Kids Summertime Reads Prize Pk

Summer is here and that offers plenty of leisure time to do lots of fun things. It’s also a great time to slow down and enjoy slower-paced activities like reading. But, after 2+ years of being restricted, cooped up, and feeling lugubrious, adults and kids want adventure, movement, and travel experiences. That being said, kids may not be keen on reading books while they could be enjoying outdoor activities. But we still need our zen time, so having a nice selection of interesting titles will encourage kids to pick up a book, crack it open and appreciate the story. It could happen! Here are a few new watery, summery titles from Candlewick Press that are perfect for any family library.

A Day For Sandcastles

A Day for Sandcastles kids storybook

Who doesn’t love playing on the beach? I was fortunate to grow up on a beach and enjoyed lots of summer days building sandcastles and lazing in the sun. A Day For Sandcastles is a story about 3 siblings who take the bus to the beach. While lots of people are swimming, playing ball, suntanning or jogging, they want to spend the day building sandcastles. While they run into several obstacles, their determination to build the best sandcastles is not deterred. The graphics are beautiful and are able to explain a scene without words. Kids can infer what they want as they experience the beach through this book.

Lily Leads the Way

Lily Leads the Way kids storybook

Lily Leads the Way is about a little Canadian sailboat named Lily. She lives in the harbor with much bigger boats. These boats always have somewhere to go. Well today, so does Lily. She’s going out to sea to greet a fleet of grand old tall ships. But in order to do that, she needs to get past the harbor bridge. While other bigger boats have loud horns, the harbor guy never hears her tiny toot to draw the bridge up for her. As other cargo ships and tugboats pass by, they ask her to get out of the way. Not deterred, Lily does get out of the harbor and out to meet the fleet. This majestic fleet consists of a sloop, a schooner, a brig, and a barque. This fleet needs to go through the harbor, but they float silently. Drawing closer to the bridge, Lily is afraid the bridge will not open for them. So Lily uses all her might to ask the bridge to up, up, up for these big ships. Finally, she is heard and escorts the fleet through the harbor. Super cute story about not letting your size deter you from accomplishing a feat. Colorful graphics and an endearing story make this book a keeper.

Old Wood Boat

Old Wood Boat storybook for kids

The Old Wood Boat is about a boat that was sitting on land drying out. She has paint coming off, some cracks, vines growing on her deck, and missing the sea. She remembers the wind, the islands she visited, and the seas of green she sailed. One day a family looks at the boat from one end to the next and decided to buy her. They lovingly repair her and make her sea-worthy and set sail for adventure after adventure. It’s a cute book that shares the loneliness of a boat that was left to rot. If you are a boat or sailing family, this book will warm your heart! secret code: beach


Splash board book for kids

Splash is a cute board book for toddlers. It’s about two dads taking their toddler sons to the beach for a day of sunshine, splashing in the water, running and playing along the seashore, building sandcastles, soaking in the sun, and enjoying a yummy but sticky ice cream cone. The illustrations are created in bright bold colors and the content features minimal but concise words that describe the action. Young kids will love this book.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary books to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.


  1. These books look very sweet and my great-grandsons love their daily reading times. And they love new books!

  2. I would like to win because they would make a lovely gift for my best friend’s little one.

  3. These would be nice books for my granddaughter, she has been asking for some new books to read, as she is getting so much better at reading, these sound like great water books facing struggles and beating them

  4. I would love to win these books for my kids! We can always use more books! I homeschool them so I like them to read a lot, especially during the summer when they get bored.

  5. The Little in this house would love this! Just starting out as a reader and she already is creating a library in her room!

  6. As a single mom and teacher, reading is fundamental for my entire family and I always love to expose them to great new writers and subjects we might never have talked about before. These books look fun and interesting!

  7. I’m trying to build up a little ‘library’ for my nephew for Christmas this year. These would fit perfectly into that gift!

  8. Love to win these for my grandchildren who love the beach and love reading.Perfect combo…

  9. My grandchildren all love reading and I think the younger ones would enjoy these books. I would like to win these books for them.

  10. This is a great selection of summertime books for all the little ones in my life. I love to give books as gifts.

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