You can read anything in the summer, but there’s no denying the extra dollop of pleasure that comes from reading books that feature high-in-the-sky sun, long days, sea breezes, midsummer rituals, and icy beverages. Here is a list for every age.
The third paean to a season by husband-and-wife Kevin Henkes (the words) and Laura Dronzek (the paintings)
Who knew the ocean was such a good speller?
What happens when a day at the beach collides with a really wild imagination and a fixation on royalty.
A love letter to nature that feels both elemental and profound.
A sandcastle vs. waves story from the creator of Not Quite Narwhal.
That first time in the woods? So overwhelming.
Stepsisters working at a farmer’s market learn to appreciate one another. A middle-grade graphic novel from Lucy Knisley, known for award-winning adult graphic memoirs.
Last year Newt Gomez survived a bear attack; this year he dreams of leaving Murphy Island, his isolated home, for the mainland.
Yumi skips academic prep to participate in the summer camp of her dreams: learning stand-up comedy.
Rufus, whose every mistake has dire consequences, looks forward to the freedom of summer at his grandfather’s estate. A middle-grade fantasy with mischievous fairies.
A girl feels torn between the class divide of a lake resort town.
An atmospheric thriller about the summer when Sydney, a celebrity’s daughter, begins to experience the male gaze. (Spoiler alert: This one is inspired by an Old-Hollywood scandal.)
For Adults - Novelists spar at adjoining beach houses--until they decide to address their writer’s block by swapping genres.
For Adults - An Instagram influencer is surprised when a long-lost friend asks her to be maid of honor.
For Adults - Missing summer performances of the Bard? Here’s a murder mystery set in A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring a fool from earlier Christopher Moore comedies.
For Adults - A must-read book explaining climate change that inadvertently feels summery. It evokes a past (likely from the reader’s childhood) that--because it involved less consumption-- now seems like the best way forward.