Bookish Beach Towels for Summer

World Domination for Cats Beach Towel available on Society6

Summer may not officially kick off until June 20th, but here in California, the weather is already providing an excuse to throw on a swimsuit and head down to the water. It’s also giving me an excuse to search for bookish beach towels to bring along with me, like the one above (cats are jerks, so it only makes sense that they’re secretly plotting world domination).

Below you can find some more of my favorites.

 

Another Quiet Spot Beach Towel available on Society6
Another Quiet Spot Beach Towel

 

It’s story time in this dark forest, where a friendly monster and cute bunny find a quiet spot to read. I love the soft, muted colors and imagery in this print.

 

Book Dinosaurs Beach Towel available on Society6
Book Dinosaurs Beach Towel

 

Anyone who knows me can tell you my favorite movie is Jurassic Park (the book, though quite different, is great too), and as such, I’ve always been fascinated with dinosaurs. On this beach towel, the artist has combined dinosaurs and books. I love the fact that the dinosaurs aren’t only reading them, they’re made of them—their bony armor replaced with colorful books.


 

A Book Lover Beach Towel available on Society6
A Book Lover Beach Towel

 

This giraffe’s to-be-read list is as long as his neck. This is one of my favorites on this list, if only for how adorable it is. Plus, we have the same glasses. 🙂

 

Bookshelf Beach Towel available on Sociey6
Bookshelf Beach Towel

I felt it necessary to include at least one bookshelf towel in this roundup of literary paraphernalia. I love that this particular artist included objects from the Harry Potter series. The Golden Snitch, Harry’s glasses, and Hermione’s time turner.

 

Outfit of Shakespeare Beach Towel available on Society6
Outfit of Shakespeare Beach Towel

 

I imagine laying on the beach, splayed out just like Shakespeare, a book in hand, as I look at this towel. Unfortunately, my Shakespearean garb is being dry-cleaned, so a good slathering of sunscreen will have to replace all those frills.

 

Poetry is Dangerous Beach Towel available on Society6
Poetry is Dangerous Beach Towel

 

Oh. So. Artsy. Poetry can be dangerous, but this towel certainly isn’t. The vibrant colors pop against the black background and serve as a striking reminder of the power of words.

 

Diving Beach Towel available on Society6
Diving Beach Towel

 

Grab a good book and dive in. This towel might be better poolside than on the beach shore, but one thing is certain: it’s best paired with a book you can escape into.

 

A Cup of Books Beach Towel available on Society6
A Cup of Books Beach Towel

 

Books. Tea. Coffee. These things go together like peanut butter and jelly. This simple black-and-white graphic takes that relationship a step further. Cup of books, anyone? Why, don’t mind if I do.

 

Old Books Beach Towel available on Society6
Old Books Beach Towel

 

One look at this towel, the cracked and worn spines, brings to mind the musky scent of old books. The patterns on each book contribute to the vintage feel.

 

Read More Books Fox Beach Towel available on Society6
Read More Books Fox Beach Towel

 

To the locals who actually live near foxes, they may be more pest than the adorable, furry thing I want to rip out of this image and give a big squeeze. But foxes are also said to be wise and quick-thinking, and this particular fox’s message—read more books—makes a lot of sense to me.

 

Babar Royal Portrait 1931 Beach Towel available on Society6
Babar Royal Portrait 1931 Beach Towel

 

Babar the Elephant first appeared in 1931, in Jean de Brunhoff’s Histoire de Babar. Here’s a portrait of Babar after he’s been crowned King of the Elephants. Isn’t he dashing?

 

Where's Waldo? Dude...I'm Right Here Beach Towel available on Society6
Where’s Waldo? Dude…I’m Right Here Beach Towel

 

Since 1987, Waldo hasn’t quite been able to find himself. But bring this towel with you as you soak in the sun, and you’ll surely stand out of the crowd.

 

Bookworm Beach Towel available on Society6
Bookworm Beach Towel

 

Here’s a simple beach towel featuring stacks of books. It’s an eclectic mix. I like the faded and creased spines because I know these books were read many times, enjoyed over and over again.

 

1966 Beach Towel available on Society6
1966 Beach Towel

 

Okay, I had to include at least one comic book beach towel on this list, and this one is full of fun colors like bright turquoise, yellow, and pink. Classic comic book characters like Batman have been included in this funky print.

 

Little & Fierce Beach Towel available on Society6
Little & Fierce Beach Towel

 

This little thing (see what I did there?) is definitely more on the feminine side. It’s perfect for us short women to tote the beach, lest anyone doubt our fierceness.

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Melanie Figueroa

Melanie is the Editor in Chief at The Poetics Project. Having earned a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University and gained experience as an in-house editor, she now works as a freelance editor and writer. Her favorite book is The Bell Jar. You can follow Melanie on Twitter or Instagram @wellmelsbells.

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