13 Brilliant Boredom Busting Books for Children

13 Brilliant Boredom Busting Books for Children

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We all know that the long summer break can see children out of routine and the long old moans of ‘I’m bored’ or, Mr D’s current fave ‘but mummmmyyyy, I don’t know what to do’.

My reply is always to go and choose a book. Reading a book or finding a book to leaf through often inspires the children into doing something, be it a sticker book or a reading book. Often they’ll draw a picture based on the story or they will invent a game based on the book they’ve chosen. Often I’ll find them engrossed next to a pile of books. I wanted to share some brilliant boredom busting books for kids to help out over the summer holidays.

13 brilliant bordeom busting books your kids need to read this summer

First up are a couple of books that I will admit I am surpised Mr D and Miss E took to – 10 Reasons to Love an Elephant and 10 Reasons to Love a Turtle  . Despite my initial reticience they really are superb books that are richly illustrated and packed with ten reasons why you can love these creatures. I wasn’t sure if Mr D and Miss E would engage with these, no real reason other than they seem to be drawn more to fiction at the moment. However the format of these books work well and it’s inspired a crafting session I plan to do next week with the children. You could use these books as the basis for their own – get the children to choose an animal and reasearch ten reasons to love them. They’re very classy looking books and the cut out on the front is perfect for using as a stencil to get the creative work on the go.

boredom busting books 10 reasons to love an elephant

Who can fail to love a sticker book? Mr D and Miss E have really been enjoying some new sticker art ones. There are four in the series, Jungle, Ocean, Savannah and Woodland and they are brilliant for letting younger children do on their own. The artwork is quite striking and as well as having eight animals per book to decorate there are also facts about each animal. You could get the children to choose another animal and draw it in this same distinctive style.

brilliant boredom busting books

For a fun reading book we are loving Say Zoop! This is a really fun book and it’s worked well for us as we have linked it to some of the music work Mr D and Miss E are doing in their music group. It’s hard not to read this book without laughing along and it really is a fun book – perfect for children of all ages.

boredom busting books say zoop

For children a little older, the Vet Academy is a great book that offers children a challenge. The book is great and takes them through the basics of veterinary care and gives a wide range of topics for them to explore. Mr D and Miss E are always playing vets with their various stuffed toys so this was a good book to help them understand more about what the job actually entails. There are some more in this series too including Engineer Academy, Astronaut Academy and Architect Academy.

Our absolute favourites at the moment for rainy days are the truly amazing ‘shine a light’ books. These are perfect for reading together by torchlight in a den – and who doesn’t like making dens? We like to draw the curtains and use blankets and cushions to create a snuggly reading den. I honestly can’t articulate how amazing these books are – we have four in the series and I’ll be looking out for some of the others soon as they have really inspired Mr D and Miss E.

shine a light books brilliant bordeom busting books

Finally, the STEM Starters series from b small publishing are brilliant. These are well priced at just £6.99 and there are four in the series, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. There is a lot going on in these books and tons of inspiration for children to complete puzzles such as mazes and pattern iddentifying. There are also hands on things they can do and the books are bound to inspire them to go away and make something of their own.




  1. 31st July 2017 / 03:29

    Good recommendations. My youngest cousin loves to read. Especially a lot of modern fairy tale books.

  2. 31st July 2017 / 08:41

    What a great selection, thank you, I hadn’t got any of those on my radar so thank you. I particularly love the look of the Shine a light series.

  3. 31st July 2017 / 09:37

    The Shine a Light books are absolutely brilliant and packed full of information. We love them here too :o)


  4. 31st July 2017 / 10:40

    Great suggestions as always Sarah! And I love your attitude to boredom. It’s ok for them to be bored sometimes and find their own solution to the problem without ipads and TV – helps build imagination! But pushing them towards books is a great idea #readwithme

  5. 31st July 2017 / 11:53

    Great book ideas. I remember when I was a kid I’d read so many books during the summer holidays x

  6. 31st July 2017 / 11:59

    I love interactive books for books. It’s a great way for those not that interested in reading to get involved.

  7. shelllouise
    31st July 2017 / 18:46

    That’s a very good selection of books. Ella would like the sticker one best. There’s just something about stickers all kids seem to love!

  8. 31st July 2017 / 20:27

    Good selection of books here, I’ve already added some to my Amazon basket.

  9. 31st July 2017 / 21:28

    Oh I want them ALL! Especially the ‘shine a light’ books – although I’d have to hide them away at bedtime otherwise there would be mischief!! #readwithme

  10. 1st August 2017 / 01:04

    I have always loved to read and I always encourage the people around me to do so as well! I like the sound of the Vet academy

  11. 1st August 2017 / 07:22

    Agree! I always turn to books, usually learning books but they are my go to ‘I don’t know what to do’ activity. Some great recommendations here,!

  12. 1st August 2017 / 18:52

    Fabulous selection with fun and learning on offer

  13. 2nd August 2017 / 00:42

    The shine a light books are great aren’t they. “Look at a book” is always what I suggest top and luckily they tale me up on the offer most of the time! #readwithme

  14. 2nd August 2017 / 08:04

    Love the idea of STEM starter books for kids! My three would have loved these when they were younger!

  15. Shoshana Sue
    2nd August 2017 / 20:29

    What a brilliant selection here, The Vet Academy is something that would suit my kids best. They love reading so this is just perfect,

  16. 9th August 2017 / 18:22

    Some fab suggestions here need all the boredom busting we can get with this shocking weather!!

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