Family road trips, beach days, burnt s’mores over an evening campfire. The joys of summer are here, and it’s a great time for kids to take part in some fun summer reading. Reading is a wonderful way to foster curiosity while preparing children for the upcoming school year. Plus, bringing a good book to your favorite activities can make the experience even more meaningful.
We’ve put together a reading list with books and activities that can be great companions on your summer activities. We hope it helps kids expand their imaginations all season long.
For Camping Adventures
All That I Am follows a curious girl on a camping trip as she explores the natural world. From the moon and the stars to the rivers and the trees, each discovery is a reminder of everything she is and everything she can become. Bring this book to read before settling into your sleeping bags for the night. It’s an invitation to embrace the wonders of your time in the great outdoors.
For Family Road Trips
And Then… Volume One
Story Starters: 20 Imaginative Beginnings
Pass the time on a long drive by creating magical stories. And Then… is a collection of 20 beginnings and it’s up to you to decide what happens next. With tales of underground tunnels and hot air balloons, there’s no telling where you’ll end up.
Once Upon a Time
A Storytelling Kit for Making Family Memories into Tales
Let time in the car become a chance to share memories and grow together. This captivating storytelling kit includes 20 illustrated cards to prompt the telling of family stories. Each card includes questions for children to ask, such as “Where did my name come from?” and “What’s something I’ve done all by myself that makes you proud?” Every prompt is a chance for kids to build confidence and be the hero of their own story.
For Neighborhood Walks or Park Days
A simple walk to the local park can become an adventure when you’re present to all the everyday treasures around you. Tiny Perfect Things is a story of a child and their grandfather whose walk around the neighborhood leads to a day of wonder. The rhythmic storytelling and detailed illustrations are sure to open your child’s eyes to all the tiny, perfect things right where they are.
For Screen-Free Time
A Great Big Book of Awesome Activities, Delightful Drawings, and Fantastical Fun for Kids of All Ages. (That’s You!)
Time at home may also mean more time in front of the TV, computer, and phone screens. Activity books encourage kids to break away from technology and I Like… is the perfect place to start! Featuring creative activities, intriguing questions, writing prompts, and vibrant artwork, it’s sure to invite self-discovery and self-confidence.
For Cozy Evenings at Home
Good Night Monster Gift Set
A Storybook and Plush for Sweet Dreams and Happy Bedtimes
The summer’s longer days and brighter nights can make settling into bed more challenging for kids—so bedtime reads and routines are even more important. The Good Night Monster Gift Set holds all the ingredients for making this time joyful. Inside you’ll find a cuddly Good Night Monster plush—ready to give a sense of security and ease nighttime anxieties—plus a fun-filled storybook with tales of Monster’s after-dark adventures.
Explore more children’s books and activities to boost your summer fun here.