Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Books for Preschoolers

By: Chrissie McGovern, Gaston County Public Library - Dallas Branch; Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

Summer is a great time to share books with young children. Here are some great summer reads for preschoolers that you can find at the Gaston County Public Library!

At the Beach by Anne Rockwell
A young girl enjoys a day at the beach building a sandcastle, collecting sea shells, and more!

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
A watermelon-loving crocodile accidentally swallows a watermelon seed. Will he grow a watermelon in his tummy?

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
A giant squid encounters other ocean animals and claims he is the biggest thing in the ocean…..until he meets a whale!

Camping Day by Patricia Lakin
Sam, Pam, Will and Jill are a bunch of crocodile friends who encounter getting lost, a bees’ nest, and bad weather while on their camping trip. Will they have fun after all?

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon
Penguin is getting tired of all of the snow where he lives and decides to go on a tropical vacation. He meets a new friend on his trip.

Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee
A little girl finds different ways to entertain herself on a hot summer day. She has a picnic, chases a butterfly and enjoys sipping cool lemonade.

Ten Flashing Fireflies by Philemon Sturges
Two children catch fireflies on a summer night, putting them one by one into a jar until all ten are caught, and then they let them out to watch all ten fly away.

Mama, is it Summer Yet? By Nikki McClure
A little boy asks his mother, “Mama, is it summer yet?” She encourages him to enjoy the beaty of spring while recognizing the signs that the seasons are changing.

Higher, Higher by Leslie Patricelli
A little girl pleads with her father to push to new heights on the swing while at the park one day. Children will identify with the everyday pastime of swing higher.

Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell
Ten turtles splash into the pond one by one. This is a colorful countdown that every child can be a part of!

Special thanks to Chrissie McGovern with the Gaston County Public Library - Dallas Branch for sharing this list of summer books with us.  Check out these books and more at the Gaston County Public Library or visit them online at

The Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties is a nonprofit organization that provides services, advocates and collaborates with others to insure the well-being of children, ages birth to five, so they can reach their health, developmental, and educational potential. Learn more about the Partnership at