A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books about Summer Fun
Summer was always a lot of fun for us growing up, and it still is today. School’s out, the weather’s great, and opportunities abound for lots of outdoor activities: a trip to the pool or beach, going camping or hiking, or simply enjoying a summer picnic! Get your summer off to a great start with some great books that capture the essence of the season. Our suggestions of books, both new and old, will hopefully make you want to explore and enjoy summer all the more.
New Summer Books
Created by the American Museum of Natural History, this board book contains 26 animals from the sea. Beautiful color photographs illustrate each letter. Brief facts are included as well.
Camp Rex by Molly Idle
Cordelia and her troop of dino-scouts enjoy a camping trip in the great outdoors. This book features the same characters from Idle’s Tea Rex.
The Camping Trip by Catherine Hapka, illus. by Anne Kennedy
In this tenth book in the Pony Scouts series, friends Meg, Jill, and Annie are spending summer vacation with their ponies, and it is Meg’s first time camping. A great choice for early readers.
Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, illus. by Susan Swan
This is the second collaboration between author and illustrator in which they pair a season with an early learning concept, in this case counting. Their earlier work was entitled Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes. The collage illustrations capture both the seasonal and counting concepts.
Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills (e-book)
In this latest Duck & Goose escapade, the tenth to be exact, they trek to the beach where they have yet another adventure that cements their friendship.
Flip & Fin: We Rule the School! by Timothy Gill, illus. by Neil Numberman
This cartoonish style book makes for a very silly read. Flip and Fin, the sand shark twins who live at the bottom of the sea, prepare for joke day at school. It’s filled with many child-friendly jokes. A few nonfiction notes about sea creatures are included as well.
It’s Fun to Draw Sea Creatures by Mark Bergin
This book provides numbered step-by-step instructions and clear visuals that make drawing simple and rewarding for younger children. The use of simple shapes will help children create sea life, from flying fish to sharks.
The Mermaid’s Shoes by Sanne te Loo
On the last day of vacation, Mia finds a pair of flippers that she thinks is a mermaid’s shoes. She takes them home and wears them everywhere in search of the sea. She finally ends up atop the fountain in the public square. This genuinely sweet story was first published in the Netherlands. The double-spread illustrations are dreamlike and employ varied perspectives.
Millie Fierce Sleeps Out by Jane Manning
In this latest adventure, Millie plans a backyard camping trip for herself and a few friends. The expressive watercolor artwork is a perfect match to the humor of the text.
Out of the Blue by Jay Alison
In this compassionate, wordless story, a young boy and girl help to save an octopus that has washed up on shore. The illustrations are done in oil with crackle varnish and are typical of Alison’s style.
Picnic by John Burningham
Boy and Girl set out to have a picnic lunch and meet several animals along the way. As they search for the perfect spot, each of the animals loses something. Burningham, in his illustrations, “hides” each item and encourages the reader to find it. The interactive aspect is sure to make this a fun read.
S is for Sea Glass: A Beach Alphabet by Richard Michelson, illus. by Doris Ettlinger
This book uses a variety of poetic forms to celebrate the beach and seashore.
Sand Castles and Sand Palaces by Jane O’Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser
Join Fancy Nancy and friends, as they discover that the beach is full of spectacular surprises!
Seashore by Maurice Pledger
This latest book in the Sounds of the Wild series includes pop-up panoramas of some of the world’s most exciting shores. Children can also hear the sounds of nature and wildlife that accompany the seashore.
The Simples Love a Picnic by J.C. Phillipps
In this very entertaining read-aloud, the Simple family examines the word “picnic” and in doing so creates a funny family story full of mayhem. The cut-paper–collage artwork is childlike and colorful.
Splash, Anna Hibiscus! By Atinuke, illus. by Lauren Tobia
Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. In this latest book, she is at the beach with her family. She tries, unsuccessfully, to get everyone into the water. It’s not until her family sees how much fun she’s having that they finally join her.
Summer by Cynthia Amoroso and Robert B. Noyed (e-book)
This is a basic informational book suitable for beginning readers. Glossary words in the text appear in colorful fonts. Beautiful color photographs accompany the sparse text.
Super Simple Seashell Projects by Kelly Doudna
This is the latest in the Super Simple Nature Crafts series. Nine projects are included in this volume. Color photographs enhance the step-by-step directions.
Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash by Candace Fleming, illus. by G. Brian Karas
In this sequel to Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, the pesky trio of bunnies is back, intent on ruining Mr. McGreely’s peaceful day at the beach. But in the end, the bunnies save the day by helping him win the sandcastle building contest. The illustrations give each character distinct personality.
Watch Out for the Crocodile by Lisa Moroni, illus. by Eva Eriksson
A young girl’s active imagination turns a camping trip with her father into a wild adventure. The text has been translated from Swedish, and the illustrations are done in pencil and watercolor.
Favorites from the Past
All You Need for a Beach by Alice Schertle, illus. by Barbara Lavallee
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish, illus. by Lynn Sweat
At the Beach by Anne F. Rockwell, illus. by Harlow Rockwell
Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes
Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies (e-book, Overdrive e-book, DVD)
Beach Bugs: A Sunny Pop-Up Book by David A. Carter
Beach Day! By Rosemary Wells
Beach is to Fun by Pat Brisson, illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa
Best Friends by Steven Kellogg
Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp by Denise Fleming
Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, illus. by Jon J. Muth
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
The Cut-Ups Cut Loose by James Marshall
A Day at Damp Camp by George Ella Lyon, illus. by Peter Catalanotto
Down by the Bay by Raffi, illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Flotsam by David Wiesner (e-book)
Four Friends in Summer by Tomie DePaola
Fred and Ted Go Camping by Peter Eastman (e-book, Overdrive e-book)
Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz
Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion
Hattie and the Wild Waves: A Story from Brooklyn by Barbara Cooney
Hello, Ocean! by Pam Munoz Ryan, illus. by Mark Astrella (Hola Mar)
Hotter than a Hot Dog! by Stephanie Calmenson, illus. by Elivia
How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
It’s Summer by Jimmy Pickering
It’s Vacation Time by Lerryn Korda
Maisy Goes On Vacation by Lucy Cousins
Mama, Is It Summer Yet? By Nikki McClure
McDuff Saves the Day by Rosemary Wells, illus. by Susan Jeffers
Miranda’s Beach Day by Holly Keller
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
The Moon Jumpers by Janice May Udry, illus. by Maurice Sendak
Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Buket Erdogan
One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews
Otto Goes to the Beach by Todd Parr
Paddington at the Beach by Michael Bond
Pig Pig Goes to Camp by David McPhail
The Raft by Jim LaMarche
Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell, illus. by Lisa Campbell Ernst
The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow
Senses at the Seashore by Shelley Rottner
Sheep Take a Hike by Nancy Shaw, illus. by Margot Apple (e-book)
Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee
Summer is Summer by Phillis and David Gershator, illus. by Sophie Blackall
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting, illus. by Kathryn Hewitt
Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey, illus. by Henry Cole
Ten Flashing Fireflies by Philemon Sturges, illus. by Anna Vojtech
Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe by Vera Williams
Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
To the Beach! by Linda Ashman, illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott
When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco