The ultimate summer reading list

Summer is the perfect opportunity to crack open a book and read with your little one (or to find some quiet time for yourself). Whether you’re heading to the beach, relaxing at home, or packing up the car for a road trip, a great book is the best way to pass the time. Here’s our ultimate summer reading list for all ages. 

For 0-24 months:

You Are My Happy by Hoda Kotb

“As mama bear and her cub cuddle together before closing their eyes for a good night’s sleep, they reflect on the everyday wonders of life that make them happy.”

Buy it on Amazon – $14.29

If Animals Said I Love You by Ann Whitford Paul

“If animals said ‘I love you,’ how would they say it? Gorilla would pound her chest, whale would sing, and cheetah would purr.”

Buy it on Amazon – $3.59

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

“From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin’s rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children.”

Buy it on Amazon – $10.79

First 100 Soft to Touch: First Book of Colors by Roger Priddy

“Introduce babies and toddlers to color with this bright and bold board book. There are over 100 photographs of colorful objects to look at and talk about, with labels to read and learn, too. The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading, and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold.”

Buy it Amazon – $5.99

Everything is MAMA by Jimmy Fallon

“Take a lighthearted look at the world from your baby’s point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to MAMA for familiar objects and activities.”

Buy it on Amazon – $4.79

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

“When all the letters of the alphabet race one another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room? Of course there is always enough room for this rollicking alphabet chant that has been a children’s favorite for more than twenty years!”

Buy it on Amazon – $6.79

Little Blue Truck board book by Alice Schertle

“Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road.”

Buy it on Amazon – $5.18

For 2+ years:

The Sandcastle That Lola Built by Megan Maynor

“Lola is building her dream sandcastle–one with a tall, tall tower and sea glass that sends signals to mermaids. But the beach is crowded, and soon enough, a boy steps on her castle. She recruits him to build a wall. When a toddler with a bulldozer starts digging too close the walls, Lola decides he can be in charge of digging the moat. As the sandcastle grows, so does Lola’s friendly group of helpers.”


Buy it on Amazon – $12.59

Beach Day by Karen Roosa

“A colorful board book that captures the fun and excitement of a day at the beach. Sun, sea, and sand meet bright illustrations and a fun rhyming text in this delightful summer story.”

Buy it on Amazon – $7.59

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

“Deep in the water, Mr. Fish swims about With his fish face stuck In a permanent pout. Can his pals cheer him up? Will his pout ever end? Is there something he can learn From an unexpected friend?”

Buy it on Amazon – $9.50

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson 

“When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?”

Buy it on Amazon – $7.93

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

“Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos.”

Buy it on Amazon – $8.49

Press Here by Herve Tullet

“Press the yellow dot on the cover of this interactive children’s book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising touch book instructs the reader to push the button, shake it up, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next.”


But it on Amazon – $7.21

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems

“Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?!”

But it on Amazon – $10.19

For grown-ups:

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

“Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc. for years. The sudden death of Truviv’s CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Each of the women has a different relationship with Ames, who has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women. Those whispers have been ignored, swept under the rug, hidden away by those in charge.”

Buy it on Amazon – $13.99

Crazy Rich Asians  by Kevin Kwan

“When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.”


Buy it on Amazon – $9.00

Educated by Tara Westover

“An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.”

Buy it on Amazon – $16.80

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein 

“A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.”

Buy it on Amazon – $10.19

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe

“Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother—coming just as her own life is spinning out of control—has Cara heading back to the scenic Lowcountry of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide “turtle lady” and renews old acquaintances long thought lost. But it is in reconnecting with her mother that she will learn life’s most precious lessons—true love involves sacrifice, family is forever and the mistakes of the past can be forgiven.”

Buy it on Amazon – $12.68

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis


“Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.”


Buy it on Amazon – $13.49

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