Top Ten Tuesday: Sunny Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature from The Broke and the Bookish and this week we get a “Summer Freebie”–so we’re going to take the opportunity to talk about books that are sunshine in the form of bound paper, the stories that make us feel warm, and the ones that make it easy to ignore the rain.


This week I’m jumping in to summery picture books that help bring the sunshine into the library!

Duck and Goose Go to the Beach

Duck longs for an adventure, while Goose would prefer to stay at home. When Duck and Goose end up at the seaside, Goose discovers the joys of the beach, while Duck realises that there’s no place like home. This summery story about a sweetly mismatched pair can help fulfil those wintery longings for sand between your toes.

Scaredy Squirrel Goes to the Beach

Canadian content! I love Scaredy Squirrel – being a bit of a worrywart myself, I can readily relate to his charming assortment of miscellaneous neuroses.When Scaredy Squirrel heads to the beach for a summery vacation, will his numerous safeguards and backup plans keep summertime disasters at bay?

Penguin on Vacation

Tired of life in the cold Antarctic, Penguin sets off for a warm and sunny vacation, making new friends along the way. Simple text, adorable illustrations and a hot, beachy setting make this a perfect pick-me-up for a wintery day.

The Whale in My Swimming Pool

Longing for the days of outdoor swimming pools and warm sunshine? Relive your summer memories with the story of a little boy, a giant whale, and a backyard pool that’s not big enough for the both of them.

The Watermelon Seed

Few things scream summer to me quite the same way watermelon does. Sitting on a picnic blanket in the park, spitting out little black seeds as sweet juice drips down your chin is my idea of a perfect summer day. The little crocodile in The Watermelon Seedloves watermelon just as much as I do, but when he accidentally swallows a seed, will a giant watermelon grow in his stomach? Turn the page to find out!

Blueberries for Sal

Another picture book that captures the sweet taste of summer. Sal and her mother are collecting blueberries to can for winter when they encounter a pair of bears who are preparing for winter, too! A classic picture book that captures the last few days of summer.

Mouse’s First Summer

Perfect for the littlest readers, this is a sweet little story of a tiny little mouse and his first summer picnic. Very sweet, and filled with summery illustrations, including a watermelon that will have you craving that sweet, drippy goodness.


I’m kinda mad at Toronto right now, so here’s a list of books I’d be reading at the beach with Jenny and Kayi if I were in Vancouver right now:

  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han: It’s a light romance, though not without it’s interesting, emotional moments. I’ll just have to suck it up and find a cozy place to read this one.
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: Currently reading and loving, but can’t help but think I’d have binged it if I were at Kits beach.
  • Want by Cindy Pon: I am literally counting down the days to this book’s release date. I’m scheduling a re-read for when it comes out. Even though I’m 70% sure I will cry. Again.
  • The Inexplicable Logic of my Life  by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: I’m pretty ashamed that I haven’t read this yet.
  • Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn: I can’t believe this book slipped under my radar. I just really need this in my life. Even the tagline is perfect: “Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder.”


  • Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming by Rachel Hartman.
  • Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee.
  • Ms. Marvel: Generation Why (Vol. 2) by G. Willow Wilson, Jake Wyatt, Adrian Alphona.
  • The Second Mango by Shira Glassman.
  • Howard Wallace, P.I. by Casey Lyall


(is actually a vampire so doesn’t believe in sunshine)

(except in teeny amounts)

This summer I will be reading:

  1. The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  2. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
  3. A Crown of Stars – Roshani Chokshi
  4. Men Without Women – Haruki Murakami
  5. Rebel Seoul – Axie Oh
  6. Gumiho – Kat Cho