Are you ready to start savoring summer with the kids in your life? Here are some of my favorite fun, sun and sand themed children’s stories to flood the senses with sights, sounds, smells and warmth of summer!
And then comes summer
Looking for a story that delights in the nostalgia of summers spent outside? It’s about celebrating the end of the school year, the freedom of wide-open days to notice the bugs, play in the heat and water, stay up to watch fireworks, and more! I love the beautiful language in this book, and my students find so many interesting details in the pictures! Enjoy!
This summer classic has stood the test of time with its bright colors and simple, upbeat rhyming text. The joy on the children’s faces as they have their summer adventures with their dog is evident throughout. This book is packed with opportunities to draw links to our senses, summer, word families, insects, growth of living things, building structures and tools, and more! Highly recommended!
Llama Llama Sand and Sun
Llama Llama spends the day at the beach with Mama and builds a (sandpaper-textured) sand castle. He explores little creatures and splashes at the shore. Mama enjoys her book in the shade, wearing mirrored sunglasses (a huge hit with my kindies)! This touch and feel book engages the senses!
Curious George Goes to the Beach
Highly relatable to kids, this summer story is about the day George follows the man with the yellow hat to the beach. He and his friend Betsy experience a range of emotions as they try new things. They ultimately enjoy the sand, water and picnic. This is a great starting point for discussions with kids about summer vocabulary, cause and effect, and water safety!
The Sandcastle Contest
This fun summer story has the power to inspire kids to get outside and let their imaginations run wild! It’s summer vacation, and Matthew enters a sandcastle contest. His creation is so big, and so realistic, that he has to convince the judges that it is, in fact, a sand castle!
What are some of your favorite summer stories? Wishing you a summer of great reads, rest and relaxation!