The Summer Solstice is one of our favourite summer celebrations. Celebrated in June in the Northern Hemisphere and December in the Southern it is the point of the longest day and shortest night of the year. To understand more about it and the ways that people celebrate the day around the world here are some fantastic Summer Solstice books that you and your kids will love.

Stonehenge at Summer Solstice with the sun appearing between the rocks, in the sky there are 5 covers of Summer Solstice books for kids with the text underneath then in black reading the same.

Books for Kids of All Ages about The Summer Solstice

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One of the best ways you can help your kids understand different celebrations, events, and activities and for them to learn is to read. These books about the summer solstice are great for kids of all ages – yes even your big kids will enjoy the picture books we’ve picked as they really are beautiful and will help them understand what is happening and how people celebrate the longest day of the year around the world.

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So here you go our pick of the best summer solstice books for your kids.

The Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice celebrates the appeal of the sun and the abundance of light it provides during the summer months.

The Longest Day

The Longest Day takes us through the history and science behind this special day and focuses on summer celebrations from various cultures around the world.

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Create a Summer Sun Catcher with your kids to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

Summer Solstice

Engage your kids with a story all about the longest day of the year and how the earth changes as it brings us the warm season in this non-fiction picture book Summer Solstice.

Shanna and the Goddess: A Summer Solstice Story

As part of the Earth Child Series, follow Shanna and Rye in Shanna and the Goddess: A Summer Solstice Story as they learn about celebrating Litha and about maturity and empowerment. This is a lovely series if you would like to explore more about the Celtic and Pagan festivals and celebrations throughout the wheel of the year.

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The Wonders of Summer

Your kids will love this heartwarming story, The Wonders of Summer, about a girl and her dad as they experience the wonders of summer together.

Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun

Imagine living in a place where there are 24 hours of daylight on the longest day of the year, well you can! Learn all about how the sun shines through the night in Alaska during this special time of year in Under Alaska's Midnight Sun!

What is a Solstice?

Another non-fiction What is a Solstice is a fantastic book to teach your kids about the movement of the earth and how it causes the first day of summer and winter.

Mermaid Dance

If your little ones love Mermaids, then Mermaid Dance is a lovely book to share with them. As the sun sets over the ocean and spring turns to summer, the mermaids arrive ready for a new season and to celebrate the festivities.

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Summer Activities for Kids

After you've read the books why not try some of these simple, easy and fun summer activities for kids.

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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100 Quick & Easy Ideas for Summer Fun!

FREE Printable list of ideas for when the kids say “I’m Bored!”

flat lay of the free printable summer bucket list with cute summer fruit puppets on a blue background

PLUS easy, fun activities and ideas straight to your inbox.