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Best Books About Summer for Kids

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Favorite Children’s Books about Summer

Kids can’t wait for the summer months! No more school! Lazy days with lots of fun outside. And that summer reading list that they received on the last day of school is all but forgotten. But a great way to keep kids engaged during the summer is to find some favorite books about summer!

When you need a break from all the summer activities, reading is a great alternative during the summer on a hot day. Sometimes it can be too hot to get outside and have fun. These are the perfect long days to break out some new books, have a little picnic inside and catch up on some reading.

While my kids love to be outside playing in water or running around during summer as much as they possibly can, sometimes they also love bringing out some of their favorite picture books. They set up a little library with our neighbors while sitting in the shade and either read to each other or look through the books themselves.

If you are looking for a good book list for those long summer days, check out these best children’s books about summer!

Summer Picture Books

And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner

How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague

Summer Song by Kevin Henkes

One Summer Night by Tammi Salzano

Books About Lemonade Stands

The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff (The Secret Slide Money Club) by Art Rainer

Lemonade Stand: A Rhyming Summer Picture Book by Dee Smith

Splat the Cat and the Lemonade Stand by Rob Scotten

Maisy Makes Lemonade by Lucy Cousins

Lemonade for Sale by Stuart J. Murphy

Books About the Last Day of School

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Last Day of School by Julie Gassman

Goodbye for Now by Madison Rowe

Lizzie and the Last Day of School by Trinka Hakes Noble

Toddler Summer Favorites

My 1st Books of Seasons by Sara Kale

I See Summer by Charles Ghigna

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Summer by Eric Carle

Llama Llama Sand and Sun: A Touch & Feel Book by Anna Dewdney

Biscuit’s First Beach Day by Alissa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories

Bluey: The Beach

Summer in the Forest by Rusty Finch

Sunny Day: A Celebration of the Sesame Street Theme Song by Joe Raposo

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Early Readers Summer-Themed Books (Ages 4-7)

The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing

Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach by James Dean

I Spy – Spring and Summer!

The Night Before Summer Camp by Natasha Wing and Mindy Pierce

Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise by H.A. Rey

Frozen: Anna & Elsa: Olaf’s Perfect Summer Day by Jessica Julius

Jabari Jumps by Gala Cornwall

My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis

Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Jack Norworth and Amiko Hirao

The Berenstain Bears Summer Fun! by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt

Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews

Summer Books for Young Readers

Summer Pony by Jean Slaughter Doty

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald

Shark Summer by Ira Marcks

Sunny Makes a Splash: A Graphic Novel by Jennifer L. Holm

Summer Chapter Books

The Summer Camp Science Mysteries by Lynda Beauregard

Summer of the Woods (The Virginia Mysteries) by Steven K. Smith

My Weird School Summer Reading Box Set by Dan Gutman

Summer of the Sea Serpent (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission) by Mary Pope Osborne

Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries by David A. Adler

Fitting in some time to read books during the summer is a great way to help kids continue to grow their love of reading while they have a break from school.

It’s also the perfect break from the summer sun. Spending a hot afternoon at the local library checking out a beautiful summer story can be so much fun!

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