Have fun trying to cook saltwater taffy together with an adult
Little Men - (ISBN: 978-1611042573)
by Louisa May Alcott
A less-read companion to the classic <i>Little Women</i>, this book tells the story of several boys who reside at Plumfield, the school where Jo, the heroine of Little Women, is now headmistress. Although it spans several seasons, its emphasis on the garden, harvest, and a special Thanksgiving make it a great book to read in the fall.
Runaway Ralph - (ISBN: 978-0380709533)
by Beverly Cleary
Ralph the mouse zooms to summer camp on his own, feeling independent and daring. Ralph had not realized camp meant discipline, cats, and brats! How does Ralph’s camp experience and his looking forward to home compare to your camp time? Talk about all different kinds of camps you and your family have tried.
The Lemonade Wars - (ISBN: 978-0547237657)
by Jacqueline Davies
When fourth grader Evan finds out his younger sister will share his classroom for the next school year, they become pitted against one another. As part of their rivalry, they start competing lemonade stands to earn the most money. To learn about “business” from the point of view of a preteen, try this entertaining and popular book. What seasonal “business” have you tried? Why did it work (or not)? Is there another you could try?
The Long Winter - (ISBN: 978-0060581855)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The long cold winter is the focus of this book, including the astonishing blizzard, food shortages, and the bravery of the Wilder brothers in bringing provisions to everyone. Even if you have already read this book, enjoy it together with your family on long dark winter nights or as a refreshing contrast to summer’s heat. Have you ever survived a weather emergency? What was it like?
The Missing Manatee - (ISBN: 978-0374400200)
by Cynthia DeFelice
A young boy’s spring vacation from school turns into a hunt for a killer when he finds a manatee shot dead in the Florida waters. In ever tightening circles, he hones his focus to find the murderer after the animal’s body disappears. If you enjoy mysteries in a family setting, you will love this action-packed book!