4 classic children’s books to read (or revisit) this summer
Whether you’re on the beach or lounging at home, there is nothing quite like a good summer read. For many, reading during the summer evokes memories of books on beach at your family vacation or completing a summer reading challenge. Summer is also a great time to re-read cherished childhood classics—or even to explore a new one.
To celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31, check out these other popular children’s books compiled from AU’s course ENGL 305: Literature for Children. These fantastic tales will entertain you or your kids before the final days of summer slip away.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Tuck Everlasting explores the question, “What would you do if you could live forever?” Set during the beginning of August, this tale introduces readers to the world of Treegap and to 10-year-old Winifred “Winnie” Foster, who runs away from home and meets Jesse Tuck and the rest of his family—who happen to be immortal. Sprinkled with rich imagery and a thrilling story, Tuck Everlasting stands the test of time as a classic summer read.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
A beloved novel by both adults and children, Charlotte’s Web tells the story of Wilbur, a pig, who was sent to a new farm. Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who hatches a plan to keep him alive. Much of the novel is set during the summer and provides impactful narrative around the power of friendship.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling
The first book of this popular series introduces readers to the magical world that young wizard Harry Potter and his friends find themselves in, as they begin their studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With a charming cast of characters and tons of adventure, the first Harry Potter book became an instant classic and sets the stage for six follow-up adventures.
Hatchet by Gary Paulson
A story of wilderness survival, Hatchet takes readers on a journey when 13-year-old Brian Robeson survives an airplane crash and is left to fend for himself—with only a hatchet. This novel takes place during the summer in northern Canada, and readers are immersed in the vast wilderness as Brian quickly learns how to survive.
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