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Big Summer Plans? There’s a Book for That!

June 21, 2012

By Karen Ruben

Just as there is an “app” for every purpose under the sun, so too is there a book. For every activity you and your family are planning this summer there is, without a doubt, a wonderful children’s picture book to go along. Here are a few that we know about. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments section. We know this is just the beginning of what’s available for summer fun.

Going Camping or Canoeing?

Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe by Vera Williams. A sweet, fun family adventure with all of the ups and downs you would expect.

Canoe Days by Gary Paulsen. Captures the serenity of being out on a lake in the early morning. Magical.

When We Go Camping by Margriet Ruurs. Do not read this to your kids unless you are planning to take them camping, because they will certainly want to go! Beautiful illustrations.


How about berry picking?

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. Sweet, funny, classic. Unbeatable.

Blueberry Shoe by Ann Dixon. A baby’s shoe, lost one year in a berry patch, illustrates the cycle of  life when it is found again the following year – after a bear unwittingly turns it into a planter for a blueberry seed.

Baseball Anyone?

Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey. About the 1940’s All American Girl’s Professional Baseball League.

H is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet by Brad Herzog. Brings to mind the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd.

You will surely see a parade, right?

Parade by Donald Crews. This is a book of few words, but the illustrations speak volumes. You can feel the anticipation of the crowd and hear the honks and toots of a band getting into position. It’s a gem.

Hats Off for the Fourth of July by Harriet Ziefert. “Music and drum, music and drum, who will be the next to come?” This winner is set in Chatham, MA.


Will you have a family reunion?

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. This is a sweet book about the joy of reuniting with family and the contentment of being with your own strange and wonderful clan.

What about a trip to an amusement park? 

Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee. Frazee is the illustrator of All the World and Seven Silly Eaters. If you have seen her work, you know that there will be stories within stories within stories in the illustrations of this book.


And, of course, there’s always the garden…

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. Inspired by the High Line in New York City – an abandoned elevated rail line that became, through utter neglect, a beautiful garden – this book tells the story of how anyone can contribute to making the earth a greener, more beautiful place.

Waiting for Wings and Planting a Rainbow both by Lois Ehlert. Beautiful, bold, graphic illustrations with just the right amount of prose make these two must haves if you love a garden.

We would love to know what books about summer you love. Happy reading, everyone!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Kasha Godleski permalink
    June 21, 2012 6:11 pm

    I have to share one of my favorite books…One Dog Canoe by Mary Casanova. So fun!

    • June 21, 2012 6:16 pm


      Thanks for the recommendation. What makes it one of your favorites?


  2. Kelli Brooks permalink
    June 22, 2012 7:56 pm

    Thanks so much for this article! I was indeed thinking that I needed a seasonal spruce up for our book collection. I’m looking forward to checking out the recommendations!

    • June 22, 2012 8:04 pm

      You’re welcome! We’re adding more and more book recommendations every week, so make sure to check back. Also, please let us know what you think of the books – and make some recommendations of your own. We’d be happy to hear from you.

  3. Jen O'Neill permalink
    June 23, 2012 2:03 pm

    Thanks for the great list! Will be hitting the library this week to pick up a few of these.

    • June 25, 2012 2:20 pm

      We’re happy to hear the list was helpful! Do you have any other suggestions of children’s books that are related to summer activities?

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