Yesterday I listed five picture books that feel like summertime – stories that are best read outdoors and conjure up (or create) memories of summer days. Today we’ll move up a few years. Here are five chapter books that work the same magic.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (This charming book was published just five years ago, but has the feel of an old-fashioned story. It reminded me of the books I read during summers at the public library in Xenia, Ohio.)
Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (A 1957 Newbery-Honor Book, this adventure centers on the discovery of an abandoned summer community.)
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (The 1939 Newbery Medal winner is the story of a summer on a Wisconsin farm. It begins with the main character finding a silver thimble, so you may have to define a thimble for your young reader – but don’t let that keep you away! It’s a wonderful story.)
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes (Published in 1941, this is the first in a series of stories about the Moffat family. These books must have inspired Jeanne Birdsall’s stories about the Penderwicks.)
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (read the first few pages of chapter 6 – the most beautiful evocation of summer I know!)