Best Summer Books For Kids To Read

Summertime is super fun with all the beach trips and outdoor playing opportunities for your little one. And of course, you can make it better with a good book (or two)! So here’s helping you do just that.

Read on to discover 20 of my favorite summer books for kids- perfect for those holidays or even during the chilly winter days to brighten up your little one’s mood!


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How To Encourage Kids To Read

If your toddler isn’t an avid reader yet and you’d like him to, here’s a little help. Follow these simple and actionable strategies to encourage him to read more.

  • Set aside a read-aloud time for your child. Pick up simple books and read together animatedly.
  • Develop interest in newer books with the help of YouTube videos.
  • Develop a bedtime reading routine.
  • Create a cozy reading corner in your home. Set up a little tepee with a mattress, a few pillows and good books.
  • Make it fun- choose interesting and colorful books in a variety of subjects to keep your little one interested.
create a summer book club for kids two boys reading books in the sun.

Summer Books For Kids

And here’s diving right into it! Choose from my selection of the 20 best summer books for kids, and I’m sure you’ll love them all!

Summer Beginners Book

Of course, one of Dr Seuss’s classics just had to make it to the list right? This book celebrates all the fun things that come with summer through colorful illustrations and simple words.

Last Day Blues (Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures)

If your little one is a fan of First Day Jitters, this one is a must have. With a super interesting storyline and fun illustrations, it will have him hooked on.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Dragonfly Books)

Brighten up those dull and boring school days with this book! It has a super funny take on a student’s ‘How I Spent My Summer’ essay!

Summer Ice cream: Summer rhyming picture book for kids about summer

This one’s a great book for younger readers- a short and joyful story will brightly colored pictures and a fun rhyme.

Is it Warm Enough for Ice Cream?

Is it Warm Enough for Ice Cream is another great pick, and covers a lot of information for younger readers- everything from plant life and the animal kingdom to weather and temperatures.

Summer Pony

Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo

Alphaprints Fun in the Sun!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids (Shakespeare Can Be Fun!)

Summer Activity Book for Kids

Sun, Sun: The Joy of a Summer Day at the Beach … A stunningly illustrated, fun and delightful rhyming book for Kids 2-6

The Night Before Summer Camp

And Then Comes Summer

LEGO Friends: Summer Adventures

Beach Bugs: A Sunny Pop-up Book

Carl’s Summer Vacation

Summertime Bounce! (Includes Real Picture Search Game)

Hello, World! Weather

Let’s Count Summer: A Fun Kids Counting Book for Children Age 2 to 5

Looking for some summer inspired crafts, activities and recipes for kids? I’ve got those too! Here’s a quick list of some of my absolute favorites.

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