This is our final “Seasons” storytime plan; in the past few months we covered Autumn, Winter, and Spring. Summer is a great theme for the beginning of the Summer Reading Program, or the last few weeks of school before summer vacation begins. For a craft, try one of the many listed here. I found the watermelon paper plate craft to be the easiest, although the Sandscape is also really cool looking if you have older preschoolers who can do the activity.
Andrews, Jan. TWELVE DAYS OF SUMMER. Patterned after the Christmas carol, this counting book focuses on nature in the summer.
Appelt, Kathi. WATERMELON DAY. Jesse cannot wait for the watermelon to ripen in this celebration of summer.
Brennan, Linda C. MARSHMALLOW KISSES. Children engage in a variety of summer activities, including a picnic.
Carle, Eric. THE VERY LONELY FIREFLY. A lonely firefly goes off into the summer night to look for other fireflies.
Crews, Nina. ONE HOT SUMMER DAY. Photo collages illustrate this look at summer in the city.
Ehrlich, H. M. LOUIE’S GOOSE. Louie has a red stuffed animal goose that he takes to the beach during vacation. Can his mom fix the tattered toy?
Ghigna, Charles. I SEE SUMMER. Rhyming text describes things that make summer special.
Glaser, Linda. IT’S SUMMER. One of four seasonal picture books in a series illustrated with cut paper, the text describes summer in nature, and the book ends with activity ideas.
Henkes, Kevin. GRANDPA & BO. Bo spends summer with in grandfather in the country.
Hesse, Karen. COME ON, RAIN! A little girl hopes for rain to relieve the heat of summer in the city.
McClure, Nikki. MAMA, IS IT SUMMER YET? The question in the title is repeated in this engaging story that invites participation from the audience.
Neubecker, Robert. WOW! OCEAN! Oversized, dramatic saturated color paintings illustrate this exciting story of a girl’s visit to the ocean on a hot summer day.
Nikola-Lisa, W. SUMMER SUN RISIN’. An African-American boy enjoys summer on the family farm, from milking cows to going fishing.
Raczka, Bob. SUMMER WONDERS. A rhyming story about the sights and sounds of summer, from swimming to gazing at fireflies.
Teague, Mark. HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION. A young boy describes how he was a cowboy over summer vacation.
Wallace, Nancy E. POND WALK. Buddy and his mother observe various insects and animals around the pond in summer.