Celebrate the Joys of Summertime!

Kids , Book List

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

Title: The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
By: Jeanne Birdsall
Published: 2005

While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

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Ages 8 - 12.

And Then Comes Summer

Title: And Then Comes Summer
By: Tom Brenner
Published: 2017

From flip-flops and hide and seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, there is something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the summer season.

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Ages 4 - 8.

Camp Tiger

Title: Camp Tiger
By: Susan Choi
Published: 2019

Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond. Usually, they see things like an eagle fishing for his dinner, a salamander with red spots on its back, and chipmunks that come to steal food while the family sits by the campfire. But this year is different.

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Ages 4 - 6.

Jabari Jumps

Title: Jabari Jumps
By: Gaia Cornwall
Published: 2017

In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can't help but root for.

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Ages 4 - 8.

Surfside Girls:  The Secret of Danger Point

Title: Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point
By: Kim Dwinell
Published: 2017

While relaxing with her best friend on the first day of summer vacation, Samantha discovers an underwater cave and begins an investigation into a resort development that threatens her town.

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Ages 9 - 12.

Imagination Vacation

Title: Imagination Vacation
By: Jami Gigot
Published: 2019

Sam's family is too busy to spend much time together, so she plans a very special vacation, to each one's dream destination, without going far from home.

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Ages 4-8.

The Liberation of Gabriel King

Title: The Liberation of Gabriel King
By: K.L. Going
Published: 2005

In Georgia during the summer of 1976, Gabriel, a white boy who is being bullied, and Frita, an African American girl who is facing prejudice, decide to overcome their many fears together as they enter fifth grade.

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8 - 12 years.

The Forget-Me-Not Summer

Title: The Forget-Me-Not Summer
By: Leila Howland
Published: 2015

When their parents, a screenwriter and a film editor, go off on summer projects, Marigold, twelve, Zinnia, eleven, and Lily, five, must visit their Great Aunt Sunny in Cape Cod, where they learn much about themselves and each other and grow closer than ever.

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Ages 8 - 12.

The Little Blue Cottage

Title: The Little Blue Cottage
By: Kelly Jordan
Published: 2020

The little blue cottage waits each year for summer to arrive--and with it, the girl. Through sunny days and stormy weather, the cottage and the girl keep each other company and wile away the long days and nights together. Until one year, and then another, the cottage is left waiting and empty season after season.

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Ages 4 - 8.


Title: Wave
By: Suzy Lee
Published: 2008

A wordless picture book that shows a little girl's first experiences at the beach, as she goes from being afraid of the roaring waves to playing on the shore while gulls soar overhead.

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Ages 0 - up


Title: Summer
By: Alice Low
Published: 2001

A boy, a girl, and a dog share the joys of summer by swimming, fishing, gardening, watching fireworks, chasing butterflies, and toasting marshmallows.

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Ages 3 - 7.

Mama, Is It Summer Yet?

Title: Mama, Is It Summer Yet?
By: Nikki McClure
Published: 2018

As spring slowly turns to summer, a little boy builds a fort and plants a garden in impatient anticipation.

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Ages 3 - 5.

Caterpillar Summer

Title: Caterpillar Summer
By: Gillian McDunn
Published: 2019

Since her father's death, Cat has taken care of her brother, Chicken, for their hardworking mother but while spending time with grandparents they never knew, Cat has the chance to be a child again.

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Ages 8 - 12.

Summer of Brave

Title: Summer of Brave
By: Amy Noelle Parks
Published: 2021

Twelve-year-old Lilla wants to make everyone happy, so when her best friend Vivi dares her to start telling the truth as part of their Summer of Brave, Lilla hesitates because if she says out loud what she really wants, her whole life might crash down around her.

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Ages 9 - 12

Summer of the Gypsy Moths

Title: Summer of the Gypsy Moths
By: Sara Pennypacker
Published: 2012

A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella's great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when tragedy strikes.

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Ages 9 - 12.

As Brave as You

Title: As Brave as You
By: Jason Reynolds
Published: 2016

When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

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Ages 10 - up.


Title: Blackout
By: John Rocco
Published: 2011

When a busy family's activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.

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Ages 4 - 8.

It Began with Lemonade

Title: It Began with Lemonade
By: Gideon Sterer
Published: 2021

A spunky young girl decides to sell lemonade on a hot summer day, venturing out all the way to the river's end where she finds some unexpected and fantastical clientele.

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Ages 4-8.

Rules of Summer

Title: Rules of Summer
By: Shaun Tan
Published: 2014

Two boys explain the occasionally mysterious "rules" they learned over the summer, like never eat the last olive at a party, never ruin a perfect plan, and never give your keys to a stranger.

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Ages 4 - 8.


Title: Sandcastle
By: Einat Tsarfati
Published: 2020

Step inside a sumptuous sandcastle packed with amazing and amusing visual details for a beach day that’s fit for royalty.

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Ages 4 - 6.

Three Times Lucky

Title: Three Times Lucky
By: Sheila Turnage
Published: 2012

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

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Ages 10 and up.


Title: Sun
By: Sam Usher
Published: 2018

It's the hottest day of the year, hotter than broccoli soup, hotter than the Atacama Desert, hotter than the surface of the sun. It's just the right kind of day for a boy and his grandad to go for a picnic.

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Ages 3 - 7.

A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee

Title: A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee
By: Chris Van Dusen
Published: 2003

Mr. Magee and his dog Dee go camping and have an adventure with a hungry bear.

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Ages 0 - 12.

Natsumi's Song of Summer

Title: Natsumi's Song of Summer
By: Robert Paul Weston
Published: 2020

This sweet and gentle picture book celebrates summer in Japan, as one little girl shares her love for insects with her cousin who is visiting from America

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Ages 3 - 7.

A Lullaby of Summer Things

Title: A Lullaby of Summer Things
By: Natalie Reif Ziarnik
Published: 2018

Sights and sounds of a summer twilight mingle with recollections of a lovely day at the beach as a household settles in for the night.

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Ages 4 - 8.

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