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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 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 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).
Learn about top teen books for boys from this list of popular teen books for teen boys.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is an excellent novel for ages 9-12. The book addresses such issues as identity, appearance, acceptance and bullying.
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.
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.
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.
These children's picture books about gardens and gardening include city gardens and country gardens are the best I've found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is a classic children's picture book about s country bunny whose dream of becoming an Easter Bunny came true.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
Learn about the reasons for the popularity of the Diary of a Wimpy KId series and other books by Jeff Kinney and read a summary and publication information for each book.
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.
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is a classic fantasy novel, one which appeals to readers from 9 to 90. Here are several editions of The Hobbit that children 9 and older and teens will find particularly appealing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Giver, the book for teens by Lois Lowry for which she won the Newbery Medal, has received multiple awards. It has also been challenged because of the role of suicide and euthanasia in the society portrayed in this fantasy young adult novel.
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.
First Day Jitters is a picture book about starting school with a surprising twist at the end of the book. Julie Danneberg is the author and Judy Love the illustrator. This children's book is both fun for kids and a good gift for a new teacher.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and books.
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.
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 Spiderwick Chronicles series is full of adventure and suspense. This series of children's fantasy novels is enormously popular with children seven and older.
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.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
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.
Here is a summer reading list for teen girls. Refer to it to find the top reads of the season for teenage girls.
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.
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'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.
My 2014-2015 school year calendar of children's books contains articles, book reviews and reading lists related to each month's holidays and events.
Links to lists of suggested books for children and teens that emphasize Hispanic and Latino culture and heritage, which can be read year-round.
Learn all about Mother Goose rhymes, their value for children, and recommended children's books of nursery rhymes.
Here are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
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.
What is the Harry Potter controversy? With the release of each Harry Potter book for children has come controversy, challenges and book banning attempts.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
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.
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.
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.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
If you are looking for children's Halloween books that will entertain, not frighten your child, here are some children's books, including several featuring popular characters, that your children will enjoy. One is a children's science book about pumpkins. One is a beginning reader book; one is a joke book and one a nonfiction book about Halloween. The rest of these are Halloween picture books that are good read alouds. Keep scrolling down until you see all 17 of the books
The July 2014 Calendar of Children's Books includes kids' books for the Fourth of July, author and illustrator birthdays and more.
A good cookbook for kids can give your children a head start in learning to cook. If you are looking for one for your child, I recommend these children's cookbooks.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
Summer Reading Resources: Here are tips, reading lists and advice on encouraging your kids and teens to read during the summer. Use these summer reading resources to find appropriate books for your kids, from younger children to teens, and find ways of encouraging summer reading.
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.
Where Things Come Back, the debut novel by John Corey Whaley, has won several young adult book awards for excellence in books for teens.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake is full of mystery, adventure and comedy in a coming of age story set in 1871, featuring a feisty 13 year old girl.
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By the Light of the Halloween Moon is a children's picture book. Read my review to find out why I recommend it.
These childrens potty training books should make toilet training more fun for you and your toddler.
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Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is a young adult book about a soldier's view of the Vietnam War.
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.
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.
When looking for a children's picture book for your child, look for books illustrated by artist Jerry Pinkney. He won the 2010 Caldecott Medal and has created numerous Caldecott Honor Books and is the recipient of a number of other awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award, for his watercolor illustrations of children's picture books.
If your child is one of the children who love the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, a book by one of the following children's authors may be just the ticket: C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, Madeline L'Engle, Diana Wynne Jones, P.L. Travers, and Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The August 2014 Calendar of Children's Books includes kids' books for this month's holidays and events, as well as books about starting school.
Here are 10 children's picture books and books for beginning readers by Dr. Seuss, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel and the subject of both awards and challenges.
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?
Learn about three recommended student dictionaries for middle school and older students.
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.
'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.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
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.
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.
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 Carrot Seed, children's picture book by Ruth Krauss, with Illustrations by Crockett Johnson, has remained in print since 1945. Read this book review to find out why this book has become a classic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timothy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is the humorous debut middle grade novel by cartoonist Stephan Pastis.
I am Too Absolutely Small for School, a humorous and clever children's picture book by Lauren Child, tells the story of Lola, who is scared about starting school and her brother Charlie, who convinces her she needs to go by giving her imaginative and wacky reasons why.
This annotated lit of recommended steampunk books for teens includes ten steampunk novels for teens.
Lauren Oliver's book Delirium is a novel about a dystopian society where love is forbidden and feared. Learn more about Delirium and young adult author Lauren Oliver in this teen book review.
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.
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.
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.
Dystopian novels for teens are very popular. Check out this top picks list of dystopian books for fans of The Hunger Games series.
In this interview with Jon Scieszka, you will learn all about the popular author's views on books for boys and encouraging boys to read, writing and creativity, and more. Jon Scieszka is the nation's first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and founder of Guys Read, a literacy program. Scieszka is the author of numerous children's picture books, including The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, as well as the Time Warp Trio chapter book series.
Here is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
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.
Listening to audio versions of children's books - children's audio books - is a great way to pass the time at home or when your family is traveling, especially during a long car or plane ride. Here are some audiobooks I recommend.
Author Lois Lowry has written more than thirty books for children and young adults. Lois Lowry received a Newbery Medal for two of her books: Number the Stars and The Giver, a young adult book.
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.
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.
Find out when Children’s Book Week, which is administered by the Children’s Book Council, is celebrated in the United States and what the purpose of Children’s Book Week is.
The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull is a popular five-book fantasy series for kids in upper elementary and middle school.
These books about bullies and bullying includes children's books for middle school readers and young adult books for teens.
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.
Mirabelle, a Boston terrier, and her owner, Mr. Muller have fun on their walks in this board book series of children's books, each of which is known as A Happy Dog Adventure.
Flora & Ulysses is a humorous, and poignant, middle grade novel for which author Kate DiCamillo was awarded the 2014 John Newbery Medal.
Read Current Banned Book report to learn about the present state of book censorship, particularly challenged and banned children's books and young adult books.
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?
If you are looking for children's Valentine's Day books, here are some holiday picture books that make good read-alouds and some children's Valentine's books for beginning readers.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is Book 5 in the enormously popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.
Learn all about C. S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia, the classic fantasy novels for children by C.S. Lewis. Find out about the movie versions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspain and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
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.
Mockingjay is book 3 of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and this book review includes a summary of the story and age recommendation for 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 Caldecott award-winning children's picture books by author and illustrator Robert McCloskey that are set in Maine are wonderful. Read about his three Maine Caldecott winners.
Who is Lemony Snicket, the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the wildly popular series of children's books for 8-12 year olds?
Doll Bones by Holly Black delivers a slightly spooky story for the middle grade reader with patience for a slow moving story.
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.
Here is an overview of The Mortal Instruments series, an urban fantasy series for teens by Cassandra Clare.
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.
What is the meaning of the phrase chapter book.
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.
The children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was published in 1900. Since this children's book was published, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has become a classic Find out why L. Frank Baum considered The Wonderful Wizard of Oz a new American fairy tale.
Learn all about the Twilight series with this parent’s guide to the popular young adult book series. Read this guide to find out more about the dark fantasy romance teens and tweens are 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.
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.
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.
Here is an author profile of James Patterson who wrote the popular teen book series Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch and Wizard.
As a parent or teacher of young children, you are probably aware that picture books and chapter books about Marc Brown's Arthur the aardvark are tremendously popular. Find out why and learn about Arthur and his father.
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.
Check out this review for City of Bones, an urban fantasy book that is Book One in The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.
Simply in Season Children's Cookbook is a good book for families worried about childhood obesity and
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 the John Newbery Medal for authors of children's books and current and recent Newbery Medal winners and Honor books.
Here are fast facts about Blue Apple Books, publishers of children's books. Included is an overview of Blue Apple Books, a list of some of their children's books and submission guidelines for writers and artists interested in getting published.
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney is an extraordinary book. Jerry Pinkney retells one of the well-known Aesop's Fables as a wordless picture book. As the 2010 Randolph Cadecott Medal winner, Pinkney was recognized for excellence in children's book illustration.
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.
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?
Starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1, you'll find fast facts about the 7 books in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and related resources.
The Ballpark Mysteries series by David A. Kelly, early chapter books illustrated by Mark Meyers, features mysteries that take place in different Major League ballparks and are solved by young cousins Mike and Kate.
The 2014 September calendar of children's books includes recommended kids' books related to September occasions and events.
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.
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.
Learn about the nonprofit organization Reading Is Fundamental, commonly known as RIF, and the online resources it provides.