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Those lazy, hazy days of summer have arrived. Whether you plan to spend them at the beach, the pool, or in a tent, bring along one of these summertime favorites to share with the entire family! Enjoy these recommended books for kids ages 0-9.

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Camp Granada

By: Frane Lessac
Illustrated by: Frane Lessac
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The title song "Camp Granada" (also known as "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah") is just one of the melodies in this songbook, which includes old favorites as well as lesser known sing-along camp songs. The book is filled with colorful, childlike illustrations that chronicle a group of kids getting on a yellow bus to go from the city to a camp in the country. Small illustrations that look like photographs assure young readers that the memories made at camp are happy ones.

Fireflies at Midnight

By: Marilyn Singer, Ken Robbins
Illustrated by: Ken Robbins
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A robin is the "first to greet the light" on a summer morning. But many other animals in these animated, evocative poems share the joy of the season. The frog says "I’m the baron/I’m the duke/I’m the king…" while the firefly seeks an answer to the question, "Are You the One?" Tinted photographs of lush summer scenes accompany each short poem.

Katie Catz Makes a Splash

By: Anne Rockwell, Paul Meisel
Illustrated by: Paul Meisel
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Katie is afraid of swimming and the creatures that may lurk in the pool. But with the help of an astute swimming teacher, Katie learns to swim across the pool. She and her parents are so proud, and now Katie can't wait to go to her friends’ birthday party – at the pool! Children will readily see themselves in the lighthearted illustrations.

Lucille Camps In

By: Kathryn Lasky, Marylin Hafner
Illustrated by: Marylin Hafner
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When her father takes her older brother and sister camping, Lucille, the youngest of the three pigs in her family, has to stay home with her mother. Though she is angry at first, she and her mom have a living room campout that winds up being just as much fun as the big kids'!

On the Way to the Beach

By: Henry Cole
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Young readers are invited to look and listen as they join a girl on a summer morning walk to the beach. While she passes through the woods, a marsh, and the dunes, she stops to observe, and sometimes wonders what animals are watching her. A foldout reveals animals, birds, insects, and plants in each of the coastal settings, and are carefully listed on the final page.

One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book

By: April Sayre, Jeff Sayre, Randy Cecil
Illustrated by: Randy Cecil
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

While you're on the beach, you can count from 1 to 10 by feet — combining numbers of feet and then multiplying them all the way to 100, which is ten crabs… or 100 snails if you really count slowly! Colorful, bug-eyed, cartoon-like critters further enliven this jaunty approach to numbers.

Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once a Flower Bloomed

By: Lola Schaefer, Lindsay Barrett George
Illustrated by: Lindsay Barrett George
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Flowers on many plants develop into edible fruit. From early spring to late summer, children and adults grow plants that produce flowers that turn into pea pods, raspberries, corn, peaches, peanuts, and finally pumpkins. Information and carefully crafted illustrations on fold out pages create an informative and attractive book.


By: Kit Allen
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

A hairless toddler at the beach is the star of this child-sized, sturdy book. One word accompanies each simple, colorful illustration to introduce words like swimsuit, sunscreen, and sleep as the sun goes down.

Zigby Camps Out

By: Brian Paterson
Illustrated by: Brian Paterson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Zigby the Zebra receives a tent from his aunt Zandra, he and his friends decide to camp out in the deepest, darkest part of the jungle. When they’re frightened, cold, and hungry, they gladly accept Ella the Elephant's offer to come home and have dinner. Zigby then finishes his campout in the safety of his own backyard. Bold color and strong line add humor to this recognizable story.

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