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Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these picture books that make great read alouds for kindergarten and first grade.

Books about Summer for Kids… and Lesson Ideas, too!

May 16 Wills 2 min read

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten and first grade.

Books About Summer

With Summer right around the corner, check out this list of books to help you celebrate. Whether you’re ending the year with a fun summer unit, looking for summer school books, or just want some great ideas for your own kids; these books about summer are perfect! The books are listed in no particular order, I love them all!

Summer Book #1: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

An adorable story about an alligator who loves watermelon so much, but one day he swallows a watermelon seed. 

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!
Here is a great read-aloud video by Storytime with Ms. Becky. 

 

Summer Book #2: One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies

A wonderful picture book to learn about the life of a sea turtle. 

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

For lesson ideas to use with The Watermelon Seed and One Tiny Turtle, click here: 

Summer Book #3: Dude! by Aaron Reynolds

Your students will love this book! They will be begging to read it by themselves! 

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

The reader in this video does a good job… and you won’t have to say dude over and over! Be prepared for lots of laughter in your classroom!

 

Summer Book #4: How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

A boy named Jeremy Jacob learns all about being a pirate. The perfect addition to a summer pirate unit!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Summer Book #5: Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan

A girl goes to the ocean and uses her senses to describe everything about it. 

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

For lesson ideas to use with How I Became a Pirate and Hello Ocean, click here:

Here is a sneak peek of the craft for Hello Ocean!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Summer Book #6: Day at the Beach by Tom Booth

 A sweet lesson is learned when two siblings bond together during a beach vacation. 

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Summer Book #7: The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier

A summer twist from the story, Little Red Hen. Ruby wants to build something and asks for help from her brothers. 

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Summer Book #8: A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

It is the perfect summer day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel until a bear comes along. This was one of our listening center books for April. Click here for responding to listening activities. 

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Summer Book #9: And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner

The “when” and “then” of summer! It would be fun to come up a new “when and then” for summer as a class. 

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Summer Book #10: Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta

A boy’s curiosity brings him out to sea. 

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Jerry Pallotta with a read-aloud of his own book!

 

Summer Book #11: Roger the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist

Another great pirate book!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

For lesson ideas to use for Dory Story and Roger the Jolly Pirate, click here:

Summer Book #12: Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies

I love the brightly-colored illustrations in this nonfiction book about sharks.

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Lesson Ideas for Surprising Sharks can be found here:

Summer Book #13: Unplugged by Steve Antony

LOVE this book! Such a sweet little story to remind us to enjoy being “unplugged”! 

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

Fun books about summer. Welcome Summer with these great picture books and lesson ideas for kindergarten, first, and second grade!

I hope you enjoy these books about summer! What are some of your favorite summer books?

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