(PIX11) — Summer reading keeps kids’ brains sharp during the months-long break from school.
Below is a list of classic, new and fun reads curated by Oprah Magazine that are perfect to bring along for a day at the beach:
“Madeleine” by Ludwig Bemelmans
- This year marks the 75th anniversary of this classic, featuring one of the sassiest, most courageous little girls in literature.
- While the author was born in Europe, he wrote the book in New York City — legend has it, “Madeleine” was penned at Pete’s Tavern.
“Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh
- It’s Harriet the Spy’s 50th anniversary, and it remains as fresh as ever. For those who sometimes felt out of place, Harriet is a hero.
“The Book With No Pictures” by BJ Novak
- A children’s book typically has pictures, right? But this title is almost Dr. Seussian, as it is funny and unexpected.
- Author BJ Novak, who starred in NBC’s “The Office” and “Saving Mr Banks,” also recently wrote a short story collection for adults.
“Three Bears in a Boat” by David Soman
- Three sibling bears are fooling around and break their mother’s favorite sea shell.
- Instead of coming clean, they go off together to find a replacement before she learns what happened. On the way, they encounter many adventures, including a storm at sea that almost drowns them.
“Ordinary People Change the World” series by Brad Meltzer
- One title in the series is called “I Am Rosa Parks” and tells the story of that great civil rights heroine in simple text, illustration and photos.