Wednesday, June 19, 2013

10 Picture Books Perfect for Summer!

It's that time of year when school is winding down and many parents are coming up with 'Summer Bucket Lists' of things to do with the kids during the lazy days of summer. So why not make a list of books to read or re-read with the kids as well?  You can certainly choose any books you'd like, but here's a list to start with. These are picture books that are just perfect for summer!

The loveable Harry the Dirty Dog goes incognito once again in this tale of getting lost at the beach.  Instead of dirt, he's covered in seaweed! Complete with umbrellas and crowds and all things 'beach', this title is as irresistible as the first.

This follow-up to Bebe Goes Shopping has our cutie-pie toddler enjoying the beach the mischievous way only a small child can. The vivid illustrations and Spanish words added throughout make it a great book for sharing.

I have to admit that I have skipped over this one in the past because I don't particularly love the cover. But inside is a really beautiful poetic tribute to the wonders of summer. "Lovely the lateness in summertime darkening..." it begins. It goes on to capture the true meaning of being a child in summer.

This timeless tale of a family vacationing in Maine for the summer won the 1958 Caldecott Award for most distinguished picture book. Even if your vacation place is the Jersey or CT shore, or a lake in the woods or a friend's home away, you will identify with the magic of going away for vacation. "And, children," warns McCloskey, "don't forget your toothbrushes." Truly wonder-ful.
 This is one of my favorite books for storytime. Part guessing game and problem solving, it really appeals to the kids and makes us all long for that early or late summer day 
at the beach!

And Don't Forget These!
A Summery Saturday Morning by Margaret Mahy
Hot City by Barbara Joose
Summer is Summer by Phyllis & David Gershator
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing

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