You'll feel healthy if you exercise your body this summer. But don't forget to exercise your mind, too.
One great way to do that is to work your way through a summer reading list. On a rainy day, it's fun to curl up in a comfortable place and read a good book. When your grandparents were children, families often read together in the evenings. This summer, turn off the television set some evening and try reading aloud.
The five short novels listed below, a sampling from 300 great books listed in "The Read-Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease (Viking/Penguin, $6.95), should be in your local library or bookstore. Although they're books for kids, adults will enjoy them, too. "Brave Jimmy Stone" by Elliott Arnold. A young boy helps his father who is injured during a hunting trip. The description of a blizzard in this book should cool you off on a summer night. "Chocolate Fever" by Robert K. Smith. A boy named Henry Green comes down with the world's first case of chocolate fever. "Freckle Juice" by Judy Blume. Andrew drinks his friend Sharon's recipe for growing freckles. "Meaning Well" by Sheila R. Cole. A story of peer pressure within a sixth-grade classroom. "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar & Six More" by Roald Dahl. A seven-story collection by the author of "James and the Giant Peach."