There’s no time of year students enjoy more than summer break, and Newsbee has an activity to fill your free time — reading — so you don’t succumb to a learning slump. Laze in bed with a book, lounge near the pool lost in a story or linger at the library perusing the stacks. Welcome “Summer Fun” in the company of a good book — your bee buddy is happy to suggest a few. Page On!

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Children will identify with a boy and girl who happen upon an abandoned structure in “A House That Once Was,” a meditative book that brings the past of an old house to life, by Julie Fogliano.

The pair wonder about the “ . . . house that once was but now isn’t a home,” as they peer out at it from behind foliage, cautious about going closer. Bravely, they “Tiptoe creep up the path, up the path that is hiding. A path that once welcomed . . . ”

The house might be empty, but it appears friendly, not forlorn, a cheerful bluebird perched on its roof. They enter the house through a window, and their exploration begins as they recreate stories about the inhabitants who lived in “A house that was once painted blue.”

Pages of possibilities follow with illustrations by Lane Smith changing in their imaginings, moving from dappled art in pastel shades, to illustrations in greens and golds, then reverting back to the original colors as the children return to their house “where our dinner is waiting. Back to a home that is cozy and warm.”

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We spot them in other kids’ yards, and wish we had one too. If you pine for a hideaway in the heavens, fill the void with “Everything You Need for a Treehouse,” an alluring, poetic read by Carter Higgins spilling over with ideas about building a house in the trees, from conventional designs to more fantastical creations.

A treehouse begins with “ . . . time and looking up and imagining a home of timber and rafters in wrangled, gnarled bark.” The location can vary, in a tree alone in a field or atop “one soldier in an army of trees.” Regardless, the tree must be tall — “you’ll want to see sun speckles up close.”

Site selected, construction begins; detailed illustrations by Emily Hughes take readers through the process as a barrage of cute kiddos demonstrate their skills, stock their playhouses with food, pillows and other necessities, and then joy in the finished product. From sunup to sundown, in rain and sunshine too, a treehouse is a dream come true. Now get to work!

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“The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker,” by Matilda Woods, is a creative, modern-day fairy tale of good versus evil that’s sure to enchant young readers. It’s the story of Alberto, a carpenter, “…the best in all of Allora,” a strange city by the sea where fish flew and the ocean crashed with impossibly huge waves.

Alberto had been a toy maker, but when a plague robs him of his three children and wife, he has to find another way to exist in his village and have purpose. The poor man is totally heartbroken at the loss of his family, but he makes do by keeping busy, measuring wood and designing coffins for anyone who passes away in Allora.

Fast forward 30 years — Alberto is called upon to make a coffin for Miss Bonito, a woman no one knew because she hadn’t lived in Allora for very long.

Too poor to buy a coffin, thoughtful Alberto makes one for her. His kindness is returned 100 fold when a boy happens into his life, with his unique pet bird. The boy becomes Alberto’s apprentice, but he has secrets he won’t share.

Softly tinted blue pages and illustrations by Anuska Allepua in the same hue complement this magical page-turner.