Children's Book Spotlight: The Little House

August 1, 2016

The Little House


“The Little House” is a classic children’s book written in 1942 by Virginia Lee Burton, who won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for this memorable story. This book tells the tale of a small house built in the countryside to last for generations. As each season passes the house experiences the growth of the city around it and becomes absorbed into the hustle and bustle of city life. Over time, the city continues to take over, leaving the poor tiny house unnoticed and unacknowledged.


The standout feature of this beautiful story is that it is written from the perspective of the little house and deftly

describes increasing urbanization at that time. It teaches readers to appreciate history, and can teach New York City students that there are different lifestyles than those of the concrete jungle. The brilliant illustrations really allow readers to empathize with the house, and the story itself is compelling.


*Bright Kids Tip: To deepen your child’s engagement in the story, ask him or her to predict what will happen next throughout the story. This allows for creative thinking and more focused attention.


There is a reason that "The Little House" has been around for more than 70 years and is still just as popular as when it originally hit the shelves. Enjoy this iconic story and continue following our blog for more reading suggestions through the seasons! For extra fun, you can tag us in all your summer reading social media posts with "#brightkids." Happy summer reading!


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