Oh Summer! I just love you so. I am counting down the days till we can stay up late, sleep in, and lounge by the pool. Reading aloud never stops around here. As I take down my summer book box, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite picture books for Summer. Enjoy!

1. Time of Wonder by Mccloskey – This Caldecott medal winner is a classic for a reason. I would love to go back to a simpler summer time when days were filled with exploration, water fun, and family. You will love being transported to this time as well.

2. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood – Going strawberry picking soon? This book is a must read. It is one of my children’s favorites. We have read it so many times this book no longer has its cover, LOL!

3. What Lives in a Shell? (Let’s Read and Find Out About Science) by Zoehfeld – Do your kids like to collect shells at the beach? Mine sure do. This books is great for explaining all those shells to your early elementary kids.

4. Blueberries for Sal by Mccloskey – It wouldn’t be Summer without this classic story of a boy and a little bear blueberry picking with their moms.

5. Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe – A young boy is proud of having caught a jar full of fireflies, which seems to him like owning a piece of moonlight, but as the light begins to dim he realizes he must set the insects free or they will die.

6. The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow – The illustrations in this book are breathtaking. This is such a delightful tale of a mom and her son imagining what the seashore would be like.

7. Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz and Pat Cummings – This book is perfect for reading during one of those crazy summer evening thunderstorms.

8. Swimmy by Leo Lionni – This simple tale is perfect for the younger crowd. The paintings are so unique and may inspire your little artist to try some texture painting.

9. Sunflower House by Eve Bunting – A house made out of sunflowers? Why yes, thank you. This book does a great job of showing the growing process of sunflower as well.

10. Summer’s Vacation by Lynn Plourde – Do you have any kids who struggle to complete their chores? I have a little “summer” who likes to play and have fun but forgets to do what is asked. I love that this story shows what happens on the Earth when summer forgets to do her chores.

11. Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae – This book is great for the toddler/preschool crowd. The pictures are so adorable and fun. The rhyming words are great for building phonemic awareness.

12. Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck – This was one of my children’s favorites when they were preschoolers. They loved the rhyming words and the imaginative tale.

13. The Raft by Jim LaMarche – Inspired in part by his own childhood, this gorgeous picture book from Jim LaMarche, tells the story of one stubborn boy’s unexpectedly wonderful summer on the river. This is an imagination-sparking story about appreciating the simple, natural joys of the world and the people in it, and about discovering and exploring one’s own talents.

14. How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague – Remember coming back from Summer vacation and having to write about what you did for your class? Well, this boy had something to write about. A great inspiration to discuss what your children would like to do over break. Hopefully, it won’t involve cowboys and stampedes.

15. Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran – One of my favorite children’s books EVER. Summer days should be spent making up imaginative towns and playing adventures with friends. Perhaps this story will inspire your kids to do just that!

16. The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown – This beloved author of Goodnight Moon, paints a tale of the life and times of a little island. Wouldn’t we all like to sail away to a little island for the summer?

Are you looking for chapter books? See THIS POST where I list my favorite Summer chapter books.

Want to get out of the kitchen and spend more time reading this summer? My summer meal plan is SO simple and full of meals your kids will most likely actually eat.

Here’s to a great summer!