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40 Great Summer Books for Toddlers

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What summer books are perfect for toddlers?

Summer is finally here! And hopefully you haven’t heard those dreaded words yet. I’M BORED!

There’s plenty to keep your toddler busy this summer. And these summer books for toddlers make the top of my list.

Whether you’re reading about a favorite vacation spot or the bugs in your backyard, these are some of the best summer books your toddler won’t want to put down. And they may even learn something as well.

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First Summer Books for Toddlers

Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson

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Follow along with Mouse and Minka, as they sneak along on a picnic and experience all the fun things to do in summer in Mouse’s First Summer.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Summer by Eric Carle

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Allow your little one to experience all the sights, sounds and scents of summer with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Summer.

Touch and Feel Summer Books for Toddlers

Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney

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Another great addition to the Llama Llama series, Llama Llama Sand and Sun offers a fun introduction of all there is to do at the beach.

Give it to your toddler before heading out on your own beach vacation.

Baby’s First Ocean by Little Hippo Books

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Baby’s First Ocean has many great facts about ocean animals and offers fun sensory items on each spread. It’s a great introduction to sea animals.

Ocean Friends by Little Hippo Books

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Another great book of ocean animal facts and a variety of sensory elements, Ocean Friends is a fun and educational summer book for toddlers.

Backyard Bugs by Little Hippo Books

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With cute rhymes that ask informative questions about Backyard Bugs, this summer book for toddlers will have your little one excited about those creepy crawlies in your backyard.

Lift the Flap Summer Books for Toddlers

Baby Loves Summer! by Karen Katz

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Follow Baby as she discovers everything about summer found under the flaps in Baby Loves Summer!.

Summer in the Forest by Rusty Finch

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Summer in the Forest follows a mama and her cubs on their journey through the forest to discover all the wonders of summer.

Where Is Baby’s Beach Ball? by Karen Katz

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Where is Baby’s Beach Ball? is a fun lift-the-flap adventure for your toddler as they find lots of fun things at the beach.

Into the Sand Castle by Cindy Jin

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Look Into the Sand Castle to see what sea animals are hiding inside. This is a cute summer book to read with your toddler.

Little Blue Boat by Ginger Swift

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This is a beautifully illustrated summer book for toddlers where the Little Blue Boat meets all kinds of ocean animals on the high seas.

Let’s Play Baseball by Ginger Swift

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A wonderful introduction to the summer sport, Let’s Play Baseball teaches your toddler about the basic rules and equipment of the great game of baseball.

Little Yellow Bee by Ginger Swift

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With colorful illustrations and simple sentences, Little Yellow Bee takes your toddler on a tour of the garden and all his friends that live there.

Beach Time Summer Books for Toddlers

Daniel’s Day at the Beach by Becky Friedman

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Come along with Daniel Tiger in Daniel’s Day at the Beach. This summer book for toddlers shows your kiddo all the fun things to do at the beach while staying safe.

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon

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Follow a Penguin on Vacation as he spends time at the beach, unsure of what to do until he befriends a crab who shows him how to have fun. This summer book for toddlers is a story of friendship and fun.

Beach Baby by Laurie Elmquist

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With beautiful illustrations and poetic verse, Beach Baby showcases a fun day at the beach while describing each picture. It’s a great summer book for toddlers who are learning to associate words with pictures.

Beach Day by Karen Roosa

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Fun illustrations and cute rhymes give your toddler a picture of what happens on a typical Beach Day. Read this summer book for toddlers as you gear up for your summer trip to the beach.

The Happy Snappy Crab by Tiger Tales

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This is a fun pop-up summer book for toddlers where The Happy Snappy Crab goes on an adventure meeting other sea creatures: turtles, a shark, fish, and an octopus.

Hello, World! Ocean Life by Jill McDonald

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For fun facts about oceans and the animals that live there, your toddler will enjoy Hello, World! Ocean Life.

Dr. Seuss Discovers: Sharks by Dr. Seuss

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A great summer educational book for young minds, Dr. Seuss Discovers: Sharks will introduce your toddler to all different types of sharks. It’s a great way to learn about these sea creatures in a fun way.

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Good Night Beach by Adam Gamble

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Let your toddler spend a day enjoying all the fun things there are to do at the beach until the moment comes when you must say Good Night Beach.

Other fun summer books for toddlers in this series include Good Night Ocean, Good Night Seashore, Good Night Lake, Good Night Mountains, and Good Night Campsite for wherever you spend your summer vacations.

Related: How to Budget Your Next Vacation

Fourth of July Summer Books for Toddlers

Corduroy’s Fourth of July by Don Freeman

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Join Corduroy and his friends as they celebrate Corduroy’s Fourth of July by having a picnic, going for a swim, taking part in a parade and watching fireworks.

You’re My Little Firecracker by Nicola Edwards

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You’re My Little Firecracker celebrates the love of a parent and child while including the festivities of the Fourth of July. It offers cute cutouts and raised elements to keep your toddler engaged and entertained.

Parade Colors by Barbara Barbieri McGrath

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Parade Colors is a cute Fourth of July book to introduce your toddler to this patriotic holiday. Your toddler will notice the different shapes, colors and objects as the parade goes by.

Curious George Parade Day by H. A. Rey

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Follow George as he causes mischief before this year’s Fourth of July parade and be there as he saves the day in Curious George Parade Day.

Hello, Fourth of July! by Martha Day Zschock

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Join a parent and child eagle as they celebrate the things that make the Fourth of July so much fun and take in some historical sites as well in Hello, Fourth of July!.

This summer book for toddlers will help your little one understand why we celebrate Independence Day.

Related: Fun Ideas for the Fourth of July

Great Summer Books for Toddlers

Summer by Child’s Play

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Follow the kids of Summer as they describe how they know it’s summer: the sun shining, having picnics, smelling flowers, and playing in a pool.

Summer Song by Kevin Henkes

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Summer Song offers artwork that showcases the beauty of summer as it describes the sights and sounds of the season.

Summer Things by Dr. Seuss

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Summer Things follows the antics of Thing One and Thing Two as they explore summer water activities, cool treats and endless summer evenings with the wonderful rhymes of Dr. Seuss.

This is a must-have addition to your collection of summer books for toddlers.

Good Night Summer by Adam Gamble

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Spend a day doing all the fun things of summer: planting flowers, feeding ducks, swimming, flying kites and enjoying ice cream – until evening comes and your little one says Good Night Summer.

Jane Foster’s Summertime by Jane Foster

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With one word and picture to a page, Jane Foster’s Summertime introduces your toddler to summer words in a way that is easy to understand.

Curious George Curious About Summer by H. A. Rey

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Get your toddler excited about every aspect of summer with Curious George Curious About Summer. No one is more curious than George, so your toddler is sure to get a good grasp of everything that makes this season so wonderful.

Mama, Is It Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure

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Follow along as a little boy asks Mama, Is It Summer Yet? and they find all the signs that summer is coming: birds are singing and flowers are blooming.

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

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For a fun summer book for toddlers, check out this crocodile who worries what will happen if he eats The Watermelon Seed.

Your kiddo will be laughing along with all his silly thoughts and it’s the perfect opportunity to ease any fears in your toddler.

Baseball! by Cottage Door Press

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Use the baseball finger puppet to sing along to Take Me Out to the Ball Game as the Baseball! makes its way around the field and across home plate.

I Like You More Than Ice Cream by Brick Puffington

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I Like You More Than Ice Cream is another fun finger puppet book that shows just how much you care about your little one – especially if you’re a fan of ice cream.

Is It Warm Enough for Ice Cream? by DK

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Is It Warm Enough for Ice Cream? actually takes your toddler on an adventure through every season asking if it’s time for ice cream, why it’s not and what else there is to do in that season. That makes this summer book for toddlers a good read all year long.

You’re My Little Sunshine by Natalie Marshall

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Another book from the You’re My Little series, You’re My Little Sunshine is filled with rhyming text and cute illustrations of parent-child relationships. With cutouts and raised elements, this summer book for toddlers is sure to delight.

Hello, World! Backyard Bugs by Jill McDonald

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For good information on the bugs your toddler may see in your own yard, Hello, World! Backyard Bugs is a great summer book for toddlers that gives them easy to understand facts about the world around them.

Hello, World! Garden Time by Jill McDonald

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The latest book in the Hello, World! series, Hello, World! Garden Time explains how plants grow in simple terms for your toddler to understand.


There you have it: 40 great summer books for toddlers to entertain and teach them about the world around them. And don’t forget to check out the Amazon Book Box to get all your summer favorites!

Do you have a favorite summer book for toddlers that didn’t make the list, or did you find a new one to add to your collection? Let us know in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “40 Great Summer Books for Toddlers”

  1. Great list. Giving the gift of reading to children I feel is so important. It lasts a life time and for me if I have a book I am never bored.

    1. Amelia, I completely agree. Reading to my toddler has also helped him start speaking more. There are so many benefits.

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