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The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Kids Ages 3 – 5

by Rosemary D'Urso

Photography by Seana Williamson

Whether it’s basking in the sun on the beach, relaxing in the shade at the playground, or cuddling at home during an afternoon storm, books are the perfect addition to any summer activity! We’ve rounded up 20 stories that will have kids laughing, learning, and begging to read them again and again. You’ll find tales celebrating the essence of summer, books capturing the love between family members, and silly stories with social-emotional themes. There is a little something for everyone.

Prepare to break out the sunscreen and lemonade for a summer of fun with these standout stories!

Looking for summer reading ideas for older kids? Check out our 2022 lists for Kids Ages 6 – 8Ages 9 – 12, and Teens.