20 Summer Books for Preschoolers (Free Printable Summer Book Log)
This summer, we have decided to read more summer-themed books each week to continue learning and reading over the summer.
It's great to encourage your young readers to spend more time reading their favorite books this summer. The best way to accomplish this is to introduce them to a large variety of books.
Even though you don't want to spend a hot summer day inside reading, you can still find time reading together first thing in the morning, after lunch, and of course right before bed.
Grab a new picture book and get your little learners engaged in the wonderful world of reading.
I have found some great Preschool books about summer to read before school starts back up in the fall.
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Where can I get books?
- Public Library
One of the ways we plan on reading an assortment of books this summer is by going to the public library.
My daughter got her very own library card at our local public library. She can go in and pick out as many books as she’d like from the children’s section.
Our public library is quite large, so the child’s section has a lot to choose from.
One of our favorite things about our public library is the activities. They hold daily activities all year long, which include story time, crafts, and movie time. These activities are in a separate area of our library so the kids can make noise without disturbing anyone.
- Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
My children have been signed up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination library since they were babies. They may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but it’s a great way to expand your child’s collection.
Dolly Parton started Imagination Library to help get books into the hands of all children no matter what their family's income was. It's so important for all children to have access to books and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a great way to do that.
If you are interested in signing your child up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, you can check for availability and Sign-up Here! (I am not an affiliate for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library)
How can we keep track of the books we’ve read?
If you want to keep a list of the books you’ve read this summer to keep track of your progress, download our Preschool Summer Books Log.
Just click above, print it out, and write down all the books you’ve read.
Your kids will love following along all summer long to see how many books they’ve read.
You can even turn it into a Summer Book Challenge to see if they can reach a certain number by the end of summer.
What are some Preschool books about summer?
I wanted to include our favorite summer books and where to buy them.
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Summer by Eric Carle
This beautiful book will really get your child's senses involved by teaching them all about summer. You can get them learning about all the season's sensory experiences.
2. And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner
This book will surely get your kids excited about summer with all the summer adventures they can go on over the summer months. They can read about seeing the ice cream trucks, swimming in the lake, and fireworks.
3. Mama, Is It Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure
The little boy in this story reminds me so much of my daughter while she patiently waited for summer to arrive. In the story, the boy keeps asking him mom if it's summer yet and he's looking forward to it getting it.
4. Summer by Alice Low
This classic story, which was edited by Dr. Seuss, talks about all the fun summer activities to do on a hot day in summer. This great book will show you the different ways to have a perfect day this summer.
5. Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee
The little girl in this wonderful story has a great time during the summer season swimming, catching a butterfly, and more. The unique illustrations can really help engage little kids while reading this fun story.
6. Summer by Ailie Busby
If you want to find a fun book to teach your child about the different seasons of the year, this book is a great choice. This great summer book will help you explore the different activities to do in the summer indoors and out.
7. Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sís
This cute summer book from a child's perspective will have you running out to get your own ice cream. The little guy in this silly story is continuing to learn all summer long, but he is finding ways to learn through ice cream.
8. The Night Before Summer Camp by Natasha Wing
The Night Before collection is a great series of books for any age. This rhyming story revolves around a little camper who is excited to go to summer camp but gets nervous as it gets closer. This is a great read to prepare your child for day camp.
9. Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney
This is one of our favorite book series and we have a book listed on almost all our book lists. In the beach book, Llama Llama goes to the beach and enjoys all the fun activities you can experience at the beach.
10. Biscuit's First Beach Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Who doesn't love Biscuit and all the fun adventures he goes on? In this story, he heads on a beach trip for the day to play in the sand making sandcastles and swimming in the water. It's great to learn about his first time going to the beach and helps kids associate with their first trip to the beach.
11. Mouse's First Summer by Lauren Thompson
This short board book is great for your youngest readers with the simple text and colorful illustrations. This simple book will take you through a summer day with two small mice as they play in the green grass and have a picnic in the park.
12. Lullaby of Summer Things by Natalie Ziarnik
This wonderful summer book doubles as a bedtime story, as it takes you through the fun summer day of siblings on their beach vacation. They spend time as their getting ready for bed, remembering all the fun things they did throughout the day. It goes through the long days they had on their vacation and how much fun they had too.
13. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis
This cute nature diary follows the summer of a praying mantis and the joys of summer for her. It teaches children the different stages of a praying mantis and introduces the life cycle of this specific bug in a fun way.
14. One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews
On this very hot summer day, children can explore some fun activities to do to keep busy. You will feel the heat while exploring the different pages and enjoying the beautiful illustrations. It will bring out your child's love of reading even more while they imagine doing some of their favorite activities in the summer.
15. The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
What is one of the best things to eat in the summer to stay cool... watermelon! This funny crocodile is afraid when he swallows a watermelon seed because he doesn't know what will happen after he swallows it. Will the seed grow in his stomach, or will he grow from it? Follow this adorable crocodile to see what he does when he swallows the seed and teach your children not to be afraid of eating watermelon.
16. The Berenstain Bears Summer Fun! by Stan Berenstain
The summer can be a time to relax and enjoy the lazy days, but it's also a time to get outside and play. The Berenstain Bears 3 books in 1 will show your kids how much fun summer can be and the different activities they can participate in.
17. Carl's Summer Vacation by Alexandra Day
Carl and Madeleine head on out to enjoy the summer day instead of napping and have a great time exploring everything staying on the lake has to offer. They go canoeing, have a picnic, and enjoy many other summer activities that leave them exhausted by the end of the day.
18. The Summer Visitors by Karel Hayes
This adorable book does not have many words, but it sure tells a big story. After watching a human family at the cottage for the day, a family of bears puts on the human's clothes off the clothesline and heads out to do what the human family did while they're sleeping. This story is one of a collection of season books you much read.
19. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
Go on a camping trip with Mr. Magee and his dog, Dee. They find themselves in a predicament and encounter a bear, which leads them on a crazy adventure. You and your child will be on the edge of your seat while reading this story to see if Mr. Magee and his dog, Dee, can get out of this roller coaster of a camping trip.
20. Spot Goes to the Swimming Pool by Eric Hill
Spot goes swimming for the first time and will encourage your children to go swimming as well. Even though Spot is nervous at first, he faces his fears with the help of his mom and best friends and goes in the pool.
It is so much fun to read books as a family. My kids love to climb into bed every night to read together before going to sleep.
If you want to read stories before bed all year long, check out this list of Top 10 Favorite Bedtime Stories.
Even though you probably want to be outside enjoying the weather on the hottest day of the year, you can still always find time to sit down and read a story together.
Those late summer nights, you can sit down to read a funny story together and enjoy the beautiful illustrations.
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What kinds of books do you like to read together?
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