ChopChop The Kids' Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family is a cookbook for kids that the whole family will enjoy and benefit from because of its emphasis on healthy eating.
Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! is both a funny children's picture book and a one-recipe children's cookbook. The book story is about the Little Red Hen's great-grandson who wants to learn to cook and the children's cookbook recipe is for Great-Granny's Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake.
The children's picture book Peepers is by Eve Bunting and is illustrated with beautiful paintings of a picturesque New England village during the fall foliage tours.
Shiloh is a classic middle grade novel about a boy and a dog, written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor who received the John Newbery Medal for the book. Read this book review to find out about recommended age ranges and what has made this story a classic.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is not just a comforting picture book about starting school; it is a comforting book for any child in need of reassurance due to change or tragedy.
If you are looking for middle grade fiction full of humor, I recommend The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. This book review about the humorous chapter book, which will appeal to middle schoolers and upper elementary students, covers the characters, plot, writing and author.
I recommend the picture book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs if you are looking for a story to spark your children’s imaginations and tickle their funny bones.
Picture This, How Pictures Work by Molly Bang provides an exceptional look at visual communication through abstract artwork for 9 to teen. If you are looking for a book for a child who is interested in the art of evoking emotions through line, shape, and color.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson is an entertaining chapter book that uses humor and misbehaving kids to make an important point about the meaning of Christmas.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee, is a very appealing children's picture book about friendship for young children by Philip C. Stead, for which illustrator Erin E. Stead was awarded the Randolph Caldecott Medal for picture book art.
Lola at the Library is a children's picture book about the joy of going to the library and enjoying storytime, borrowing books and having Mommy read them at home. Lola is a very young African American child who already loves children's books.
Goin' Someplace Special, is a poignant picture book by Patricia C. McKissack, with the artwork of Jerry Pinkney, that is set in the 1950s South during the Jim Crow era.
Read about The Gruffalo, a children's picture book by Julia Donaldson, in this book review and learn why it is a good read aloud for young children.
Room on the Broom, the delightful picture book by Julia Donaldson, with illustrations by Alex Scheffler is an excellent read aloud like their rhyming book The Gruffalo and is fun for Halloween.
Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead by Rebecca L. Johnson is a fascinating nonfiction science book for ages 10-14.
Birmingham, 1963, an award-winning book of poetry for children by Carole Boson Weatherford, memorializes the four young girls killed at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, when it was dynamited during the civil rights movement.
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is presented as one of the textbooks that Harry Potter uses at school. It is one of two Harry Potter textbooks that make up the Harry Potter Schoolbooks gift set. The other is Quidditch Through the Ages.
Singing with Momma Lou, a children’s picture book about a young child dealing with her grandmother's Alzheimer's disease, is a warm story of family love.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, with illustrations by Jules Feiffer, is a classic children's books for middle grade readers and older, particularly those who enjoy wordplay.
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, with slightly creepy illustrations by Peter Brown is a funny picture book that is just scary enough to delight, but not frighten, 3 to 6 year olds and fun to use as a Halloween read aloud.
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin is a Newbery Honor Book, an excellent work of historical fiction for ages 9 to 12.
Inside Tornadoes by Mary Kay Carson includes lots of visuals combined with interesting facts about tornadoes. It's a middle grade nonfiction book that I also recommend for teens and adults.
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and me, Elizabeth by E.L. Konigsburg is an award-winning children's book by E.L. Konigsburg, a story of friendship and imagination.
The Goblin Secrets review provides information about the story and the author, William Alexander, the 2012 National Book Award winner for Young People's Literature.
This book review of Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin covers both the content and the narrative nonfiction format of the 2013 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award.