Wednesday, August 21, 2013

news from the book nook: classic summer reads

We're back from a perfect, unplugged vacation in the Green Mountains! Reading, exploring, eating, relaxing...all my favorite things on repeat for ten gorgeous days! Pictures to come soon!

Meanwhile, are you trying to squeeze in a few last minute summer reads before the craziness of fall begins? Looking for a breezy, light read for your upcoming Labor Day getaway? Although my vacation reading tote bag is usually filled with the latest in adult fiction, every summer I try to re-read at least one of my childhood favorites. Some years I choose to be swept away to Prince Edward Island with "Anne with an e" and her kindred spirits in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables[Note: book links are affiliated links. Full disclosure here.] Last year my classic of choice was Gene Stratton-Porter's A Girl of the Limberlost (the perfect eco-read for a Vermont getaway), Or if I'm in the mood for old English and a little romance I pick up Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice .

This year I chose a modern classic, The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall. Truly an incredible example of children's lit at its finest. Bonus: there are two follow up books that are filled with even more hilarious and heartwarming summer adventures from the lovable Penderwick crew. Read it! 
Here's a few other children's "classics" I suggest you put on your end-of-summer reading list: 

The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald 
Hoot by Carl Hiasson
Hoot by Kate DiCamillo
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (re-reading this one now!)

Pull up a deck chair, a cozy nook, or hammock and get reading! 


  1. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, The Secret Garden, and Because of Winn-Dixie were all favorites of mine. :) Wendy is developing a few favorites too: "Puppies and Piggies" and "Too Big." We read them several times a day. ;) I am so looking forward to when she can sit still and enjoy longer books!

  2. If you love all those books, read The Penderwicks! It's newer, but has the nostalgic, classic-feel :)