Summer Reading List – 2021

Are you ready to add some more fun in the sun? ☀️ Why, yes!

Tis the season to read!

Kick up your feet, crack open a book and make your way through the 2021 summer reading list! Follow me along @biglittlereaders on Instagram, as I post the book reviews.

This list will feature ~100 children’s picture books aimed at 1-7 year olds. It should be pretty easy to tear past 100 books, at an average of 1 book a day, spread over typically 90+ days of Summer in the United States.

I will be including a mix of favorites (the ones we re-read a lot) and new ones that we are going to read for the very first time!

Optionally, I am also going to add adult reads as well! About 12 books – so roughly a book a week till end of Summer.

** BIG NOTE ** If you read to a toddler you must already know things NEVER go as planned 🤷🏽‍♀️ Some days, they want to have nothing to do with reading, some other days they want to read only their favorite book a million times, and some days they are tearing through a ton of books! It all averages out in the end. And if tracking the number of books is not your thing, I want to remind you that the goal is not the book count but exploring a wide range of books! Use the curated list as a guideline. For more reading tips check my previous post on How to get Kids into Reading

Here’s what we are tackling in our first week. I will be posting rest of the books soon!

Children’s books


This is our biography pick! An inspiring picture book about the early life of Jane Goodall. Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals.

Sidewalk Flowers

In this wordless book, a girl walks through the city with her father, collecting colorful flowers found in unlikely places. A great reminder that the little things in life can bring great joy and color.

If you want to see a Whale

What to do, and not do, in order to successfully spot a whale (have I lost you yet?😂). Such as wrapping up in a not-too-cozy blanket, ignoring the roses, and especially, being patient. A lesson in patience!


As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear. Illustrations are by our home favorite, Christian Robinson!


Our pick for an Alphabet/ABC book! You will find that we are quite obsessed with them 😉 This is a cute one – busy little peas introduce their favorite occupations, from astronaut to zoologist!

This Moose Belongs to Me

We recently discovered Oliver Jeffers, and we have been unstoppable! In this book – A young boy learns that the moose does not always follow the rules of proper pet behavior. What could be the “rules” of friendship vs ownership? Intriguing!

Sleep like a Tiger

Bedtime pick! A little girl just isn’t tired (ain’t that the story of every toddler?), so her parents tell of how all animals sleep. The girl asks – “Does everything in the world go to sleep?”. Gorgeous illustrations and my kiddo approves!

Adult book

All Thirteen – The Incredible Cave Rescue of Thai Boys’ Soccer Team

Ok, technically not an adult book but middle grade fiction that even adults should read. Quite a page turner! I was previously ignorant about other rescue workers involved, since most of the media coverage was only focussed on the divers, and this book reveals the unknown heroes!

Let the stories begin 💖🌈

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