>End-of-summer blues? Grab these stellar reads for the younger set.

CRANKEE DOODLE

He does not want to go to town, buy a hat or wear a feather. But his horse is quite persuasive. (Ages 4–8)

THE DARK

A pajama-clad boy wielding only a flashlight confronts—and conquers—his fear of the dark. A gently empowering bedtime read. (3–7)

OL’ MAMA SQUIRREL

Protective mama squirrel will not let anyone mess with her kids. Sure to be a favorite for all mamas. (3–7)

JOURNEY

A descendant of the classic Harold and the Purple Crayon, gloriously illustrated in vibrant hues of every color. Keepsake-worthy. (All ages)

RUMP

A fresh riff on the Grimm Brothers’ Rumpelstiltskin, told with wit from the impish point of view of the troublemaker himself. (8–12)

DOLL BONES

The make-believe escapades of three friends wither as they reach middle school, but a creepy doll has one adventure left for them to finish. (10–14)

ELEANOR & PARK

The book’s two endearing, quirky teens shouldn’t fall in love, but readers will love that they do. (14 and up)

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