Summer is full of sunny days, ice cream treats, and days spent on the beach. This list of summer books for preschoolers includes lots of popular characters, fun summer activities, and delicious warm weather snacks. Pack these summer books for kids in your bag for some beach reading, or a family picnic! THse children’s books about summer are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too!
Summer Books for Preschoolers
Don’t spend time researching books this summer! We’ve done the work of picking the best summer books for preschoolers for you so you can spend your time reading to your kids, playing with your kids, and making summer memories with your precious kiddos. These summer stories for preschoolers, toddlers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students. These summer themed books for preschoolers are filled with beach trips, playing at the playground, family vacation, ice cream cones, watermelon, sandcastles, catching fireflies, friends, and lots more warm sunny themes!
And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner and Jaime Kim uses simple text and beautiful illustrations to celebrate the highlights of a fun filled summer. From swimming and hide and seek to fireworks and ice cream, this book shares some of the best parts of summer for kids.
I See Summer by Charles Ghigna and Ag Jatkowska is a rhyming book about all the sights of summer, told through a simple repeating text and colorful illustrations.
The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing and Julie Durrell turns the classic Christmas poem into an ode to summer vacation. The rhyming text follows the familiar poem with a funny ending kids will love.
What Can You See in Summer? (Seasons) by Sian Smith is an easy to read nonfiction book that highlights the sights you can see in the summer. The easy text and colorful photographs make it an engaging book for beginning readers.
Summer Color! by Diana Murray and Zoe Persico is a rhyming tribute to all the colors of the summertime. The text highlights summer traditions and specific colors, while the illustrations show a group of happy characters basking in summer joys.
Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson and Buket Erdogan follows Mouse and Minka as they enjoy a summer picnic in the park. The soft, colorful illustrations will draw kids in, while the simple text highlights the colors of the things the little mice experience.
Summer books for kids
Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee shares the story of a little girl who keeps herself entertained outside on a hot summer day. The rhyming text explores fun summer traditions, as well as the young girl’s observations in nature.
The Colors of Summer by Danna Smith and Amber Ren follows a young family as they head to the beach. The peppy rhyming text highlights the colors around them, and the vibrant illustrations pop with bright colors.
Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis follows a young boy as he shares the adventures of his summer through a letter to his grandpa. The illustrations show familiar summer activities, but with tons of ice cream hidden throughout.
The Sandcastle That Lola Built by Megan Maynor and Kate Berube puts a summery spin on the poem “The House that Jack Built”. As Lola builds her sandcastle, she faces lots of issues and makes new friends in the process.
Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney is a short rhyming book that follows the popular llama as he plays in the sand and splashes in the waves at the beach.
Summer stories for preschoolers
Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills takes readers on a trip with Duck and Goose as the two best friends venture through meadows, thickets, and more to find their way to an adventure on the beach.
The Night Before Summer Camp by Natasha Wing and Mindy Pierce follows a young camper on his trip to summer camp. The text puts a summery spin on the classic Christmas poem “The Night Before Christmas”.
Beach Day by Karen Roosa and Maggie Smith celebrates all the sights and sounds of a beach day. The simple rhyming text is paired with colorful illustrations featuring a diverse cast of characters enjoying the day in the sand.
One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews takes readers through a hot summer day in the city through simple language and bold photographic illustrations.
The Wonders of Summer by Kealy Connor Lonning shares the adventures of a young girl and her father as they enjoy all the joys of summertime. The text is simple, and the brightly colored illustrations are full of summery images and scenes of nature.
A Lullaby of Summer Things by Natalie Ziarnik and Madeline Valentine is a soothing summer bedtime story that shares the end of the day routine for a family spending the day at the beach. The simple text and sweet illustrations will lull little ones to sleep while reminding them of the fun of their day.
Mama, Is It Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure explores the changes that happen as spring turns into summer through the eyes of a young boy waiting impatiently for summer to begin.
Summer themed books for preschoolers
Froggy’s Lemonade Stand by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz visits the popular frog as he tries to raise money by having a lemonade stand. Kids will love watching the little frog and chanting “Froggy!” along with the text.
Flip Flop! by Dana M. Rau and Jana Christy Mitchell is an early reader that follows two young best friends as they decide what to do on a summery day. The rhyming text is paired with soft, colorful illustrations full of summer fun.
Summer is Here by Heidi Pross Gray shares the signs that summer is arriving through easy to read text and gentle illustrations of nature scenes in summertime.
Sun, Sun: The Joy of a Summer Day at the Beach by Brad Gray and Alexandra Tillard takes readers to the beach with a young family. The rhyming text and vibrant illustrations celebrate the joy of a beach day after a long and dreary winter.
Beach Day! by Candice Ransom and Erika Meza is an early reader book that follows a brother and sister as they spend a day at the beach together. The text and illustrations highlight all the fun that families can have on a beach day.
Summer by Alice Low and Roy McKie celebrates all the joys of summer. From riding bikes to enjoying fireworks, there are lots of summer milestones highlighted in the rhyming text and cartoon illustrations.
Biscuit’s First Beach Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories revisits the adorable puppy as he explores the beach and spends the day frolicking in the sand and waves with his little girl.