Are you looking for new kids’ books for summer 2022? This list of upcoming books has some that we are most looking froward to reading. The post is divided by age so you can look for new release books for babies, picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade, and YA books from June 2022- August 2022.
From new authors to favorites, this summer has some fantastic new books that we cannot wait to read. What are the best new kids’ books for summer 2022? We’ve got them all right here.
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Summer 2022: Best New Books for Babies
Plot: We absolutely love this board book series. In this new book for babies, your little one will learn all about space. The die-cut pages are unforgettable and the pages unfold to reveal the entire solar system
For more books for baby’s first library, head here.
Splash by Leslie Patricelli– June 7
Plot: A day at the beach with sunscreen on the belly, setting up the upbrella and so many fun activities that teach baby about the senses with this fun new board book for summer 2022
My First MOG ABC by Judith Kerr– June 7
Plot: Learn the ABC’s with the remarkable and adorable cat, Mog. This cat is over 50 years old and this books has been carefully created for the littlest learners
Plot: Learn all about the body with this non-fiction board books for babies. There are sliding tabs and bright colors in this new book for kids’ for summer 2022. It tells all about eh importance of food, movement and sleep.
Plot: “Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose are having a sleepover! And, of course, they are having too much fun to go to sleep. As Ma tries to get them to settle down, the girls enjoy some cheesecake in the kitchen, try on their dress-up clothes, sing and dance, and say goodnight to their friends Stan and Miles. Finally, after taking a bath and putting on their pj’s, they all squeeze into bed and listen to one of Ma’s Sicily stories before they drift off together.”
Plot: Now in a board book. Author and Caldecott Honor-Winner Rachel Isadora’s stunning painting illustrate this tale that is the perfect addition to a nightly routine.
Nerdy Babies Raid Forests by Emmy Kastner– August 16
Plot: Take a peel into the plants and animals that live in the rainforest. Learn how to tell the difference between different kinds of rainforests with the simple text in a question and answer format.
Looking for more books for babies? Have a look at Language development: Books for a 1-year-old or Making Story Time Interactive: Books for 2-year-olds
Best New Picture Books for Summer 2022
My Shadow is Purple by Scott Stuart – June 1
Plot: This is a heart warming and inspiring story about being true to yourself. This is a book about moving beyond gender binary.
Plot: Noodle is a sweet silly pug who loves to play with his favorite human. One day when Jonathan picks up Noodle, it’s like Noodle has no bones. Some days, are extra snuggles, extra belly rubs, no bones days.
Plot: From Caldecott Honor-Winner comes this book about soothing anxiety. Murray worries about a lot of things. He gradually learns that he can put on a raincoat to go out in the rain. He can make new friends and be brave. This is the perfect book for back to school nerves.
Plot: From national book award winning author comes a picture book that is a modern bedtime classic. As children all over the world get ready for bed, the moon watches over them and knows what the world can be like and what is possible.
Where’s My Cat by Seymour Chwast– June 14
Plot: This book is a guessing game and visual art puzzle that transforms simple objects into something completely different. As the book goes on, the objects and pictures become sillier and more complex. This is the new book for summer 2022 that I would love to get my hands on.
A Seed Grows by Antoinette Portis– June 21
Plot: This read aloud book shows the life cycle of a sunflower. This book offers a close up view of each step in the process of a seed becoming a flower.
Plot: This beautifully illustrated books helps kids build self-esteem and confidence. This sweet books helps kids face their fears of messing up and not being good enough.
Berry Song by Michaela Goade– July 19
Plot: Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade writes her first picture book to celebrate the last and the wisdom of Elders. A girl and her grandmother gather gifts from the earth together, through the seasons in the beautifully illustrated new picture book for summer 2022.
Plot: This is the third book in the hilarious and spooky series by this dynamic duo. Jasper Rabbit is not doing well in school. When he finds a purple crayon in the gutter it looks perfect and happy to help.
Are you looking for more reasons reading is so important for language development? Check out our posts!
Best New Books for Early Readers for Summer 2022
Plot: This is a brand new Mother Bruce early reader book. Nibbs the mouse want to have a big fun day but Bruce does not like big fund days at all.
Pizza and Taco: Too Cool for School– June 28
Plot: Pizza and Taco learn what is cool by watching BLT. He is so cool he wears sunglasses all the time, but will they get in trouble with the teacher?
Are you looking for books to help develop reading skills? Check our our Best Books for Beginning Readers or Early Reader Books for Emergent Readers
Best Summer 2022 Chapter Books for More Confident Readers
Plot: Frank is a worrier. He worries about everything. When he goes to a thrift shop, he has morello worry about. There is a mystery but can Frank solve the mystery before he buckles with dread?
Plot: “Fans of The Bad Guys and Catwad will love THE CRYPTID CLUB, a hilarious new four-book graphic novel series about an unlikely team of kid sleuths out to solve the mysteries behind the sudden spate of monster sightings around their school.“
Plot: Craglands South Primary School has a problem with class 6PU. They have scared away so many teachers that their newest teacher is the strictest teacher they have seen yet. All hope seems lost until Squidge Dibley joins the class.
Plot: This Chapter book biography for grades 1-4 tells the amazing story of Malala Yousafzai who had to fight every step of the way to get an eduaction. Forward by Chelsea Clinton.
Plot: “A daring criminal is making waves in the Big Forest! It’s up to Agent Moose and Owlfred to save the day in Operation Owl, the third hilarious graphic novel chapter book from Mo O’Hara the author of My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish.“
Summer 2022: Best New Middle Grade Books
Plot: The Sinister-Winterbottoms are spending the summer with their strangers Aunt Saffron. When she suggests that they get a week pass to the Fathoms of Fun waterpark, they have no idea what lies in store. People are disappearing and the twins are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Plot: The Salazar’s are protectors who rescue magic creatures. When Val’s father is killed in a rescue mission, her mother decides they have to start a normal life but Val cannot just stop protecting animals. When a mythical egg shows up on the internet, Val knows she has to convince her siblings and rescue the egg.
The Fort by Gordon Korman– June 28
Plot: After Hurricane Leo rips through their town, five boys must learn to trust each other with their secrets to build safety. They have found an old trap door with an old bomb shelter. What starts out as a fun way to spend the time becomes more serious as their safety is in question.
Plot: “In this electrifying follow-up to Kwame Alexander’s Newbery winner The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship take center stage. A New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Longlist nominee, now in a graphic novel edition featuring art from Dawud Anyabwile.“
Plot: This story was inspired by true events. Jama likes elephants better than people. She spends her time watching them and befriends a baby elephant. When the baby elephants’s mom becomes scared by poachers and stampeded, Jama is blamed and she must turn to the head ranger and her last hope.
Plot: The final and epic conclusion of the best selling series. To inherit billions, Avery Kylie Grambs has to survive just a few more weeks living in the Hawthorne house. Just when Avery thinks she is in the clear, there is one more puzzle to solve and it is the most dangerous of all.
Best New YA Books for Summer 2022
Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert– June 28
Plot: Ivy has started her summer vacation with an accident and now weird things have started happening. Years ago, when Dana was 16, her supernatural gifts began to bloom. Now, Ivy and Dana’s stories come together with they face the dark forces they never should have messed with.
Plot: Georgiana Darcy gets the Pride & Prejudice retelling she deserves in Amanda Quain’s Accomplished, a sparkling contemporary YA featuring a healthy dose of marching band romance, endless banter, and Charles Bingley as a ripped frat boy.
The Honeys by Ryan La Sala– August 16
Plot: In this YA Horror set in a secluded summer retreat, Mars is searching for answering to his twin sister’s tragic death. Mars is gender fluid and has been denied acceptance by his family and into the prestigious school his sister devoted so much time to. When Mars go in her stead, he must find answers before his memories falter and he no longer nows what is real.
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace– August 30
Genre: YA Fantasy
Plot: In this is a gothic-infused romantic YA Fantasy, Signa Farrow was orphaned as a baby and raised by guardians who are only interested in her money. When she moves in with her last remaining relatives, Signs must partner with death to solve a murder and save herself
Genre: YA Fantasy
Plot: The epic conclusion to the All of Us Villains duology. The tournament is breaking for the first time since its inception. The surviving champions are faced with the choice to fight to the death or dismantle the tournament. All of Us Villains was included in our books to read if you loved the Hunger Games and we cannot wait to see how this one ends.