Welcome to the Top 50 Summer Stories for kids to read online! This incredible collection is perfect for children of all ages, from toddlers to elementary students, who are seeking bedtime stories, daytime reads, or exciting adventures to spark their imagination. Available in various formats including PDF, free online reads, downloadable printables, and easy-to-follow audio, these tales are tailored for both girls and boys. Our selection of summer stories incorporates learning, educational content, and moral lessons in a fun and engaging narrative style.
The importance of Summer Stories lies in maintaining the educational and developmental progress that children achieve during the school year. By offering stories suitable for different age groups, from preschool to kindergarten and beyond, we cater to the early years, elementary, and EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) levels. Summer Stories add an exciting element to story time, featuring artwork and pictures, easy-to-read text, and read-aloud-friendly tales that engage young readers and encourage them to develop and maintain their reading skills.
Introducing children to both classic and innovative tales, our collection hosts the best bedtime, longer, and short stories to tell at night time, captivating children’s attention before they drift off to sleep. These stories expose children to a world of English language learning, imaginative storytelling, and famous fairy tales that have been entertaining generations of young readers. Our Top 50 Summer Stories are designed to make story time interactive and enjoyable, creating lasting memories for children as they read and discover these enchanting tales. Dive into the world of Summer Stories and let the fun begin!
Top 50 Summer Stories for kids to read online:
- The Plane Tree: Two travelers seek shade under a plane tree, but one of them remarks on its uselessness. The tree rebukes them, pointing out that it provides shelter and shade but receives only ingratitude in return. The story suggests that humans should be more grateful for the blessings they receive. An ebook version is available for download.
- The North Wind And The Sun: In this fable, the North Wind and the Sun argue over who is stronger. They decide to test their strength on a Traveller who is wearing a cloak. The North Wind tries to blow off the cloak, but the Traveller holds it tightly. The Sun then shines warmly, and the Traveller removes his cloak to escape the heat. The moral is that persuasion is more effective than force.
- How Camping Changed a Troubled Child: The story is about a child named Emily who struggles in school and misbehaves. Her parents take her on a camping trip where she learns about nature and gains newfound respect and focus. Upon returning to school, her behavior changes for the better with the help of her parents and teachers finding a balance between indoor and outdoor learning opportunities.
- The Strawberry Shortcake: In this story, a little boy named Ben picks wild strawberries to make his mother’s favorite dessert, strawberry shortcake. His cousin caps the berries and his brother cuts the wood and makes the fire to bake the pastry. When their father comes home, the children surprise him with the dessert they secretly made. The ebook version is available for download.
- The raspberry worm: Lisa, Aina, and Otto are picking raspberries when they find a worm on one of the fruits. Lisa saves the worm by taking it outside, but later, Lisa and Aina get lost in the woods while picking more berries. They are tired and hungry, but suddenly food and beds appear for them. The next day, they meet a kind man who explains that he is the king of the raspberry bushes and had turned into the saved worm for a day. The girls are grateful and return safely home with gifts.
- How the Buttercup Became Yellow: Long ago, all flowers were white and gained their colors through magical powers. The daisy with its yellow center got its golden hue when pelted by sunbeams from the wicked elves. Proud of their color, the daisy called for the white cups to be colored too, but the fairies laughed at their request. The white cups asked the fairies to help them change their color and they devised a plan to trick the goblins into coloring the cups. The next day, the field was filled with little golden cups, now called buttercups. The fairies called them “our golden cups” and the buttercups knew to remain silent about their secret.
- Maya the Bee Learns to Fly: The story is about Maya, a curious bee who experiences many adventures, starting from her birth in a large beehive. She learns from Miss Cassandra, the smart beekeeper, about the importance of hard work and how to collect honey. Maya also learns to fly and meets Flip the Grasshopper, who promises to help her if she gets into trouble. After realizing that it’s more fun to be outside the hive, Maya decides to stay outside and have fun. She falls asleep one night, exhausted from her adventures. The story can be downloaded as a PDF ebook.
- Maya the Bee and the Wonders of the Night: The story is about a young adventurous bee named Maya who leaves the hive to explore the world and learn about humans. Along the way, she meets various insects and creatures who teach her valuable lessons, including a flower elf who offers to grant her deepest wish. Maya eventually asks to learn about humans at their best and most beautiful, and the elf takes her on a magical night flight where she experiences the wonders of the world, fulfilling her wish. The story emphasizes the value of open-mindedness, kindness, and the pursuit of knowledge.
- Maya the Bee and Elvis the Ladybug: Maya wakes up in the forest and reflects on her recent adventures. Feeling homesick and alone, she flies deeper into the woods and comes across a ladybug named Elvis, who recites a poem for her. Maya is more interested in the beauty of the field of golden grain and the butterflies playing there. Elvis suggests that as a poet, he is different from a “good citizen” like Maya who only does what is normal. Maya downloads an ebook of the story.
- Maya the Bee flies with the Flower Elf: Maya and the Flower Elf set out on a journey on a clear midsummer night to meet a bat. While on their way, they encounter a moth, a firefly, and a boy and girl in love. Maya learns that people are most beautiful when they are in love, and as daylight dawns, the Flower Elf disappears, leaving Maya on her own.
- Maya the Bee and the Lost Leg: In this story, Maya the Bee befriends a family of beetles and meets a spider named Hannibal. Hannibal tells her about his lost leg, but Maya’s disbelief upsets him, and he runs off in anger. Maya shows bravery by standing up for herself as a bee and gives Hannibal a much-needed reminder about respect. In the end, Maya flies away happily to enjoy the beauty of the meadows.
- Uncle Wiggily Goes Swimming: A rabbit named Uncle Wiggily decides to take a swim with two young frogs but ends up getting stuck in mud at the bottom of a pond. After being freed, Uncle Wiggily is kidnapped by a fox who wants to nibble on his ears, but the frogs come up with a plan to rescue him by flinging a rock at the fox. The plan works, and they all escape safely. A downloadable ebook is available.
- Maya the Bee and the Butterfly: Maya the Bee meets a strange creature that doesn’t respond to her questions, and she discovers that it’s a stink bug. Later on, she meets a beautiful white butterfly named Fred, who tells her about his transformation from a caterpillar. They chat about life, the future, and the joy of flying. Maya is intrigued and impressed by Fred, and they say their goodbyes before flying off in different directions.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The story follows the romantic entanglements of four young Athenians and the interference of the fairy world into their lives. Hermia and Lysander were in love, but Hermia’s father wanted her to marry another man named Demetrius, and under Athenian law, disobedience would result in death. Meanwhile, a quarrel between the King and Queen of the fairies causes chaos in the forest, where the characters get lost and end up falling under the spell of a magical, love-inducing flower, leading to mistaken identities and jealousy. Eventually, the love juice is reversed, and all the characters find their way towards their true loves, and the fairy king and queen reconcile as well.
- Part 1: Bob and Betty’s Summer with Captain Hawes: Two children, Bob and Betty, spend their summer at the coast with an old sailor named Captain Ben Hawes. Captain Hawes takes the children on various educational expeditions such as sailing and fishing. He shows them Stewart’s Boat Shop where a fishing boat was being built as well as a shipyard where a real life-sized ship was being built. They also learn how to dig for mussels and catch crabs. The children meet their friend, Patsey Quinn who is raised along the coast and knows everything about the beach. Every day brings new fun adventures and they enjoy it to the fullest.
- Part 2: Bob and Betty’s Summer with Captain Hawes: The story follows the summer adventures of two children with Captain Hawes, who teaches them about shipbuilding, rowing, lobster fishing, and lighthouses. The children watch the launch of a new ship and learn to swim, row, and build rafts. Captain Hawes takes them to visit a sail loft to see the sails being made and to see fishermen pull in their traps, and by the end of the summer, they have learned a great deal about life on the coast.
- Part 3: Bob and Betty’s Summer with Captain Hawes: The story is about Bob and Betty’s summer adventures with Captain Hawes. They explore the sea and watch storms, rescued sailors, and ships being built. Captain Hawes tells them exciting stories of his whale hunts and adventures across the seas, which fascinates the city children. The children are thrilled to see riggers building the new ship and see sailors cooking in the galley. Despite the unpredictable nature of the sea and whale hunts, the children yearn for more experiences and look forward to more adventures.
- Part 4: Bob and Betty’s Summer with Captain Hawes: Captain Hawes takes Bob and Betty to the harbor where they witness the loading of a new ship, Sachem, which was ready to sail for the Far East. Captain Hawes tells them about trading and distant lands he had visited, including China, Japan, Iceland, Greenland, and the North Pole. The children admire Sachem’s figurehead, a beautifully carved wooden Indian chief, gilded and painted in bright colors. Sachem sets sail with all its cargo on board, and the children wish her a safe journey. The story ends with Bob and Betty returning home to see the country’s war fleet, a new development in the field of navigation, and being able to educate others about sailing ships through their experiences with Captain Hawes.
- Little Bo-Peep: In this story, Little Bo-Peep falls asleep and her flock of sheep wanders off into the woods, lead by the stubborn Bellwether. Bo-Peep searches for her sheep throughout the fields and woods, encountering unhelpful people and an ugly boy and his frightening mother. Eventually, she meets an enchanted owl who helps her find her sheep at an elf’s party, where they’re playing with the sheep’s tails. Bo-Peep swings the Bellwether’s tail over the owl’s head three times, transforming the owl back into the princess, who gifts Bo-Peep a cottage and ensures that her sheep never run away again.
- The Brave Little Tailor: In this story, a little tailor buys jam from a farmer’s wife, and after swatting away some pesky flies, he creates a belt that says “Seven in One Blow”. He sets out to explore the world, meets a giant, fights him, and outsmarts him many times. He becomes a hero and finally marries a princess. But when the truth about his identity is revealed, he is plotted against by the kingdom, and he employs a clever trick to keep his throne.
- The Tree: A tree in a green field excitedly waits for small green buds on its branches to turn into beautiful blossoms. However, a frost and wind threaten to take them away. The tree pleads for them to stay until they grow into berries, and offers them to a passing girl, who promises to share them every year with her family and friends. The tree continues to grow and bear fruit, happy that its gifts are appreciated and cherished. An ebook download link is provided.
- Edith and the Bees: A little girl named Edith goes out to pick flowers for her sick friend, but gets stung by a bee while admiring a rose. Her father takes her to see a beemaster who teaches her about bees and their important roles in the hive. Edith becomes fascinated with the bees and decides to tell her friend about them instead of the flowers she originally planned to bring. The story provides a downloadable PDF ebook link at the end.
- A Narrow Escape: The story is about two young bees exploring the world outside the hive for the first time. An older bee advises them not to leave the garden for the day as there are plenty of flowers to collect nectar from. One bee, Buz, becomes curious about a nearby field and flies over the garden walls despite the advice. She collects a lot of honey but has a near-death experience when she falls in a pond. She manages to escape, and after resting in the sun, she returns to the hive. Buz learns the importance of taking advice.
- Mrs. Flyaway: The story is about Mrs. Flyaway, a little ant who lived with other ants in a big ant-hill in a pleasant green field. The ants built the house themselves, starting with a blade of grass and patiently working until they had a home with many little rooms. Mrs. Flyaway and the other Flyaway ants had wings and always wanted to run away, while the worker ants didn’t have wings and worked hard all day to take care of the Flyaways. Mrs. Flyaway laid eggs, which hatched into grubs, and eventually, twenty little ants came out of their cocoons. The ants cut open the cocoons with their mandibles because they didn’t have scissors or knives. The story teaches the value of hard work, patience, and home.
- Clytie, the Sunflower Nymph: The story is about a beautiful nymph named Clytie who lived among the woods and streams. She loved the sun and spent her days basking in its warmth, growing stronger and more beautiful day by day. Apollo, the sun god, was so enchanted by her that he turned her into a flower, the sunflower, so that she could continue to bask in his light forever. The story concludes with a link to download the ebook (PDF) to read offline on a phone or e-reader or print.
- Mabel on Midsummer Day: The story is about a young girl named Mabel who visits her grandmother’s house to help with chores. Her mother warned her about the fairies that live in the woods and by the well, so Mabel takes care while completing their tasks. As a reward for her kindness and respect, she receives blessings from the fairy queen and the brownies. When she wishes for her sick sister’s recovery while milking a mother ewe, the fairies grant her wish. Mabel returns home with blessings that stay with her for life, and her sister makes a miraculous recovery.
- The Water Bloom: In the story, a young girl named Harper sees a rainbow for the first time and is amazed by its beauty. Her imagination runs wild as she pictures different flowers woven together in a ribbon of light on the clouds. Her father watches her delight in the simple beauty of the rainbow, which reminds him of the magic and wonder in the world. The story is available to download as an ebook in PDF format.
- The Skipping Shoes: The story follows a little girl named Kitty who never did anything anyone asked her to do until she received a pair of magic shoes. The shoes took her on errands quickly and easily, but she couldn’t take them off. The shoes led her to a beautiful place in Fairyland where she met a cricket and discovered that if she was good, she could do things she never imagined. When the midsummer day ended, the shoes became ordinary, and Kitty learned to be more obedient and kind while appreciating nature and its creatures.
- The Bee And The Child: In this story, a curious little girl named Emily meets a busy bee, who tells her to enjoy the beauty around her while it lasts and to use her youth to learn and grow. Emily follows the bee’s advice and plants seeds of kindness, knowledge, and love, carrying a bountiful harvest of joy and warmth throughout her life. You can download an ebook (PDF) of this story to read offline or print.
- The Boy And His Dog: This is a story about a boy named George and his loyal dog, Rover, who undertake a mission every summer evening to find and bring home their cows. They live in a beautiful meadow with trees, water, and flowers. Rover is helpful not just to find the cows, but also a loving and faithful friend to George. They together spend their days caring for the cows, enjoying the beauty of their pastoral paradise, and showing the power of loyalty and the unbreakable bond between a boy and his dog.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Freckled Girl: Uncle Wiggily, a bunny gentleman, overhears a girl crying about her freckles and wishing they could disappear. He wants to make her happy and hops off into the woods, where he meets a bird. Uncle Wiggily learns from the bird that their speckled eggs are also considered freckled, and hearing this, the girl realizes that freckles can be beautiful too when she sees the eggs. She is happy and content, and tosses her looking glass into a spring, finally accepting her freckles.
- Uncle Wiggily’s Fourth of July: In this story, Uncle Wiggily is warned to be careful on the Fourth of July because real children might cause harm to him with firecrackers and torpedoes. While hopping through the woods, he discovers a sick boy in a hammock who won’t be able to have fun on the Fourth of July as he cannot set off firecrackers. Uncle Wiggily finds some green puff balls in the woods that make the same cracking noise and gives them to the boy, who is overjoyed to be able to celebrate. Uncle Wiggily also calls on 10,000 fireflies to light up the night sky and give the boy his own fireworks display.
- Uncle Wiggily’s Picnic: In the story, Uncle Wiggily and his animal friends are going on a picnic, but then it starts to rain. Luckily, they are prepared and find shelter in the forest. Meanwhile, some real children on the other side of the woods are having a picnic, but when it starts to rain, their lunch gets spoiled, and they must go home hungry. Uncle Wiggily and his animal friends make some birch bark baskets filled with food and, with the help of some tree-climbing animals, lower them to the boys and girls, who believe the fairies have left them a second lunch. Everyone ends up having a jolly time.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Camping Boys: Uncle Wiggily helps a group of camping boys who are unprepared for a rainstorm. With the help of some animal friends, they dig a trench around the boys’ tent to prevent it from getting flooded. The boys are grateful and even leave out food for the animal friends as thanks. Uncle Wiggily and his friends keep their good deed a secret. The story highlights the importance of being prepared when camping and the kindness of helping others.
- Uncle Wiggily at the Seashore: Uncle Wiggily is on his way to find his fortune, and he meets up with a grasshopper who suggests he goes to the seashore because pirates may have buried gold in the sand. They arrive at the shore, and Uncle Wiggily starts digging for gold, but his hole fills up with water. While they try to empty the hole, a crab appears and pinches the rabbit’s tail, demanding a thousand pieces of cheese for his dinner. None of the children on the beach can help the rabbit, but a big wave comes and saves Uncle Wiggily from the crab.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Lobster: In this story, Uncle Wiggily finds himself stranded at the seaside with nowhere to sleep. He considers building a sandcastle but decides against it. His friend, the grasshopper, offers to help him look for shelter and eventually finds a leaf to sleep under. Uncle Wiggily constructs a small house out of driftwood and seaweed, but a lobster tries to take him to the bottom of the ocean. Fortunately, a life guard saves Uncle Wiggily and boils the lobster for dinner. Uncle Wiggily returns to his makeshift house to sleep in peace.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Clam: Uncle Wiggily and his friend, the grasshopper, search for Uncle Wiggily’s fortune on the seashore but have no luck. They decide to go swimming, and a fish called the toggle-taggle grabs Uncle Wiggily’s leg. The fish tries to drag Uncle Wiggily to his den under the rocks, but Uncle Wiggily swims to land. The toggle-taggle has legs and tries to drag Uncle Wiggily back into the water, but a clam helps by pinching the toggle-taggle’s tail. Uncle Wiggily and the grasshopper continue their search for the fortune after the adventure. A download link for the ebook is also provided.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Starfish: In this story, Uncle Wiggily is searching for his fortune on the beach when he comes across a horseshoe crab and falls asleep. A sea spider attempts to trap him in a web, but a starfish comes to the rescue and cuts Uncle Wiggily free. He continues his search for his fortune, but the reader does not find out if he ever finds it.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Crab: In the story, Uncle Wiggily meets a slipper eel and shows him a shiny object he believes to be a diamond. The eel informs him it is merely glass and urges him to throw it away, which he does. Uncle Wiggily continues his search for fortune and comes across a card telling him to dig in a specific spot. He starts digging and uncovers a black, round object that he thinks may be a chest of gold, but it turns out to be a stone. As he is trying to free himself from under it, he is approached by a wolf who tricked him into the predicament. Luckily, a horseshoe crab helps him outsmart the wolf, and he escapes unharmed.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Watermelon: Uncle Wiggily meets a slow snail on the beach and tells him that he didn’t get any of his fortune at the fleas’ party. He wonders if he should ask them for it next time he meets one. The snail suggests they walk together, but Uncle Wiggily kindly declines. Uncle Wiggily climbs up a hill hoping to find gold, but he ends up finding a green football, which he thinks might have gold inside. He tries to kick it, but because of his rheumatism and the crutch he uses, he falls down. He discovers that it is a watermelon. Uncle Wiggily and a grasshopper eat the watermelon and hide inside it when a bear appears. The bear can’t find them and when the bear hits the watermelon it breaks open and Uncle Wiggily lands safely on a pile of soft sand. Uncle Wiggily continues his journey with the grasshopper to seek his fortune.
- Uncle Wiggily Goes Berry Picking: In this story, Uncle Wiggily and Kittie Kat are searching for Uncle Wiggily’s fortune. They meet an old lady who tells them where to find it, but before they leave, Uncle Wiggily decides to do a kind act by collecting berries for her. While picking berries, a wolf attacks them, but a red monkey saves them, and they pick enough to make a huge berry pie.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Lemonade Stand: Uncle Wiggily decides to go on a ride in his airship to get honey for Nurse Jane. Meanwhile, Billie and Johnnie Bushytail set up a lemonade stand to sell lemonade on a hot day, but someone takes all the sugar. Uncle Wiggily comes to the rescue and sweetens the sour lemonade with honey, allowing the squirrel boys to sell enough to buy ice cream cones.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Watering Hose: In this story, the animal characters are suffering from extreme heat due to a lack of rain. Uncle Wiggily, the rabbit, decides to take matters into his own hands and go up to the clouds in his airship to try to find rain. However, he doesn’t find any rain in the clouds, but when he comes back down to earth, he sees Jackie and Peetie Bow Wow, two puppy dog boys, playing with a watering hose that they are using to revive their garden because of the heat. Then, Uncle Wiggily realizes that he doesn’t really need to find rain since he can use the hose like the Bow Wow boys. He gets a watering hose and waters Nurse Jane’s garden, making everything look refreshed and nice. When he hears the miserable cries of a worn-out ice-wagon horse, Uncle Wiggily refreshes the horse’s spirits and receives a slab of ice in gratitude. The next day it rains, but Uncle Wiggily is glad that he has made friends with the horse.
- Uncle Wiggily and the July Bug: Uncle Wiggily and his friend, the white cat, plan a picnic but wish they could invite more friends. Suddenly, a July bug offers to deliver invitations, so Uncle Wiggily writes them on birch bark and gives them to the bug. The picnic guests arrive, including Dickie and Nellie Chip-Chip, the sparrow siblings, the rabbit children, the squirrel brothers, Bully and Bawly the frogs, and many others. While having the picnic, two bad foxes suddenly appear, but the brave July bug flies straight at them, bumping and banging them on their noses and eyes, and they run away. After the picnic, Uncle Wiggily prepares to continue his travels.
- Uncle Wiggily and the Campfire: In this story, Uncle Wiggily gets trapped in a berry bush, but the bush gives him a plan to dig a tunnel and get out safely. Uncle Wiggily then goes on a search for his fortune, and he thinks he has found it in a tin bank with pennies inside. However, before he can take it, the cat who lives in the house arrives and tells him it’s hers. Together, Uncle Wiggily and the cat venture into the woods to find Uncle Wiggily’s fortune. They build a campfire to keep them safe from danger, and when a wushky-woshky tries to attack them in the night, the campfire scares them away.
- Butterflies: Uncle Paul tells the children about the beauty of butterflies and their different names and characteristics. He explains that butterflies are the adult form of ugly caterpillars that go through metamorphosis to become graceful creatures with magnificent wings. Uncle Paul says that the godmothers in fairy tales are nothing compared to the great fairy of Mother Nature who knows how to turn a dirty worm into a beetle all shining with gold, or a butterfly whose wings would have outshone Cinderella’s fine toilette.
- The Bumble-Bee: This story is about Uncle Paul teaching his young relatives about how flowers reproduce with the help of insects. They conduct experiments with pumpkins and learn about pollination and the role of different insects in carrying pollen to the stigmas. Uncle Paul also explains how closed flowers have secret marks to show insects where to find the nectar. Overall, the story is a celebration of the intricate relationship between flowers and insects in the natural world.
- Shells: Uncle Paul’s room has a drawer full of shells, collected by his friend from all over the world. Uncle Paul spreads the riches of his drawer to his nephews one day, and they are amazed by the beautiful colors and pleasing shapes of the shells. They ask Uncle Paul about how the shells are made, and he tells them that they are the dwellings of creatures called mollusks, who produce them from their own substance. Uncle Paul also explains the difference between sea-shells, fresh-water shells, and land-shells. The children are fascinated by the things they learn about shells.
- The Sea: In this story, Emile asks a lot of questions about the sea and Jules and Claire answer him. They explain that the sea is huge and takes up much more of the Earth’s surface than the land does. It is deep and the depth varies according to the location, much like the topography of land. The water in the sea appears greenish-blue and changes colour depending on the weather. Lastly, they explain that the sea is much larger than rivers, such as the Rhone, and they use that as an example to explain how massive the sea really is.
- Waves, Salt and Seaweed: In this story, the characters discuss the origin of waves and the power of the sea. They also talk about the salinity of sea water and the abundance of marine plants and animals. The discussion highlights the importance of waves in keeping the sea healthy and the role of vegetation in providing nourishment for sea creatures. In addition, the story provides a downloadable ebook in PDF format.
In conclusion, the Top 50 Summer Stories for kids to read online offer a delightful collection of entertaining and educational tales that not only capture the essence of summer adventures, but also inspire young readers to explore the world around them. These stories beautifully illustrate various experiences, lessons, and emotions, allowing children to embark on imaginative journeys, develop their reading skills, and broaden their horizons. As the warm summer days continue, these diverse and engaging stories will be an indispensable companion for kids, igniting their curiosity, fueling their imagination, and filling their minds with unforgettable memories.