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Summer reading list for young bookworms

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(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.

For more titles categorized by age-appropriateness by Oprah Magazine, click here.