A New Seasonal Favorite With Summer is Here by Renée Watson

Posted May 7, 2024 by Richetta in Book Birthday, Book Reviews, Children's Books / 0 Comments

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A New Seasonal Favorite With Summer is Here by Renée WatsonSummer Is Here by Renée Watson
Illustrator: Bea Jackson
Published by Bloomsbury USA on May 7, 2024
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Concepts / Seasons, Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American & Black, Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bloomsbury
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New York Times bestselling creators Renée Watson and Bea Jackson offer a picture book ode to a picture-perfect summer day, from sunrise to sunset.

Summer is here!
No dark clouds in the sky,
it's a perfect day for play.
What joy will summer bring me today?

Summer is finally here, and she's bringing the most perfect day! From sunup to sundown, there's so much to do on this lovely summer day. With summer comes fresh fruit, sweet and tangy, jump ropes for leaping and dancing, and friends at the pool swimming and floating. Summer brings family cookouts under shady trees, gardens overflowing, and the familiar song of the ice-cream truck. This beautiful ode to all the season's sensations follows one girl's perfect day in an exploration of joy, family, friendship, sunshine, and wonder.

Her stars shimmer like spilled glitter across the sky.
I whisper a wish and say goodbye to the day.
I wish summer would stay.

Renée Watson celebrates iconic childhood joys in this love letter to summer featuring bright, sun-drenched art from Bea Jackson.

Also by this author: Black Girl You Are Atlas

Happy Book Birthday to Renee Watson for her new children’s book Summer Is Here!

Thank you @bloomsburychildrens for the gifted copy!

Looking for a great end of the school year read aloud for your elementary kiddos? (Or for parents-first-day-of-summer read aloud!) Check out this poetic and beautifully illustrated celebration of excitement for the summer season. It takes you through an ideal summer day from wake-up to bedtime. 

Reading this book brought me so many feelings of warmth and joy! Every time a new activity is mentioned like eating fresh fruit in the morning, jumping rope, swimming at the pool or eating ice cream, I found myself adding to a mental Summer bucket list of what I want to do with my kids this summer! I love how Watson weaves so much joy into her language and poetry. My kids got more excited with each activity mentioned too!

Bea Jackson grabbed my heart with her beautiful illustrations that represent all body types!  I actually had to keep pausing while I read it with my kids because they kept exclaiming “That’s you Mommy!” Or “That’s me and that’s my sister!” Summer is Here by Renée Watson is an awesome way to kickoff summer fun!

Read Aloud Activities

  • Before reading (or after) brainstorm a list of summer activities that your young reader can’t wait to do this summer. Create a poster and decorate it as your summer bucket list
  • Think about your senses and your favorite things about summer. What’s you favorite thing to hear? smell? see? touch? taste?
  • Write poetry about summer fun!

Check out my review of Renée Watson’s young adult poetry book:

An Ode to Black Girlhood in Black Girl You Are Atlas

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