summer books for kids
By Amber

May 31st, 2023

Thank you to Holiday House, Peachtree, and Pixel+Ink for sending me these wonderful books! As always, all opinions are my own. There are affiliate links in this post.

It’s almost summer!! Our kids are so excited for warm days and taking a break from homeschooling. Even though we don’t do traditional school throughout the summer, we still have reading charts and the kids can earn money from reading books! We print huge charts from Everyday Reading and the kids LOVE filling them out as they complete their reading goals. We just printed this year’s charts and have a bunch of new books from Holiday House, Peachtree, and Pixel+Ink to get us off to a strong reading start.


Books from Holiday House, Peachtree, and Pixel+Ink!

all by myself book

All By Myself

This delectable social-emotional learning tale celebrates the strong-willed and independent child, putting a quirky spin on the classic stories Henny Penny and The Little Red Hen. Hen isn’t a little chick anymore. She can do jobs on the farm all by herself—preferably without a helping hand. But then comes Fox, who loves to eat all kinds of tasty things. So when her friends discover Fox has paid Hen a visit, they wonder if they should they step in and offer assistance that Hen hasn’t asked for. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Linh's Rooftop Garden (Where In the Garden?)

Linh’s Rooftop Garden (Where In the Garden?)

The fourth and final title in the Where in the Garden? picture book series stars a young Asian girl who tours her rooftop garden with her mom to explore the fruits and vegetables growing there. Playful text guides young readers to hunt for visual clues and compare the unique characteristics of blueberries other produce that grows in Linh’s garden. The story ends with Linh and the children from the previous books coming together to enjoy blueberry pancakes and incudes a recipe for readers. Recommended for ages 3-7.

Behold the Octopus!

Behold the Octopus!

Behold the octopus! This remarkable animal hides beneath the seas, so you may not realize that it is one of the most incredible, talented creatures on our planet. Lyrical text and gorgeous illustrations plunge readers into an undersea exploration of the mysterious, accomplished octopus and its astonishing abilities. Sparse text is perfect for curious picture book readers, while sidebars and back matter share additional interesting details. Recommended for ages 4-8.

where have you been little cat book

Where Have You Been, Little Cat?

This adorable, inquisitive tale encourages readers to explore their emotions and free their imaginations as they are invited into a little cat’s world. As a little cat rushes in from a day’s adventuring, her owner asks her where she’s been and what she’s seen. Was she happy? Was she brave? Was she kind? The richly imagined answers—in Richard Jones’s gorgeous illustrations, beautifully complementing his own simple text—will surprise, delight, and melt hearts. Ages 4-8.

hooked on books

Hooked on Books

Pearl can’t wait to dive into her new book, but the other sea creatures keep interrupting and nothing she does will keep them away! What’s a poor fish got to do for some quiet alone time? Little ones who struggle to focus in busy environments will relate to Pearl, a grumpy anglerfish, as she searches for quiet in this funny and gentle reminder about establishing healthy boundaries and respecting personal space. Ages 4-8.

Ten Dragon Eggs: A Book About Counting Down

Ten Dragon Eggs: A Book About Counting Down

Shim-shim-shimmy shout! Baby dragons, please come out! Count down from ten with Mama Dragon as each of her draglings jiggles, thumps, and KER-ACKS their way into the world. Young readers will delight in meeting each little dragling as they hatch. Portrayed with plenty of personality and humor, this is a perfect pick for celebrating parent-child relationships while learning about color, numbers, and ordinal vocabulary. The book’s lively refrain is sure to inspire many spirited read alouds! Ages 2-5

Spreckle's Snack Surprise by Sandra Salsbury

Spreckle’s Snack Surprise

A celebration of found family, experimentation, disappointment, and delightful surprises, plus what’s truly important in life—delicious snacks. Spreckle the dragon lives on a farm with her loving family of chickens. It is a fine home, but she is fed up with their diet of dried corn and slugs. So Spreckle explores the bounty of snacks the farm has to offer, but nothing hits the spot. Will this hungry dragon with a burning need for the perfect snack ever find satisfaction? Ages 4-8.

Our ten year old daughter is turning into a voracious reader (after YEARS of hating reading!) and our 7 year old son has made great strides in reading this past year. It’s amazing when it just ‘clicks’ and suddenly they can read everything! I love the diversity in these story books and I know they’ll become fast favorites for our kids. Be sure to check out Holiday House, Peachtree, and Pixel+Ink when you’re shopping for books for the children in your life! 






This post currently has 6 responses.

  • Ashley Parks

    These all look amazing! We love books at our house and have already started the library summer reading program for this year. I love those reading charts! What a great way to encourage more reading time and to be able to visualize time spent reading!

  • Maria Egan

    These books look fabulous and so appealing for kids. Having those big sized reading charts is such a good idea to easily see progress and have fun filling them out.

  • Sue E

    Thank you for turning me on to these books for my grandkids! There are so many books out there that I don’t have the time to search out books for them. Sometimes to get them to name a few books that they may want is like the having the water torture done on you! I know I can think 🤔 of them for you grandma! Yeah right. All I know is that they like a lot of cool pictures and fun/learning reading! I, myself find the Behold the Octopus! Book looks interesting to me and I would be interested in reading it. Thank you for sharing this list of a variety of books 📚
    Some for the whole family!

  • Peggy Nunn

    This is good to keep the children engages during the summer.

  • gloria patterson

    these are some fun sounding books. Great niece is going in to first grade this year and she learned so much last year. She has always loved being read to but now she is starting to learn how to read.

  • gloria patterson

    These books looks so cute and interesting I ordered a few for my great niece

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