Picture books, nonfiction, and poetry for young children. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Picture Books (JE)

Author Title Call Number
TafollaWhat Can You Do with a Paleta?
A Mexican American girl celebrates the paleta, an icy fruit popsicle, and the many roles it plays in her lively barrio.
CornwallJabari Jumps
In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, it captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy.
JE Cornwall
ElyaOur Celebracion!
A rain shower does not dampen a Latino family's enjoyment of their town's summer celebration.
JE Elya
EnglishHot Day on Abbott Avenue
After having a fight, two friends spend the day ignoring each other, until a game of jump rope helps them to forget about being mad.
JE English
GoodeThe Most Perfect Spot
Jack tries to have a perfect picnic with his mother, but things do not turn out as they expected.
JE Goode
GordonThe Last Peach
Two indecisive bugs contemplate eating the last peach of the summer.
JE Gordon
HillsDuck and Goose Go to the Beach
Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn't. He doesn't see the point. Why would they go to the ocean when they're happy where they are?
JE Hills
KloepperThe Not-So Great Outdoors
A kid accompanies her family on a camping trip, and soon finds the simpler things are just as sparkly as the city she's used to.
JE Kloepper
Lloyd-JonesGoldfish on Vacation
Three goldfish live in a bowl in an apartment in the city, until one summer they get to go on vacation--in a fountain.
JE Lloyd-Jones
LucianiHow Will We Get to the Beach?
The reader is asked to guess what Roxanne must leave behind as she tries various means of transportation to get to the beach.
JE Luciani
MetzgerThe Ice Cream King
When Teddy visits a new ice cream shop, he enters a magical kingdom where he can eat all the ice cream he wants.
JE Metzger
OchiltreeIt's a Firefly Night
On a warm summer night, a young girl and her daddy catch fireflies.
JE Ochiltree
PfefferSummer Supper
Follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm sunny day.
JE Pfeffer
PhillippsMonkey Ono
Left behind when his family goes to the beach, Monkey Ono comes up with a series of plans to join in on Beach Day.
JE Phillipps
PizzoliThe Watermelon Seed
After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.
JE Pizzoli
WattScaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
Scaredy Squirrel takes a trip through a campground and finds out the wilderness is meant to be enjoyed up close.
JE Watt
Under the sun on the dry grassland, animals fight over a bit of shade until they learn a better way.
JE Wenxuan
WilliamsonWhere Are You?
A snake wants to spend the day with his friend, but they get separated. The search takes them many places on a summer day.
JE Williamson
YoungZoomer's Summer Snowstorm
When a young dog's snow-cone machine fills the backyard with snow, his imagination runs wild and turns a hot summer day into a cold wintry one.
JE Young
ZiarnikA Lullaby of Summer Things
Sights and sounds of summer mix with memories of a lovely day at the beach as a household settles in for the night.
JE Ziarnik

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

Author Title Call Number
GillmanThe Kids' Summer Fun Book: Great Games, Activities, and Adventures for the Entire Family
Your guide to having fun throughout the summer months, with adventure ideas, refreshing treats, and great games for the whole family to play.
J790.1 GI
GoldstoneSuper Summer
A photographic picture book provides a guide to topics linked to summer.
J 508.22 GO
KatzMosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer! And Other Silly Dilly Camp Songs
Familiar tunes are given new words relating to summer camp.
J782.42 KA
RaczkaLemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
Part anagram, part rebus, part riddle-- this brand new poetic form turns word puzzles into poetry.
J811 RA
RotnerHello Summer!
This photo essay explains the basic changes to the natural world that come in summer.
J 508.22 RO
Taus-BolstadFrom Milk to Ice Cream
Follow the steps in the production of ice cream, from milking a cow to a frozen treat.
J641.8 TA

Last Updated: 8/20


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