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little lit book series: wonder edition

What would childhood be without wonder?  We’re sharing books that inspire wonder in this month’s #littlelitbookseries.

In When You Were Small, by Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad, Henry's father tells nightly bedtime stories to his son about when he was small.  Literally small enough to wear a thimble for a hat and have his hair brushed with a toothbrush.  In When I Was Small, Henry wonders what his mother was like when she was younger.  “What was it like when you were small?”  She tells him about how when she was small, she slept in a mitten and played jump rope with a piece of yarn.

Poignant, otherworldly and sweet, this pair of books will enthrall sleepy-eyed readers at bedtime as they listen and imagine what you were like when you were little like them.  And you can tell them all sorts of things you did as a kid, your perspective of the world when you were their age and the kinds of things you wondered about, were curious about, dreamt about and imagined.  Partaking of wonder together makes some of the best memories.  Let’s do it more.

For more wondrous picks, head over to #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.


mr. lunch borrows a canoe

Welcome to #littlelitbookseries, the adventure edition.  Mr. Lunch, a professional bird chaser, borrows a canoe and paddles his way into an adventure involving escaping from a scary bear and in doing so, inadvertently ending up halfway across the world.

If you’re feeling adventurous, do check out this month’s picks at #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.


how i spent my summer vacation

Our minds are on adventure this month for #littlelitbookseries.  In How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Wallace Bluff takes a train out west to visit his Aunt Fern in her house on the plains but ends up being captured by cowboys who recruit him as a cowhand.

Head off on a few more adventures with this month’s #littlelitbookseries picks on Instagram.


mango and bambang tapir all at sea

We're setting off on an adventure in this month's #littlelitbookseries.

Mango Allsorts and her tapir pal are back in Tapir All at Sea with a new collection of stories.  There’s the time Bambang decides to take up dancing as a new hobby, when gets erroneously apprehended as a diamond thief, when he is captured and put on display “in the window of Cynthia Prickle-Posset’s museum, trapped between a selection of mummified cats and a tank of electric eels,” and the time an offer arrives for him to join an ocean liner’s dance troupe as a flamenco dancer traveling the world.  This sweet and clever series is a delight and we’re looking forward to the third installment due out on September 1, Tiny Tapir Trouble.

If it’s adventure you seek, you’ve come to the right place.  Find your way over to #littlelitbookseries on Instagram for some adventurous picks.


seacrow island

We delve into chapter books, novels and the like for this month’s #littlelitbookseries.

Astrid Lindgren's Seacrow Island was originally published in 1964, but this edition was published this year. I bought Seacrow Island because it takes place in Sweden and we want to travel through Scandinavia eventually. And I wanted a book to read this summer that made us feel like we were somewhere else. I originally planned to read this aloud with Avery but after starting it, I realized it would probably be a better fit for when she was a little older. It’s about the four Melkerson children (Malin, Johan, Niklas and Pelle) and their writer father who move into the semi-dilapidated Carpenter’s Cottage on a tiny island in the Swedish archipelago for the summer. Their wild adventures exemplify the slow life, which is what drew me to the story as well. Savoring this one.

Recommended ages: 9-12

Head over to Instagram to check out other chapter books featured in today’s #littlelitbookseries.