As the sun blazes high and school bells fall silent, the pages of great books can whisk young readers away on sizzling adventures. From lazy days by the pool to thrilling camp experiences, summer literature has the power to ignite imaginations, spark curiosity, and create lasting memories.

With an ocean of wonderful options to dive into, it can be a challenge for educators and parents to fish out the perfect beach reads for their little sun-seekers. To help you navigate this sea of stories, we’ve compiled a sun-soaked collection of summer tales that are sure to make a splash with young readers.

Whether it’s stories of backyard explorations, cross-country road trips, or magical summer camps, these books capture the essence of freedom, fun, and discovery that defines the season. So grab your sunscreen, find a shady spot, and get ready to embark on literary adventures that will keep young minds active and engaged long after the last firefly has twinkled out.


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Llama Llama Sand & Summer by Anne Dewdney



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Everything Grows by Raffi


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I See Summer by Charles Ghigna


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Hope is a Rainbow by Hoda Kotb

First Grade

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Summer Vacation, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg


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The Magic of Me: My Magical Choices by Becky Cummings

Second Grade

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And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner


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This is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson

Third Grade

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Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton


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Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Please enjoy the additional celebratory book lists that we’ve created.
Pride Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Black History Month
Native American Heritage Month

If you’re looking for a read-aloud list, we have a spring version for 2024.
Read Aloud Book List