Apr 222024
Some summer reads as the temperature begins to soar in April-May 2024
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Come summer and we’re all looking for good reads along with activity books for our kids. Here are some our members got, gifted, grabbed on deals, reviewed and recommended!


Mr. Peekaboo Rat (A Hide-and-Seek Adventure Picture book on Kindness, Empathy, and Friendship by Big Beetle Books for 0-3 years
Ouchie Ouchie! (A relatable Indian picture book about injury, pain, self-care for 0-3 years) Board book

BIG BEETLE BOOKS come in both paperback and board books and have many other titles – both in English and Hindi.

Chameleon’s Favourite Colour by Carly Gledhill for 2-5 years. Another popular book the same author is Bat Cant Sleep: A Peep-Through Adventure. All the other books by the author can be found here.

Froggy Goes to Camp for 3-5 years (32 pages)

The Librarian Who Lost Her Books for 5-8 years (44 pages). Sowmya has shared a detailed review with a few inside pages in the fb group here. Quoting her:

“This is a simple story about Mahi, a young girl who loves her books and decides to become a librarian. Our little bookworm, Mahi loves being surrounded by different books: encyclopaedias, autobiographies etc. An unfortunate fire destroys Mahi’s beloved library. Mahi discovers ways to process her loss. She meets people of other professions and finds out how they pursue their passions.

This book is a wonderful way to teach kids how to overcome road-bumps apart from learning about different professions! The highlight of the book is the 10 pages of activities which are bound to keep your little ones engaged.”

Where Is Your Sister? by Puck Koper for 4/5 years+ (40 pages). This book is brilliantly illustrated and kids with an eye for detail will adore it! It can keep your child busy for at least 30 minutes for anyone who goes through it will get lost in the marvel of details!

A mom goes shopping with her two daughters. One of the kids takes off on her own and then the mom-daughter duo frantically look for her EVERYWHERE! It’s a hilarious book – shown simply through the brilliance in the depiction of the places they search for her!


The Star that Saved the Day by Nalini Sorensen for 5-8 years (68 pages). Asha has this one. It has a very cute storyline about a family of 4 where the mom is obsessed by her daily horoscope! One day she makes her boys skip school as well as husband miss office to stay at home so they can avoid anything “unexpected”. What follows is a series of funny instances which readers will enjoy. The illustrations too are very cute.

HAUNTED HOUSE NEXT DOOR [Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol] for 5-9 years (128 pages). There are lots of other books in this Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol series.

The Soccer Ball Monster Mystery: Volume 6 (Rider Woofson) for 5-9 years (128 pages). There are other books in this Rider Woofson series!

Space Hoppers: Panic on Pluto for 6-8 years (48 pages). Neil has this one and finished it in one sitting! Space Hoppers series has lots of fun titles! This series has been published by Scholastic and you can order them all from our kbc special scholastic storefront link on Scholastic India – once you click the link and reach the homepage you can type SPACE HOPPERS in the search bar to find these awesome books. Scholastic India has many special offers on at all times!

What Mona Wants, Mona Gets (Walker Stories) for 5-8 years (64 pages). Asha saw a second hand copy of this book somewhere and grabbed it seeing the title. It was a topic so many of our kbc members would ask about. How to make your child understand that one needs to be content with what one has and not keep asking for things all the time, every single time we step into a store. “This funny and brilliantly illustrated book talks about all of this and some! “Be careful what you wish for…” is the core of the plot where Mona whines, gets, and then….?? Read it to know more. It’s a must have, especially for the illustrations. Every parent will relate to Mona’s mom’s plight! “

There are many other books in the Walker Series for 5-8 yos.


Will Jakeman’s Marvellous Mechanimals for 6-10 years (160 pages)

The Mystery of the Birthday Basher for 8-12 years (176 pages)

Papertoy Glowbots: 46 Glowing Robots You Can Make Yourself! for 9 years+ (196 pages)

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson for 8-10 years (208 pages)

Worst. Holiday. Ever. by Charlie Higgson for 10-14 years (352 pages)

No Worries: How to Deal With Teenage Anxiety by Nicola Morgan for 11-18 years (as per amazon) – 208 pages. Nicola Morgan has written on many topics for teens.


Usborne DOT-TO-DOT PUZZLES (64 pages)

Rebel Princesses (Autumn Sticker Adventures) for 4-6 years

Lego(r) Batman(tm) Activity Book with Lego(r) Minifigure for 6-8 years (32 pages)
THE LEGO® BATMAN MOVIE: Ready Steady Stick! (Lego® DC Comics) 16 pages

Loom Magic!: 25 Awesome, Never-Before-Seen Designs for an Amazing Rainbow of Projects

Dreamland activity books:

Science Activity Book for 5 years+. Achu has this. These Science Activity Books come for different age groups as well.

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