Books in Swallows and Amazons series
Three families of children enjoy themselves outdoors in general, and sailing in particular, over several holidays.
Classic set of gentle outdoor adventure stories, often with a sailing theme. Healthy combination of imagination and down-to-earth competence in outdoor pursuits. Nicely-rounded characters inhabiting an inter-war landscape where children are allowed a wide degree of freedom but where politeness and consideration are uppermost. The books' uncomplicated style coupled with their outdoor milieux is like fresh air to a modern reader.
Classic, Friendship, Growing-Up, Seafaring