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These 12 Thanksgiving books for kids include a nonfiction book about the first Thanksgiving, books about giving thanks, family stories and funny tales.
Learn about top teen books for boys from this list of popular teen books for teen boys.
These reading lists of high interest-low readability (hi-lo) books - are for reluctant readers reading below grade level in grades 2-12.
What is the Harry Potter controversy? With the release of each Harry Potter book for children has come controversy, challenges and book banning attempts.
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.
These 2015 summer reading lists for kids and teens are among the best. You'll find books for kids in elementary school, middle school, and high school.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is an excellent novel for ages 9-12. The book addresses such issues as identity, appearance, acceptance and bullying.
Share these picture books about winter and snow, including Owl Moon and The Snowy Day, to cool off in the summer and celebrate the season in winter.
Learn all about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, including Book 10, coming November 3, 2015.
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.
A good cookbook for kids can make learning to cook fun while giving your children a head start in making a variety of dishes.
The I Love You Book by Todd Parr stresses to children how much they are loved. It's the first in my list of 5 recommended Valentine's Day board books.
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?
These Halloween board books will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. They are colorful and fun, not frightening, kids' books.
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.
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).
The November 2015 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.
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.
Read this book review of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak to find out why this children's picture book has become a classic since Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the book and why this book has had a lasting impact on children's literature.
Cinderella fairy tales can be found in many cultures and countries; learn about online and print resources on Grimm's, Perrault's and other versions.
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.
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 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 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 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.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
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.
How do you define picture book? Check here for a definition, examples and some of the common categories of children's picture books.
Celebrate the growing season with these children's picture books about gardens and gardening, which include city gardens and country gardens.
Here are children's books filled with colorful illustrations Mother Goose rhymes and other nursery rhymes and fun for little ones. If you have a small child, be sure to share some of these books with them.
The joys of winter are celebrated in these children's poetry books about the winter season. Whether you are looking for children's poetry books about winter that stress the winter holidays or the joys, and occasional annoyances, of cold, snowy weather, you will find a children's poetry book for your child here.
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.
Learn all about children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco: her life, her work and her picture books.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and books.
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.
'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.
A Christmas Carol, the Night Before Christmas, the story of the Grinch, and The Polar Express are all among the classic Christmas books I recommend.
Here are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate Earth Day and every day with The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. This picture book about what happens to the environment when greed takes over is a classic.
Mockingjay is book 3 of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and this book review includes a summary of the story and an age recommendation for readers. With the release of the movie version, there is renewed interest in the book.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
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.
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is a classic fantasy novel and here are several editions that children 9 and older and teens will find particularly appealing.
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.
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.
The Hanukkah books for kids that I recommend include picture books, a chapter book, an anthology, a book of history, humorous tales, poetry and more.
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.
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 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.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
Poems for two voices or more can help children learn to enjoy the spoken word and gain fluency in reading aloud. Here are some recommended poetry books.
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Learn about the John Newbery Medal for authors of children's books and current and recent Newbery Medal winners and Honor books.
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.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel and the subject of both awards and controversy.
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.
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.
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.
Author Kate DiCamillo has won numerous awards for her children's books, including a Newbery Medal and Newbery honors and being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in 2014.
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.
The December 2015 calendar of children's books for the holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa plus kids' books about winter and more.
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.
The Wall by Eve Bunting, the story of a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is a good picture book for Memorial Day, Veterans Day or any other day.
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.
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.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
My 2015 calendar of children's books provides information and links to my monthly calendars that feature kids' books for each month's holidays / events.
Here are 10 recommended Christmas picture books for children by such popular authors and illustrators as Jan Brett, Jane Yolen, and Tomie dePaola. Whether you are looking for a book for a special child or a book the entire family will enjoy, you'll find it here.
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.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan is the exciting start of a new fantasy series based on Norse Mythology.
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.
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.
Knowledge Encyclopedia, from DK Publishing in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, is a large reference book full of spectacular illustrations.
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..
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan is a popular series about a middle school student who learns he's the son of the Greek god Poseidon.
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 dramatic work of children's fiction for middle grade readers.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a fairy tale by the author of The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, with stunning illustrations by award-winning illustrator Charles Santore. If you're looking for good Christmas picture books for kids, I recommend it.
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.
Learn all about Mother Goose rhymes, their value for children, and recommended children's books of nursery rhymes.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Refer to this author spotlight to learn more about teen book author Neal Shusterman and his young adult books (YA books).
Here is a reading list of books for reluctant readers who are teens. These books for teens have all been on one of the American Library Associations lists of quick picks for reluctant young adult readers.
During Latino Books Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month, share these books for kids and teens, but don't stop there. Share them year-round.
Find out about the life and Little House books of author Laura Ingalls Wilder when you read this 10 Facts article.
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.
Goin' Someplace Special, is a poignant picture book about a young African American girl, by Patricia C. McKissack, with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney, that is set in the 1950s South during the Jim Crow era and celebrate that special place, the library.
Learn about public library summer reading programs for children, as well as recommended summer reading lists of children's books for your child, from series, read alouds, and chapter books to age and grade level reading booklsts. Find out how reading children's books aloud to your child can also help the child who is a beginning reader or a middle reader maintain or improve reading skills.
Tsunami! by Kimiko Kajikawa, with illustrations by Ed Young, is a children's picture book about a village threatened by a tsunami and saved by the sacrifice of one man.
These children's short story collections from Asia include folk tales, fairy tales and other traditional tales from Tibet, China, Japan and Vietnam.
Celebrate spring, summer, fall and winter with these illustrated children's poetry books about the seasons.
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?
These children's books are collections of short stories about winter and more. For example, The Winter Book, an anthology, contains short stories, essays about winter holidays, artwork, and music.
The All About Dr. Seuss directory contains links to all of my Seuss content, from book reviews to his bio.
What is a graphic memoir? Is it suitable for children? What about graphic nonfiction? Learn about these terms and their meanings.
The Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is an entertaining chapter book that uses humor and the worst kids in town to make a point about the meaning of Christmas.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is a young adult book about a soldier's view of the Vietnam War.
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.
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.
These five bedtime picture books are ones that both you and your children will enjoy; they will also help your child settle down for the night.
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.
Children's author Julius Lester and artist Jerry Pinkney bring African American folk hero John Henry to life in this Caldecott Honor Book.
Frequently asked questions about dystopian novels for teens. These novels portray a dark and grim world where citizens are oppressed by the government.
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.
These children's Valentine's Day books include holiday picture books, as well as several pop-up books and books for beginning readers.
These Christmas pop-up books by Jan Pietnkowski and Robert Sabuda are more than just children's books. They are beautifully designed treasures that the entire family will enjoy.
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?
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is a great choice if you are looking for excellent children's picture books about fall, with terrific illustrations.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
Tomie dePaola has illustrated or written and illustrated several hundred kids' books - folktales, nursery rhymes and books about his childhood.
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.
For a unique graduation gift, I like these kids' books, from Dr. Seuss to Pete the Cat, for their illustrations, entertainment value, wit, and wisdom.
The 2015 John Newbery Medal winner and the 2015 Newbery Honor Books are on this list, as well as all the Newbery Medal winners from 1922 to the present.
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.
These 10 children's books by Dr. Seuss include picture books and books for beginning readers, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
The Scraps Books is an account by collage artist and author of the joy she finds in illustrating and writing children's picture books and how she approaches their creation.
Dr. Seuss books, both picture books and beginning readers, such as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, are all great read aloud.
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.
What is the meaning of the phrase chapter 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.
The Tiger Rising, by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo, was a National Book Award finalist. Learn more about this extraordinary middle grade novel.
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.
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, with artwork by E.B. Lewis, is a sensitively told and illustrated picture book about the impact of bullying.
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 acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers and his views on censorship. Learn about some of his most challenged books for teens: Fallen Angels, Hoops, and Monster.
Whether you want to learn about Kwanzaa, celebrate Kwanzaa or boht, I recommend these children's books, which include both fiction and nonfiction.
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.
Definitions of graphic novels differ somewhat as these examples show. Many more children's books are being published as graphic novels.
Anne of Green Gables is a classic children's book, beloved by millions of children.
If you are looking for books about tornadoes for your children, here are some of the best nonfiction kids' books I've found.
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is an award-winning classic Christmas picture book, one that makes an excellent family read aloud.
Author Lois Lowry received a Newbery Medal for two of her books: Number the Stars and The Giver.
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems is a terrific collection of seasonal poetry for children compiled by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa. Sweet.
Here are five children's books about the Wright brothers that I recommend. They focus on inventors Wilbur and Orville Wright and the first airplane.
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.
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.