Do you focus on reading in the summer? We love to read as a family, and reading in summer is something special. It is a time where we choose what we want to read based on attraction, if the cover looks great or the blurb in the back of the book calls our name, we will read it. Sometimes we will choose books based on others recommendations or just things that grab our interest. Whatever it is you are never too young or too old to enjoy summer reading. We love to snuggle together no matter what time of year it is and read a really good book or a stack of really good books for that matter. Whether you are working on a summer theme in your homeschool or you are just looking for summer reading for preschoolers these books are going to be the perfect match for you and your family. Before we continue please take a moment to pin this post to your reading board.
Preschool Summer Reading
Are you looking for the perfect books to read with your preschoolers this summer? Well we have a list of some amazing books that are about summer, the sea, camping, vacation and more! Books that are certain to delight the whole family.
Summer Reading for Preschoolers Book Picks:
1,2,3…By the Sea
Will a day at the sea be filled with numerous things to eat, play, watch and do? Will there by rhymes and wordplay and lots of fun things to say aloud? Will there be delicate, detailed, light-filled illustrations? You can count on it!
Sunny illustrations and a lilting, rhyming text invite the youngest beach lovers to count their way through a delightful day of seaside adventures.
Sharks aren’t just scary fish with pointy teeth. Lift the flaps in this richly illustrated book to meet gentle giants, fierce hunters, beady-eyed baby sharks, and the weird, weedy wobbegong.
Room on our Rock
There are two ways to read this story. When read from left to right, the seals believe there is definitely no room on their rock for others. When the book is read backward, the seals welcome others to shelter on their rock—a heartwarming story about sharing and compassion.
Seal at the Wheel
Seal has bought herself a new motorboat, Hippo is trying out his new water skis, and Seal is causing chaos! A fun rhyming story, specially written to develop phonemic awareness, with wonderful illustrations by David Semple. This book is ideal both for reading aloud and for children who are beginning to read for themselves.
Secrets of the Seashore
Spot the tiny shrimps hiding in the sand, see a shy crab underneath a rock and watch a jewel-like anemone open its tentacles in this beautiful book of nature’s hidden habitats. Just hold the page up to a light to discover it all.
Shark in the park
Oh no, there’s a shark in the park! Or is there? This entertaining story for beginner readers has simple rhyming text and colorful illustrations by Stephen Cartwright – and you can also listen to the story online. It is a delight to share with young children or beginner readers to read themselves, with parent’s notes on phonics at the back.
Steve, Terror of the Seas
Steve is not very big. His teeth aren’t very sharp. And even though he’s no Angel Fish, there are far scarier fish in the sea. So why are all the other fish so frightened of him? Real facts introduce sea creatures in a fun and appealing way. Spot Steve’s friend George on every page!
This is Crab
This is Crab. Join him for a cl-awesome adventure and explore the wonders of the ocean. Readers will want to dive right into this humorous, interactive book again and again.
Yoga Animals at the Seashore
Crab is feeling rather shy and not very sociable – some might say crabby. As he scuttles along the beach, he meets different seashore animals who help him feel more confident, optimistic, and happy—through the power of yoga!
And Then Comes Summer
When the days stretch out like a slow yawn, and the cheerful faces of Johnny-jump-ups jump up . . . then it’s time to get ready for summer! From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season. Tom Brenner’s lovely, lyrical ode to summers spent outdoors will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever counted down the days until school gets out, and Jaime Kim’s jubilant, nostalgia-soaked illustrations leave little doubt that summer is indeed a time unlike any other.
The Night Before Summer Vacation
A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation . . . or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there’s bound to be something overlooked, and what that provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect “twist” on Clement Moore’s classic
Summer Days and Nights
On a hot summer day, a little girl finds ways to entertain herself and stay cool. She catches a butterfly, sips lemonade, jumps in a pool, and goes on a picnic. At night, she sees an owl in a tree and a frog in a pond, and hears leaves rustling. Before long, she’s fast asleep, dreaming about more summer days and summer nights.
Ice Cream Summer
Peter Sís’s delicious tongue-in-cheek vision of summer dishes up the whole scoop on everyone’s favorite frozen treat–and proves that ice cream is every bit as enriching for the mind as it is for the taste buds. Readers everywhere will be begging for seconds and thirds!
Mama, Is It Summer Yet?
In this charming book, one little boy can’t wait for summer to arrive. He keeps asking, “Mama, is it summer yet?” Mama responds, saying, ”Not yet,” but there are plenty of signs that indicate spring is changing into summer: The earth is soft, and there are seeds to plant, birds singing, ducklings in the pond and pink blossoms blooming. The young boy even wears his bathing suit and carries a beach pail in preparation, but will it ever be summer?
Summer is Summer
What is summer? Summer is lemonade and salty air, baseball and ice cream, fireflies and starry nights, and much, much more for so many children. Join four friends as they explore the outdoor world of summer and all its sensory pleasures.
The Summer Visitors
This follow-up to the successful The Winter Visitors traces the interactions between a family of bears and a human family during their summer stay at a lake cottage. Told primarily through illustration, with only a few dozen words in the book, children and parents (and grandparents) alike will delight in following the antics of the bumbling bears as they enjoy the comforts of cottage life but also try to avoid detection by their human hosts.
The Sandcastle that Lola Built
Lola is building her dream sandcastle–one with a tall, tall tower and sea glass that sends signals to mermaids. But the beach is crowded, and soon enough, a boy steps on her castle. Not to worry! Lola recruits him to build a wall. When a toddler with a bulldozer starts digging too close to the walls, Lola decides he can be in charge of digging the moat. As the sandcastle grows, so does Lola’s friendly group of helpers. There’s only one thing that Lola doesn’t want near the sandcastle: a wave! Will the new friends be able to salvage the mermaids’ castle when their hard work is washed away?
A young boy is proud of having caught a jar full of fireflies, which seems to him like owning a piece of moonlight, but as the light begins to dim he realizes he must set the insects free or they will die.
A charming tale about inventive children who plant some summer fun.
Sizzle! Put on some shorts and try to stay cool in the hot summer season. Watch fruit ripen and baby animals grow up. See how summer brings changes for weather, people, plants, and animals.
Mouse’s Summer Muddle
Dash through the woods with Mouse and discover a dazzling summer. The woods are bursting with color, and the sun is shining. Butterflies chase each other in the breeze, and something mysterious is sparkling in the pond! With a little help from their friends, can Mouse find out what it is?
Mouse’s First Summer
Mouse and Minka invite you to celebrate summer with a picnic in the park. Roll down the hill on tickly green grass. Fly fluttery kites high in the sky. Enjoy some juicy watermelon! And before it’s time to go home, a summer surprise sparkles in the sky.
Fatima’s Great Outdoors
Fatima Khazi is excited about the weekend. Her family is headed to a local state park for their first camping trip! The school week might not have gone as planned, but outdoors, Fatima can achieve anything. She sets up a tent with her father, builds a fire with her mother, and survives an eight-legged mutant spider (a daddy longlegs with an impressive shadow) with her sister. At the end of an adventurous day, the family snuggles inside one big tent, serenaded by the sounds of the forest. The thought of leaving the magic of the outdoors tugs at Fatima’s heart, but her sister reminds her that they can keep the memory alive through stories–and they can always daydream about what their next camping trip will look like.
One Hot Summer Day
No kid can resist a hot summer day filled with delights such as drawing chalk pictures on the pavement and playing on a swing…especially if the day is capped off with two grape popsicles plus a cooling rainstorm.
How Do You Know It’s Summer?
This fun and fact-filled Rookie Read-About Science book answers the question, How do you know it’s summer through vivid photos and engaging nonfiction text? Covering everything from weather patterns to animal behaviors to seasonal activities, How Do You Know Its Summer? Gives kids readers (Ages 6-7) an in-depth look at this sunny season.
What Can You See in Summer?
In Summer, children are taken on a tour of things they can see in summer including typical summer activities and changes in the natural world. Beautiful photos, very simple repeated text, high frequency and decodeable words and strong photo-to-text matching make this a perfect book for early readers to enjoy.
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee
In A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, Mr. Magee and his trusty dog, Dee, are enjoying a peaceful camping trip when along comes a lumbering, marshmallow-loving bear and the excitement begins. The next thing the two campers know, they are plunging down a mountain, racing down a river, and teetering on the edge of a waterfall! How will Mr. Magee and Dee find their way out of this slippery situation?
Summer Reading for Preschoolers
Whether you are looking for books for a unit study all about summer or you are looking for summer books for summer reading these books will not disappoint you.
Which of these summer reading books will you pick to share with your preschoolers ?