Today marks the beginning of our summer session of homeschool, and I’m super excited to start reading All Quiet On the Western Front with my boys.
Perhaps it’s not much of a summer book, but we’re wrapping up our World War I studies as part of this session, so it’s perfect in other ways. And since it’s relatively short, I think we’ll have time to also read Ruby Holler before summer’s end and if there’s a summery book out there, Ruby Holler is it! Talk about switching gears! haha
You might be wanting to celebrate summer with your littles, too, and if you’re like me, one of the best ways to do that is with books.
Because books, y’all. Yeah yeah.
Over the years, we’ve read numerous books on a blanket outside under a shade tree. I’ve compiled a short list of my very favorites for you so you and your littles can get busy doing the same.
6 Picture books that celebrate summer
You know I love Wing’s Night Before series, and The Night Before Summer Vacation is a perfect summertime read for littles. I love the rhyming, but I really love how it covers so many fun things about summer. You could even add this book to your camping book list because it’s about packing to go camping. I have so got to do a Story Time for this book.
Yee’s beautiful story about a young girl’s adventures on a summer day and night is one of my favorites. Not just because of the gentle rhyme scheme and lovely illustrations, but because it will give your littles a bunch of awesome ideas for their own adventures. Win!
This Little House Picture Book celebrates all the fun farm things there are to do in summer. I love how these books remain relevant even today. I mean, we still gather eggs and plant a garden every summer and even if we didn’t, it would be fun to read about.
I adore Frog and Toad. Lobel’s illustrations still make me feel like a little kid discovering the world for the first time. My boys loved these irascible friends, too. Frog and Toad Together is a brilliant book for reading outside in summer. Or any time. And if you want some fun activities, there is totally a Frog and Toad Story Time that works well with any of their books.
Got a little who loves catching fireflies as much as my littlest does? This fun and glittery counting book not only celebrates summer, it pays homage to father-daughter relationships. How can you resist?
Too Cute! Stewart the Monster has to wait 5 whole days for his camping trip with his parents, and he gets up to all kinds of antics trying to make the time pass more quickly. Laugh-out-loud fun and a guide for what to take camping!
6 Chapter books that celebrate summer
Because no summer list would be complete without this sweet, adventurous story about 4 sisters, 2 rabbits, and 1 very interesting boy. Besides, it’s one of Littlest’s all-time favorites.
I mean, Lily is a Nancy Drew lover. So you know there’s going to be a mystery. And there is. Lily thinks summer is going to be just like the past school year–quiet and boring–until Tinny comes to town. Tinny is everything Lily is not: vivacious. talkative, the center of attention, and Trouble. But Tinny might know something about Lily that Lily doesn’t want found out. When Tinny goes missing, Lily might know where she is, but she can’t save Tinny without confronting her own secrets. Stellar.
Another mystery story, this is one of my all-time favorites. Abilene rides into Manifest on a train, feeling abandoned by her father who is working a railroad job for the summer and sends her to stay with a friend. But when she discovers some old letters written by an infamous spy, she turns her attention to a good, old-fashioned spy hunt. As she uncovers Manifest’s secrets, she learns a lot about herself. I loved it for the historical detail; your littles will love the adventure.
Odilia and her little sisters find a dead body in a swimming hole in Texas. So, of course, they decide to return the dead man’s body to his family in Mexico. What follows is a magical journey filled with goddesses, ghosts, witches, and chupacabras. But that’s not the hard part. The hard part is returning home to the real world where there are no supernatural beings to help them. This re-telling of the Odyssey rocks.
Told through letters written home, this mystery about a summer camp full of brother-sister pairs is funny and mysterious all at once. Easy to read and filled with fun illustrations, this one is sure to enthrall your littles. And you, too.
You never know who your family might turn out to be. Stella’s unreliable mom leaves her with Great-Aunt Louise on Cape Cod, which would be ideal if Louise wasn’t fostering the awful Angel, a girl Stella could never be friends with. But then Aunt Louise up and dies, and the girls decide not to tell anybody. Spending the summer counting on each other for survival not only makes the girls friends, it creates in them the sense of family neither has ever had. By turns funny and poignant, this is one that will stick with your littles for a very long time.
I don’t even know what you’re waiting for. Get outside and start reading! I’m off to do a little of that myself.