlie’s best friend Polly is still recovering from an accident that left her almost paralysed. But Polly has a real talent with horses – and she and Charlie are determined not to let it go to waste. Can the two best friends find a way to make Polly’s equestrian dreams come true?

Age range: 7+ years

Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

In a little cottage on the edge of the grand Somerset Estate, Mona lives with her aunt – a dressmaker to the lady of the house. Even though Mona never knew her mother and father, she knows Aunty tries to give her the best life she can. When Lady Somerset dies and a new member of the family inherits the house, life changes drastically for Mona. Suddenly she’s invited to dazzling balls, dines on delicious food and plays with wild new friends. But with these changes come secrets that Mona can’t dance away from…

Age range: 9+ years

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Just twelve years old and already he’s a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family’s fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping. Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise.

Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous – and extremely high-tech – fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war? Let the misadventure begin.

Age range: 9+ years

Charlie Turns into a T-Rex by Sam Copeland

When dad’s business takes a sudden turn for the worse, the McGuffin family face the terrible prospect of having to sell their house and move in with Aunt Brenda and her seventeen cats. Only Charlie and best friends Flora, Mohsen and Wogan can save the day.
Trouble is, the pressure is getting to Charlie, making it harder for him to control when he changes into an animal – and harder still to change back. Can Charlie’s friends help him master his powers once and for all, or will he end up stuck as a pigeon forever?

Age range: 7+ years

Our Thoughts

The children and I are loving reading these books. Some are new authors to us and some are familiar favourites.

Boo read Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid first, and she devoured it within a few hours. She’s read all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and tells me that this one is just as brilliant as those. She flew through and enjoyed The Racehorse Who Learned To Dance and she’s currently reading Dancing the Charleston, which is her fourth Jacqueline Wilson book. She likes these as she has read several of her books set in different times and she is learning about the social history as much as she is enjoying the characters and the story-line.

We are reading Artemis Fowl together, after school each afternoon. I have to say, I am loving it! What a great character he is, and the kids are both alternating between laughing and gasping at his antics! We have Charlie Turns into a T-Rex on the list next.

Competition Time!

Now it’s your chance to win books! One of my readers will win these five books, and all you need to do to enter is use the rafflecopter below. The competition is open to over 18s, UK only, and it closes at 12am 9th August 2019. Good luck!

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200 thoughts on “Win a Fabulous Bundle of Summer Reads For Your Kids!”

  1. Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson because I love the author and I love ballroom dancing and Strictly Come Dancing!

    1. Joanna Kasznicki

      Diary of an awesome friendly kid for my son. He loves the diary of a wimpy kid books so this will appeal to him

  2. Sally Collingwood

    Charlie Turns into a T-Rex by Sam Copeland, my grandson Alexander would think this is hilarious!

  3. Agnieszka Higney

    My daughter loves Jacqueline Wilson’s books and Strictly-so Dancing the Charleston looks like a winner to me!

    1. We would love to win The books and Diary of an Awesome Friendly kid sounds great, we loved reading the Diary of a wimpy kid series by the same author.

  4. Sarah Brierley

    Dancing the Charleston-by Jacqueline Wilson. I would love for my 8yr old to get into Jacqueline’s books, they were a childhood favourite of mine. Also of course I then get to share them with her ?

  5. Charlie Turns into a T Rex because my son really likes dinosaurs, he loves reading to himself before bed, I think he’d enjoy that

  6. Hello! I think the book that appeals the most to me is probably ‘Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid’ by Jeff Kinney. I used to enjoy reading the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ to my daughter and I bet these are just as funny! If I was lucky enough to win then I would these books give them to a local families charity. Thank you.

  7. Diary of an awesome friendly kid would appeal to my sons as they love the dairy of a wimpy kid books. It would be good to see it from Rowley’s perspective ?☺️

  8. Margaret Wacey

    Charlie Turns into a T-Rex sounds a wonderfully imaginative story that I am sure my grandson would love.

  9. My 7 year old loves Jaqueline Wilson after reading Wave me Goodbye with his class this year, so he would love to read this one.

  10. Natalie Burgess

    Charlie turns into a t rex because my son loves dinosaurs and this sounds really imaginative! Xx

  11. Dancing the Charlston as I grew up reading Jaqueline Wilson so would love to pass on my love of this author to new generations

  12. Lorraine Tinsley

    Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson as I have read quite a few of her other books when I was younger, I think they will appeal to my daughters

  13. Artemis Fowl because it’s the book I would love to read to my grandchildren. It sounds to have a strong central character who is up against high tech fairies. What’s not to like.

  14. Jennifer Bruce

    Our niece would love The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance. She loves to dance, and always shoes an interest when we go to Aintree as a family

  15. Rachel Butterworth

    Charlie Turns into a T-Rex. My nephew is obsessed with dinosaurs and has really gotten into books this last six months.

  16. The new Jacqueline Wilson book, my daughter has read most of her books, so I’m sure she would love to read this one first

  17. Catia Rodrigues

    Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid because my kids have read almost all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and they really enjoyed them.

  18. Diary of an awesome friendly kid as my daughter has read the Wimpy kid books before and really enjoyed them

  19. The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding. We all love horses in this house, and it sounds like a really uplifting tale.

  20. The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding because Amelia really wants to learn dressage after she has finished her horse riding training

  21. Hazel Christopher

    Charlie Turns Into A T-Rex because I know it would be the one my son loved most as he loves dinosaurs

  22. The Jaqueline Wilson one appeals to me the most as she was my favourite author about 10 years ago. I read all her books and enjoyed the tv adaptation of her book ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’ so I am sure this book would be amazing too!!

  23. Charlie turns into a T Rex because my son has always loved Dinosaurs and I think he would enjoy a book on the subject. Especially where a boy turns into one.

  24. Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson, My daughter is a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan and would love this

  25. Cathrine Jensen

    I remember reading Artemis Fowl as a teenager. Would love to share that stories with the young children I have in my life now.

  26. Charlie turns into a T Rex, my daughter is obsessed with dino’s at the moment and would love to read this with me 🙂

  27. Rachel Mccraith

    Diary of an awesome friendly kid. My little ones love the wimpy kid series, so I’m sure this would go down a treat

  28. Karen Stirling

    ‘Charlie turns into a dinosaur’, because my 7 year old LOVES dinosaurs and his best friend is called Charlie.

  29. Kay Broomfield

    Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid I think would really appeal to my eldest son as he’s both awesome and friendly!

  30. Diary of an awesome friendly kid… I love the Diary of a wimpy kid series so this sounds great!! Would be interested to see what Rowley has to say lol x

  31. Dancing the Charleston appeals to me. We love Jacqueline Wilson’s books, especially those set in a different period of history 🙂

    Thank you for a great giveaway!

  32. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney its a book my daughter would love, but i think she would enjoy reading them all


    Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson as we are currently enjoying reading other Jaqueline Wilson books at the moment

  34. Definitely the Jacquline Wilson book. Takes me right back to when I was younger getting so excited for all of her new books!

  35. Charlie turns into a t- rex ! My niece loves all things dinosaur at the minute . I know she’d be thrilled if I won a copy.

  36. My eldest son loves diary of the wimpy kid he enjoys watching the movies and has read a couple of the stories this would be a great prize for him thank you

  37. Margaret Clarkson

    Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney because I’ve read and enjoyed all the “Wimpy Kid” books and I would like to read this one from Rowley’s point of view.

  38. holly harmsworth

    Dancing the charleston by Jacqueline Wilson because I used to love her books when I was growing up.

  39. Natasha Whitehead

    Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney as my daughter loves the Wimpy Kid books so I think she would really enjoy reading this.

  40. Diary of an awesome friendly kid, one of my sons is dyslexic and he finds the pictures in the book hold his interest enough for him to work his way through – thank you

  41. Diary of an awesome friendly kid. My children have read all the wimpy kid books and seen the films and really enjoy them!

  42. The Racehorse who learned to Dance. Sounds like fun. We are fond of animals, and also like some easy listening jovial music ( nothing loud). Cheery stories can be so entertaining.

  43. I’d love the Artemis Fowl book because there are some adult themes about restoring justice which is something we try to instil in him. We’re way too political in our family.

  44. Rebecca Whatmore

    The race horse who learned to dance – it covers two of my niece’s hobbies – riding horses and dancing.

  45. Artemis Fowl it would be and because it looks more action and fun from the cover. Looks like something I would enjoy reading.

  46. The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance, My kids granddad used to be a jockey, they have heard all sorts of stories from the stables but never one about a dancing horse

  47. I think the Clare Balding book appeals the most because both Piper and Daisy love horses so I think they would really get into this one

  48. Diary of an awesome friendly kid my girls love stuff like this, i find it hard buying enough books to keep up with their reading!

  49. Definitely Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson, she is both my Daughter’s and my own favourite author 🙂

  50. I’d love to read the Claire Balding book as I loved her autobiography and loved horse stories as a child but think my son will want to read Diary of an awesome friendly kid as he loves all the Wimpy Kids books.

  51. They all sound fantastic but I know both of my two love and my niece love the wimpy kid series so it would be Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney for us!

  52. Claire Hennighan

    My daughter is excited about the Jacqueline Wilson book, but as my kids are aged 8 and 10, the whole bundle would be perfect.

  53. Artemis Fowl, It has everything, a baddie, fairy, and crime.. just the kind of book I am always looking out for for the kids and myself.

  54. The Jacqueline Wilson book as my youngest has been reading her books for a few months now. Although she’s already read the first 4 Artemis Fowl books and really enjoyed them

  55. The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding. My friend’s little girl loves horses and I think this book in particular would appeal to her. Thank you!

  56. My little bookworms would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read Dancing the Charleston as Jacqueline Wilson is one of their favourite writers. Soooo lovely.

  57. Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson I grew up loving jacqueline wilson and now my stepdaughters have grown up loving her too this would enhance their collection of books and perhaps give them a new favourite

  58. Awsome Friendly Kid its rare to get kids like that round my area and and is a great read with my daughter most books are

  59. Pippa Ainsworth

    My 9 year old has earmarked the Artemis Fowl books as his next series to read so I think that would appeal most

  60. The Racehorse who Learned to Dance sounds brilliant. My daughter loved the first two books in the series and she is passionate about dancing, so i think she will enjoy the latest instalment.

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