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Top 10 children’s books about summer

From sizzling sunshine to ice-cool lemonade, books are a fantastic way to explore what makes the summer so special!

Filled with beautiful language and illustrations, the following books are perfect for ages 3 to 8. They’re a great way to introduce younger children to the season as a bedtime story or as a first independent read.


1. Sun by Sam Usher

Usher seamlessly blends the worlds of imagination and reality in this delightful tale about a boy and his grandfather on the hottest day of the year. The large-printed and simple language make this book an ideal choice for first-time readers.

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2. Summer by Allie Busby

This bright and colourful picture book is an absolute treat for young children. Discover the joys of indoor and outdoor playtime – and pick up a few ideas for your own adventures at home!

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3. Wave by Suzy Lee

For an alternative reading experience, ‘Wave’ uses no words at all! Lee’s story tells of a day at the beach entirely through pictures. Why not look with your child and encourage them to think of creative words they could use to describe the scenes?

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4. Summer is Here by Heidi Pross Gray

Discover what makes the summer so special in this charming read. From swimming in streams to picking blueberries, Gray lets you enjoy the perks of summer without even leaving the house!

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5. Summer Evening by Walter de la Mare

You can almost feel the heat radiating off of the pages in this atmospheric read. Brought to life by stylised illustrations and rhythmic language, Mare’s exploration of a balmy summer evening is not to be missed.

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6. Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee

The summer just wouldn’t be the same without these ‘cool’ activities! Drinking lemonade and swimming in pools are just some of the fun to be had here, as Yee explores the smaller details of the summer.

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7. What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside by Julia Donaldson

What do ladybirds, mermaids and dolphins have in common? They all love the beach! This weird and wacky tale takes readers on a wild adventure involving thieves, mishaps and magical hair.

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8. And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner

The book is a wonderful way to welcome in the summer months. Join Johnny as he enjoys the tastiest aspects of summer with his friends, including ice cream and toasted marshmallows in the evening!

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9. How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

Pearl and Pascal want to build the best sandcastle ever – and what better way to do this than by using code! Funny and educational in equal measure, this book teaches simple aspects of code in a lighthearted and engaging way.

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10. Summertime Stories by Enid Blyton

Finally, sometimes classic tales are the best! This bumper book contains 30 short stories, leaving plenty of tales and adventures to enjoy with your child.

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