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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.



Today we bring you the summer edition of #littlelitbookseriesWave is a wordless wonder about the exuberant conversation between a girl and a wave on a sunny day.  Suzy Lee's illustrations, rendered in charcoal and acrylics, are imbued with expression and life.  Her books are worth seeking out, if you haven't had a chance to experience them yet.

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little lit book series: summer edition

Elisha Cooper’s Beach is summer encapsulated in his characteristic lovely and poetic watercolors.  For today’s #littlelitbookseries, we’re celebrating the upcoming warm and lax season of summer, the time where the pace of life slows down even just a little bit and we have more moments to sit and reflect on all that’s happened so far in the year.

“Away to the beach!  Away to sand and salt water, to rolling dunes and pounding waves.  Away to swimsuits and sunscreen, to lying on towels and listening to the sound of the ocean.  As the day begins, the beach is empty, waiting to be filled.“

Elisha Cooper on Beach: “I did most of the drawings for this book on Lake Michigan. Our home in Chicago was near the lake, and I’d go there with my daughters to play and swim, and sketch bathers. Since there are salty aspects to beaches, I flew back East and sketched seaweed and crabs. I remembered beaches I loved when I was young, from Fire Island to Cape Hatteras. Then I put all these sketches together into one summer day at the beach. So the beach in this book looks like the Hamptons but has Midwestern roots (the lighthouse here is at the head of the Chicago River). Even a city beach has details that make a beach a beach: sand, seagulls, and bathers in funny swimsuits.”

Take a look at everyone else’s summer posts in #littlelitbookseries on Instagram.