August 1, 2018

#kidlitpicks July Round-Up: 15 Picture Books About Summer

Warm summer months are filled with lazy days, lemonade, trips to the beach, nature walks, swimming pools and firefly nights. Summer is a great time of year, especially if you’re a kid. School is out and inspiration can be found in various places from your garden to a trip to the zoo. Whether you are planning on spending your summer on vacation, swimming, beach bumming, catching fireflies, camping or running your own lemonade stand, there is bound to be a fun book to read.

Throughout the month of July, the @kidlitpicks book club shared some of our favorite summer-themed books. Credit goes to to Charnaie from Here Wee Read for the timely theme!



Mine, Run Wild, by David Covell
Run Wild takes me right back to my childhood summers—running barefoot and exploring all day long. Barefoot in the field, on the sand, across rocks and twigs. There were bruises and bumps, but that never stopped anyone, not when there was an adventure to be had.” — Summer from @readingisourthing


National Parks of the USA, by Kate Siber and Chris Turnham
Everything about this book feels classy and timeless, down to the retro-style illustrations." — Mel from @spiky_penelope


Summertime, by Jane Foster
The illustrations are packed full of bold high-contracts graphics and lots of key Summer words that you will want to pack this in your beach bag alongside the sun cream!” —  Kim from @bookbairn


Rooster Summer, by Robert Heidbreder and Madeline Kloepper
This will absolutely be an annual read for me.” — Miranda from @bookbloom


Perfect, by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood
“Beautiful text above is accompanied by paintings by Blackwood which ‘magically evoke the light, scents and feel of a perfect summer day.’”  De from @books_and_babycinos


Rudie Nudie, by Emma Quay
There's a lovely rhythm to the story, loads of love and the kids end up snug in bed.”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_


The Sandcastle That Lola Built, by Megan Maynor and Kate Berube
A perfect summer story!”  Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore


The Night Flower, by Lara Hawthorne
"The Night Flower is exquisitely illustrated, its vibrant pages brought the Sonoran desert’s summer and its unique annual event alive for us on the other side of the world.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


The Last Peach, by Gus Gordon
"We found The Last Peach an intriguing tale that made us smile, giggle and eventually laugh out loud!"”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople


Saturday Is Swimming Day, by Hyewon Yum
"This is such a gem, friends! Lauren from @happily.ever.elephants



My Best Friend, by Mary Ann Rodman and EB Lewis
It provides an opportunity for adults to have an open discussion about how to treat others, making friends and what to do if a child ever faces this situation with their peers.” — Charnaie from @hereweeread


Goldfish on Vacation, by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Leo Espinosa
"The summer stay-cation that may have been been lackluster and boring is instead filled with new camaraderie and a sense of excitement. Which is everything that summer should be." — Wendy from @homegrownreader


Summer Color!, by Diana Murray and Zoe PersicoVibrant colors and easy rhymes highlight the beauty of summer in this warm and tender read.” — Heather from @kidlitbookbits


And Then Comes Summer, by Tom Brenner and Jaime Kim
And Then Comes Summer is a perfectly nostalgic treat for these long days of sunshine and freedom.” — Anna from @kidlitcrafts


Uh-Oh!, by Shutta Crum and Patrice Barton
This book is perfect for little ones on the move with lots of exploring and discovering to do as it has vivid ILLUSTRATIONS to draw the eye in.” — Teri from @petitbookcorner


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