Whether you’re at the beach, grandma and grandpa’s house or in your own living room, long, hot summer days are perfect for relaxing with a glass of lemonade and a stack of entertaining picture books. Here are 10 of our favorite adventures to read with your kids this summer:
1. Paddington at the Beach by Michael Bond
Beloved Paddington Bear is back, and this time, he’s off to the beach to make sandcastles, fly a kite and have a delicious snack… if he can outsmart the sneaky seagulls that have their eye on him.
2. Lisa’s Airplane Trip by Anne Gutman
Lisa, a tiny white dog, takes her first solo airplane ride from Paris to New York, an eventful flight that involves a spilled glass of juice, a bath in the sink and a tour of the cockpit.
3. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Judy and Peter have no idea that the board game they find in the park will come to life, turning into a wild adventure with an erupting volcano, a lion on a rampage and a pack of destructive monkeys.
4. Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet Wong
A Chinese-American girl tries to convince her parents that customers won’t be interested in buying Chinese food from their restaurant on the Fourth of July, but she makes some surprising discoveries throughout the day.
5. How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
Jeremy Jacob is innocently building a sandcastle when a pirate ship crew discovers him, takes him out to sea and recruits him to help bury a treasure chest.
6. Ernest and Celestine’s Picnic by Gabrielle Vincent
An unexpected rainstorm can’t stop Ernest and Celestine, a lovable bear and mouse duo, from having a delightful picnic lunch.
7. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Lane Smith
You think you know the story of the three little pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, but you’ve got it all wrong, according to this surprising version from the wolf himself.
8. I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Elivia Savadier
Bilingual Ada narrates the fun weekends she spends with both sets of grandparents-Saturdays with her English-speaking paternal grandparents and los domingos (Sundays) with her mother’s Mexican-American parents.
9. George and Martha by James Marshall
Five short, funny tales introduce George and Martha, two mischievous best friends who also happen to be hippos.
10. Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen
Famous dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen retells the classic tale of the “12 Dancing Princesses” through the 12 lively, fun-loving sons of Reverend Knight, a straight-laced Harlem preacher.