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These children's books celebrate the United State of America, America the Beautiful, Independence Day, the Constitution and more.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Learn about top teen books for boys from this list of popular teen books for teen boys.
What is the Harry Potter controversy? With the release of each Harry Potter book for children has come controversy, challenges and book banning attempts.
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.
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.
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
Read this book review of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak to find out why this children's picture book has become a classic since Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the book and why this book has had a lasting impact on children's literature.
These 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).
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.
Librarians Recommend Books for Boys - If you are looking for books for boys, get recommendations from those who know what appeals to boys - librarians. These recommended reading lists of children's books for boys are made up of books that librarians have found boys particularly enjoy.
Here is an American literature list of some of the best clasic novels for teens. Check out this recommended list classic American novels for high school students.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and books.
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.
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos is unusual in that it is a picture book biography for younger children, ages 6 and older.
If you are looking for a picture book for your child that children love to look at and hear again and again, try The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, one of his many popular children's picture books. Your child will enjoy hearing the story again and again.
These children's picture books about gardens and gardening include city gardens and country gardens are the best I've found.
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 Mysterious Benedict Society is book one in the popular series for middle grade readers. Four very smart children work to save the world.
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.
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.
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.
Barefoot Books is an independent publisher of children's books that celebrate art and story.
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.
The Hero's Guide Series consists of three hilarious fantasies, fractured fairy tales about some of the well-known heroes from Cinderella, Snow White and other well-known tales.
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.
You can start a reference library for your children even before they can read. Here's advice on children's reference books, beginning with a children's visual dictionary.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
Here is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
'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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The 2014 September calendar of children's books includes recommended kids' books related to September occasions and events.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
Here is an overview of the Crank trilogy by young adult author Ellen Hopkins. Learn more about Crank, Glass, and Fallout in the popular trilogy of books for teens.
The Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
If you are looking for children's poetry books about nature, I recommend An Egret's Day by Jane Yolen, with photos by nature photographer Jason Stemple. Read this book review to learn why.
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 all about book banning and censorship of children's books and books for teens. Find out what you need to know about the process and the people and the books involved.
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
Room on the Broom, the delightful picture book by Julia Donaldson, with illustrations by Alex Scheffler is an excellent read aloud like their rhyming book The Gruffalo and is fun for Halloween.
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 enjoy DIY projects and you'd like to make Halloween costumes based on children's books for your kids, here are a number of them, including homemade costumes related to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Pippi Longstocking, and The Wizard of Oz.
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.
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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.
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 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.
Get current Banned Books Week information, including when in September it's held, who sponsors it, what the goals of BBW are and available resources..
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Here's an annotated list of recommended children's poetry books, including books of poems for children featuring traditional poems, concrete poetry, and nature poetry for children. In addition to the books of poems, you'll also find children's books about writing poetry.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: 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.
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 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.
I recommend the picture book And Then Its Spring. With a minimum of words, author Julie Fogliano tells the story of one little boys anticipation, and impatience, as he waits for all the brown outside to turn to green.
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.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
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.
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.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
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.
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.
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 Spiderwick Chronicles series is full of adventure and suspense. This series of children's fantasy novels is enormously popular with children seven and older.
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.
Here are 10 children's picture books and books for beginning readers by Dr. Seuss, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
Learn about three recommended student dictionaries for middle school and older students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
Learn all about children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco: her life, her work and her picture books.
Find out about the life and Little House books of author Laura Ingalls Wilder when you read this 10 Facts article.
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
Are you looking for descriptions and links to all of my summer reading resources, including summer reading lists, tips about encouraging reading, resources for
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
I am Too Absolutely Small for School, a humorous and clever Charlie and Lola children's picture book by Lauren Child, tells the story of Lola, who is scared about starting school.
Here is a 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.
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.
The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems consists of award-winning early readers that are excellent books for beginning readers.
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.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
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.
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 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.
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?
Frequently asked questions about dystopian novels for teens. These novels portray a dark and grim world where citizens are oppressed by the government.
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.
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 this young adult book review on Speak, an award winning and frequently challenged book by Laurie Halse Anderson.
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.
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.
Author Lois Lowry received a Newbery Medal for two of her books: Number the Stars and The Giver.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
Get your 8 to 14 year old kids writing during the summer and keep them happy to write year round with these children's books.
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
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.
Cynthia Rylant is an award winning author of children's books, several of which celebrate her roots in Appalachia.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
These books about bullies and bullying includes children's books for middle school readers and young adult books for teens.
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.
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.
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.
These childrens potty training books should make toilet training more fun for you and your toddler.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is Book 5 in the enormously popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.
The Hunger Games Trilogy consists of three dystopian young adult novels: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The three YA books appeal to both teens and adults and have been popular with reluctant readers who read well but generally aren't that interested in reading.
If you are looking for children's 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are looking for children's picture books about fall, I recommend these kids' books, all of which emphasize the autumn season, plus one poetry book for children.
If you're looking for a good children's picture book to read aloud, I recommend A Pirate's Guide to First Grade for both kids starting school and Talk Like a Pirate Day.
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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.
70th Anniversary Edition of The Little House - See a large image of the special anniversary cover of the classic picture book by Virginia Lee Burton and learn publication details.
These Halloween board books will appeal to very young children, toddlers and preschoolers. They are colorful and fun, not frightening, kids' books.
The Mercy Watson series consists of a half dozen humorous books about a pig, her human owners, her love for toast and butter, and all the trouble she gets into on a regular basis.
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.
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.
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin is a Newbery Honor Book, an excellent work of historical fiction for ages 9 to 12.
Birmingham, 1963, an award-winning book of poetry for children by Carole Boson Weatherford, memorializes the four young girls killed at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, when it was dynamited during the civil rights movement.
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.
What is the meaning of the phrase chapter book.
In Manners, the children's picture book by Aliki, children learn about good manners through brief stories and comic strip-style art that illustrates good and bad manners. Page 2.
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.