Picture Books About Summer

UPDATED 07/03/2023

Summer is in full swing!

Time to think about my favorite picture books about summer.

Let's start off with a picture book about July 4th!  July 4th picture books are not easy to find!

Picture Books About Summer

Red, White, and Boom!, book cover

Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Huy Voun Lee

The Fourth of July may be the highlight of your summer!

Filled with parades, picnics, and fireworks, this holiday unites the community in a wonderful blend of activities.

If your child is wary of loud noises, this is a great way to introduce them to the fireworks at the end of the day.  Children will see that fireworks can be fun and entertaining.

Author Wardlaw uses brief language and illustrator Lee uses vibrant pictures to bring the holiday to life.

This book is great for toddlers and early preschoolers!

Mouse's First Summer, book cover

Mouse's First Summer By Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Buket Erdogan

If you love Lauren Thompson's Mouse, here is another one of his adventures!

Mouse has explored other parts of the year: when school starts, Halloween, spring, snow, etc.  Now it is time for him to explore what happens during the summer.

I love the Mouse series because of Thompson's short narrative and Erdogan's vibrant colors.  Seeing the watermelon makes my mouth water and when I see the kite in the blue sky, I can almost feel the cool breeze!

The Mouse series is great for kids who are learning about the world around them.  They are perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers.

Wave, book cover

Wave By Suzy Lee

Wordless books are perfect for activating the imagination of both the storyteller (you) and your child.

Together, you can provide a narrative for the story by asking questions and waiting for your child's answers.

In this story, the main character seems to be afraid of the waves in the ocean.  As the story progresses, the character slowly becomes accustomed to the beach and starts to enjoy herself.

Like many younger children, the beach can be an intimidating and noisy place.  When reading with your child, you can make up a story that will ease your child's fears!

This book is great for preschoolers or younger elementary-aged children!

1-2-3 to the Zoo , book cover

1-2-3 to the Zoo By Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Eric Carle's distinctive collage art provide a whimsical exploration of different themes.

If your child has never been to the zoo, they will enjoy counting the zoo animals on each page, up through ten.

By the end of the book, there is a quite an array of animals and your child will giggle at all of the activity.

This book is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

Summer Song, book cover

Summer Song By Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek

Kevin Henkes once again shares a seasonal book with us.  Beautifully illustrated by Laura Dronzek, he shares what he feels are the sights and sounds of summer.

Summer is green, but filled with sounds that come together to form a song that reminds him of summer.

Henke published a book about beaches this year called Little Houses, which I also found fascinating!

This title is for both toddlers and preschoolers.