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These 2014 summer reading lists for kids and teens are among the best. You'll find children's books and books for teens - books for elementary school, middle school, and high school ages.
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 children's picture books about starting school are among the best I could find for reassuring kids starting preschool, daycare, kindergarten or first grade.
These books of historical fiction for middle grade readers are all award-winning children's books for kids within the Grades 4-8 range (upper elementary and middle school).
Learn about top teen books for boys from this list of popular teen books for teen boys.
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.
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.
These children's picture books about gardens and gardening include city gardens and country gardens are the best I've found.
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.
I recommend these ten children's picture books about the death of a pet. These books are for children between the ages of 3 and 12.
If you are looking for a picture book for your child that children love to look at and hear again and again, try The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, one of his many popular children's picture books. Your child will enjoy hearing the story again and again.
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.
The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull is a popular five-book fantasy series for kids in upper elementary and middle school.
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.
Learn all about Mother Goose rhymes, their value for children, and recommended children's books of nursery rhymes.
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes is a classic children's picture book about s country bunny whose dream of becoming an Easter Bunny came true.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
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.
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.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
The Spiderwick Chronicles series is full of adventure and suspense. This series of children's fantasy novels is enormously popular with children seven and older.
Find out about versions of Cinderella fairy tales that can be found in many cultures and countries, and take a look at online and print resources on the versions of Grimm's fairy tales, Charles Perrault, and others. There are many children's books available featuring versions of the fairy tale from different cultures and time periods.
Here is a summer reading list for teen girls. Refer to it to find the top reads of the season for teenage girls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Harry Potter controversy? With the release of each Harry Potter book for children has come controversy, challenges and book banning attempts.
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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 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.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
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.
Learn about the reasons for the popularity of the Diary of a Wimpy KId series and other books by Jeff Kinney and read a summary and publication information for each book.
Here'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.
Here are 10 children's picture books and books for beginning readers by Dr. Seuss, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
The Lightning Thief book review of the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series provides an overview, age recommendations and information about why it's so popular.
Here is a 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.
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.
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 book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
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
Z is for Moose is a very funny ABC book by Kelly Bingham, with illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky. In this picture book review, find out what makes the book unique.
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake is full of mystery, adventure and comedy in a coming of age story set in 1871, featuring a feisty 13 year old girl.
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.
The July 2014 Calendar of Children's Books includes kids' books for the Fourth of July, author and illustrator birthdays and more.
A good cookbook for kids can give your children a head start in learning to cook. If you are looking for one for your child, I recommend these children's cookbooks.
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.
Links to lists of suggested books for children and teens that emphasize Hispanic and Latino culture and heritage, which can be read year-round.
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.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
These children's picture books about libraries and libraries include books for preschoolers to middle schoolers.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
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.
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.
Here are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is a young adult book about a soldier's view of the Vietnam War.
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.
When looking for a children's picture book for your child, look for books illustrated by artist Jerry Pinkney. He won the 2010 Caldecott Medal and has created numerous Caldecott Honor Books and is the recipient of a number of other awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award, for his watercolor illustrations of children's picture books.
If your child is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These childrens potty training books should make toilet training more fun for you and your toddler.
'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.
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.
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.
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 King's Stilts by Dr. Seuss, a delightful picture book, has been reissued in honor of its 75th anniversary.
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 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.
I am Too Absolutely Small for School, a humorous and clever children's picture book by Lauren Child, tells the story of Lola, who is scared about starting school and her brother Charlie, who convinces her she needs to go by giving her imaginative and wacky reasons why.
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.
This annotated lit of recommended steampunk books for teens includes ten steampunk novels for teens.
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 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.
Lauren Oliver's book Delirium is a novel about a dystopian society where love is forbidden and feared. Learn more about Delirium and young adult author Lauren Oliver in this teen book review.
The 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.
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.
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.
Dystopian novels for teens are very popular. Check out this top picks list of dystopian books for fans of The Hunger Games series.
The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems is an award-winning series of early readers that are excellent for beginning readers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about three recommended student dictionaries for middle school and older students.
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?
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?
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is a wordless picture book. Raschka won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations.
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.
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 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.
If you are looking for recommended children's picture books that are set in the winter and feature snow, I recommend these children's picture books about winter and snow.
Here are 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.
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?
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.
Celebrate April Fools' Day with these childrens books, including picture books and books for beginning readers.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
By the Light of the Halloween Moon is a children's picture book. Read my review to find out why I recommend it.
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?
Book Review: A Story for Bear is not only a charming children's picture book, but it also highlights for adults why reading books to babies and very small children is so important.
Children's Books - Bedtime board books may be just what you need to encourage your child to go to bed, such as Goodnight Moon and A Child's Good Night Book by Margaret Wise Brown, and Mem Fox's Time for Bed, as well as other delightful children's books for very young children.
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.
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.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel and the subject of both awards and challenges.
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 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.
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.
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 this interview with Jon Scieszka, you will learn all about the popular author's views on books for boys and encouraging boys to read, writing and creativity, and more. Jon Scieszka is the nation's first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and founder of Guys Read, a literacy program. Scieszka is the author of numerous children's picture books, including The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, as well as the Time Warp Trio chapter book series.
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney is an extraordinary book. Jerry Pinkney retells one of the well-known Aesop's Fables as a wordless picture book. As the 2010 Randolph Cadecott Medal winner, Pinkney was recognized for excellence in children's book illustration.
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.
For more than forty years, Canadian children's book author Jean Little has been writing outstanding children's books, so if you are looking for children's books for your middle grade / middle school child, as well as some for younger kids, be sure to include children's books by Little.
Mirabelle, a Boston terrier, and her owner, Mr. Muller have fun on their walks in this board book series of children's books, each of which is known as A Happy Dog Adventure.
Anne of Green Gables is a classic children's book, beloved by millions of children.
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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 book review of the dark fantasy book Eclipse, Book Three in the Twilight series of books for teens by Stephenie Meyer.
Here is a biography of Walter Dean Myers, the award-winning author of young adult books who wrote numerous books for teens about African American youth, as well as picture books and children's poetry books..
The Berenstain Bears children's books have delighted children for decades. Learn about the books and their creators, Stan, Jan, and Mike Berenstain.
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Learn all about the Randolph Caldecott Medal, the most prestigious award in the U.S. that an artist can receive for illustration of children's picture books, and the current and recent winners.
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.
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.
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.
Flora & Ulysses is a humorous, and poignant, middle grade novel for which author Kate DiCamillo was awarded the 2014 John Newbery Medal.
Make learning the importance of punctuation fun with Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make A Difference!, a children's book that is an outgrowth of author Lynne Truss's bestseller for adults: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make A Difference!
These books about bullies and bullying includes children's books for middle school readers and young adult books for teens.
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.
The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin is an award-winning nonfiction book for teen readers. The story follows the colorful and tragic life of the ambitious Benedict Arnold whose decision to help the British changed the outcome of the American Revolution.
If you are looking for a quirky fantasy for teens, I recommend 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,' a young adult book by Ransom Riggs.
Starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1, you'll find fast facts about the 7 books in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and related resources.
The Nancy Drew series of mysteries for children has remained popular for decades and has been updated several times. These children's books are very popular with 9-12 year olds. Page 2.
Learn about the resources that make The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children such an excellent reference book on children's literature.
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.