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Fun in the Sun: Books for Summer Time Reading


Seasonal books are hugely popular at our library (and I suspect yours as well). If you need an easy display or book list that will move books, a summer display is the way to go!

And Then Comes Summer. Author: Tom Brenner. Illustrator: Jaime Kim

(image from Penguin Random House website)

And Then Comes Summer follows Tom Brenner’s And Then Comes Halloween and And Then Comes Christmas. With the same winsome illustrations and depictions of seasonal fun, And Then Comes Summer evokes the delight of fireworks, long stretches of outdoor fun, and enjoying ice cream with friends.

From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano. Author: Francisco X. Alarcon. Illustrator: Maya Christina Gonzalez.

(image from Lee and Low website)

From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del Ombligo de la Luna y Otros Poemas de Verano

Just because school is out doesn’t mean that poetry should be forgotten! Francisco X. Alarcon’s irresistable poems celebrating summer fun as experienced by a Mexican child. (His spring collection, “Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems/Jitomates Risuenos y otros Poemas de Primavera” is also not to be missed).


One Hot Summer Day. Author/illustrator: Nina Crews.

I love Nina Crew’s photography-rich picture books, but I think One Hot Summer Day might be my favorite. Follow a young girl as she passes a hot summer day, which is luckily cooled by a quick thunderstorm.

(image from HarperCollins website)


Short. By Holly Goldberg Sloan.

(image from Penguin Random House)

When Julia reluctantly auditions for The Wizard of Oz, she never imagined that she would spend her summer learning how to be a Munchkin…much less, learn to enjoy it! This is a quick read full of heart and humor, as well as a sensitive portrayal of an adult with dwarfism (one of the professional actors who befriends Julia).

What are your favorite summer-themed reads? Let us know in the comments!

One comment

  1. Rachel

    A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee is a great one –

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