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What do Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss and Theo. Lesieg have in common? What is the relationship between the three and what does it have to do with children's books?
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is an excellent novel for ages 9-12. The book addresses such issues as identity, appearance, acceptance and bullying.
Learn about top teen books for boys from this list of popular teen books for teen boys.
The Hunger Games Book Review - The Hunger Games is 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.
These 2014 summer reading lists for kids and teens are among the best. You'll find children's books and books for teens - books for elementary school, middle school, and high school ages.
These 10 children's books by Dr. Seuss include picture books and books for beginning readers, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
Dr. Seuss books, both picture books and beginning readers, such as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, are all great read aloud.
Ten lists of high interest-low readability books for reluctant readers (reading below grade level, not interested in books at their level) in grades 2-12.
What is the Harry Potter controversy? With the release of each Harry Potter book for children has come controversy, challenges and book banning attempts.
The All About Dr. Seuss directory contains links to all of my Seuss content, from book reviews to his bio.
If you are trying to find children's books for very young children, here's some advice. Board books, wordless books, and picture books are among the kids' books that young children enjoy. Read a book to your child every day, using library books as well as books you've purchased.
Here's an annotated list of recommended children's poetry books, including books of poems for children featuring traditional poems, concrete poetry, and nature poetry for children. In addition to the books of poems, you'll also find children's books about writing poetry.
Learn all about the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) where your child can choose and read children's books for free from all over the world.
Before you select a book of fairy tales for your child, get information on scholarly research and versions of popular Grimm's fairy tales, such as Cinderella, which were originally written for adult audience and not for a child. Now, some of the most popular children's books are based on the fairy tales by the brothers Grimm.
These children's picture books about gardens and gardening include city gardens and country gardens are the best I've found.
Read this book review of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak to find out why this children's picture book has become a classic since Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the book and why this book has had a lasting impact on children's literature.
These children's picture books about starting school are among the best I could find for reassuring kids starting preschool, daycare, kindergarten or first grade.
My March 2015 calendar of children's books features books for St. Patrick's Day, Dr. Seuss's birthday, Women's History Month and more.
Here are recommended children’s books of Irish folktales and fairy tales, kids' books for St. Patrick's Day or any day you are looking for children's books of tales from Ireland that are excellent read-alouds, that you and your children can enjoy together, and enjoyable reading for independent readers.
These books of historical fiction for middle grade readers are all award-winning children's books for kids within the Grades 4-8 range (upper elementary and middle school).
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a classic picture book about the importance of saving the environment. My book review includes a summary, age recommendation.
You Are (Not) Small, a funny picture book, won the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for beginning reader books. Two 2015 Geisel Honor Books were selected.
The Lightning Thief book review of the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series provides an overview, age recommendations and information about why it's so popular.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Book 4 summary covers the fourth book in the popular humorous middle grade / middle school series by Jeff Kinney.
Learn all about children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco: her life, her work and her picture books.
If you are looking for a picture book for your child that children love to look at and hear again and again, try The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, one of his many popular children's picture books. Your child will enjoy hearing the story again and again.
I recommend these ten children's picture books about the death of a pet. These books are for children between the ages of 3 and 12.
Librarians Recommend Books for Boys - If you are looking for books for boys, get recommendations from those who know what appeals to boys - librarians. These recommended reading lists of children's books for boys are made up of books that librarians have found boys particularly enjoy.
101 Great Science Experiments: A Step-by-Step Guide provides a variety of hands-on experiments for tweens and young teens. DK Publishing is the publisher of the book.
Whether you are looking for children's picture books about the Christian celebration of Easter or children's picture books about the Easter Bunny, I have a Children's Easter picture book for your child.
These five children's books are board book versions of classics for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. A board book is sturdy enough to be handled by a very young child.
'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,' the second book in the Wimpy Kid series, is a very funny book for tweens and young teens.
Find out about versions of Cinderella fairy tales that can be found in many cultures and countries, and take a look at online and print resources on the versions of Grimm's fairy tales, Charles Perrault, and others. There are many children's books available featuring versions of the fairy tale from different cultures and time periods.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
Here is a teen books list of modern fairy tales for teen girls. This booklist of fairy tale retellings is sure to appeal to teen girls.
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. It is a book children love to read (or listen to) again and again.
These children's Valentine's Day books include holiday picture books, as well as several pop-up books and books for beginning readers.
Read about Books #1-28 in the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne and make a copy of the book list of the popular kids' books to take with you to your local library or bookstore.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney is book four in the series. If you are looking for wacky middle school humor for tweens, you'll find it with this series.
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Children's Books - Bedtime board books may be just what you need to encourage your child to go to bed, such as Goodnight Moon and A Child's Good Night Book by Margaret Wise Brown, and Mem Fox's Time for Bed, as well as other delightful children's books for very young children.
These books about writing poetry are for tweens and teens. They provide writing prompts, tips about writing poetry, poetry, and more.
If you are looking for children's Halloween books that will entertain younger kids, here are some children's books, including several featuring popular characters, that your children will enjoy.
I recommend Chicka Chicka Boom Boom if you are looking for a fun alphabet book for your children, from babies to six-year-olds. It's a children's rhyming alphabet picture book by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault that is an excellent read aloud.
The Giver, the book for teens by Lois Lowry for which she won the Newbery Medal, has received multiple awards as well as challenges. A movie version comes out August 15, 2014.
A good cookbook for kids can make learning to cook fun while giving your children a head start in making a variety of dishes.
Here are children's books filled with colorful illustrations Mother Goose Rhymes and other rhymes and fun for little ones. If you have a small child, a book of rhymes should appeal to them.
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is a classic fantasy novel and here are several editions that children 9 and older and teens will find particularly appealing.
What is Read Across America and what does it have to do with Dr Seuss? Who started Read Across America and why does it feature Dr. Seuss? What does it have to do with children's books?
Here are some tips to help you read aloud to your child using a variety of children's books, including picture books, classics, chapter books, and other children's books that make great read alouds.
Find out about the life and Little House books of author Laura Ingalls Wilder when you read this 10 Facts article.
The Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year is an annotated directory of annual lists of books selected by About.com Children's Books Expert.
Here are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
Here is an American literature list of some of the best clasic novels for teens. Check out this recommended list classic American novels for high school students.
Your Favorite Seuss is a collection of Dr. Seuss stories, originally published individually as picture books or beginning reader books, all of which were written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel, writing as Dr Seuss.
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.
Why is there book banning and censorship of children's books? Why do some people want to ban or censor books, including children's books and young adult books (YA books), such as the Harry Potter series?
My 2015 calendar of children's books provides information and links to my monthly calendars that feature kids' books for each month's holidays / events.
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These Halloween board books will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. They are colorful and fun, not frightening, kids' books.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and books.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
What are the current trends in children's literature. Find out from Guide Elizabeth Kennedy's interview with the 2013 president of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the ALA.
The Spiderwick Chronicles series is full of adventure and suspense. This series of children's fantasy novels is enormously popular with children seven and older.
If your child is a reluctant reader who never seems to find a book he or she likes there are a lot of helpful available resources, including hi-lo books.
Here is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
Latino and Hispanic culture and heritage are the focus of these awards, books and reading lists of suggested books for children and teens, all of which are too good to be read only during Hispanic Heritage Month.
The I Love You Book by Todd Parr stresses to children how much they are loved. It's the first in my list of 5 recommended Valentine's Day board books.
If you are looking for recommended children's picture books that are set in the winter and feature snow, I recommend these children's picture books about winter and snow.
The 2015 John Newbery Medal winner and the 2015 Newbery Honor Books are on this list, as well as all the Newbery Medal winners from 1922 to the present.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
Finding children's books that will reinforce the concept of females, including girls, as being strong and resourceful, is not always easy. These children's books resources will be helpful whether you are looking for one special children's book for your child or many children's books.
Mockingjay is book 3 of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and this book review includes a summary of the story and an age recommendation for readers. With the release of the movie version, there is renewed interest in the book.
Read about The Gruffalo, a children's picture book by Julia Donaldson, in this book review and learn why it is such a good read aloud for young children.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is Book 5 in the enormously popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.
While The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is 500+ pages long and a novel for ages 9-14, more than half of the pages are illustrations, a unique and appealing format that earned Selznick the Caldecott Medal.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
Here is a reading list of books for reluctant readers who are teens. These books for teens have all been on one of the American Library Associations lists of quick picks for reluctant young adult readers.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is a young adult book about a soldier's view of the Vietnam War.
The Story of Ferdinand, a gentle bull, is a classic children's picture book by Munro Leaf that has been popular for more than 75 years.
Children's picture books about cars, trucks, and diggers are very appealing to kids. Here you'll find an annotated booklist of recommended children’s picture books about them to help you find the perfect book for your child.
Here is a review of the award-winning novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Learn more about this Michael L. Printz Honor book for mature teens and adults.
These children's poetry books by Jane Yolen focus on nature and are illustrated with color photographs by Jason Stemple.
Kate DiCamillo's first children's novel, Because of Winn-Dixie, was a 2001 Newbery Honor Book. Read a review of the children's book and learn about the movie version.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney is book three in the series. If you are looking for middle school humor for tweens and young teens, I recommend this book and the other books in the series.
Little Golden Books are among the all-time bestselling children's books. Read about the history of the books and about who's publishing them now.
There's a Magic Tree House Fact Tracker, a research guide that's a companion nonfiction book for many of the books in the Magic Tree House fiction series, with both the fiction and nonfiction books targeting young independent readers.
Reading poetry books for children that contain poems for two or more voices is a great way to help children learn to enjoy the spoken word and gain fluency in reading aloud. They will also enjoy working together as they read these childrens poetry books, and dramatically present the poems for two or more voices.
Learn about the John Newbery Medal for authors of children's books and current and recent Newbery Medal winners and Honor books.
If you're looking for middle grade fiction with humor and heart, I recommend Schooled, a novel by Gordon Korman, about what happens when a peace-loving boy, homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, has to cope with life and bullying in middle school.
Read my Current Banned Book report to learn about the present state of book censorship, particularly challenged and banned children's books and young adult books.
A school visit by the author or illustrator of a children's book can be an event that encourages an interest in reading the book and writing on the part of each child involved.
Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss is not only a popular picture book that children love for its imaginative illustrations and story, it is also a popular graduation gift, appreciated for its positive message.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
Children's author Julius Lester and artist Jerry Pinkney bring African American folk hero John Henry to life in this Caldecott Honor Book.
The February 2015 Calendar of Children's Books covers kids' books related to this month's holidays and events, including author/illustrator birthdays.
The Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
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.
Learn all about Mem Fox, the internationally published Australian children's book author and literacy consultant. Her picture books delight young children and her book about how a child learns to read and how parents can help, Reading Magic, will greatly benefit adults.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a huge favorite with kids 2-5 years old. Read this review of the board book edition to find out why.
Learn how books #29 and up in the Magic Tree House Series differ from Book #1-28 and why they are known as Magic Tree House Merlin Missions.
Funny Boys! Books for Fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series includes 10 recommended books for middle grade, including middle school, readers who enjoy humorous books like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
Mary Ann Hoberman's delightful children's picture book You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together contains very short, and funny, story poems to read together. This children's picture book of story poems,illustrated by Michael Emberley, should appeal to even the reluctant reader.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is one of several children's picture books featuring the lovable laid-back cat who sings his way through life rather than being upset when things go wrong.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
Here are several reading lists for teens to help parents find books for teenagers to read this summer, as well as year round, including lists for audio books, reluctant teen readers, and other teen books.
These children's books are collections of short stories about winter and more. For example, The Winter Book, an anthology, contains short stories, essays about winter holidays, artwork, and music.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan is a popular middle grade fantasy series about a middle school student and his adventures when he learns he is a demigod.
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.
Author Lois Lowry received a Newbery Medal for two of her books: Number the Stars and The Giver.
Find the perfect book for your child by taking a look at the work of award winning children's author and illustrator Tomie dePaola, who has illustrated or written and illustrated more than 200 children's books, including folktales, Mother Goose rhymes, Bible stories, books about Stregna Nona, and his own life at 26 Fairmount Avenue.
Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss is one of several children's books that make excellent gifts for graduates. If you are looking for a unique graduation gift for a high school or college graduate, I recommend these children's books for their illustrations, entertainment value, wit, and wisdom.
Learn all about C. S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia, the classic fantasy novels for children, which include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as movie versions of some of the books.
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt is the book you want if you are looking for middle grade fiction that combines humor and history, in this case, 1967.
Divergent by Veronica Roth is a new trilogy for fans of The Hunger Games. Here is a teen book review on Divergent,the first book in a new dystopian trilogy by debut author Veronica Roth.
If you are looking for a family gift, I recommend the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook, with tasty recipes inspired by children's books by Dr. Seuss.
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney is an extraordinary wordless picture book adaptation of an Aesop's fable for which Pinkney won the 2010 Randolph Cadecott Medal winner for children's book illustration.
Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day is one of a number of children's picture books about the first 100 days of school / kindergarten and 100th day celebrations in kindergarten and in other elementary school classes. Many schools count the first 100 days of school / kindergarten, share children's books like Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day about the 100 days, and have a 100th day of school party on the 100th day.
Photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. provide an excellent complement to the poem “My People” by Langston Hughes. This picture book edition is stunning.
Book Review: First Grade Jitters by Robert Quackenbush is the story of a little boy who is worried about what it will be like when he starts first grade.
Doll Bones by Holly Black delivers a slightly spooky story for the middle grade reader with patience for a slow moving story.
The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems consists of award-winning early readers that are excellent books for beginning readers.
Dragon’s Gate by Laurence Yep blends Chinese and American history in 1867 in this coming-of-age novel, part of the series Golden Mountain Chronicles.
The strong oral tradition in Ireland has resulted in the preservation of Irish folk and fairy tales over the centuries, to the benefit of children's literature. Tales from Old Ireland is one of a variety of children's books of Irish folk and fairy tales.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel and the subject of both awards and challenges.
The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert, about making books, is on my list of the Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2014.
Ruth and the Green Book is a picture book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, with illustrations by Floyd Cooper. Set in the 1950s, this work of historical fiction about racism during the Jim Crow era, tells the story of one African American family, the problems they encounter and their use of the Green Book during a car trip to the South.
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is a stirring middle grade novel, written by Mildred D. Taylor, about a black family in the South during the Depression. Read the book review to learn about the author, the book and read a summary of the plot.
If you are looking for books about tornadoes for your children, here are some of the best nonfiction kids' books I've found.
If you are looking for children's books about heroes and heroines and African American history, take a look at these children's books about Black history.
Here is a quick pick list of audio books for teens. Many of these audiobooks for teenagers are Odyssey award winners, recognized the high quality of the audio versions.
World Read Aloud Day focuses attention on the need for literacy worldwide and the impact parents can have on their children's literacy by reading aloud children's books to them.
Mildred Wirt Benson's role as the writer of the text of 23 of the first 25 Nancy Drew books under the direction of Edward Stratemeyer of the Stratemeyer Syndicate wasn't revealed to the public for 50 years. Benson was well known in the midwest as a journalist, and Carolyn Keene was the name given as the author of the Nancy Drew books. The Nancy Drew series has been popular for many years. Has your child read a Nancy Drew book?
The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease, is a good book for parents and others wanting to know why it's important to read aloud to their children, recommended books to read to their children and how to read aloud to their kids.
Oliver Button Is a Sissy, a children's picture book, is based on the childhood experiences of Tomie dePaola, who was bullied for taking dancing lessons.
The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron
Book Review: A Story for Bear is not only a charming children's picture book, but it also highlights for adults why reading books to babies and very small children is so important.
Room on the Broom, the delightful picture book by Julia Donaldson, with illustrations by Alex Scheffler, is an excellent read aloud, just like their rhyming book The Gruffalo and is particularly fun for Halloween story times.
This is a book review of Twilight, the first book in the Twilight Saga. The review is designed to answer parents' questions and concerns about Twilight.
I recommend these Mother Goose board books for their nursery rhymes and illustrations that very young children, babies, toddlers and preschoolers, will enjoy when you read aloud to your child.
In the 15 years since the publication in the U.S. of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, how popular has the Harry Potter series become. Check out the popularity statistics and find out what else has changed. Page 2.
Cynthia Rylant is an award winning author of children's books, several of which celebrate her roots in Appalachia.
Author Kate DiCamillo has won numerous awards for her children's books, including a Newbery Medal and Newbery honors and being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in 2014.
The Hunger Games Trilogy consists of three dystopian young adult novels: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The three YA books appeal to both teens and adults and have been popular with reluctant readers who read well but generally aren't that interested in reading.
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson is a fascinating, and beautifully illustrated, children's history book.
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is an annual award that recognizes excellence in beginning reader books.
Catching Fire is Book Two in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This book review includes information about the story and the recommended age level for readers.
Frequently asked questions about dystopian novels for teens. These novels portray a dark and grim world where citizens are oppressed by the government.
These children's books about the Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year provide a colorful look at New Year's celebrations in San Francisco's Chinatown, in New York's Chinatown, in Korea and in China. These books for kids all contain interesting information about the symbols and activities that are a part of the 15-day celebration.