Summer Holiday Fun

This summer, along with the Summer Reading Challenge, we have a whole program of exciting events and activities to keep the whole family entertained. Use our What’s On guide to take a look at what’s happening this summer.

Here is just a selection of what’s in store over the summer holidays…

Creative writing summer holiday club at Hythe Library

This club is for 7-11 year olds that love reading and writing and want to have fun with their creative writing during the summer holidays. We will be meeting every Friday afternoon during the summer holidays between 2pm and 3pm.

Wednesday craft sessions at Lymington Library

Come along to Lymington Library this summer and get creative with our drop-in Wednesday craft sessions. Suitable for children aged 3+ with a parent/carer. 10.30am-12pm, including Dahl’s animals and collage your own marvellous medicines.

Fantastic fairy tales at Totton Library

Story time and crafts for the summer holidays. Join us at 11am for Fantastic Fairy tales and crafts.

A summer of craft at Eastleigh Library

Inspired by the marvellous world of Roald Dahl. Can you guess which Roald Dahl books and characters we’ve taken our inspiration from?

 

Books About Families to Share from Bookstart Bear

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Baby Bookstart Bear reading a book

For most of us, our family is the one big constant in our lives.  They provide a safe place for us to learn and grow in a loving environment.  But families come in all shapes and sizes.  Our family may be very different to those of our friends.  Even our own family doesn’t always stay the same.

The following books are just a few suggestions that introduce young children to the diversity of family life.  You will find lots more in your local library.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, ask a member of staff.  If they don’t have something suitable on the shelves, they can always request something for you.

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Baby Baby blah blah blah! – Jonathan Shipton & Francesca Chessa

Emily’s mum is expecting twins and Emily makes a list of good and bad things about babies so the family can talk about what life will be like after the twins are born.
Age: 3+

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Don’t let the Aliens get my Marvellous MUM! – Gillian Shields & Liz Pichon

This little girl can’t imagine what her life would be like if her mum wasn’t there to do all those wonderful things that mums do!  An out of this world book with simple text and bright illustrations.
Age: 3+

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Ella Moves House – Angela Hassall & Caroline Ewen

Simple story of Ella whose Mum has a new partner. They are all moving in together, but Ella isn’t happy about this until Jo saves the day and rescues the situation.
Age: 5+

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Families, Families, Families! – Suzanne Lang & Max Lang

This book introduces a whole host of silly animal families, who all carry the same message. It doesn’t matter how your family is made up – if you love each other, then you are a family.
Age: 3+
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Flora’s Family – Annette Aubrey & Patrice Barton

This book uses a simple rhyming text.  Flora finds out she is adopted and her parents explain what that means. Useful notes for parents and carers at the back.
Age: 4+

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My Mum Goes to Work – Kes Gray & David Milgrim

A child’s perspective on how much a working mum misses him, and how she makes up for it when they are together.
Age: 3+

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My Two Grannies – Floella Benjamin & Margaret Chamberlain

Two Grannies, two cultures, but only one grandchild.  The competing Grandmas learn to celebrate their differences through their shared love for their granddaughter.
Age: 4+

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Silly Baby – Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

When all the family fusses over the new baby, Beth feels excluded but Gran spots the problem and helps her change her mind.
Age: 2+

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The Great Big Book of Families – Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith

A fresh, optimistic look at contemporary family life.  Drawing on the huge diversity of families, this book highlights their similarities as well as their differences.  Featuring homes, jobs, holidays and much more.
Age: 5+

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When Daddy’s Truck Picks Me Up – Jana Novotny Hunter

A bouncy, rhyming and exuberant story about Dad’s anticipated arrival at preschool having been working away.
Age: 3+

Sight

Many children dislike being different to their friends, so being told they have to wear glasses or an eye patch can be very unsettling. Finding out that not everyone sees in the same way can also be confusing. Sharing books about people who have difficulties in seeing may help to answer some of the questions children have about sight and give them confidence to deal with their own situation.

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Bumposaurus – Penny McKinlay & Britta Teckentrup

Slightly quirky story of a dinosaur who keeps bumping into things. Finally it is recognized that he needs spectacles. A positive ending.
Age: 5+

 

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Mole’s Sunrise – Jeanne Willis & Sarah Fox-Davies

Mole thought he wouldnever see the sunrise but, when his friends show it to him, it is more beautiful than he could have imagined.
Age: 3+

 

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The Black Book of Colours – Menena Cottin & Rosana Faria

Thomas can’t see colours, but he can hear them, touch them, smell and taste them.  Includes raised line drawings and Braille letters.
Age: 4+

 

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The Short-Sighted Giraffe – A H Benjamin & Gill McLean

Giraffe has very poor eyesight, but when her friends make her a pair of glasses, she refuses to wear them.  She adopts all sorts of coping strategies which just make her look silly.  Can her friends help her to see sense?
Age: 4+

 

 

Useful Organisations

Living Paintings

Living Paintings is a unique publishing house and library.  They design, create and publish tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people.  Their titles are suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult.  Books are distributed through a free postal library.

Bookstart

Bookstart offer free Booktouch packs for visually impaired pre-school children.  Families living in Hampshire should email bookstart@hants.gov.uk for more information.