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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.
These 2015 summer reading lists for kids and teens are among the best. You'll find books for kids in elementary school, middle school, and high school.
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.
These reading lists of high interest-low readability (hi-lo) books - are for reluctant readers reading below grade level in grades 2-12.
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.
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.
Learn all about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, including Book 10, coming November 3, 2015.
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).
What is the Harry Potter controversy? With the release of each Harry Potter book for children has come controversy, challenges and book banning attempts.
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 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.
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.
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.
Celebrate the growing season with these children's picture books about gardens and gardening, which include city gardens and country gardens.
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First Day Jitters, a picture book about starting school, has a funny surprising twist at the end. It's fun for kids and teacher alike.
These Halloween board books will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. They are colorful and fun, not frightening, kids' books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
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.
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Remember the Ladies: 100 Great American Women is an excellent children's book, too good to limit to Women's History Month, but to be enjoyed all year.
Here are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
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.
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.
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.
A good cookbook for kids can make learning to cook fun while giving your children a head start in making a variety of dishes.
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere is the dramatic tale of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on a girl and her family in the Ninth Ward, New Orleans.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
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.
'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.
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.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
My 2015 September calendar of children's books includes recommended kids' books related to this month's events, including Library Card Sign-up Month..
During Latino Books Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month, share these books for kids and teens, but don't stop there. Share them year-round.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
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.
These 10 children's books by Dr. Seuss include picture books and books for beginning readers, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
Celebrate Earth Day and every day with The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. This picture book about what happens to the environment when greed takes over is a classic.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
Learn all about children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco: her life, her work and her picture books.
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 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.
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.
These children's Valentine's Day books include holiday picture books, as well as several pop-up books and books for beginning readers.
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.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and books.
Cinderella fairy tales can be found in many cultures and countries; learn about online and print resources on Grimm's, Perrault's and other versions.
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 Spiderwick Chronicles series is full of adventure and suspense. This series of children's fantasy novels is enormously popular with children seven and older.
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.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
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.
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?
Share these picture books about winter and snow, including Owl Moon and The Snowy Day, to cool off in the summer and celebrate the season in winter.
Learn about three recommended student dictionaries for middle school and older students.
The Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
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.
Here is a summer reading list for teen girls. Refer to it to find the top reads of the season for teenage girls.
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.
The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin is an award-winning nonfiction book for teen readers. The story follows the colorful and tragic life of the ambitious Benedict Arnold whose decision to help the British changed the outcome of the American Revolution.
The Berenstain Bears children's books have delighted children for decades. Learn about the books and their creators, Stan, Jan, and Mike Berenstain.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
For a unique graduation gift, I like these kids' books, from Dr. Seuss to Pete the Cat, for their illustrations, entertainment value, wit, and wisdom.
Celebrate Children's Book Week with your kids the first week in May by celebrating the written word by sharing books and reading aloud to one another.
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.
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.
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.
These fascinating children's books about spiders and bugs include an amusing informational picture book, a pop-up book and a 3D pocket guide.
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.
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.
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?
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A Woman in the House (and Senate) is the entertaining and informative story of some of the women who made history as members of the U.S. Congress.
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.
Chu's First Day of School is a humorous picture book I recommend for young children starting school for the first time.
Here is a book review of Monster, the award winning, and frequently challenged, young adult book for teens by Walter Dean Myers about an African American teen awaiting trial for murder.
What is the meaning of the phrase chapter book.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George is a Newbery Honor Book about a boy who runs away to live on his own in the woods.
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.
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.
In his book Stargirl, author Jerry Spinelli provides a good story and a lot of food for thought about bullying and peer pressure in this middle school classic.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel and the subject of both awards and controversy.
Learn all about Mother Goose rhymes, their value for children, and recommended children's books of nursery rhymes.
These books about bullies and bullying includes children's books for middle school readers and young adult books for teens.
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.
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.
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.
The Star Wars: Jedi Academy series now includes three books for middle grade readers who enjoy the humor and comics / journal / graphic novel format.
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.
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.
I am Too Absolutely Small for School, a humorous and clever Charlie and Lola children's picture book by Lauren Child, tells the story of Lola, who is scared about starting school.
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.
My August 2015 Calendar of Children's Books includes kids' books for this month's holidays and events, as well as books about starting school.
Find out about the life and Little House books of author Laura Ingalls Wilder when you read this 10 Facts article.
Circus Mirandus is a terrific magical fantasy for middle grade readers. Read this book review to find out what makes this story so special.
Here are the steps you need to take to find contact information, email or U.S. mail, for authors and illustrators of children's books whether or not the children's books authors and illustrators have Web sites.
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.
The October 2015 calendar of children's books includes recommended kids' books related to this month's occasions and events, including Bullying Prevention Month and Halloween.
Here are are children's books that teach children about voting, elections - local, state, and presidential - and the political process. These kids' books include both fiction and nonfiction.
Your child will enjoy, and benefit from, listening to children's audio books, and there are a great many audiobooks for children to choose from. Audio books are also known as audiobooks.
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.
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.
Beverly Cleary received the John Newbery Medal for her children's book Dear Mr. Henshaw, a humorous and touching brief novel about a boy dealing with his parents' divorce and other issues.
Definitions of graphic novels differ somewhat as these examples show. Many more children's books are being published as graphic novels.
What is a graphic memoir? Is it suitable for children? What about graphic nonfiction? Learn about these terms and their meanings.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is Book 5 in the enormously popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.
The children's picture books about the birth of Jesus on my list represent the best Christmas books for kids about the Nativity that I have found.
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.
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.
Cynthia Rylant is an award winning author of children's books, several of which celebrate her roots in Appalachia.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan is a popular series about a middle school student who learns he's the son of the Greek god Poseidon.
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous is gruesome, funny nonfiction that middle school students love. It is well-researched by Georgia Bragg, with funny illustrations by Kevin O'Malley.
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming is the dramatic true story of the life and mysterious disappearance of the famous female pilot.
Watch these five videos for recommended middle grade books and then use the reading lists to comparison shop online or to look for books at your local library or bookstore.
Absolutely Almost is the story of fifth grader Albie, who has to learn to deal with learning problems, loneliness, bullying and parental expectations.
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 books celebrate the United State of America, the Fourth of July, America the Beautiful, the Constitution and more.
Z is for Moose is a very funny ABC book by Kelly Bingham, with illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky. In this picture book review, find out what makes the book unique.
Jake Drake Bully Buster by Andrew Clements is a chapter book about how a second grader learns to cope with bullying and learns to get along with a bully.
Doll Bones by Holly Black delivers a slightly spooky story for the middle grade reader with patience for a slow moving story.
Here are some simple, yet effective, steps to take to encourage your child to read. These include finding children's books that relate to the child's interests, hi/lo books for the reluctant reader, read alouds and reading a book aloud with your child.
Little School by Beth Norling is a busy, cheerful children's picture book that highlights an active day of fun and learning for the 20 four year old children who attend the nursery school / preschool / daycare center. If you are looking for children's picture books about starting school, I recommend this one.
Hate List is the dramatic young adult novel by Jennifer Brown. This book review will provide information about this book of realistic teen fiction.
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 39 Clues book series is popular with kids ages 8-12. The series is full of adventure and mystery as a brother and sister try to save their family.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, with illustrations by Clement Hurd, is a classic children's picture book. Read this book review to find out why, after 65 years, it's still so popular.
The Little House is a classic children's picture book that has delighted young children for 70 years. Author and illustrator Virginia Lee Burton received the Randolph Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her illustrations for the book.
Tomie dePaola has illustrated or written and illustrated several hundred kids' books - folktales, nursery rhymes and books about his childhood.
Children's author Julius Lester and artist Jerry Pinkney bring African American folk hero John Henry to life in this Caldecott Honor Book.
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story of Iraq by Jeanette Winter, 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.
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.
The children's novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman is enormously popular with 8-12 year olds, resulting in a movie version of the book being released in 2009.
Here are five children's books about the Wright brothers that I recommend. They focus on inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright and the first airplane.
The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems are award-winning books for beginning readers that younger kids also enjoy as read alouds.
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.
If you are looking for children's books about Thanksgiving and giving thanks, here are some of the best, including picture books, stories about giving thanks and a nonfiction children's book about the first Thanksgiving in America.
Read this young adult book review on Speak, an award winning and frequently challenged book by Laurie Halse Anderson.