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These children's Valentine's Day books include holiday picture books, as well as several pop-up books and books for beginning readers.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
I Have A Dream is a children's picture book with portions of the famous speech by Martin Luther King Jr illustrated with dramatic paintings by Kadir Nelson, plus the words of the entire speech, and a CD.
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.
What is the Harry Potter controversy? With the release of each Harry Potter book for children has come controversy, challenges and book banning attempts.
My Fuzzy Valentine, a board book, features Elmo and his Sesame Street friends, lots of interesting textures and a Valentine's Day mystery.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) where your child can choose and read children's books for free from all over the world.
These Halloween board books will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. They are colorful and fun, not frightening, kids' books.
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.
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.
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.
Lois Ehlert's Snowballs features her distinctive photo collages. The picture book will appeal to children of all ages who enjoy playing in the snow and making snowmen and other snow creatures.
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.
These children's picture books about gardens and gardening include city gardens and country gardens are the best I've found.
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.
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.
'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.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The February 2015 Calendar of Children's Books covers kids' books related to this month's holidays and events, including author/illustrator birthdays.
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.
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport is a picture book about Martin Luther King, Jr. filled with his quotations and dramatic art of Bryan Collier.
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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.
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.
The January 2015 Calendar of Children's Books includes books about winter, Martin Luther King, the 100th day of school, plus kids' books by authors and illustrators with January birthdays.
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.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
These 10 children's books by Dr. Seuss include picture books and books for beginning readers, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
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 are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems consists of award-winning early readers that are excellent books for beginning readers.
A good cookbook for kids can make learning to cook fun while giving your children a head start in making a variety of dishes.
These books about writing poetry are for tweens and teens. They provide writing prompts, tips about writing poetry, poetry, and more.
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.
Learn all about children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco: her life, her work and her picture books.
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.
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.
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.
Find out about the life and Little House books of author Laura Ingalls Wilder when you read this 10 Facts article.
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.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and books.
Here is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
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.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
Photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. provide an excellent complement to the poem “My People” by Langston Hughes. This picture book edition is stunning.
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?
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.
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Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
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.
Learn about the John Newbery Medal for authors of children's books and current and recent Newbery Medal winners and Honor books.
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.
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.
Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest, with illustrations by Anita Jeram, is an excellent children's bedtime story, suited for a young child. Children's picture books like this one can help a child settle down for a good night's sleep.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is Book 5 in the enormously popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.
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.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The children's Valentine's Day picture book Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli, wonderfully illustrates the power of love and friendship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
From Harriet Tubman to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Dr. Ben Carson, here are children's books about African American freedom fighters from the era of slavery in America to the civil rights movement to today. If you are looking for a book for your child about heroes and heroines and African American history, take a look at these children's books about Black history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Cynthia Rylant is an award winning author of children's books, several of which celebrate her roots in Appalachia.
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.
Find out about the children's books and authors selected for the 2013 John Newbery Medal and Honor books.
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.
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.
Maurice Sendak's children's picture books, artwork and stories, have had a major impact on children's literature, with one book by Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, winning both a Caldecott Medal and complaints that it was too scary for young children.
Author Lois Lowry received a Newbery Medal for two of her books: Number the Stars and The Giver.
If you are looking for books about tornadoes for your children, here are some of the best nonfiction kids' books I've found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children's author Julius Lester and artist Jerry Pinkney bring African American folk hero John Henry to life in this Caldecott Honor Book.
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson is a fascinating, and beautifully illustrated, children's history book.
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.
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.
Here is a list of dark fantasy books for teens who like Twilight. Refer to this list to find dark fantasy books for teens. Check out these teen books like Twilight.
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.
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.
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.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is a young adult book about a soldier's view of the Vietnam War.
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.
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.
Learn all about the Randolph Caldecott Medal, the most prestigious award in the U.S. that an artist can receive for illustration of children's picture books, and the current and recent winners.
These children's books about the Titanic include nonfiction and one fictional account of the history and sinking of the huge ship in 1912
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.
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.
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.
What is the meaning of the phrase chapter book.
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.
Snowy Valentine - Children's Picture Book
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.
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.
How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied, Book One in the My Life is a Zoo series, is full of humor. It will appeal to middle grade readers.
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.
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.
The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry is an excellent collection of poems and is a children's book that will appeal to kids and adults alike.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Children's book publisher Albert Whitman & Company is known for publishing the Boxcar Children series. Albert Whitman & Company is also known for publishing multicultural children's books and children's concept books about such difficult concepts as dealing with bullies, divorce, and illness and other difficult situations. If you are an author interested in getting published, this information will help you.
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.