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Beach reads for kids

Grade schoolers can explore far-off places (an island or asteroid, perhaps?) with these summer adventures.

By GreatSchools Staff

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The Little House

The Little House

The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton
Sandpiper (1978), $7.99
Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's

Virginia Lee Burton is one of my all-time favorites. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is just one of her many fantastic books, which feature themes such as how to treat others and believe in yourself. The Little House is modestly told and illustrated. What happens when the world changes around you? An early commentary on urbanization. Winner of the 1943 Caldecott Medal. 40 pages.

— Danielle Marshall and the Kids' Team at Powell's.com


Danielle Marshall is a former longtime bookseller, most notably for Powell's Books in Portland, Ore.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

08/6/2010:
"I CERTAINLY AGREE AND IS FOR HOMEWORK DURING SUMMER. THAT WAY MY CHILDS MIND WILL STAY ON BOOKS AND FUNCTION BETTER FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR PLUS IT WOULD BE MORE LIKE AN OBLIGATION TO STUDY AND FINISH THE HW RATHER THAN ILL LEAVE IT FOR LATER WHICH BECOMES NEVER FOR BOTH PARENT AND CHILD BECAUSE WE KEEP PUTTING IT ASIDE DUE TO OTHER OBLIGATIONS."
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