It’s too easy to fall in love with Blueberries for Sal. Everything about it is endearing and captivating. We hadn’t read it for awhile, but we were eating blueberries the other day and I asked my kids if they remembered the story — Oh boy did they! They practically recited the book. The basic story: Mother bear and baby bear are eating blueberries to get ready for their long winter’s hibernation. Sal and her Mother are gathering blueberries to preserve for their own long winter. They meet on Blueberry Hill.

Robert McCloskey is a genius. He writes simple, sweet stories and creates amazing illustrations. This book is worth adding to your library just for the drawings on the end papers. My oldest, Ralph describes the artwork as “popping of the page”. First published in 1948, it’s still an ideal read aloud.

Find it here.