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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.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is an excellent novel for ages 9-12. The book addresses such issues as identity, appearance, acceptance and bullying.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Author Lois Lowry received a Newbery Medal for two of her books: Number the Stars and The Giver.
Learn all about the 75th anniversary edition of Madeline, the classic children's picture book by Ludwig Bemelmans, and what makes it special.
The Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy, with illustrations by Carson Ellis, is a series of long fantasy novels for kids that feature two present-day middle school students living in Portland Oregon and their dramatic adventures in the Impassable Woods.
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 children's picture books about starting school are among the best I could find for reassuring kids starting preschool, daycare, kindergarten or first grade.
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 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).
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.
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.
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 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.
'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.
These children's picture books about gardens and gardening include city gardens and country gardens are the best I've found.
The October 2014 calendar of children's books includes recommended children's books related to this month's occasions and events, including Bullying Prevention Month and Halloween.
What is the Harry Potter controversy? With the release of each Harry Potter book for children has come controversy, challenges and book banning attempts.
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.
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 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.
Since 2011, two collections of "lost stories" by Dr. Seuss have been published in picture book format,
These children's books are collections of short stories about winter and more. For example, The Winter Book, an anthology, is a children's book containing short stories, essays about winter holidays, artwork, and music. Fireside Stories: Tales for a Winter's Eve features short stories about winter from a number of different countries.
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.
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.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
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.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and books.
If you are looking for children's books about Thanksgiving, here are some recommended books, including picture books, stories about giving thanks and a nonfiction children's book about the first Thanksgiving in America.
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.
Why is there book banning and censorship of children's books? Why do some people want to ban or censor books, including children's books and young adult books (YA books), such as the Harry Potter series?
Here is a teen books list of modern fairy tales for teen girls. This booklist of fairy tale retellings is sure to appeal to teen girls.
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.
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.
Yum! iMmmm! iQué Rico! Americas' Sproutings features haiku poetry by Pat Mora and illustrations by Rafael Lopez that celebrate foods native to the Americas.
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 is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
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.
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.
Absolutely Almost is the story of fifth grader Albie, who is dealing with learning problems, loneliness, bullying and his parents' overly ambitious expectations, and how, with the help of caring adults he learns coping mechanisms.
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.
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 some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is an entertaining Halloween picture book that can also be used as a beginning reader book.
These 10 children's books by Dr. Seuss include picture books and books for beginning readers, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
Room on the Broom, the delightful picture book by Julia Donaldson, with illustrations by Alex Scheffler, is an excellent read aloud, just like their rhyming book The Gruffalo and is particularly fun for Halloween story times.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 about the nonprofit organization Reading Is Fundamental, commonly known as RIF, and the online resources it provides.
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.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
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 children's picture books about the birth of Jesus on my list represent the best Christmas books for kids about the Nativity that I have found. In many of these Christmas picture books, the Nativity story is taken directly from the Bible.
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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.
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.
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 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 all about children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco: her life, her work and her picture books.
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
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
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.
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.
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.
The picture book Tomás and the Library Lady is a fictionalized account of the childhood experiences a migrant worker named of Tomás Rivera, who became a writer and educator.
The Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
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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.
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.
Mildred Wirt Benson's role as the writer of the text of 23 of the first 25 Nancy Drew books under the direction of Edward Stratemeyer of the Stratemeyer Syndicate wasn't revealed to the public for 50 years. Benson was well known in the midwest as a journalist, and Carolyn Keene was the name given as the author of the Nancy Drew books. The Nancy Drew series has been popular for many years. Has your child read a Nancy Drew book?
Here 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.
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.
These children's poetry book about the seasons feature poems from a variety of poets along with complementary illustrations.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
These Halloween board books will appeal to very young children, toddlers and preschoolers. They are colorful and fun, not frightening, kids' books.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
Learn about the celebration of the Day of the Dead (El Dia Los Muertos) through these children's picture books that describe how families in Mexico remember deceased loved ones during the annual observances.
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.
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.
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
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.
These books about bullies and bullying includes children's books for middle school readers and young adult books for teens.
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
Too Many Pumpkins is a picture book with nothing scary in it. Unlike many Halloween books, this children's book is a heartwarming story with no ghosts, goblins or any other holiday symbols except for Jack O'lanterns.
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.
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.
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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.
Doll Bones by Holly Black delivers a slightly spooky story for the middle grade reader with patience for a slow moving story.
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.
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.
The November 2014 Calendar of Children's Books contains articles, reviews of children's books, and reading lists of books for children and teens all related to November events such as Thanksgiving.
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.
The children's novel Coraline by Neil Gaiman is enormously popular with 8-12 year olds, resulting in a movie version of the book being released in 2009.
If your kids are caught up in baseball fever, they'll like these nonfiction books about the sport that include lots of information and illustrations.
Are you looking for descriptions and links to all of my summer reading resources, including summer reading lists, tips about encouraging reading, resources for
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Here is a review of the teen book Burned by popular author Ellen Hopkins, a novel in verse.
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.
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?
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.
Hurricanes: Earth’s Mightiest Storms is an excellent Children's nonfiction book about hurricanes that will appeal to 9-14-year-olds. Photographs, maps, satellite images, and weather diagrams help to shed light on the science and history of hurricanes in this nonfiction book about hurricanes for children. Page 4.
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 quirky fantasy for teens, I recommend 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,' a young adult book by Ransom Riggs.
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.
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.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
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.
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.
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.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is a young adult book about a soldier's view of the Vietnam War.
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.
Cynthia Rylant is an award winning author of children's books, several of which celebrate her roots in Appalachia.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel and the subject of both awards and challenges.
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.
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.
Learn about three recommended student dictionaries for middle school and older students.
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.
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.
By the Light of the Halloween Moon is a children's picture book. Read my review to find out why I recommend it.
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.
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, with slightly creepy illustrations by Peter Brown is a funny picture book that is just scary enough to delight, but not frighten, 3 to 6 year olds and fun to use as a Halloween read aloud.
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.
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.
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
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is a great choice if you are looking for good children's picture books about fall, with terrific illustrations.
Photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. provide an excellent complement to the poem “My People” by Langston Hughes. This picture book edition is stunning.
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.
Anne of Green Gables is a classic children's book, beloved by millions of children.
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.
Barefoot Books is an independent publisher of children's books that celebrate art and story.
The Tiger Rising, by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo was a National Book Award finalist. Read this book review to learn more.
If you are looking for books about tornadoes for your children, here are some of the best nonfiction kids' books I've found.
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.
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.