Summer Vacation Books for Children

Summer vacation is the best time of year. Beautiful weather, a chance to spend time outdoors, and plenty of fun activities like going to the beach, having picnics outside with friends, enjoying theme parks, and running around at camp!  The library is a great summer location for both learning and fun. Take your children to the library once or twice a week to select new books they can enjoy, or attend fun and educational programs. Your kids will not only enjoy their time at the library, but will also reap the benefits of keeping their reading skills polished over the summer break.

Picture Books
Summer Days and Nights by Herbert Yee Wong
A little girl enjoys the activities of a warm summer day and night.

The Summer Visitors by Karel Hayes
During the summer a family of bears enjoys the comforts of life at a cottage by a lake, alongside the human visitors.

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach  by Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel doesn't like crowds so he doesn't go to the beach, he builds his own. However, something is missing so he needs to go to the real beach and retrieve it.

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation by Stan Berenstain
The Bear family experiences one mishap after another when they vacation in the Great Grizzly Mountains.

Easy Readers
Frog and Friends: Best Summer Ever by Eve Bunting
Frog enjoys a summer with his friends as he compares himself to a bat, takes a vacation, and meets a Starman who helps him to see the night sky in a new way.

Juvenile Books
Mr. Sunny is Funny!  by Dan Gutman
Second-grade graduate A.J. and his family rent a beach house, but summer vacation is ruined when annoying Andrea shows up and develops a crush on the lifeguard.

Summer in the City by Marie-Louise Gay
Charlie was looking forward to summer vacation until he realized he would be stuck at home with his little brother the entire time, but Charlie ends up making new friends and finding adventure in his own neighborhood.

The Paradise Trap by Catherine Jinks
Eleven-year-old Marcus is spending a week at the beach with his mother in a tiny old travel trailer, but boredom turns to terror when a new friend discovers a cellar that has magical doors through which people keep disappearing.

Going Overboard! by Nancy E. Krulik
Katie's vacation aboard a cruise ship with on-deck miniature golf, a chance to swim with dolphins, and her best friend Suzanne along, sounds wonderful, but the magic wind throws everything off-course when it turns her first into a dolphin and then into a renowned chocolate chef.

Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith
Unhappy at being sent to stay with his grandmother at the inn she operates, The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, Scrub discovers that each room is actually a portal to space and the inn's visitors are aliens who are vacationing on Earth.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
It is summer vacation, the weather’s great, and all the kids are having fun outside. So where’s Greg Heffley?

Alice-Miranda on Vacation by Jacqueline Harvey
When Alice-Miranda goes home to her family's lavish estate for the school holidays, along with her best friend Jacinta, their break is not exactly what they expected because of a cranky boy causing mischief, a visiting movie star, a snooping stranger, and a grandmother with a family secret.

Juvenile Non-Fiction
Go outside! Over 130 Activities for Outdoor Adventures by Nancy Blakey
This book presents outdoor activities and creative projects, organized by the seasons.


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