With all those lazy days of summer stretching before us, there is nothing better than curling up in a shady spot with a wonderful book to read. Or sharing some quiet time reading a book to the kids, at the end of an action packed day. Angela Crocombe, manager at Reading Kids has put together this handpicked list of her top summer reads for kids, exclusively for our Tribe subscribers. There’s something for everyone… great Christmas gift ideas too!
Can You Dance? by Sally Morgan
Written by one of Australia’s best loved authors, this board book will get toddlers and preschoolers up off their feet following the actions of the animals featured in the book. They’ll soon be flapping their arms like a scary magpie’s wings, stomping their feet like a cheeky wombat and dancing like a silly lizard, along with the actions of five other animals.
Beautifully illustrated by Kathy Arbon, this book will soon become a family favourite as everyone shows how they can dance.
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Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
Whether you have two mums, two dads, one parent, or one of each, there’s one thing that makes a family a family… and that’s love. A book for EVERY family by dazzling illustrator Sophie Beer.
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All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell
Smart is not just ticks and crosses,
smart is building boats from boxes.
Painting patterns, wheeling wagons,
being mermaids, riding dragons …
From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.
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Everything I’ve Never Said by Samantha Wheeler
Ava would like nothing more than to tell her family she loves them, particularly her big sister, Nic. But Ava has Rett syndrome - she can’t talk, can’t nod her head, can’t even point at a communication card. She understands everything, but no one understands her.
When tragedy strikes her family, Ava becomes even more determined to talk. But it’s not until she meets occupational therapist Kieran and new friend Aimee that she is hopeful for change - and to find her voice at last.
A powerful novel about a subject rarely tackled - young people with disabilities and the families who love and support them.   
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The Tales of Mr Walker  by Jeff Black
On a brilliant autumn’s day, Mr Walker arrives at the grandest hotel in town. While things may not go exactly to plan, this charming labrador is determined to put his best paw forward. And it’s just as well because the most unexpected adventures await …   
The Tales of Mr Walker contains four delightful stories inspired by the real-life Mr Walker, a Guide Dog Ambassador who now calls Park Hyatt Melbourne home.   
Royalties from sales of this book go to Guide Dogs Victoria.
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