In these trying times, many of us have been spending more time with our families than ever, and these five books offer a charming peek into some fictional households. You’ll laugh in recognition at the squabbling siblings of Russell and Lillian Hoban’s The Sorely Trying Day, and The Backward Day by Ruth Krauss offers an uplifting tale of a family who commit to doing everything in reverse for the day. Roger Duvoisin’s The House of Four Seasons is a delightful story of home improvement: a father teaches his kids about teamwork—and the color wheel—as they paint a house together.
In Rhoda Levine’s He Was There from the Day We Moved In, with illustrations by Edward Gorey, two young brothers are determined to find the perfect name for a mysterious sheepdog. Last but not least, you’ll meet some lovable rodents from Rumer Godden in Mouse House, who make a new home in a playhouse designed for their toy counterparts.
For ages 3–7.