Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

Cool Picture Books for Hot Days

Warm days are the perfect time to curl up under a shady tree with your pre-reader and one of these sunny picture books!
 
Cover image for Ice Cream Summer
Ice Cream Summer
by Peter Sís Illustrated by Peter Sís
From Hans Christian Anderson Award winner and three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sis comes a delectable picture book that is as breezy, sweet and irresistible as ice cream in summer.

Dear Grandpa,

Summer is going well. I am very busy. But don't worry; I am not forgetting about school!
Read More

Picture Book: $12.59

Buy Now
Cover image for Aqualicious
Aqualicious
Series: Pinkalicious, Book #6
by Victoria Kann Illustrated by Victoria Kann
Pinkalicious loves the beach, especially when she finds a miniature mermaid named Aqua tucked inside a shell! Pinkalicious and her brother, Peter, promise to help Aqua the merminnie find her way home, after they show her all of the pinkamazing things to do at the seashore.
Read More

Picture Book: $16.19

Buy Now
Cover image for Knuffle Bunny
Knuffle Bunny
by Mo Willems Illustrated by Mo Willems

It's Daddy's day out with toddler Trixie, and they're off to the Laundromat! Daddy holds on to Trixie's hand; Trixie holds on to Knuffle Bunny, her beloved stuffed animal. They go down the block, through the park, past the school, until finally they reach their destination.

Read More

Paperback Book: $6.39

Buy Now

Picture Book: $14.39

Buy Now
Cover image for David Smells!
David Smells!
by David Shannon Illustrated by David Shannon

Hey! What's that smell?! Join David as he discovers the five senses: touch, hear, see, smell, and taste. From petting the dog to banging on a drum, David knows how to have a good time. But he also knows that there's nothing better than playing a game with Mama at the end of a busy and exciting day.

Read More

Board Book: $5.59

Buy Now
Cover image for Fancy Nancy
Fancy Nancy
Series: Fancy Nancy
by Jane O'Connor Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Meet Nancy, who believes that more is always better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy.


Read More
Cover image for I Spy A to Z
I Spy A to Z
Series: I Spy
by Jean Marzollo Illustrated by Walter Wick

Easy-to-read riddles by Jean Marzollo are paired with forty-six object-filled photographs by Walter Wick to create I SPY A to Z, the most engaging alphabet book ever!

Read More

Picture Book: $9.79

Buy Now
Cover image for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!
by Lucille Colandro Illustrated by Jared D. Lee

It all starts when the old lady, star of previous books by Lucille Colandro, swallows a shell. Then one thing leads to another, and she gulps down a crab, a fish, a gull, a pail, some sand, and a wave. Put together, what could all these items make?

Read More

Paperback Book And CD: $6.97

Buy Now

Paperback Book: $5.59

Buy Now
Cover image for Rules of Summer
Rules of Summer
by Shaun Tan Illustrated by Shaun Tan

From the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of The Arrival.

Never be late for a parade.
Never forget the password.
Never ruin a perfect plan.

Read More

Hardcover Book: $13.29

Buy Now
Cover image for Beach
Beach
by Elisha Cooper Illustrated by Elisha Cooper
Award-winning author Elisha Cooper uses his renowned soft yet lively watercolors to celebrate the cherished act of visiting the beach.

"Away to the beach! Away to sand and salt water, to rolling dunes and pounding waves."
Read More

Picture Book: $12.59

Buy Now
Cover image for A Princess, a Pirate, and One Wild Brother
A Princess, a Pirate, and One Wild Brother
by Cornelia Funke

Featuring three classic storybooks by bestselling author Cornelia Funke and acclaimed illustrator Kerstin Meyer.

Read More
Cover image for The Rabbit and the Turtle
The Rabbit and the Turtle
Illustrated by Eric Carle

Eric Carle brings to life Aesop's fables with his gorgeous illustrations and charming retelling of the classic stories. Designed to engage and delight readers of all ages, this collection contains some of Aesop's most timeless tales.

Read More
Cover image for Let it Shine
Let it Shine
by Maryann Cocca-Leffler Illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Readers follow the adventures of a group of children and their parents as they enjoy the warmth of a sunny summer vacation. Celebrate all the wonders of summer in this final book in Cocca-Leffler's delightful series about the seasons. Full color.

Read More

Paperback Book: $3.59

Buy Now
Cover image for Clifford Takes a Trip
Clifford Takes a Trip
by Norman Bridwell Illustrated by Norman Bridwell

Lonely when his family goes on vacation without him, Clifford the Big Red Dog overcomes wet cement, traffic jams, and toll bridges to join them in the mountains.

Read More

Paperback Book And CD: $6.96

Buy Now

Paperback Book: $3.19

Buy Now
Cover image for Hello Ocean
Hello Ocean
by Pam Muñoz Ryan Illustrated by Mark Astrella

Sparkling, evocative illustrations and joyful text describe a young girl's journey of discovery as she experiences the treasures of the ocean through each of her five senses. At times exuberantly crashing through waves, at times quietly awed by their tearful taste, she uncovers the secrets of the sea.

Read More

Paperback Book: $6.36

Buy Now
Cover image for All the World
All the World
by Liz Garton Scanlon Illustrated by Marla Frazee

All the world is here.

It is there.

It is everywhere.

All the world is right where you are.

Now.

Read More

Picture Book: $12.59

Buy Now

Find Just-Right Books