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24 Summer Stories for Kids

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Summertime means more time spent out in the sun. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend less time reading? Why not pull up a blanket on the grass and check out one of these wonderful picture books that celebrates all the fun traditions of summer?

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It may not “technically” be the summer yet (the first day of summer is June 20th), but school is out so it is summer time in my books! That means lazy days sipping lemonade on the porch, swimming at the pool or beach, lots of swinging in the backyard, blowing super big bubbles, riding bikes to the Dairy Queen, summer vacation, lots of grilling, late nights looking at the stars or camping at our favorite national park, and so much more!

I always look forward to a slower pace with lots of free time to make memories with my kids and enjoy the warm weather. I also love gardening, so I love planning, planting, and watching my garden grow. And the older I get, the more I am enjoying growing flowers – enjoying their beauty.

But summer isn’t all relaxing days, kids get bored and are looking for things to do. And kids need to stay engaged and learning to avoid summer learning loss. One of my favorite ways to keeps kids engaged and their minds sharps is by continuing to read lots of great books. Here are some must read summer stories for kids. So cuddle up in your tree house, in a lounge by the pool, under an umbrella at he beach, or in a comfy sofa – we’ve got some great summer books for kids picked out for your family.


Summer Stories for Kids

Summer Board Books

Baby Loves Summer was written and illustrated by Karen Katz. This colorful book introduces young ones to the signs and symbols of summer as they help Baby explore by lifting the sturdy flaps.

Mouse’s First Summer was written by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Buket Erdogan. This beautifully illustrated tale of two mice enjoying a summer day is chock full of descriptive language that will make you yearn for summer days.

Check out more summer board books here!

Celebrating the Sights & Sounds of Summer

Let It Shine was written and illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. The simple rhyming text and colorful illustrations introduce young kids to the fun traditions of summer, and evoke happy memories for older readers.

I See Summer was written by Charles Ghigna and illustrated by Ag Jatkowska. This introduction to the sights of summer encourages young readers to see all the signs of summer around them through simple and predictable text.

And Then Comes Summer was written by Tom Brenner and illustrated by Jaime Kim. This delightful tale of the sights, sounds and smells of summer follows a “when this, then that” pattern that carries the reader through the start of summertime.

Summer was written by Alice Low and illustrated by Roy McKie. A young boy, a young girl and their dog experience the joys of summer in this rhyming story from Dr. Seuss Beginner Books.

Summertime in the Big Woods was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Renee Graef. Introduce kids to summer days on the prairie in this picture book adaptation of The Little House on the Prairie books. The illustrations are beautiful and young readers will enjoy meeting the Ingalls family.

Summer Days and Nights was written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee. Join a little girl as she heads out on a day (and night) full of summer adventures.

Mama, Is It Summer Yet? was written and illustrated by Nikki McClure. As a young boy questions is mother about the start of summer, she shows him some of the signs that summer is right around the corner.

Marshmallow Kisses was written by Linda Crotta Brennan and illustrated by Mari Takabayashi. Enjoy all of the wonderful sensory experiences of a summer day, from sun up to sun down, in this simple exploration of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of summer.

Summer Books for Preschoolers

The Night Before Summer Vacation was written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Julie Durrell. In this fun twist on Clement Moore’s classic poem, a little girl and her family prepare for a fun filled vacation.

The Night Before Summer Camp was written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Mindy Pierce. In another twist on Clement Moore’s holiday poem, a little boy named Rick is worried about going to summer camp. He soon discovers all the fun the summer fun to be had at camp.

Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems was written by Kristine O’Connell George and illustrated by Kate Kiesler. This collection of poems celebrates all of the fun experiences of a family camping trip, paired with beautiful illustrations.

Books about Yummy Summer Treats

Ice Cream Summer was written and illustrated by Peter Sis. When a little boy named Joe writes a letter to his grandfather about his summer activities, he tells him all about what he is doing and learning, while the illustrations show the reader that all of his activities incorporate his favorite frozen summer treat.

Should I Share My Ice Cream? was written and illustrated by Mo Willems. In this summery selection from his Elephant & Piggie series, Gerald must decide whether to share his delicious ice cream cone with his friend Piggie. But will he be able to decide before the warm weather makes his treat melt?

The Watermelon Seed was written by Greg Pizzoli. Celebrate summer fruit with this watermelon loving crocodile who worries about what will happen when he swallows a seed.

Books about Summer Nights

It’s a Firefly Night was written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Betsy Snyder. On a warm summer night, a little girl and her dad go out in the yard to catch lightning bugs. The vivid illustrations are paired with a lovely lilting rhyming text.

Good Night Summer was written by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper and illustrated by Katherine Blackmore. This colorful board book showcases all of the fun parts of summer, from sun up to sun down. This book is a great way to wind down for bed after a long day of playing in the sun.

Books for a Beach Day

It’s a Seashell Day was written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Elliot Kreloff. Join a young boy and his mother as they go on a seashell hunting day on the beach, and learn about all kinds of shells.

Bats at the Beach was written and illustrated by Brian Lies. When night falls, it’s time for the bats to make their way to the beach. Follow a group of bats as they enjoy typical beach day fun in the moonlight.

Beach House was written by Deanna Caswell and illustrated by Amy June Bates. Join the family in this story as they fill their vacation with a variety of beach activities and create lasting family memories.

Try some of these sand learning activities to bring the beach home to you!

Books for a Hot Day!

One Hot Summer Day was written and illustrated by Nina Crews. Join a young girl as she spends one hot day playing in the city. From playing in shadows and drawing with chalk to eating popsicles and dancing in the rain, she fills her day with summer fun.

Maisy Makes Lemonade was written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins. On a hot day, Maisy and Eddie decide to work together to make some delicious lemonade. The simple text and vivid illustrations make it a great story for very young readers.

Wet Dog! was written by Elise Broach and illustrated by David Catrow. In this vibrantly illustrated story, a very hot dog tries to find some relief from the hot temperatures. Kids will love watching the adorable dog wreak havoc on everyone around him.

Book Recommendations by Age

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Summer Activities for Kids

In between reading a good book, sneak in some epic fun with these summer activities for kids of all ages:

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