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Our Favorite Summer Children's Books

Updated: 4 days ago

At our house, we read A LOT of children's books, and we want to share some of our favorites with you! In this post, we've focused on our favorite summer books, and we've included picture books and a few board books for the youngsters out there. Feel free to skim the list and see if any appeal to your family. We hope you enjoy!

Board Books

Summer Board Book By Alice Low


Written By: Alice Low

Illustrated By: Roy McKie

Publisher: Random House (1963)

Recommended Ages: 0+

Book Description:

Better than fireworks, this classic Beginner Book celebrates all the wonderful things that come with summer! From trips to the beach and eating watermelon to fireworks and fishing, Summer will have young readers eager for the kind of fun only warm breezes and sunny weather can bring.

Why We Love it:

  • Short rhyming text

  • Bright, fun illustrations

  • Captures a variety of simple summer pleasures

  • Has a nostalgic feel to it that reminds me of summers when I was kid

Ten Little Ladybugs

Written By: Melanie Gerth

Illustrated By: Laura Huliska-Beith

Publisher: Piggy Toes Press (2000)

Recommended Ages: 0+

Book Description: Young ones will love learning to count backward as they watch ten touchable ladybugs disappear one by one with the turn of each page.

Why We Love It:

  • Irresistible raised ladybugs on each page

  • Teaches kids animals, insects, and numbers 1-10 using a familiar story format

  • Bright, cheerful illustrations

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Giraffes Can't Dance

Written By: Giles Andreae

Illustrated By: Guy Parker-Rees

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (Scholastic) (1999)

Recommended Ages: 0+

Book Description: Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend. With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

Why We Love It:

  • Lively, rollicking rhymes and a fun cadence

  • Beautiful illustrations

  • Great message for kids about being true to themselves

  • Perfect for summer, but can be enjoyed in any season

Backyard Bugs by Terry Baddoo

Backyard Bugs

Written By: Terry Baddoo

Illustrated By: Kathrin Fehrl

Publisher: Little Hippo Books (2021)

Recommended Ages: 0+

Book Description:

Little ones won’t be afraid to touch these bugs. Learn fun facts about the bugs and creatures in your own backyard in this colorful, touch and feel board book. The touch and feel silicone textures add a sensory element to this book for toddlers. With fun rhyming text, your toddler can explore each insects different traits and learn who they will meet in their backyard.

Why We Love It:

  • Irresistible silicone textures on each page

  • Minimal (yet informative) text that's formatted like a guessing game

  • Well-constructed; sturdy (Nolan-proof so far!)

Picture Books

And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner

And Then Comes Summer

Written By: Tom Brenner

Illustrated By: Jaime Kim

Publisher: Candlewick Press (2017)