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These children's picture books about gardens and gardening include city gardens and country gardens are the best I've found.
These 2013 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.
Whether you are looking for children's picture books about the Christian celebration of Easter or children's picture books about the Easter Bunny, I have a Children's Easter picture book for your child.
The Hunger Games Book Review - The Hunger Games if 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.
Hi-lo books are for reluctant readers who are not reading on grade level and who are not interested in books at their reading level. High interest low readability books provide reluctant readers with books at their reading level that are also at their interest level. These hi-lo reading lists and other resources are for upper elementary, middle school, and high school reluctant readers. Hi-lo books are often referred to as high interest / low vocabulary books or high interest / lower reading level books.
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 children's picture books about starting school are among the best could find for reassuring kids starting preschool, daycare, kindergarten or first grade.
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 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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Here are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
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.
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.
The April 2014 calendar of children's books contains recommended children's books for the season, including books for National Poetry Month, National Library Week and more.
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.
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.
This Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 1 summary provides an overview of the first book in the popular series by Jeff Kinney, which readers love for its middle school humor.
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.
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.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
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.
While great for National Hispanic Heritage Month, these recommended reading lists of children's books and books for teens that emphasize Hispanic and Latino culture and heritage should be read year-round.
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.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
Here are recommended childrens 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.
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.
These children's books focus on protecting the environment and/or Earth Day activities. Use them for Earth Day and year-round.
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.
Find out about the life and Little House books of author Laura Ingalls Wilder when you read this 10 Facts article.
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?
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 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.
'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.
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.
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.
I recommend Chicka Chicka Boom Boom if you are looking for a fun alphabet book for your children, from babies to six-year-olds. It's a children's rhyming alphabet picture book by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault that is an excellent read aloud.
Learn all about children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco: her life, her work and her picture books.
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.
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.
This article about raising a reader is designed to help parents raise children who love reading and books. It covers reading children's books aloud, going to the library and borrowing children's books, and encouraging reading. In addition, there are a number of books about raising a reader that are recommended.
The Easter Egg, by author and illustrator Jan Brett, is a delightful Easter picture book for children. Children ages 3 to 6 will delight in the story of a rabbit named Hoppi and a very special Easter egg.
Cynthia Rylant is an award winning author of children's books, several of which celebrate her roots in Appalachia. Whether your child is 4-8 or 9-12 years old, there is probably a Cynthia Rylant book s/he will like. Popular characters in her beginning reader books include Poppleton, Henry and Mudge, and Mr. Putter and Tabby.
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.
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 a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
Photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. provide an excellent complement to the poem “My People” by Langston Hughes. This picture book edition is stunning.
The Boy who was Raised by Librarians is a children's picture book about a boy whose life is enriched by his daily visits to the Livingston Public Library and his relationship with the librarians there.
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.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is a young adult book about a soldier's view of the Vietnam War.
Here are 10 children's picture books and books for beginning readers by Dr. Seuss, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
Here are recommended childrens books about Passover. These children's books, picture books and nonfiction, are available for a wide range of ages.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school 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.
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 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.
The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems is an award-winning series of early readers that are excellent for beginning readers.
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.
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.
Despite being more than 500 pages long, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick is the 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner for picture book illustration. More than 280 pages of the book are illustrations by Selznick. Despite being a novel for 9-14 year olds, the book can also be classified as a picture book since the story is told in both words and pictures.
Impulse by young adult author Ellen Hopkins is a novel in verse about teen suicide, second chances and the power of friendship.
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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 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.
: picture book A picture book is a book in which the illustrations are as important as (or even more
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.
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.
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.
Children's author Julius Lester and artist Jerry Pinkney bring African American folk hero John Henry to life in this Caldecott Honor Book.
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.
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.
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 how books #29 and up in the Magic Tree House Series differ from Book #1-28 and why they are know as Magic Tree House Merlin Missions.
Here is a summer reading list for teen girls. Refer to it to find the top reads of the season for teenage girls.
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.
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 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 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.
These books about writing poetry are for tweens and teens. They provide writing prompts, tips about writing poetry, poetry, and more.
Frequently asked questions about dystopian novels for teens. These novels portray a dark and grim world where citizens are oppressed by the government.
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?
This annotated lit of recommended steampunk books for teens includes ten steampunk novels for teens.
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.
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.
Dystopian novels for teens are very popular. Check out this top picks list of dystopian books for fans of The Hunger Games series.
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.
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.
The Christmas picture book edition of the classic Christmas story The Gift of the Magi, with illustrations by P.J. Lynch, would make a good Christmas gift for the entire family. Page 4.
If you are looking for a quirky fantasy for teens, I recommend Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a young adult book by Ransom Riggs.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is Book 5 in the enormously popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.
Here are a dozen ways to save money at your public library by checking out children's books, audiobooks, DVDs, eBooks, enjoying free programs and more.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
You might be surprised to find out how many of the children's books of fairy tales your child particularly enjoys are versions of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. Learn more about the life and work of Andersen and find out why one of his fairy tales might be just the special children's book to delight your child.
The All About Dr. Seuss directory contains links to all of my Seuss content, from book reviews to his bio.
Flora & Ulysses is a humorous, and poignant, middle grade novel for which author Kate DiCamillo was awarded the 2014 John Newbery Medal.
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 son of a god and a mortal.
These children's picture books about libraries and libraries include books for preschoolers to middle schoolers.
These children's books, which could all be included in your Constitution Day, Citizenship Day lessons and Fourth of July celebrations, celebrate the United State of America, America the Beautiful, Independence Day, and include a children's cookbook, books about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, an illustrated version of America the Beautiful more.
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 alouds.
These childrens Easter board books are designed to introduce the Easter to young children. Two- to four-year-olds will enjoy these board books about Easter.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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.
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.
If you are looking for books for kids and teens to use during Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, I recommend these children's books and young adult books. However, these resources are too valuable to use only then. These recommended reading lists and other resources will be useful year round.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, like The Invention of Hugo Cabret for which Brian Selznick won the Randolph Caldecott Medal, combines words and illustrations in a long work of children's fiction for middle grade readers.
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.
These books about bullies and bullying includes children's books for middle grade / middle school readers and young adult books for teens.
Read about The Gruffalo, a children's picture book by Julia Donaldson, in this book review and learn why it is a good read aloud for young children.
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.
Anne of Green Gables is a classic children's book, beloved by millions of children.
I recommend the picture book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs if you are looking for a story to spark your children’s imaginations and tickle their funny bones.
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.
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Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is a stirring middle grade novel, written by Mildred D. Taylor, about a black family in the South during the Depression. Read the book review to learn about the author, the book and read a summary of the plot.
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.
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.
The Wall, a children's picture book by Eve Bunting, is the poignant story of a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by a young boy and his father in memory of the boy's grandfather. The text by Eve Bunting and the artwork by Ronald Himler focus on the Memorial - The Wall - and work together to create a children's picture book full of meaning.
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.
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 classic.
What does Joanne Kathleen Rowling, the author of the enormously popular Harry Potter series, plan for Book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? Will J.K. Rowling have Harry live or die? Find out, from J.K. Rowling interviews, what we knew prior to publication of the last book in the series.
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.
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 Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
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.
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.
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 February 2009.
Learn about three recommended student dictionaries for middle school and older students.
Find the perfect book for your child by taking a look at the work of award winning children's author and illustrator Tomie dePaola, who has illustrated or written and illustrated more than 200 children's books, including folktales, Mother Goose rhymes, Bible stories, books about Stregna Nona, and his own life at 26 Fairmount Avenue.
These childrens potty training books should make toilet training more fun for you and your toddler.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel and the subject of both awards and challenges.
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.