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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.
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.
Learn about top teen books for boys from this list of popular teen books for teen boys.
Learn all about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, including Book 10, coming November 3, 2015.
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.
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).
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.
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.
These reading lists of high interest-low readability (hi-lo) books - are for reluctant readers reading below grade level in grades 2-12.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
Learn how to find children's books with strong female characters with these recommended books for a wide range of ages and other resources.
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.
Celebrate the growing season with these children's picture books about gardens and gardening, which include city gardens and country gardens.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio is an excellent novel for ages 9-12. The book addresses such issues as identity, appearance, acceptance and bullying.
Here are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey is a fascinating illustrated biography of the famed scientist for middle grade readers.
These 10 children's books by Dr. Seuss include picture books and books for beginning readers, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
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 July 2015 Calendar of Children's Books includes summer reading lists, kids' books for the Fourth of July, author / illustrator birthdays and more.
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.
Celebrate spring, summer, fall and winter with these illustrated children's poetry books about the seasons.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
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These children's books celebrate the United State of America, the Fourth of July, America the Beautiful, the Constitution and more.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
These books of realistic fiction deal with a variety of issues important to middle grade readers, including family and school problems.
The Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan and the picture book biography Ivan tell the life of a gorilla caged in a mall, in fact and fiction.
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.
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.
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?
If you are looking for a picture book for your child that children love to look at and hear again and again, try The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, one of his many popular children's picture books. Your child will enjoy hearing the story again and again.
These Dr. Seuss books appeal to beginning readers because of their controlled vocabularly and engaging contents. Young kids enjoy them as read alouds.
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.
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.
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.
A good cookbook for kids can make learning to cook fun while giving your children a head start in making a variety of dishes.
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.
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.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
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.
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 a unique graduation gift, I like these kids' books, from Dr. Seuss to Pete the Cat, for their illustrations, entertainment value, wit, and wisdom.
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.
Summer Reading Resources: Here are tips, reading lists of good books and advice on encouraging your kids and teens to read during the summer.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
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.
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.
The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems consists of award-winning early readers that are excellent books for beginning 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.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and books.
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.
The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert, about making books, is on my list of the Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2014.
The cover artwork for the Scholastic edition of cover artwork and the cover artwork for the Bloomsbury Publishing editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are quite different. Compare the covers of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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.
These children's Valentine's Day books include holiday picture books, as well as several pop-up books and books for beginning 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.
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.
Get and keep your reluctant readers reading daily, particularly during the summer by using the dipping strategy and challenges.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel and the subject of both awards and challenges.
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.
If you are looking for good children's books about Abraham Lincoln, I have some biographies to recommend, including Lincoln Shot: A President Remembered, Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, and three other top picks.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cynthia Rylant is an award winning author of children's books, several of which celebrate her roots in Appalachia.
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.
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.
This illustrated children's book edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the first of the seven Christmas classics for children and families I recommend.
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.
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.
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.
These books about bullies and bullying includes children's books for middle school readers and young adult books for teens.
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 all about Mother Goose rhymes, their value for children, and recommended children's books of nursery rhymes.
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 appeals to kids, particularly boys and reluctant readers, for its format and to parents for its educational content.
Learn all about children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco: her life, her work and her picture books.
Yesterday We Had A Hurricane is a bilingual children's books for younger children written in English and Spanish and illustrated with vivid mixed media collages.
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 review of the award-winning novel The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Learn more about this Michael L. Printz Honor book for mature teens and adults.
The 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.
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.
My June 2015 Calendar of Children's Books includes summer reading lists / resources, books for Father's Day, author and illustrator birthdays and more.
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.
If you are looking for books about tornadoes for your children, here are some of the best nonfiction kids' books I've found.
Anne of Green Gables is a classic children's book, beloved by millions of children.
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.
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.
Here is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
The April 2015 calendar of children's books contains recommended kids' books, including books for National Poetry Month and National Library Week.
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 Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
Dystopian novels for teens are very popular. Check out this top picks list of dystopian books for fans of The Hunger Games series.
The 39 Clues book series is popular with kids ages 8-12. The series is full of adventure and mystery as a brother and sister try to save their family.
If you are trying to find children's books for very young children, here's some advice. Board books, wordless books, and picture books are among the kids' books that young children enjoy. Read a book to your child every day, using library books as well as books you've purchased.
These children's 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.
These childrens potty training books should make toilet training more fun for you and your toddler.
Are caught up in baseball fever? If so, they'll enjoy these nonfiction books that include baseball history, statistics, teams, stars and tips.
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.
Find out about the life and Little House books of author Laura Ingalls Wilder when you read this 10 Facts article.
These children's Easter picture books, the 12 best I've found, feature stories and illustrations about the Easter Bunny, the Easter Bible story and spring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is Book 5 in the enormously popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.
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?
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.
Learn all about Beatrix Potter, author and illustrator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other classic children's books.
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.
Here is an author profile of James Patterson who wrote the popular teen book series Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch and Wizard.
Definitions of graphic novels differ somewhat as these examples show. Many more children's books are being published as graphic novels.
My 2015 September calendar of children's books includes recommended kids' books related to this month's events, including Library Card Sign-up Month..
Frequently asked questions about dystopian novels for teens. These novels portray a dark and grim world where citizens are oppressed by the government.
The Nick and Tesla middle grade series combines mystery and adventure with STEM-based themes and DIY activities for kids who love science.
Here are 10 of my favorite Board books by Sandra Boynton, 3 of which are large format board books. They include many of her popular animals, including Pookie.
Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest, with illustrations by Anita Jeram, is an excellent children's bedtime story, suited for a young child. Children's picture books like this one can help a child settle down for a good night's sleep.
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.
Watch these five videos for recommended middle grade books and then use the reading lists to comparison shop online or to look for books at your local library or bookstore.
The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease, is a good book for parents and others wanting to know why it's important to read aloud to their children, recommended books to read to their children and how to read aloud to their kids.
This annotated lit of recommended steampunk books for teens includes ten steampunk novels for teens.
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.
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.
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.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian thriller for teens. Read this teen book review to learn more about it.
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.