Recommended Reading List
Best Summer Vacation Picture Books
Download list
Please login or register to use this feature.

Best Summer Vacation Picture Books

By 49thShelf
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
We love these books about summer getaways....
Specific Ocean, The

Specific Ocean, The

by Kyo Maclear
illustrated by Katty Maurey
edition:Hardcover
tagged : adolescence

In this gently told picture book, a young girl is unhappy about having to leave the city for a family vacation on the Pacific Ocean (which she used to call the Specific Ocean). As the days pass, however, she is drawn to spend more time in and near the water, feeling moved by its beauty and rhythms. “The ocean does its own thing, rolling backward and forward. Wash, swash, splush, hush. There is no late or hurry or racing in ocean time.” By the end of the vacation, the girl has grown to love t …

More Info
King of Keji

King of Keji

by Jan Coates
illustrated by Patsy MacKinnon
edition:Paperback

Jacob’s brother, Ben, is always king of the castle. Jacob is tired of being the dirty rascal!

Jacob and his grandfather decide to set out on a camping trip to Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park. There, they find lots of hidden treasure fit for a king, like emeralds (the green of a hemlock’s foliage), amber (the eyes of a deer), and diamonds (in the sky).

Jacob even builds himself a crown, and it isn’t long before Gramps declares Jacob the King of Keji!

More Info
See You Next Year

See You Next Year

by Andrew Larsen
illustrated by Todd Stewart
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Every summer, a girl’s family drives down the same roads, passes through the same towns, and spends a week at the same beachside motel. Year after year, everything is comfortingly predictable: the families they see, the rhythm of the days, the stars, the bonfires, and even the pattern the tractor makes as it rakes the sand on their beach.

But this year, something is different: the girl, our narrator, meets a new friend who shows her how to dive under the waves and spot satellites in the n …

More Info
Excerpt

Every year we take the same roads.
We pass through the same towns.
We arrive at the same beach.

Every year we stay at the same place.
I call it our cottage.

close this panel
Me and You and the Red Canoe

Me and You and the Red Canoe

by Jean E. Pendziwol
illustrated by Phil
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

In the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle and bait, and push a red canoe into the lake. A perfect morning on the water unfolds, with thrilling glimpses of wildlife along the way.

The narrator describes the experience vividly. Trailing a lure through the blue-green depths, the siblings paddle around a point, spotting a moose in the shallows, a beaver swimming towards its home and an eagle returning to its nest. Suddenly there is a sharp tug and …

More Info
Dragonfly Kites

Dragonfly Kites

by Tomson Highway
illustrated by Julie Flett
edition:Hardcover

Dragonfly Kites is the second book in Tomson Highway's magical Songs of the North Wind trilogy. Like Caribou Song, it has a bilingual text, written in English and Cree. And Highway once again brilliantly evokes the very essence of childhood as he weaves a deceptively simple story about the power of the imagination.

Joe and Cody, two young Cree brothers, along with their parents and their little dog Ootsie, are spending the summer by one of the hundreds of lakes in northern Manitoba. Summer means …

More Info
Drive

Drive

A Look at Roadside Opposites
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

A road trip that takes readers into a big, wide world—and into a small, narrow one, too! With the same sophisticated, minimalist design that characterized Work: An Occupational ABC, Drive is an exploration of opposites.

Any child (or adult) who has stared out the window of their family’s car counting license plates and state lines will recognize the highs and lows of being on the road. Sit back, or front, if you’d prefer, and come along for the ride.

More Info
Swimming With Seals

Swimming With Seals

by Maggie De Vries
illustrated by Janice Kun
edition:Hardcover

Ally isn't able to live with her mother. Instead she lives far, far away, on the other side of the country, with her gram and great-aunt. But one summer Ally goes to stay with her aunt and uncle in the "big city by the ocean" and gets to spend time with her mom. While exploring the shore, watching whales from the boat dipping into the salty water, Ally finds out something important: her mother loves to swim as much as she does.

This is a very personal story. Ally is based on the author’s nie …

More Info
Gertrude at the Beach

Gertrude at the Beach

by Starr Dobson
illustrated by Dayle Dodwell
edition:Hardcover
tagged : farm animals

Everyone’s favourite goat, Gertrude Allawishes, is back in this lovely picture book. This time, Gertrude goes to the cottage with Starr and the rest of her family. Starr’s mother is worried Gertrude will get into trouble at the cottage—and Gertrude does. Starr finds her goat floating out to sea on an old boat! Will Gertrude be saved in time?

More Info
comments powered by Disqus

There are two ways to make a reading list

This way:

  1. Click the "Create a New List" button just above this panel.
  2. Add as many books as you wish using the built-in search on the list edit page.

Or that way:

  1. Go to any book page.
  2. In the right-hand column, click on "Add to List." A drop-down menu will appear.
  3. From the drop-down menu, either add your book to a list you have already created or create a new list.
  4. View and edit your lists anytime on your profile page.
X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...