Summer days are meant for playing and spending time outdoors. It’s easy to get lost in the hours of sunshine and fresh air. Reading books may not be the first activity that comes to mind in the summer but it is no less important. Our families read every day, news headlines, Tweets, Facebook & Instagram captions, sure, but over these last few difficult months our concentration has understandably been shaken, and reading full page books can be difficult. It can be especially difficult for children with many distractions particularly with the amount of time they spend in front of a screen. Sometimes it’s good to get back to the classics, and open a good book. We have put together a list of some of our favourite books and book series with Part 1 focusing on younger readers.
- Little Bear, by Else Holmelund Minarik &Maurice Sendak- This heartwarming and classic book series invokes a nostalgic era. Little Bear’s tales with family and friends are easy to read and the illustrations are still as beautiful as ever.
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales; Hans Christian Andersen- There are many collections by both sets of authors, from classic fairy tales from "Rapunzel", "Hansel and Gretel", to “The Little Mermaid” and “ Thumbelina.” These stories have stood the test of time because they are so good
- The Winnie the Pooh Series, by A.A Milne- The beautifully written and amusing stories of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends--Piglet, Owl, Tigger, and Eeyore have been cherished by children for over 90 years.
- All the Famous Five books, by Enid Blyton, also her Secret Seven books. These are classic adventure and crime stories for children aged eight and above, up to the early teens.
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B White- The award winning powerful story of friendship between Charlotte the spider, and Wilbur the pig. Recommended for children 8 years of age and up.
All of these books can be found at our Backyard Camp partner Indigo Books, both online and in store, happy reading!