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Children -reading -booksHolidays are a great time to catch up on reading, Not just for adults but kids too!

For those moments waiting for planes, ferries or sitting in traffic jams a book can be a lifesaver to keep children quiet and parents relatively sane.

We've been out and plundered the Internet(that's not the first pirate reference you'll see) to find a selection of books for a range of ages.

Summer reads for younger readers (5+)

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever.

This immensely fun book written by Amy Sparkes and illustrated by Ben Cort of Aliens Love Underpants fame follows Pirate Blunderbeard possibly the worst pirate ever in his attempt to win the Pirate of the Year Award.

All he has to do is fight an enormous sea monster, beat his oh-so-brilliant brother at something  and find the legendary treasure that no one has ever found EVER.

Ballerina Dreams

A charming and inspiring book based on the real-life experiences of it’s author and ballerina Michaela DePrince who was born in Sierra Leone. After the deaths of her parents, she moved to an orphanage from which she was adopted and taken to the US.

Michaela is now a professional ballerina and dances with The Dutch National Ballet. She is recognised throughout the world as an inspirational woman.

Her book is filled with enough dance detail to satisfy tutu-wearing youngsters while gently reminding them anyone’s dreams can come true with hard work and practice.

Great books for 7+ year olds

Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death

Award-winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell uses his distinctive imagery in this follow up to the 2013 Costa Children’s Book Award winner, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.

This sequel follows the Preparations for the Ghastly-Gorm Garden Party and bake-off are under way. Celebrity cooks are arriving at the hall for the big event and, true to form, Maltravers, the indoor gamekeeper, is acting suspiciously.

A flavoursome tale suffused with warmth and humour, and Chris’s iconic illustrations are the icing on the cake.

The Long Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Pirate

Author Tim Collins worked in advertising before turning his talents to writing, where he specializes in humorous historical fiction for children.

In this book we Meet Thomas - a boy sailing with his parents aboard a merchant ship in the 18th century and prone to daydreaming about living an exciting life as a pirate on the high seas.

Obviously things go pear shaped When the ship is boarded by a pirate crew led by Captain Bartholomew Morgan, Thomas stows away and is accepted into their motley gang!

Great books for 9+ year olds

The Beautiful Game

Designed to be particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+, Alan Gibbons’ book examines the worst events in football in a way that enables young fans to understand what happened and why.

A fan himself, Alan’s book still celebrates the best of football too as a way to bring people together.

The Misfits Club

Kieran Crowley’s book is a thoroughly modern Famous Five style adventure full of humour and excitement.

The Misfits Club is disbanding and they still haven't managed to solve any real mysteries. But when they persuade new club member, Amelia, to go and investigate a spooky old house, they unexpectedly discover some stolen goods.

Could this be The Misfits' chance for one last adventure as they try to track down the crooks behind the theft ...?

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By Alastair Baker at 29 Jun 2017, 00:00 AM