Summer Reading List: Picture Books Edition

This summer is the perfect time of year to nurture the love of reading with books from our Summer Reading List. We’ve hand selected these incredible titles filled with adventure, mystery, and intrigued to keep your child reading all summer!


Picture Books

Most People by Michael Leannah

With simple, animated rhymes and whimsical illustrations that bring these adorable animals and their adventures to life, brother and sister team Jonathan and Victoria Ying (Not Quite Black and White and Lost and Found, What’s That Sound) introduce readers to all different types of vehicles in their third picture book collaboration—a great read-aloud perfect for the youngest picture book audience.

 
 
 
 
 

Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske

In this funny, underwater picture book, Plankton says hello to Mussel, but Mussel doesn’t say anything back. Plankton tries everything to get quiet Mussel to talk. In fact, Plankton gets VERY pushy about it! Will Mussel ever open his mouth? Kids will relate to Plankton’s frustration with Mussel, and they will be anxious to see what happens when Mussel finally does open his mouth… Geisel Award Honoree Jonathan Fenske delivers a laugh-out-loud ocean story, and this is the perfect follow-up to Barnacle is Bored.

 
 
 

Lucy & Company by Marianne Dubuc

This compilation of three, short, cozy stories features a little girl named Lucy and her four animal friends: Marcel the mouse, Henry the rabbit, Dot the turtle and Adrian the snail. (Anton the bear also makes two surprise appearances!) Readers will be delighted to spend time in Lucy’s world, as the friends share snacks on a picnic, celebrate a special birthday with a treasure hunt and find a new home for some lost baby chicks.

 
 
 

Bamboo for Me, Bamboo for You by Fran Manushkin

Panda twins Miranda and Amanda love bamboo so much it’s the only treat they want to eat! But in between bamboo breakfast, bamboo lunch, and bamboo dinner, the sisters play hide and seek; watch the other silly zoo animals; argue and make up; and compete for their mother’s love, before they turn in for the night—dreaming, of course, of bamboo!

 
 
 
 
 

I See a Cat by Paul Miesel

When a housebound dog spies a cat, a bird, and other animals outside a glass door, he is excited: I see a cat. I see a bird. I see a squirrel. When the dog’s beloved boy comes home from school, the two pals dash outside, determined to get up close and personal with all the backyard wildlife!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nobody’s Duck by Mary Sullivan

When a duck mysteriously arrives on an alligator’s lawn, they set off to discover just who the duck belongs to. From the library to skydiving, from exasperation to laughter, the two make an unexpected discovery about friendship.

Readers will delight in this odd couple’s wacky adventures that feature the signature wit and ingenuity of Geisel Honor winner Mary Sullivan. Like its predecessors Ball, Treat, and Frankie, Nobody’s Duck has humor and heart in spades (and quacks).

 
 
 
 
 

I Know Numbers by Taro Gomi

How do we love numbers? Let us count the ways: They’re on street signs and bus stops, featured on phones, thermometers, chalkboards, and scales. They show the time and the date, and help us to measure distance, sizing, and so much more. This spirited picture book by beloved author-illustrator Taro Gomi will charm and inform the youngest of readers, offering them a unique—and useful—look at a key concept we count on.

 
 
 

Honk! Splat! Vroom! by Barry Gott

Speeding along in a road race determined to be the first one to cross the finish line, five rival mice are challenged by a series of obstacles, from mud puddles to a hungry cat, before they are assisted by a friendly goose.

 
 
 
 
 

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex

A perfect laugh-out-loud, read-aloud from New York Times bestselling author Adam Rex!

We all know nothing rhymes with orange, but how does that make Orange feel? Well, left out, obviously!

When a fruit parade gets together to sing a song about how wonderful they are—and the song happens to rhyme—Orange can’t help but feel like it’s impossible to ever fit in. But when one particularly intuitive Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive.

Beloved author-illustrator Adam Rex has created a hilarious yet poignant parable about feeling left out, celebrating difference, and the irrefutable fact that nothing rhymes with orange.

 

Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike by Cynthia Rylant

From beloved author Cynthia Rylant and illustrator Mike Austin comes a colorful and quirky picture book about five fish who find unexpected friendship when some new additions to their tank shake things up!

Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny and Mike are five fish friends who love everything about life in the fish tank—except for clean-the-tank day and the snail that lives with them, who they mostly ignore. But one day, when they get an enchanting new fairy-tale castle, disaster strikes! And it turns out there’s only one slippery, slimy non-fish fellow who can help…

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