Since Memorial Day weekend is the generally agreed upon start of summer, I have been thinking about books that “feel” like summer – books that when you read them, you can almost hear the lawn mower and the ice cream truck. So, here’s what I’m going to do. I will list five books each day this weekend – beginning with books for young children, tomorrow I’ll feature books for 9 to 12 year-olds, and Monday will be young adult novels. The requirement is that the author successfully evoked the season; they may even have caused you to reach for the sunscreen!
Today’s books are:
One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews (a child’s summer day in the city is conveyed with colorful photos)
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant (Every word of this book is perfect – the relatives sleeping all over the house, the crackers and bologna sandwiches, and the hugging!)
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee (a very funny book about the joy of being with family and friends – and having time to play!)
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey(“ku-plink, ku-plank, ku-plunk” – I never pick blueberries without thinking of the sound of Sal’s berries dropping into her tin pail.)
Summer by Alice Low (a poem that lists everything children associate with summer – and wonderful illustrations)