Nature books for kids: Summer

Summer picture books for kids about nature

20 books for kids … and the kid in you, too

Welcome to the third installment of my series on seasonal books for kids!

Summer has such a sense of adventure to it, doesn’t it? Whether you’re exploring the seashore, climbing trees, digging holes, or picking berries, there’s so much fun to be had. In this collection, I tried to capture that fun-loving summer spirit. I hope you love these books as much as I do!

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature, written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld. (2017).

This book will help children become inspired by the natural world all around them, in summertime and beyond.

Everything You Need for a Treehouse, written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Emily Hughes. (2018).

Who doesn’t love a treehouse? This book will fill you with wonder and a sense of adventure.

The Girl and the Wolf, written by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Julie Flett. (2019).

Part magical, part mysterious, children will be captivated by this book, in which a girl gets lost and befriends a wolf.

A Stick is an Excellent Thing, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Leuyen Pham. (2012).

Poetry is such a lovely genre for children. These poems celebrate outdoor play in a fun way that will inspire everyone to get outdoors.

Wild Berries, written and illustrated by Julie Flett. (2013).

This gorgeous book—written in English and Cree—follows a child and grandmother picking blueberries together.

Over and Under the Pond, written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. (2017).

This book takes us on a nature journey by exploring the underwater world of a pond, and includes a wonderful animal glossary.

A Walk in the Forest, written and illustrated by Maria Dek. (2017).

Discover the joy and adventure of the woods with this beautifully illustrated book, in which a boy explores the wilderness.

Beyond the Pond, written and illustrated by Joesph Kuefler. (2015).

This fun story will inspire children to imagine magic in seemingly normal places, like a nearby pond. What’s in the pond? How deep is it? What’s on the other side? Find out!

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. (2014).

Sam and Dave want to dig a hole. Will they find something extraordinary? There’s so much humour to discover in this book, in the text and in the images. It’s a treat to read.

Summer Walk, written and illustrated by Virginia Brimhall Snow. (2019).

Part story and part insect identification, this book will help teach children (and adults) about the world around them.

A River, written and illustrated by Marc Martin. (2017).

Take an imaginary and fanciful journey on a river in this book. Children will love to see where the river leads them.

The Specific Ocean, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Katty Maurey. (2015).

This is a beautifully illustrated book that celebrates the Pacific Ocean by telling the story of children on vacation.

The Golden Glow, written and illustrated by Benjamin Flouw. (2018).

This is such a fun and adventurous book! Join Fox as he embarks on a quest to find the mysterious “Golden Glow” flower.

The Boreal Forest, written by L. E. Carmichael and illustrated by Josée Bisaillon. (2020).

Learn about the incredible Boreal Forest—the world’s largest land biome—as it changes through the year.

Sonya’s Chickens, written and illustrated by Phoebe Wahl. (2018).

Illustrated with beautifully vivid colours, this is a lovely story about a girl whose chicken is stolen by a fox. Readers will learn about how nature is all connected.

Backyard Fairies, written and illustrated by Phoebe Wahl. (2018).

Do you believe in fairies? You might after reading this book! Discover the magic right in your own backyard with this story.

Hike, written and illustrated by Pete Oswald. (2020).

In this (mostly) wordless picturebook, a father and son duo take a hike together. Its fantastic illustrations succeed in telling the captivating story with minimal words.

In the Red Canoe, written by Leslie A. Davidson and illustrated by Laura Bifano. (2016).

Go for a ride in a red canoe in this picturebook, which celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild.

Blueberries for Sal, written and illustrated by Robert Mccloskey. (1948).

A classic! Sal goes berry picking and encounters a bear in this charming book that continues to delight readers, decades later.

Hello Lighthouse, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. (2018).

Visit the seashore with this picturebook that celebrates the coast and all things nautical.

Summer picture books for kids about nature

Stay tuned for the next segment of this series: Autumn Books!

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