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14 FAVORITE Summer Picture Books

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Summer is in full swing… sometimes that’s just when the summer boredom hits! This is the perfect moment to bring out some favorite summer picture books! We like to keep them in a basket and read a couple whenever the reading or bored mood strikes. You can easily find these books on amazon and hopefully at your local library. Looking for the books would make a fun book scavenger hunt too!! And once you gather your books, I hope your family enjoys them as much as ours.

Summer Picture Books

Come find what our current 14 favorite summer picture books are. Each is beautifully illustrated with captivating story lines.

Summer Picture Books Summer Story

1: Summer Story by Jill Barklem

Join the mice of Brambley Hedge as they prepare for a summer wedding! Everyone is invited in this rollicking mousy tale!

Summer Picture Books Sunflower House

2: Sunflower House by Eve Bunting

This charming story is about creative and determined children who make and grow their own sunflower house!

Summer Picture Books On Gull Beach

3: On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen

This is a poem style book about a young boy and his adventure with seagulls and a starfish at the beach.

Summer Picture Books Summer Song

4: Summer Song by Kevin Henkes

A fun story that reminds us how summertime can sound like music and encourages us to join in the play.

Summer Picture Books The Raft

5: The Raft by Jim LaMarche

A lovely book about a young boy named Nicky who spends the summer with his Grandma and learns new appreciation for nature and the simple things in life.

Summer Picture Books Sea Story

6: Sea Story by Jill Barklem

In this delightful book, you will set sail downstream with 4 little mice for an exciting seaside adventure.

Summer Picture Books Where the River Begins

7: Where the River Begins by Thomas Locker

A gorgeous book, that takes you on a journey with the river – from its beginning to its end at the ocean.

Summer Picture Books The Flowers Festival

8: The Flower's Festival by Elsa Beskow

In this fairy-tale style story, the flowers come to life and invite Lisa to their Midsummer party and hears their lovely stories.

Summer Picture Books Blueberries for Sal

9: Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey

Little Sal and her mother get separated while picking blueberries… but they aren’t the only ones! A classic children’s tale that has stood the test of time.

Summer Picture Books An Island Scrapbook

10: An Island Scrapbook by Virginia Wright-Frierson

Come along with an artist and her daughter as they take one last beach walk, before leaving their beach house for the summer in this scrapbook style storybook.

Summer Picture Books Butternut Hollow Pond

11: Butternut Hollow Pond by Brian Heinz

In this exciting book, your child will learn all about pond life and its diverse ecosystem.

Summer Picture Books Nuts to You

12: Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert

A rollicking story about a squirrel’s busy day in the city – just wait until you see all the adventures he has!

Summer Picture Books Water Dance

13: Water Dance by Thomas Locker

This lovely illustrated book shares the daily journey of one of life’s most precious resources: water.

Summer Picture Books Princess Sylvie

14: Princess Sylvie by Elsa Beskow

Join Sylvie and her father as they take an impromptu walk through the forest and find new discoveries and adventures at every turn.

Will you be reading any of these books with the children in your life?

If you have a favorite summer picture book that isn’t on the list, tell me in the comments below, and I will review it for next year! Happy reading!! 

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy my BEST Spring Books for Children post. 

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