If you’re looking to bring in a little magic to your summer routines, picture book read alouds are the perfect way to begin.  Today I’m sharing ten of our very favorite, nostalgic picture books for summer!  Step into a world of summer storms, beach days, berry picking, big family picnics and and fire fly catching with these beautifully illustrated books for children.

Ten Summer Picture Books














Our Ten Favorite Summer Picture Books

The Raft

The Pond

Blueberries for Sal

When Lightening Comes in a Jar

The Seven Silly Eaters

Sand Cake

Island Boy


Summertime in the Big Woods

The Storm Book

10 Summer Picture Books














If you’re looking for more great reads this summer, check out this post, 15 Read Alouds with Movies to Watch After.  You might also like this list of children’s audio book collections for summer!

Want more?  Click to download my downloadable checklist The Ultimate Children’s Audio Book List. 

If you’re just introducing picture books to little ones, you want this list of beloved books for your preschool basket!   (You might see a few of our favorites re-appear!)

To see all of my book lists (for mamas and kids) in one spot you can go here, or you can sign up for my newsletter to see what I’m reading each month in real time!