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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.
Learn about top teen books for boys from this list of popular teen books for teen boys.
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.
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.
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.
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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).
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is an excellent novel for ages 9-12. The book addresses such issues as identity, appearance, acceptance and bullying.
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.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
These reading lists of high interest-low readability (hi-lo) books - are for reluctant readers reading below grade level in grades 2-12.
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.
Celebrate the growing season with these children's picture books about gardens and gardening, which include city gardens and country gardens.
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.
Learn all about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, including Book 10, coming November 3, 2015.
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.
What is the Harry Potter controversy? With the release of each Harry Potter book for children has come controversy, challenges and book banning attempts.
Here are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
Here 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.
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.
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 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.
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 10 children's books by Dr. Seuss include picture books and books for beginning readers, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
Here is a summer reading list for teen girls. Refer to it to find the top reads of the season for teenage girls.
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.
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There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A good cookbook for kids can make learning to cook fun while giving your children a head start in making a variety of dishes.
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 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.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
The award-winning poetry books for children by Joyce Sidman stress nature and science and are beautifully illustrated by a variety of artists.
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.
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.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
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 Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems are award-winning books for beginning readers that younger kids also enjoy as read alouds.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and 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 2015 calendar of children's books provides information and links to my monthly calendars that feature kids' books for each month's holidays / events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get and keep your reluctant readers reading daily, particularly during the summer by using the dipping strategy and challenges.
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.
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.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
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.
Celebrate spring, summer, fall and winter with these illustrated children's poetry books about the seasons.
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.
'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.
Chu's First Day of School is a humorous picture book I recommend for young children starting school for the first time.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
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.
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.
Lillian's Right to Vote is a picture book about the history of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 told through the eyes of an elderly woman on her way to vote.
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.
The Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
The July 2015 Calendar of Children's Books includes summer reading lists, kids' books for the Fourth of July, author / illustrator birthdays and more.
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.
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.
These children's Valentine's Day books include holiday picture books, as well as several pop-up books and books for beginning readers.
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.
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.
Dystopian novels for teens are very popular. Check out this top picks list of dystopian books for fans of The Hunger Games series.
Maisy Goes to Preschool, A Maisy First Experiences Book, by Lucy Cousins is a cheerful picture book about the mouse's happy day at preschool.
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.
What is the meaning of the phrase chapter book.
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.
Learn all about Mother Goose rhymes, their value for children, and recommended children's books of nursery rhymes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about three recommended student dictionaries for middle school and older students.
Here is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
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.
The All About Dr. Seuss directory contains links to all of my Seuss content, from book reviews to his bio.
These children's books celebrate the United State of America, the Fourth of July, America the Beautiful, the Constitution and more.
These Dr. Seuss books appeal to beginning readers because of their controlled vocabularly and engaging contents. Young kids enjoy them as read alouds.
Roller Girl will appeal to kids who enjoy graphic novels with a good story about friendship and growing up; the roller derby emphasis is also appealing.
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.
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman is both a beginning reader book for beginning readers and a good book to read aloud to children two years old and up. It is a book children love to read (or listen to) again and again.
These books about bullies and bullying includes children's books for middle school readers and young adult books for teens.
Anne of Green Gables is a classic children's book, beloved by millions of children.
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 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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
These childrens potty training books should make toilet training more fun for you and your toddler.
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.
These books about writing poetry are for tweens and teens. They provide writing prompts, tips about writing poetry, poetry, and more.
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.
This is a book review of Twilight, the first book in the Twilight Saga. The review is designed to answer parents' questions and concerns about Twilight.
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.
Harold and the Purple Crayon is a classic children's picture book,
The Star Wars: Jedi Academy series now includes three books for middle grade readers who enjoy the humor and comics / journal / graphic novel format.
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night is a terrific children's poetry book about nocturnal woodland animals that combines poetry, artwork and science.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger was a groundbreaking novel for teens when it was first published in 1951. It is now a controversial classic.
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.
The cover artwork for the Scholastic edition of cover artwork and the cover artwork for the Bloomsbury Publishing editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are quite different. Compare the covers of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Summer Reading Resources: Here are tips, reading lists of good books and advice on encouraging your kids and teens to read during the summer.
These children's Easter picture books, the 12 best I've found, feature stories and illustrations about the Easter Bunny, the Easter Bible story and spring.
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.
If you are looking for good children's books about Abraham Lincoln, I have some biographies to recommend, including Lincoln Shot: A President Remembered, Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, and three other top picks.
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.
Learn all about children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco: her life, her work and her picture books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is The Hobbit appropriate for kids? If so, for what ages is this fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien appropriate? Is it a good book to read aloud? Learn all that and more from this book review.
Frequently asked questions about dystopian novels for teens. These novels portray a dark and grim world where citizens are oppressed by the government.
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.
Here are a dozen ways to save money at your public library by checking out children's books, audiobooks, DVDs, eBooks, enjoying free programs and more.
If you are looking for books about tornadoes for your children, here are some of the best nonfiction kids' books I've found.
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.
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.
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.
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere is a middle grade novel about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on a ten year old girl and her family living in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.
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.
Discovery Sharkopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Shark is a great book for Shark Week and any other time your kids want to learn more about sharks.
In the wildly imaginative children's books of Roald Dahl, strange and wonderful things happen. Among his most well-known children's books are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach.