At the recommendation of an amazing amount of people I finally got my hands on a copy of
"Little Britches" by Ralph Moody. The first of a series in which Mr. Moody recounts his days homesteading with his family at the turn of the century. Kind of like the beloved "Little House" series, but a little bit more honest and raw. The Moody family definitely goes thru their share of hardships. Recommended for a slightly more mature audience. I'd say age 10+ with parental guidance to discuss mature themes like poverty, greed and death.
On the lighter side of things we've also been enjoying:
"Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House" by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood. About a little boy and his new neighbor and the world the create out of the discarded cardboard boxes in his backyard after moving to his new house.
"Passing the Music Down" by Sarah Sullivan. About sharing the love of music through the generations, based on a true friendship between to musicians.
And just for fun
"When Dinosaurs Came With Everything" by Elise Broach and Illustrated by (my favorite children's illustrator) David Small. Just too much fun, this one might just make it's way into the permanent collection one day.
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