Early childhood is the best time to start summer reading challenges and activities. Introducing stories and telling tales to preschool age children begins to unlock a love for books that will continue throughout their lifetime. By learning to use their imagination, sparking creativity, and inspiring conversation, summer books help children to learn and grow.
10 Summer Books for Preschoolers
Here’s a list of some of our favorite summer books for preschool:
- We Like Vegetables by Tess Samson
Introducing sight words and picture words, We Like Vegetables, engages early learners through brightly colored photography and comprehension activities. Repetitive words and illustrations in this book help children to become more fluent and confident in their reading skills, while educating them about delicious vegetables.
- Beach Day by Karen Roosa
Playful illustrations make this picture book a favorite for children. Rhyming text keeps early learners interested and engaged as they enjoy a perfect day at the beach building sandcastles and skiing on the water. What a great way to present a day trip to the beach!
- At the Shore by Tammy Jones
Make discoveries at the shore with this interactive sight book. With picture words like clam, crab, and starfish, early learners may want to partake in a real life scavenger hunt. Finding these common beach critters can bring this book to life!
- The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Turning a struggling garden into beautiful green landscape is the core of this illustrated book. It introduces environmental awareness to preschoolers and may inspire children turn to make changes in their own neighborhood. A wonderful story of how a little bit of love can make the world beautiful.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
This rhyming book about the letters of the alphabet is sure to attract the minds of young learners. The curiosity of the lowercase letters gets them into a dilemma until the uppercase letters come to the rescue. Through colorful pictures and simple narration, learning the alphabet is as easy as ABC.
- The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Watermelon is the favorite food of this silly crocodile; until, one day, he swallows a seed. Terrified of what the seed will do to him, the crocodile struggles to not eat watermelon ever again. Early childhood learners will be captivated by the playful illustrations and humorous storyline of this fun summer read.
- Bathtime for Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Trying to get Biscuit the pup clean proves to be a challenging task as he avoids bath time at all costs. With simple vocabulary and funny pictures, this book will help children build their confidence as readers. Take preschoolers on many adventures with Biscuit in the Biscuit series.
- Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Telling the daily tales of a small worm living in a big world, this book is a must have for early childhood learners. Describing the ups and downs of being a worm, such as having no arms or being able to eat their homework, readers will enjoy seeing life from a worms’ perspective.
- Nest by Jorey Hurley
Discover the natural world through a story about a robin’s first year of life. Experience the different seasons and what they bring from spring flower buds to winters naked branches. Enjoy the companionship of father robin and comfort that family brings in hard times. Celebrate life and the beauty of nature in this heartwarming illustration book.
- Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Help an apple tree change with the seasons. As early learners shake it, tap it, and jiggle it, the magical world of Mother Nature comes to life. The interactive concept of this book engages children in the natural life cycle process and keeps them interested through movement and color. Preschoolers won’t be able to get enough!
What are some of your favorite books for little learners during the summer months? We’d love to know!