Books About Summer: 15 of the best
Our list of children’s books about summer celebrates summer vacation! Whether you are camping, picnicking at the park, or playing on the beach, summer is full of fun. It is a time for adventures, exploring, playing outside, going on vacation, and soaking up time with your family. Summer books for young children let us escape the heat as we explore and prepare for our own adventures. Here are 15 Reading Boots best children’s books about summer for readers of all ages.
Books About Summer for Ages 0-3
At the Beach, Salina Yoon. A beach ball, shovel, and umbrella are just a few beach sights. Your youngest readers can discover the beach through this touch and feel book.
Busy Beach, Rebecca Finn. Take your child on an interactive journey of the beach. Spin, pull, and open tabs to discover the joys of the ocean, sandcastles, and ice cream.
Mouse’s First Summer, Lauren Thompson. Are you ready for juicy, red watermelon or fields of green grass? Discover the sights and colors as mouse embarks on a summer picnic in the park.
The Very Lonely Firefly, Eric Carle. Summertime comes with bright fireflies. This firefly follows every light on his search for a friend. The vibrant artwork and gentle rhythm will capture your child’s attention.
Hide and Seek Harry at the Beach, Kenny Harrison. Harry is playing his favorite game at the beach. Is he behind the umbrella or under the sandcastle? Young children will love trying to spot a hippo in his various hiding spots.
Summer Reads for Ages 3-6
Llama Llama Sand & Sun, Anna Dewdney. Explore the sun, sand, and waves with Llama Llama. Young readers will enjoy this touch and feel beach book.
Just Me and My Dad, Mercer Mayer. Dad and son are on a camping adventure. Although Little Critter tries to be helpful, he makes a few mistakes. With short sentences and colorful pictures, this book is great for readers of all ages.
Penguin on Vacation, Salina Yoon. A penguin decides to leave the cold and snow and head to the beach. Will he like it? Available as a board book, this book has charming text and bright photos to engage children of all ages.
Duck & Goose Go to the Beach, Tad Hills. It is time for an adventure, but goose doesn’t want to go. When they end up at the beach, will they like it? Available as a board book, this story captures children’s attention with simple text and vibrant photos.
I See Summer, Charles Ghigna. Sunshine, the lake, and seagulls are just a few pieces of summer. Follow along with the simple, rhyming text and vibrant photos to discover the many joys of summertime.
Fun Summer Favorites for Ages 6-8
Jabari Jumps, Gaia Cornwall. Swimming pools and diving boards are part of summer fun, but they can be intimidating. Join Jabari as he tries to overcome his fears.
And Then Comes Summer, Tom Brenner. Do you remember waiting for flip-flops, fireworks, and ice cream trucks? This book recounts the many sights, sounds, and activities of summer. With lyrical text and cheerful pictures, the story captures the joy of summer.
Curious George Goes Camping, Margaret Rey. The mischievous monkey is at it again, only this time he finds trouble while camping. Children will laugh at George’s antics as he explores the campsite.
The Truth about My Unbelievable Summer, Davide Cali. Read along to discover one child’s crazy tale about summer. From the beach to a treasure hunt and crazy bird, join in the epic adventure.
Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach, James Dean. Our favorite cat enjoys collecting shells and building sandcastles, but is afraid of the water. This “I Can Read” book has short sentences for young children to discover how Pete overcome his fears.
Snuggle up with your child and go on an adventure this summer!
Get your Reading Boots on and enjoy children’s books about summer!
Pro Tip: Point out important vocabulary words to your child before reading the book. Check out this video for a quick tutorial!