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Our Favorite Summer Reads

Updated: Jul 21, 2021

Woman reading on Hilton Head Island Beach

It’s been an incredible summer here on Hilton Head Island and we hope you’re out there enjoying it! Everyone knows that at Hilton Head Outfitters we’re all about active adventure, but we know that the best part of being on vacation is the chance to explore and the chance to unwind. If you’re looking to sit back and relax, bike to the beach with one of these books in your basket and whisk yourself away on a literary adventure.


From surf camps to tennis clinics, bike paths to fishing fun, there’s no shortage of activities for kids at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort! But when the kids are wiped, some quality time reading a fun book can be just the ticket.

Seaside Treasures: A Guidebook for Little Beachcombers by Sarah Grindler

“Sitting still” and “summer vacation” don’t always go together when it comes to young kids, so entertain with a beachcombing adventure along our three-mile stretch of beach. This beautifully illustrated book points out all sorts of treasures to look for, tips for collecting safely, and fun facts.

Jasper & Ollie by Alex Willan

Two unlikely friends are excited for a day at the pool—and who wouldn’t be! As soon as they set off for the pool the differences between Jasper, an impatient fox, and Ollie, a thoughtful sloth, become apparent. Laugh along with this funny duo as they have a pool adventure and then have your own water fun either at the beach or at your vacation rental pool.

Unlock Your Imagination by DK

Keep your kids’ imagination soaring with more than 250 boredom busters in this book that has everything from crafts and board games to memory games and fun facts.


One thing we love here at Hilton Head Outfitters is ditching screen time for the great outdoors and we think these books will get your teens off their phones in no time.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

If your teen’s favorite thing about Lowcountry is the food, this novel is a must-read. Emoni Santiago’s got a gift in the kitchen, cooking food that connects people to their past. Can she kick start her culinary career and keep up with the demands of being a teenager?

My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

Fifteen-year-old Brooklyn is tired of making bad decisions so she starts a blog to let her readers make her choices for her. Will this give her the life she’s always wanted to lead or will she realize that some things she has no choice in at all? This novel from Jessica Brody is an entertaining look at life for a teen in the digital age.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This wildly popular bestseller (and now film) from Angie Thomas is a remarkable, timely story about sixteen-year-old Starr who splits her time between the suburban prep school she attends and the poor neighborhood where she lives and the one harrowing night that changes her life forever.


A morning spent kayaking, canoeing, or biking about deserves an afternoon of relaxation. Grab a beach chair and umbrella and tuck into one of these stellar books.

The High Season by Judy Blundell

Although set in Long Island, we think the picturesque oceanfront setting of this novel will remind you of Palmetto Dunes. The engrossing story about how quickly things can change will have you powering through this book on your vacation home’s porch.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

If you’re a fan of the toe-tapping tunes of Hilton Head Island’s live musical performances, you’ll want to grab a copy of the summer’s hottest book, Daisy Jones & The Six. This creative novel tells the fictional story of a 1970s rock band and its rise to fame and is a must-read for any music lover.

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer Girls is the first book of New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe’s Lowcountry Summer series. You’ll enjoy the familiar settings and descriptions of the Lowcountry and you’ll fall in love with the Muir family.

There’s no greater outdoors than Hilton Head Island! And we have everything you need to embrace it during your Lowcountry escape. For an easy, breezy vacation, book your rental gear ahead of time, pack a great book, and get ready for adventure both on and off the page.

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