Children’s books that allow children to savor the joys of summer



summer supper

By Rubin Pfeffer, illustrated by Mike Austin

This deliciously colorful picture book celebrates the process of growing, cooking and eating a delicious summer meal. The vivid illustrations contain lots of fun details that add to the simple text. The story is only told with words beginning with S, making this a fantastic book for developing letter sound skills. FOR AGES 3-6

Look what I found in the woods

Look what I found in the woods

By Moira Butterfield, illustrated by Jesús Verona

This cheerfully illustrated book shows three children exploring the woods, picking up treasures from the ground along the way. Kids will be captivated by the seek-and-find items on each page as they learn about leaves, bark, pine cones and more. After reading this book, a walk in the woods could be your family’s future. FOR AGES 4-8

Stand up, Yumi Chung!

Stand up, Yumi Chung!

By Jessica Kim

Korean-American Yumi Chung’s comedic aspirations are overshadowed by her shyness and her parents’ academic expectations. When a case of mistaken identity gives her the chance to attend a comedy summer camp run by her YouTube idol, Yumi must learn to balance her family’s desires with her own dreams. This story about finding your own confidence skillfully mixes humor and warmth. FOR AGES 9-12

Long distance

Long distance

By Whitney Gardner

This fun, fast-paced graphic novel follows Vega as she navigates her first summer after moving to a new town and leaving her best friend behind. Her fathers send a reluctant Vega to Camp Very Best Friend, where she must team up with her fellow campers when things get more than a little strange. Crisp, colorful illustrations and interesting STEM facts make this gripping story about loneliness and friendship even more enjoyable. FOR AGES 9-12

A true love

A true love

By Elise Bryant

Lenore Bennett is too anxious about her upcoming freshman year at NYU to seek romance on her family’s Mediterranean cruise, but that doesn’t mean romance isn’t looking for her. He comes in the form of Alex Lee, a 17-year-old future doctor who just got out of a relationship. This charming summer romance tackles topics like racism and mental health with heart and humor. FOR TEENS

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Search for miscellaneous books

Looking to find more diverse stories to share with your child? Look no further than Diverse BookFinder, a website that collects picture books featuring various characters. Use the search tool to find exactly what you’re looking for, or just browse the collection for the latest releases.

Ashley Taylor is Information Services Specialist at the Karl Road Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

This story is from the Summer 2022 issue of Columbus Parent.

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