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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.
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.
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.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is an excellent novel for ages 9-12. The book addresses such issues as identity, appearance, acceptance and bullying.
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 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.
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 about top teen books for boys from this list of popular teen books for teen 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.
Are the borrowers, the miniature people who live in the house's wall real or a story made up by an imaginative boy? That's the emphasis of The Borrowers by Mary Norton.
The Origami Yoda books by Tom Angleberger include a humorous juvenile fiction series for middle grade readers that is filled with middle school humor, friendship and confusion, plus an activity book.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Harry Potter controversy? With the release of each Harry Potter book for children has come controversy, challenges and book banning attempts.
Snakeopedia is a nonfiction book filled with colorful photos and information to interest kids who love snakes and science and want to know more about these fascinating reptiles.
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.
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.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and books.
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.
These children's picture books about gardens and gardening include city gardens and country gardens are the best I've found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
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.
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.
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.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
'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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
Links to lists of suggested books for children and teens that emphasize Hispanic and Latino culture and heritage, which can be read year-round.
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.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
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.
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 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.
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.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
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.
Here are 10 children's picture books and books for beginning readers by Dr. Seuss, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
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.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
The Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
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 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.
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.
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.
Chu's First Day of School is a humorous picture book I recommend for young children starting school for the first time.
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Author Lois Lowry received a Newbery Medal for two of her books: Number the Stars and The Giver.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
Learn about three recommended student dictionaries for middle school and older students.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
The 2014 September calendar of children's books includes recommended kids' books related to September occasions and events.
Doll Bones by Holly Black delivers a slightly spooky story for the middle grade reader with patience for a slow moving story.
D.E.A.R. is held annually on April 12, the birthday of children's book author Beverly Cleary.
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.
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.
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.
If you are looking for a book of hands-on activities to keep your curious 9 to 14 year olds entertained and learning over the the summer and beyond, I recommend
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.
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.
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.
Here are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
One of the nice things about summer is that many of us get to see more of our relatives, including parents and grandparents. The bond between grandparents and
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a summer reading list for teen girls. Refer to it to find the top reads of the season for teenage girls.
Kate DiCamillo was awarded the Newbery Medal for The Tale of Despereaux, an odd and engrossing fairy tale for ages 8-12 that has a lot in common with Grimm's fairy tales and is a great read aloud for younger children.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
What are the elements you'll find in traditional tales of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, sometimes also called The Three Bears, and what are some of the
Here is a review of the teen book Burned by popular author Ellen Hopkins, a novel in verse.
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.
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo is another in the Newbery Medal winning author's fiction for middle readers. It is a fascinating and mysterious novel for children.
I recommend The Wall by Eve Bunting for Memorial Day. This children's picture book is about a father and son's visit to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial - The Wall.
The All About Dr. Seuss directory contains links to all of my Seuss content, from book reviews to his bio.
Are you looking for descriptions and links to all of my summer reading resources, including summer reading lists, tips about encouraging reading, resources for
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.
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.
Here is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
Cynthia Rylant is an award winning author of children's books, several of which celebrate her roots in Appalachia.
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.
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire provides an excellent introduction to Greek mythology for kids 9 and up. Both the stories and the illustrations make this a very appealing children's book.
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.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel and the subject of both awards and challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
The October 2014 calendar of children's books includes recommended children's books related to October occasions and events, including Teen Read Week and Halloween.
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.
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.
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.
These children's picture books about libraries and libraries include books for preschoolers to middle schoolers.
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.
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.
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.
If you are looking for children's books about Thanksgiving, here are some recommended books, including picture books, stories about giving thanks and a nonfiction children's book about the first Thanksgiving in America.
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.
The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary is an illustrated account of the making of the movie by series author and Jeff Kinney provides a behind the scenes look at the casting and the making of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie and its relationship to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, the first book in the series
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.
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.
These childrens potty training books should make toilet training more fun for you and your toddler.
Nerd Camp, humorous fiction about a camp for very intelligent kids, will appeal to middle grade readers.
Learn all about The Chronicles of Prydain series, including an overview of the middle grade fantasy book series, publication information, information about the author, Lloyd Alexander, and more.
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.
Anne of Green Gables is a classic children's book, beloved by millions of children.
These books about bullies and bullying includes children's books for middle school readers and young adult books for teens.
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.
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 Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a picture book about the importance of saving the environment. Read the book review for a plot summary and age recommendations.
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.
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.
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.
Dystopian novels for teens are very popular. Check out this top picks list of dystopian books for fans of The Hunger Games series.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is a coming-of-age story about an African-American family in the 1960s and the impact that their mother's leaving the family and later becoming involved in the Black Panthers has had on 11-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters.
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.
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.