Reviews of Children's Books
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
The Hate List book review about the dramatic young adult novel by Jennifer Brown provide information about this book of realistic teen fiction.
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom
This review of the teen book The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom covers the novel in verse and the author, Margarita Engle.
The Mercy Watson Series
Learn why the books in the Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo is a good choice for beginning readers.
Teen Book Review: Crank
Read this book review of Crank by Ellen Hopkins to find out why it is both praised and challenged.
Through Time: Olympics
Through Time: Olympics is an interesting 48-page nonfiction book about the modern Olympic Games. The book, by Richard Platt, uses a picture book format, with illustrations by Manuela Cappon.
This book review of The Anti-Defamation League's Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice, A Guide for Adults and Children provides an overview of the book's contents and value.
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
Here's a book review of Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins, a children's book about the historic sit-ins in Greenboro, North Carolina, that began February 1, 1960, and impacted the Civil Rights Movement.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
This review of My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George provides an overview of the award-winning classic adventure story and recommended age levels.
Lola at the Library
The picture book Lola at the Library celebrates the joys of libraries, reading and books in this story for toddlers and preschoolers.
The Hunger Games Tribute Guide
This review of The Hunger Games Tribute Guide by Emily Seife explains how this book uses photos of actora and action from the movie version and text directed to the citizens of Panem to create a unique book based on both the movie and the Hunger Games book.
Read A Rhyme, Write A Rhyme
Here's a review of the children's book Read A Rhyme Write A Rhyme, a collection of poetry selected by Jack Prelutsky and "poemstarts" to encourage young readers to write their own poems.
Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson provides a concise, and personal, history from the Revolutionary War to today in the United States.
Here's a book review of Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!, a funny children's picture book, which is also a one-recipe children's cookbook with a recipe for Great-Granny's Magnificent Strawberry Shortcake.
Use the children's book Olympics! by B.G. Hennessy to introduce your 4 to 8 year olds to the summer and the winter Olympic Games.
Mirabelle - A Happy Dog Adventure Series
Learn what makes the Mirabelle board book series, A Happy Dog Adventure, so enjoyable for children 2 to 5 in this review of 3 Mirabelle books.
I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems
This book review of I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems, the 14th book in his series about Elephant and Piggie covers the story, design and illustrations and age recommendations, as well as information about Willems.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Learn more about Leaf Man in this book review of author and illustrator Lois Ehlert's picture book with its stunning collages of fall leaves.
The Ruby in the Smoke
The Ruby in the Smoke is one of four young adult mysteries for teens, written by Philip Pullman, featuring Sally Lockhart and set in the Victorian era.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Find out what's special about Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, one of several children's picture books featuring the lovable cat and simple life lessons.
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Read this review of Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker to find out why it's recommended for middle grade readers.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is a humorous middle grade chapter book by Tom Angleberger. It is a quick and entertaining read.
The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry
Find out what makes The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry an excellent collection of poems for children.
The Story of Ferdinand
The Story of Ferdinand, a classic children's picture book by Munro Leaf, has been popular in numerous countries for more than 75 years.
Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life
Read this book review of Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life, a picture book biography about the author of Anne Green Gables and find out why I recommend it.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Are the borrowers, the miniature people who live in the house's wall real or a story made up by an imaginative boy? That's the emphasis of The Borrowers by Mary Norton.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Find out if The Hobbit is appropriate for kids and if so, for what ages is this fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien appropriate in this book review.
Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary
Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary is another book about Ramona Quimby and her family and friends on Klickitat Street that the 6-10 year old child will enjoy as a read aloud or for independent reading.
Guinness World Records 2013
In this review, learn what makes Guinness World Records 2013 a book I recommend particularly for boys, even reluctant readers?
The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook
This review of The Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook highlights all that this cookbook has to offer for children, especially fans of A.A. Milne's books and Ernest H. Shepard's illustrations.
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
In this book review of Dear Mr. Henshaw, learn about this humorous and touching award-winning brief novel by Beverly Cleary.
First Grade Jitters
Book Review of First Grade Jitters: First Grade Jitters by Robert Quackenbush is a children's picture book about a little boy who's worried about starting first grade until his friends reassure him.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Learn about The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, an award-wining Christmas picture book that has become a classic.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton is a wonderful classic children's picture book. Learn more from this book review.
Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
This review of the nonfiction book Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin includes the content, awards the book for ypoung people has received and the narrative nonfiction format.
Otto the Book Bear
Learn about Otto the Book Bear, an entertaining picture book by UK author and illustrator Katie Cleminson, in this review of the children's book.
The Wednesday Wars
Learn why The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt is a popular middle grade novel.
Kids in the Holiday Kitchen
This review of Kids in the Holiday Kitchen covers how the children's cookbook is organized, as well as the types of recipes and holiday crafts included.
The Carrot Seed
Read this book review to find out why The Carrot Seed, a children's picture book has remained in print since 1945. .
Our Country's Presidents
Read this book review of Our Country's Presidents, a middle grade US history reference book, to learn about the contents, design, format, illustrations and author.
Nerd Camp is an entertaining book for middle grade readers about a camp for bright kids and one boy's experiences there.
First Day Jitters
Read this review of First Day Jitters, a picture book about starting school with a surprising twist at the end of the book and find out why it's both an amusing book for kids and a good gift for a new teacher.
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is the dramatic and award-winning middle grade novel about a black family in the South during the Depression. Read the book review, with plot summary, to learn more.
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino
The review of Doug Unplugged, a picture book by Dan Yaccarino, covers the story, the illustrations, the author and the ages it's appropriate for.
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
This review of How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous explains what to expect and why kids, particularly those in middle school, love this nonfiction book.
Flotsam by David Wiesner
Learn about Flotsam by David Wiesner, winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal, and what's so special about this wordless picture book.
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
A Dog Called Homeless is aimed at ages 8 to 12, Read the review to learn about the story and the author.
Guinness World Records 2012
The annual book of world records, such as Guinness World Records 2012, is especially popular with tween and teen boys, including reluctant readers.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak, a recommended young adult novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, covers controversial topics. Read this review of the award-winning and frequently challenged book to learn more.
The House in the Night
The book review of The House in the Night, includes the story, information sbout the author, Susan Marie Swanson, and the illustrator, Beth Krommes, who was honored with the 2009 Randolph Caldecott Medal for her illustrations.
Learn all about Cat Talk, a beautifully illustrated picture book that is also an excellent poetry book for children.
Teen Book Review: Monster
Read this book review of Monster, the award winning, and frequently challenged, young adult novel by Walter Dean Myers.
Macy's on Parade! Pop-Up Book
Learn all about Macy's on Parade!, a colorful pop-up book about the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
LEarn all about Faraway Home, a poignant children's picture book that tells about an American child, Desta, and her fears when her father has to return for a while to his beloved homeland, Ethiopia. Young children will identify with her fear that her father won't want to come back to the U.S. and his home.
Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak's picture book is a classic. It's a 1964 Caldecott Medal winner and has remained popular ever since. Here is a summary of this delightful picture book.
Goblin Secrets by William Alexander
Learn about Goblin Secrets, the middle grade fantasy for which the author, William Alexander, won the 2012 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers
Lauren Child's We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers is an amusing picture book about the importance of recycling featuring popular characters Charlie and his little sister, Lola.
Celebrate Independence Day
Celebrate Independence Day is part of the Holidays Around the World Series of children's books, published by the National Geographic Society. Celebrate Independence Day is a nonfiction children's book.
Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
This book review of Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley M includes information about the the Mother Goose rhymes as well as the exceptional illustrations by Salley Mavor.
Learn about Peepers, a beautifully illustrated children's picture book in which two boys come to appreciate the views of the "leaf peepers," the busloads of tourists who descend on New England every autumn for the fall foliage tours.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
In this book review, read all about The Gruffalo, a children's picture book by Julia Donaldson that is a good read aloud for young children. This book review of The Gruffalo provides an overview of the children's picture book by Julia Donaldson and explains why it's a good book to read aloud to young children. Read this book review of The...
Escaping the Tiger
This is a book review of Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong, a novel of historical fiction set in the early 1980s about a 12-year-old Laotian refuge and his family and their extended stay in a refugee camp in Thailand.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
In this book review, learn why The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger was considered a groundbreaking novel for teens when it was originally published in 1951.
Home For Christmas by Jan Brett
If you're kids love Jan Brett's books about trolls, they will be delighted with Home For Christmas, her new children's Christmas picture book.
Martin's Big Words
This book review of Martin's Big Words, which was written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier covers the book's contents, the author and illustrator and age recommendations.
Teen Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
This book review of Lauren Oliver's book Delirium provides an overview of the dystopian novel for teens.
Teen Book Review: Wither
This book review of Wither provides an overview of the dystopian novel for teens, which was written by author Lauren DeStefano.
Celebrate Halloween is a children's nonfiction picture book that is part of the Holidays Around the World series of nonfiction children's picture books from National Geographic. Celebrate Halloween, like the other books in the Holidays Around the world series, uses photographs and descriptions to share information about how Halloween is...
An Egret's Day
An Egret's Day by Jane Yolen, with photos by nature photographer Jason Stemple, is one of a number of excellent children's poetry books about nature by this duo. To learn more, see this children's poetry book review.
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman is both a beginning reader book for beginning readers and a good book to read aloud to children two years old and up. Are You My Mother? is a book children love to read (or listen to) again and again.
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
This review of Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, a nonfiction book by Phillip Hoose, not only provides information on the story and target audience, it also explains why the book is so highly regarded.
Hands Around the Library
Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books tells a true story that will be of interest to a broader range of ages than most picture books cover.
The Skinny on Bullying
This book review of The Skinny on Bullying explains why it is a good informational book about middle school bullies and bullying, including cyberbullies and cyberbullying.
Jake Drake Bully Buster
Jake Drake Bully Buster is one in a series of chapter books by Andrew Clements about the adventures of a boy in elementary school.
Lady Liberty: A Biography
Laby Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport, with illustration by Matt Tavares, is the fascinating story of the building of the Statue of Liberty, from the idea to the fund raising to the design to the building to the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty, Lady Liberty.
The Little Little House
The Little, Little House, a children's picture book, is a retelling of a Jewish folktale. Written and illustrated by Jessica Souhani, The Little, Little House is a delightful folktale. The collage illustrations in this children's picture book add to the book's appeal.
Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker
This book review of Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker includes information on Engelbreit, the background of the story, the retelling and the illustrations.
Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa is a picture book about a village threatened by a tsunami and saved by the sacrifice of one man. The picture book Tsunami! features the stunning collages of artist Ed Young.
Sam and Gram and the First Day of School
Sam and Gram and the First Day of School is a good book to use to help reassure your child about starting school.
The Two Wimpy Kid DIY Books
While The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and the first edition, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, are both do-it-yourself diaries or journals for tweens and young teens, featuring middle school humor, writing prompts and cartoons, the second edition is a greatly expanded and revised version of the first. With these Wimpy Kid DIY books,...
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Read this book review of the classic story about a boy and a dog to find out about recommended age ranges and what has made the story of Shiloh a classic.
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Find out more about Splendors and Glooms by reading this book review about the award-winning fantasy.
How Many: Spectacular Paper Sculptures
How Many: Spectacular Paper Sculptures by Ron van der Meer is a striking pop-up book. The pop-up book of paper sculptures by Ron van der Meer also includes questions about counting and shapes for each pop-up. I recommend How Many: Spectacular Paper Sculptures for children aged six and older, teens, and adults.
The Lincolns by Candace Fleming
The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming is a biography of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming is also a reference book about the Lincolns and the times in which they lived. I recommend this history book for a wide range of ages.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney is book four in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The first was Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The second was Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules. The third was Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. If you are looking for middle school humor for tweens and young teens, I recommend Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog...
Mem Fox's "Reading Magic"
Here's an excellent book by Australian children's author and literacy consultant Mem Fox that is filled with information on reading aloud to young children.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
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. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a bestseller and one of several children’s picture books written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett.
Teen Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth
This book review of Divergent, the first book in a new dystopian trilogy by debut author Veronica Roth, provides an overview of the dystopian novel for teens.
A Smart Girl's Guide to Staying Home Alone
Learn about A Smart Girl's Guide to Staying Home Alone from the review of this book published by American Girl Publishing.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Children's Fiction Book Review: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly features a strong female character growing up in Texas in 1899. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly is historical fiction that will appeal to tweens and teens.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney is book three in the wildly popular series with middle school humor for tweens.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is a very funny book is the second book in the humorous series, which features middle school student Greg Heffley.
The Wall by Eve Bunting
The Wall, a children's picture book by Eve Bunting, is the poignant story of a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by a young boy and his father in memory of the boy's grandfather. The text by Eve Bunting and the artwork by Ronald Himler focus on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial - The Wall - and work together to create a children's picture book full of meaning.
Book Fiesta! - A Children's Day / Book Day Celebration
Read a review of Book Fiesta!, a bilingual children's picture book about Children's Day / Book Day, also known as El dia de los ninos / El dia de los libres or Dia.
Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry by Jack Prelutsky
If your tween (8- to 12-year-old) wants to know how to write a poem, Pizza Pigs and Poetry, a poetry writing book by Jack Prelutsky may help. The subtitle Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry by Jack Prelutsky is How to Write a Poem. Prelutsky is a prolific writer of humorous poetry for kids.
Mommy?, the first children's pop-up book illustrated by the extraordinary Maurice Sendak is a riot. Mommy?, an almost wordless book, tells the story of a toddler searching for his mother among monsters and mummies. Maurice Sendak is the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are, a Caldecott Medal winner.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The children's novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman is enormously popular with 8-12 year olds, resulting in a movie version of Coraline being released in February 2009. Children's books by Neil Gaiman are enormously popular.
The Last Dragon, A Fantasy Novel
The Last Dragon is a fantasy novel for tweens. The Last Dragon is a good fantasy novel for ages 9-12 because it has an engaging plot and sympathetic characters.
A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead
A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead / Un regalo para Abuelita: En celebración del Dia de los Muertos is a bilingual picture book. It provides a good introduction to the impact of the Day of the Dead in this story of a little Mexican girl who is mourning the death of her beloved grandmother and hoping to find some comfort through Day of the Dead activities.
My People by Langston Hughes
Photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. provide an excellent complement to the poem “My People” by Langston Hughes. This picture book edition, My People by Langston Hughes, with its stunning photography by Charles R. Smith, Jr. provides an excellent introduction for all ages to the poetry of Langston Hughes.
Backyard Sciece - Your 6-12 year olds will enjoy doing the more than two dozen science projects for kids described and illustrated in the children's nonfiction science book Backyard Science. The projects in Backyard Science can all be done in your own backyard
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire provides an excellent introduction to Greek myths and mythology for kids 9 and up. Both the stories and the illustrations in D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths make this a very appealing children's book of Greek myths. If you are looking for kids' books about Greek mythology, I...
"Wonders and Miracles: A Passover Companion"
This is a beautiful children's book that the entire family will cherish. Written and compiled by Eric A. Kimmel, one of America's most well-known Jewish storytellers, it is illustrated with art spanning 3,000 years.
Our White House: Looking In Looking Out
Our White House: Looking In Looking Out, a project of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, was created by 108 well-known authors and illustrators. Our White House is a fascinating collection of historical fiction and nonfiction, artwork, personal essays, and excerpts from reports, speeches, and other documents. If you are looking...
A Ball for Daisy
Learn all about A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka, a wordless picture book. Raschka won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations.
This picture book has both a fascinating tale by Julius Lester and award winning artwork by Jerry Pinkney.
The Magician's Elephant
The Magician's Elephant by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo is a fascinating and mysterious book for middle readers.
FIrst Grade Stinks!
First Grade Stinks!, a children's picture book, is an excellent book for the child who hates change. Help ease the transition between kindergarten and first grade for your child by reading and discussing the children's picture book First Grade Stinks!
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012
Learn all about the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012 and why it appeals to kids who love facts, as well as reluctant readers.
September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City
In his nonfiction book for children 11 and older, author Wilborn Hampton sensitively presents the story of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
The Complete Adventures of Curious George – Before the Curious George Movie...
The seven children’s picture books about Curious George the monkey that Margret and H.A. Rey created have delighted generations of children and their families. The special collector’s edition of The Complete Adventures of Curious George includes the Rey’s seven stories about the curious little monkey plus several essays that adults will enjoy.
Your Favorite Seuss
Your Favorite Seuss is a collection of Dr. Seuss stories, each with an introductory essay.
Our World: A Child's First Picture Book Atlas
Our World: A Child's First Picture Book Atlas was published by National Geographic for the young child. Your 3-6 year old child will be fascinated by this oversize picture book atlas. I recommend Our World: A Child's First Picture Book Atlas for young children.
Squiggles: A Really Giant Drawing and Painting Book
The subtitle of Squiggles by Taro Gomi is A Really Giant Drawing and Painting Book. Squiggles is not a coloring book. It is a creativity book, with illustrations and a very small amount of text designed to pique the imaginations of children from three to young teens, as well as adults of all ages.
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles series is full of adventure and suspense. The Spiderwick Chronicles series of children's fantasy chapter books is enormously popular with children seven and older.
The Librarian of Basra
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story of Iraq, a children's picture book, is the true story of how the librarian of Basra saved the majority of the Iraq library's books after the invasion of Iraq reached Basra in 2003. The author and illustrator of The Librarian of Basra, A True Story of Iraq, Jeanette Winter, has written and/or illustrated a number of children's picture books.
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
The children’s picture book The Three Snow Bears, by Jan Brett, is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett is an entertaining retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bear set in an Intuit village in the Artic.
Baby Read-Aloud Basics
With the parent's guide Baby Read-Aloud Basics, learn why and how to read aloud to your baby. In Baby Read-Aloud Basics, you will find step-by-step instructions for reading aloud to your baby, recommended read-alouds and more.
"The Tale of Despereaux"
Author Kate DiCamillo won a Newbery Medal for this odd and engrossing fairy tale that has a lot in common with Grimm's fairy tales. This novel is distinctly different from DiCamillo's other two novels for children, "Because of Winn-Dixie" and "The Tiger Rising," although it is geared to same 8-12 year old age range.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make A Difference!
Make learning the importance of punctuation fun with Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make A Difference!, a children's book that is an outgrowth of author Lynne Truss's bestseller for adults: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make A Difference!
The Art of Reading
The Art of Reading: Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF’s 40th Anniversary was created to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). The Art of Reading is about children’s book art, the illustrators of children’s books, and the impact of favorite children’s books.
"Oliver Button Is a Sissy"
Tomie dePaola's picture book is about a boy who stands up to bullies, not by fighting but by continuing to do what he likes best, despite the teasing. I highly recommend it.
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
Mary Ann Hoberman's delightful children's picture book You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together encourages young readers to read aloud.
A Series of Unfortunate Events Boxed Set: The Complete Wreck (Books 1-13)
If your child is a big fan of Lemony Snicket and A Series of Unfortunate Events, the boxed set of all 13 books in the series might make an excellent birthday or holiday gift for your child. The boxed set of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is titled The Complete Wreck.
"America the Beautiful"
Chris Gall's striking illustrations give new meaning to the words of Katharine Lee Bates' poem "America the Beautiful." Yes, that's the same poem that was put to music by Samuel A. Ward and has become one of our country's most beloved songs.
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot
Kakapo Rescue is part of the Scientists in the Field nonfiction series for tweens and young teens. Sy Montgomery is the author of Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot, which is set in New Zealand and illustrated by wildlife photographer Nic Bishop.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
This book review of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, which is a terrific read aloud, includes information on the story, illustrationa, author, illustrator and more.
Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, Page
Learn all about Castle Diary by Richard Platt, which purports to be the thirteenth century journal of a child, 11 year old Tobias Burgess, and covers the year (1285) he spends as a page at the castle of his uncle.
Knitting Book - Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter is full of knitting patterns and instructions based on the Harry Potter series. The knitting book Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter has knitting patterns and instructions that older children, teens, and adults with a broad range of knitting ability, from beginning...
Because of Winn-Dixie
Read a review of the award-winning children's book Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, and learn about the children's movie version of the book.
Grandparents! is an entertaining and informative children's picture book about grandparents for young children. It would also make a good Grandparents Day gift.
Tomás and the Library Lady
Tomás and the Library Lady is a fictionalized account of the childhood experiences of a migrant worker who grew up to have a career as a writer and educator.
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games Book Review - The Hunger Games if the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It is a dystopian novel that will engage teens but is too dark for younger kids.
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games Book Review - The Hunger Games if the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. It is a dystopian novel that will engage teens but is too dark for younger kids.
A Story For Bear
Children's Picture Book Review: A Story for Bear is not only a charming children's picture book, but A Story for Bear also highlights for adults why reading books to babies and very small children is so important.
Teen Book Review: Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Impulse by young adult is a novel in verse for teens by Ellen Hopkins about teen suicide. Ellen Hopkins' teen book Impulse is a novel in verse about teen suicide, second chances, and the power of friendship.
This book, published in honor of the 40th anniversary of Keats' "The Snowy Day," contains the Caldecott Medal winner and nine other Keats' classics, as well as biographical information on Keats, who had a profound effect on children's literature.
Winner of Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, like The Invention of Hugo Cabret for which Brian Selznick won the Randolph Caldecott Medal, combines words and illustrations in a long work of children's fiction. Among children's books for ages 9 and up, The Invention of Hugo Cabret has been popular. The new children's book Wonderstruck seems likely to be...
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
Here's a review of 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving is a nonfiction children's book in picture book format that provides well-researched information and presents the information about the first Thanksgiving from several perspectives.
Christmas Is Here
Christmas Is Here is a children's picture book that is about a modern family's visit to a live Nativity scene and how it relates to the Bible story of the Nativity.
Richard Scarry's Best Christmas Book Ever!
A new edition of Richard Scarry's Best Christmas Book Ever! will delight young children. Children's books by Richard Scarry featuring the daily lives of the animals of Busytown have have delighted generations of children. Richard Scarry's Best Christmas Book Ever! includes stories, games, a craft activity and more.
And Then It's Spring
This review of And Then It's Spring provides an overview of the book - both the story and illustrations - plus author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Erin E. Stead.
By the Light of the Halloween Moon
By the Light of the Halloween Moon is a children's Halloween book. By the Light of the Halloween Moon is a Halloween picture book. If you are looking for Halloween picture books for ages 6-8, I recommend By the Light of the Halloween Moon.
Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs
Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar, was written and illustrated by photographer Nic Bishop. Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs is part of the Scientists in the Field Series of children's nonfiction books about scientists, science and nature.
Finn McCool and the Great Fish
Finn McCool and the Great Fish by Eve Bunting is a picture book retelling of the legend of Finn McCool from Irish Folklore. If you are looking for an entertaining Irish folktale for kids for St. Patrick's Day or anytime, I recommend Finn McCool and the Great Fish by Eve Bunting.
"Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury"
Here's a brief summary of Jan Brett's new Christmas collection of seven stories for children, complete with a guide rating and description.
One Crazy Summer
A coming of age story about an African-American family in the 1960s and the impact that their mother's leaving the family and later becoming involved in the Black Panthers had on 11-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters.
Crossing Stones by Helen Frost
Crossing Stones is a coming-of-age story, a young adult novel by Helen Frost, an historical novel set in 1917 and also a verse novel, a novel written in verse.
The Maze of Bones: 39 Clues
This review covers the first book in the 39 Clues series, The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan.
The Snake Scientist
The Snake Scientist is part of the excellent Scientists in the Field series of nonfiction children's science books. I recommend The Snake Scientist, as well as the other books in the Scientists in the Field series for ages 9-14.
The Wildlife Detectives
The Wildlife Detectives is a nonfiction children's book about science, specifically the investigation of forensic scientists fighting crimes against nature, part of the Scientists in the Field series. If you are looking for good books about science for your kids, I recommend The Wildlife Detectives and the other nonfiction children's books in...
Emily the Strange: The Lost Days (Emily the Strange Novel #1)
Emily the Strange - Emily the Strange: The Lost Days is Emily the Strange Novel # in the series about Emily the Strange. In addition to Emily the Strange: The Lost Days, the character Emily the Strange is featured in Emily the Strange comic books and graphic novels.
"This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort"
These poems were originally gathered to comfort New York City schoolchildren who witnessed the September 11 tragedy. Each poem has been illustrated by a well known children's picture book artist.
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
In this review of Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going learn why this has often been challenged by people who think the book should be banned or censored.
Tucker's Spooky Halloween
Tucker's Spooky Halloween includes a picture book, an audiobook and an animated version, all of which will appeal to 3 to 5 year olds.
The Hugo Movie Companion
The Hugo Movie Companion is a book about how the movie version of the award-winning book for middle readers, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, was made. Brian Selznick, the author and illustrator of the children's book also wrote this book about the making of the movie Hugo.
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith is a nonfiction book for young people about Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma Darwin. While Darwin is most know for his theory of evolution, the emphasis on this book focuses more on the everyday lives of Charles and Emma Darwin in 1800s England.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This review of the classic picture book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak for which he was awarded a Caldecott Medal for the book in 1964 covers the book's impact on the field of children's literature.
Countdown by Deborah Wiles is a work of historical fiction for ages 9-12 that takes place during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Countdown is Book One in The Sixties Trilogy.
Too Many Pumpkins
Too Many Pumpkins is a heartwarming Halloween picture book with nothing scary about it - no ghosts, goblins or any other symbols of the holiday other than Jack O'Lanterns.
I Am Too Absolutely Small For School
Learn all about I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child, a humorous tale featuring Charlie and his little sister, Lola.
Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night is an excellent poetry book for children that combines the nature poetry of Joyce Sidman with linocuts by Rick Allen and factual information about nocturnal animals that can be found in the woodland. Dark Emperor is both a book of poetry and a science book for kids. If you are looking for poetry books...
Teen Book Review: Tiger's Curse
The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck is a retelling of the traditional fairy tale about Beauty and the Beast. If you are looking for books like Twilight, then read this review of Tiger's Curse to find out why fans of Twilight will like it.
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Moon Over Manifest is an intriguing historical novel by Clare Vanderpool who received the 2011 John Newbery Medal for the book.
The Boy who was Raised by Librarians
Read this book review to find out about The Boy who was Raised by Librarians, an entertaining children's picture book that celebrates libraries and librarians.
Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit
Book Review - Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit is a collection of quotations by Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, illustrated with drawings by award-winning artist Kadir Nelson. The book review includes information as to why Change Has Come is a book for all ages, not just for children.
Here is a book review of the dark fantasy book New Moon, the second book in the Twilight series of books for teens by Stephenie Meyer. If you are a parent looking for more information about the Twilight series and New Moon, the second book in the Twilight series, read this book review of the teen book.
Inside Hurricanes is a good nonfiction book about hurricanes for middle grade readers. Written by Mary Kay Carson it includes fold-out pages, diagrams, photos and more.
Zora and Me
Zora and Me, a work of historical fiction for children, provides an interesting introduction to the chidhood and storytelling of young Zora Neale Hurston and the racial prejudice she encountered as an African American living in the South.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver, the book for teens by Lois Lowry for which she won the Newbery Medal has been both praised and challenged.
Learn about Celebrate Hanukkah, part of the National Geographic Society's nonfiction Holidays Around the World series of children's books about religious and cultural holidays.
Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak
Bumble-Ardy is a picture book by Maurice Sendak, the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children's picture books, including Where the Wild Things Are.
This book review of the dark fantasy book Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer is written for parents. Parents looking for more information about the Twilight series and Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight series, will find it here in this review of the teen book.
Children’s Books About Good Manners and Etiquette
These children’s books about etiquette and good manners include children’s books about good manners for young children and children’s etiquette books for older children and teens.
The Dreamer, historical fiction, for kids is by Pam Munoz Ryan and is based on the life of poet Pablo Neruda from Chile. Pam Munoz Ryan won the 2011 Pura Belpre Author Award for The Dreamer.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
If you are looking for a quirky fantasy for teens, I recommend Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a young adult book by Ransom Riggs.
This delightful picture book is about a busy day of fun and learning for the 20 four-year-olds who attend Little School. This book is perfect for the three- or four-year-old child who is starting (or going to) preschool, nursery school, or daycare.
Kiss Good Night
Here's a review of Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest, with illustrations by Anita Jeram, an excellent children's picture book for bedtime reading.
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them is presented as one of the textbooks that Harry Potter uses at school. Learn more about the book and Harry Potter School Books gift set in this review.
"A Story for Bear"
This delightful new picture book, a fantasy for 5-8 year olds, celebrates the joys of reading and friendship. The evocative story by Dennis Haseley and the illustrations by Jim LaMarche will engage children and adults alike.
Papa, Do You Love Me?
In the delightful children’s picture book Papa Do You Love Me?, author Barbara M. Joosse and artist Barbara Lavallee address the universal question asked by children across nations and cultures, “Papa, do you love me?”
Learn about the picture book City Signs by Zoran Milich, a talented photojournalist.
Inside Out & Back Again
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhaa Lai is a novel in verse based on the author's experiences as a ten year old, leaving war-torn Vietnam and coming to the U.S.
"City Signs," by award-winning photojournalist Zoran Milich, is a colorful collection of photographs featuring outdoor signs of all kinds. Three to six year olds will enjoy identifying the words illustrated.
"Conversations with J.K. Rowling"
This biography for children 9 to 11 is written in question and answer format and answers some of the questions that will be of particular interest to Harry Potter fans.
Poetry Matters: Writing A Poem From the Inside Out
In this book review, learn why Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out by Ralph Fletcher is a book I recommend for tweens and young teens about writing poetry.
Ralph Fletcher's "Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out" is an guide for 8-12 year old children who are eager to write their own poems. The author, a poet himself, emphasizes ideas, feelings, and images.
A Christmas Goodnight
Use A Christmas Goodnight to introduce young children to the story of the first Christmas and the relationship of a Nativity set to the Bible story of the birth of Jesus
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
The review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, Book 5 in the enormously popular series by Jeff Kinney, covers the story and more.
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
Schooled by Gordon Korman
This book review of Schooled, a humorous novel by Gordon Korman, covers what happens when a peace-loving boy, homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, has to cope with life and bullying in middle school and explains how the author uses humor to make some important points about bullying.
The Collector's Edition of "Harry Potter"
The collector's edition of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" might be the perfect gift for the dedicated Harry Potter fan.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is an entertaining Halloween picture book that can also be used as a beginning reader book.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Find out why The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a good choice for a mother/daughter book club discussion.
Harry Potter Boxed Set (Years I-IV)
This set of the first four Harry Potter books in hardbound editions comes with a sturdy and colorful cardboard slip case in which to keep the books.
Favorite Dr. Seuss Book - Readers Respond - Dr Seuss Books
Readers respond to the question, What is your favorite Dr Seuss book and why? This includes both children's books for beginning readers and picture books by Dr. Seuss. Share your favorite and leafn about other people's favorite Dr. Seuss books.
Hunger Games - Readers Respond to to First Book in Hunger Games Series
Readers respond to questions about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the first book in the Hunger Games series. Read responses to The Hunger Games and the Hunger Games series and share your opinions.
Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury
Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury is a beautiful oversize children's picture book, containing seven of her most popular winter and holiday children's stories. Read my book review to find out why Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury will not only delight your child, but the entire family as well. I recommend this Christmas collection by Jan Brett for the...
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Readers Opinions of Wimpy Kid Series
Readers respond to the question, What do you and your kids think of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series? Read what others say and share your opinion of the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.
A Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Poets
This review cover A Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Poets by Ralph Fletcher, an excellent books for tweens and teens interested in writing their own poems.
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is a classic children's picture book that can be enjoyed on several levels.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is an award-winning middle grade story that kids who like horror stories, sprinkled with humor and feeling, will enjoy.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
In this review of Stargirl, learn about how author Jerry Spinelli's novel sheds light on bullying and peer pressure.
Wheels of Change:
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
The Lion and the Mouse, one of Aesop's fables, adapted by Jerry Pinkney, is an extraordinary children's book for which Pinkney received the 2010 Caldecott Medal for picture book illustration.
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton has delighted children for 70 years. Read this review to learn what makes this picture book so special.
Dead End in Norvelt is a wild combination of the true and extravagant flights...
Dead End in Norvelt is a wild combination of the true and extravagant flights of imagination on the part of author Jack Gantos who received the 2012 Newbery Medal for this book of middle grade fiction.
The Hundred Dresses
Find out how The Hundred Dresses, an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes, for younger middle grade readers, effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
The Kissing Hand
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is not just a comforting picture book about starting school; find out why it provides comfort for any child in need of reassurance due to change or tragedy.
A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of the classic children's book by Madeleine L'Engle id full of extras that make it a "must have" for fans of the groundbreaking science fiction book.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle is a classic children's book, fantasy and science fiction that has remained popular for 50 years. Find out why in this book review.
Harry the Dirty Dog
Read this book review of Harry the Dirty Dog and find out why this children's books has been a favorite for more than 50 years.
Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Read this review to find out why Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss is both a popular children's picture book and a popular high school and college graduation gift
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
Read all about A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel and learn about the adaptation by Hope Larson of the classic science-fiction children's book by Madeline L’Engle.
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Miss Rumphius, a classic children's picture book By Barbara Cooney, the story of a little girl who grows up and achieves two of her three goals - to travel and to live by the sea - and now in her old age seeks to figure out and do the third: Make the world a more beautiful place.
Learn all about Isabella's Garden, a delightful children's picture book by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Read the book review of Wonder to learn what makes this novel so appealing to middle grade readers.
I Have A Dream
The I Have A Dream review of the children's picture book with portions of the speech by Martin Luther King Jr illustrated with dramatic paintings by Kadir Nelson, covers the text, illustrations and the extras.