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There’s no doubt that by the time the Christmas holidays come around, children need a break from school. Many families use the holidays to relax and forget about the routines they have during the school term. However, there’s one practice that kids don’t need a break from – and that’s reading.

It’s easy in the early school years to think of reading as schooling, so when the holidays arrive, books are forgotten too. Unfortunately, young readers can lose their new reading skills if they don’t keep practicing over the long school holiday period. These early years of school, and the development of reading skills, take time and consistency.

It’s essential to maintain regular reading habits, even over the holidays, but this can be done with fun. In fact, the school holidays are the perfect time to rediscover a love for reading, with a range of books you might not have time to read during the busy school term.

Make reading fun again these holidays. Leave the early readers behind and grab hold of some books that will have your children saying, ‘one more time’.

Here are five funny, fun books that will continue to develop those early reading skills in children and will encourage a love of reading over the holidays – in both children, and their parents.

  • Oi Frog! - Kes Gray, Jim Field

    Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! This wonderful rhyming story will have the kids in fits of laughter and eager to keep reading right through their school holidays.

  • There’s a Lion in the Library! - Dave Skinner, Aurelie Guillerey

    Lucy Lupin is so perfectly cute, but she’s a dreadful liar. The library is evacuated THREE TIMES when Lucy says there's a terrifying lion on the loose. Kids will read and reread to see what happens when Lucy's lie comes true…

  • Bat vs Poss - Alexa Moses, Anil Tortop

    Meek the possum and her sisters three are happy living in the sprawling paperbark tree – until the day Squabbles the bat moves in. This delightful story about sharing and making friends is written in a lively rhyming text that is entertaining to read aloud over and over.

  • Colouroos - Anna McGregor

    When three differently coloured mobs of kangaroos come together, they discover that they have more in common than they expect. This is a wonderful vibrant and colourful celebration of diversity that will have children reading from cover to cover, again and again.

  • The Koala Who Could - Rachel Bright, Jim Field

    Kevin is a koala who likes to keep things exactly the same. But sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not... This is a funny rhyming story about dealing with change and overcoming worries that will completely cure any reluctance to read.

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