What should my children read this summer?

As parents do battle with Fortnite and other pervasive electronic game demons, what books can they turn to in order to lure their children into the wonderful world of reading for the summer holidays?

Live Q&A

What are this year’s best reads so far for children and young adults? Suzi Feay is joined by fellow reviewer James Lovegrove on Saturday July 4 at 12-1pm London time to take your questions. Go to the comment field at the bottom of this story to join the discussion

Ranging from magic and history to Agatha-Christie-inflected whodunnits, Suzi Feay and James Lovegrove discuss their picks of the best children’s and young adults’ books published in 2020 to date.

From adventures of orphaned house mice to touching tales of family loss, the range of subjects covered is considerable. What do you think of their choices — and are they right for your kids? Any other suggestions?

  • The Dark Lady by Akala

  • Last Lesson by James Goodhand

  • And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

  • Again Again by e. lockhart

  • Grief Angels by David Owen

  • The Highland Falcon Thief by MG Leonard and Sam Sedgman

  • The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

  • Pests by Emer Stamp

  • The Boy Who Fooled the World by Lisa Thompson

Suzi’s full list for young adults

Feay gives the reasons for her mid-year selections, in this complete explanation as part of the FT summer books series

James’ full list for kids

Lovegrove details the reasons behind his mid-year selections, in this deeper explanation of his top picks

For a comprehensive look at the best books so far in 2020, visit our summer books series, where FT writers and critics choose their favourites — from politics, economics and history to art and food. Novels and poetry too