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Best Childrens’ Books About Cape Cod

HelloCapeCodAuthor Martha Day Zschock must be from Outer Cape Cod. What makes me think so? In her charming little book Hello, Cape Cod, she manages to highlight some of the most iconic images visitors will see when they travel to Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown, which are the four towns that comprise the Outer Cape.

I adore the illustrations in this book. They have a whimsy and tenderness that aren’t always evident in books for children. The pages depict a seagull family traveling over the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges, exploring windmills, riding rides, enjoying ponds and beaches, building sandcastles, boating, attending a Cape Cod Baseball League game, harvesting cranberries in the fall, swimming at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, climbing to the top of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, and enjoying a clambake and s’mores on the beach at day’s end–all quintessential Cape Cod summer vacation experiences.

Adults will enjoy reading this little board book to toddlers. It’s a good way to teach them about the fine points of a Cape Cod vacation.

Available on Amazon.com.

TheCodsOfCapeCodIn The Cods of Cape Cod, author Ed Shankman and illustrator Dave O’Neill–both of whom hail from New Jersey but obviously love Cape Cod–capture a similar spirit while describing all the fun things the Cod family loves to do each summer when they visit the Cape. The author gives shout-outs to Truro, Yarmouth, Brewster, Woods Hole, Orleans, Hyannis, Dennis, Sandwich, Mashpee and Chatham.

My favorite page in the book says,

Well, they’ve done it again. What a great summer season!

The Cods of Cape Cod have had fun beyond reason.

If summer was something a person could measure,

this could be the best in the history of pleasure.

That’s a Cape Cod vacation in a nutshell.

Recommended for young readers.

Available on Amazon.com.

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