From poolside lemonade to blueberry picking, from dripping ice cream cones to hot city streets, this compilation of books is our tried and true top 16 summer reads for the younger crew.
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At the Beach by Anne & Harlow Rockwell, uses simple text and illustrations to convey a child’s day at the beach with her mother, as seen through the child’s eyes.
At the Beach by Salina Yoon is a very simple board book containing drawings of beach items (pail, kite, crab, etc.). There are interesting cutouts and shimmering pictures to hold a baby’s attention.
Wave by Suzy Lee needs no words to convey a child’s approach to the waves. Lee’s tale is illustrated using only blue and shades of grey, yet we are whisked to the beach alongside this little girl as she approaches the waves – tentatively at first, and then increasingly bold, until ultimately happily soaked, with an armful of shells.