All of September, Tom and I took turns reading Mr. Popper's Penguins (by Richard and Florence Atwater) to Valerie and Andrew before bed. This charming chapter book (with a number of wonderful vintage illustrations) was a Newbury Honor Book in 1939. It is utterly delightful, just right for when you want something engaging for young children (without violence, or other undesirable elements). The fanciful ending is a bit far-fetched, I think, even for 1938 (when first published), but does not detract from this darling story.
Images of America is a series of books published by Arcadia Publishing. If you browse through this list you might just find your town. You can probably pick up a copy at your local library, like I did, then immerse yourself in local history. I read mine in about a day (I live in a very small community), but found it fascinating. Each chapter contains a few paragraphs, followed by several pages of old photos with descriptive captions. Now, as I drive along the valley road, I can pick out a number of significant landmarks. Even though I am a relatively new member of the community, knowing something about it's past gives me a deeper sense of understanding about this place where I live.