The first book for my summer reading list was Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes, the Newberry Medal winner for the year 1952. It's an entirely innocent novel, and would be perfect for a precocious younger reader to pick up.
This novel won't become one of my favorites, but reading this book made me think of the freedom to roam I had as a kid that many kids today just don't have .
I discovered that Eleanor Estes is a noted children's author; and I was most impressed by her artful descriptions of ordinary events.
I wonder if there is anything being published today that is as well-written and as bright. Much of the popular contemporary children's lit has some rather dark elements. It's good to know that not all innocence in children's lit is gone.