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We all love the summer holidays… but they can be long, particularly on the back of the year we’ve just had.

Getting out and about is fun, but when we’re at home, it’s easy to leave the kids to their own devices – pun intended. Digital time is fine, and certainly helps give tired parents a break, but balance is important.

One way to continue to stimulate your child’s mind and imagination is by sharing stories. Great stories don’t all come through books: you can make stories up and perform them, share stories that have been passed down generations, write, watch and listen to stories (audiobooks are wonderful for children). Encouraging a love of stories is important because if you love stories, you will end up reading. And reading is the best activity for young minds.

These holidays, keep the young minds in your house active by putting aside some reading time each day. Reading books together will prepare them for a return to preschool or school – it’s educational, but most of all, reading with your child is a wonderful, fun way to spend quality time together, and to ensure a lifelong love of stories.

Looking for some books to share? You can’t go past this list of guaranteed captivating reads!

The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling, ill. by Jim Field

A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child's love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world's greatest storytellers. Available as a gorgeously gifty hardback, with 9 black and white inside illustrations.

Bella the Brave by Rebel Wilson

Bella thinks she’s shy. She has a lot to say, but just can’t find the way to say it… until she finds herself at choir practice. Turns out, Bella is brave and bold… she just doesn't know it yet. Rebel Wilson’s first book is an empowering read for children, and perfect for these holidays.

Nevermoor Books 1-3 Box Set by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow and the magical world of Nevermoor continues to captivate young readers. The first three books in Jessica Townsend's #1 New York Times bestselling Nevermoor series is now conveniently boxed in this gorgeous collectible set, making it the perfect gift for any reader.

Boss Ladies of Sport by Phillip Marsden

Inspire and empower young readers with this celebration of female athletes. Boss Ladies includes Australian legends like Sam Kerr, Ash Barty and Ariarne Titmus, as well as international superstars like Ruby Tui, Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka and the Williams sisters. Every single boss lady was once a little kid with a huge dream. Captivate your young boss lady’s imagination with this inspiring read.

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