Hot Summer Day Books for Kids


To relieve some hot summer day boredom when the kids come inside to cool off it’s always nice to hang out in the hammock and read a book or do a summer craft.  Here are a few books that will most definitely keep the kids occupied and away from the screen this summer!


This week publisher Hardie Grant (out of Australia) launched two great books called Kids’ Crafternoon;  Kids’ Crafternoon Sewing and Kids’ Crafternoon Papercraft each contains 25 projects (including templates) from specialist crafters across the globe. The projects vary in complexity and the time required for completion is never longer than a whole afternoon; the books are structured by project themes designed to appeal to young crafters.  Read an interview with the editor Kathreen Ricketson of craft blog Whip Up about the books here. The books are available internationally through Booktopia and Amazon.

  • Press Here 1 of 5
    Press Here
    A simple yet powerful little book by Paris-based author/illustrator, Hervé Tullet. The book asks the reader to poke it, shake it, and even blow along it's edges, and in turn each page transforms the scattering of colored dots into a fun visual narrative. Simple enough to captivate a two-year old, yet brilliant enough to garner the attention of an adult, this book will bring magic into anyone's day who reads it. Chronicle Books. Published in March, 2011 ISBN 9780811879545 ISBN10 0811879542
  • Alphabeasties Amazing Activities 2 of 5
    Alphabeasties Amazing Activities
    By Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss Mazes, word searches, rebus puzzles, stickers and more to build a child's skills through creative play. Chronicle Books. Published in June, 2010 ISBN 9781609050412 ISBN10 160905041X
  • Play All Day 3 of 5
    Play All Day
    by Taro Gomi This book is full of punch out fun from finger puppets, treasure boxes, a zooful of animals all illustrated by Taro Gomi. Ages 3 - 103. Amazon. Published September 2010, ISBN-10: 0811871215 ISBN-13: 978-0811871211
  • Every Day’s A Holiday 4 of 5
    Every Day's A Holiday
    by Heidi Kenny 50 creative and fun crafts like felted Halloween Pillow Covers, love bugs for Valentines, Advent Calendars for Christmas. Ideas to keep you crafting with kids all year round. Amazon. Published September 2010 # ISBN-10: 0811871444 # ISBN-13: 978-0811871440
  • Other Goose 5 of 5
    Other Goose
    by J. Otto Seibold "Humpty Dumpty wasn't that tall. Humpty Dumpty went to the mall. He searched all the shelves again and again until Humpty found a true bargain." Just a sample of J. Otto Seibold's take on your favorite Mother Goose characters and a feast for the eyes with a new element to his art—spray-painted backgrounds. Chronicle. Published in September, 2010 ISBN 9780811868822 ISBN10 0811868826

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Jan is the author and co-founder of the Canadian design blog, Poppytalk. She is also a huge supporter of all things handmade and is proud to devote her time to their online marketplace, Poppytalk Handmade.

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