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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Summer? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Internet of Best Books for teaching about Summer.



by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The winter is finally over, and now it is summertime! Laura and Mary are busy all day helping Ma in the garden and playing outside. Laura finally gets to spend fun-filled days outdoors. Enchanting full-color illustrations, inspired by Garth Williams' classic artwork, bring Laura and her family lovingly to life in this picture book adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved storybook. Part of the My First Little House series.

by Natasha Wing
In the style of the familiar Christmas poem, this book tells of a family's last-minute preparations for summer vacation. A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation.or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there's bound to be something overlooked, and what that is provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect "twist" on Clement Moore's classic.

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by Cynthia Rylant
Henry and his enormous dog, Mudge, return with three more short adventures for early readers, all set in the summer. Their picnic is interrupted by a bee sting; Henry gives an unwilling Mudge a bath; and the two of them enjoy a make-believe game of king and dragon. Humor abounds, and the cheery watercolors shimmer with the brightness of the summertime setting. Young readers who are ready for short chapters will enjoy the simple, everyday events that befall this duo. (School Library Journal) Part of the Henry and Mudge series.

by Karen Hesse
As a downpour approaches, Tessie gathers her neighborhood friends for a romp in the raindrops. Their eager anticipation is matched by a rain shower so gigantic it even makes their mothers run into the street. In this quietly affecting story, award-winning author Karen Hesse and artist Jon J. Muth deftly capture the magnificence of a sudden rainstorm on a swelteringly hot day. Much more than a simple tale of weather, Come On, Rain! also portrays the tenderness of mother-daughter relations, the rhythms of urban society, and the power of nature to transform and reinvigorate all forms of life.

by Mark Teague
This back-to-school picture book elevates the traditional "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" school report to new and dazzling heights. Wallace Bleff's unsuspecting teacher gets more than she bargained for when the quiet student erupts in glee as he reads his essay on his summer vacation -- a wild and woolly, Old West adventure that bursts from his paper into full-color, action-packed double-spread paintings filled with cowboys, horses, and stampeding steers. Now Wallace "can hardly wait for show-and-tell!" (Booklist)

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