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These children's Valentine's Day picture books, pop-up books and easy readers celebrate love, family, friendship, kindness and sharing.
Learn all about Mother Goose rhymes, their value for children, and recommended children's books of nursery rhymes.
I recommend these board books of Mother Goose rhymes for young children for their nursery rhymes, colorful illustrations and sturdy construction.
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.
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.
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.
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 five children's books are board book versions of classics for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. A board book is sturdy enough to be handled by a very young child.
My February Calendar of Children's Books includes books related to this month's holidays and events like Black History Month and Valentine's Day.
Learn about top teen books for boys from this list of popular teen books for teen boys.
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.
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 Chinese New Year, fiction and nonfiction, provide a colorful look at symbols, preparations and celebrations.
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.
Learn all about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, including the latest book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, Book 10
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).
How do you define picture book? Check here for a definition, examples and some of the common categories of children's picture books.
These entertaining picture books about the 100th day of school and the first 100 days of school include Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day.
Where the Wild Things Are, the book by Maurice Sendak, is not only a Caldecott Medal winner, it has also had a lasting impact on children's literature.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, a children's Valentine's Day picture book by Eileen Spinelli, powerfully illustrates the power of love and friendship.
Learn all about children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco: her life, her work and her picture 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.
Celebrate the growing season with these children's picture books about gardens and gardening, which include city gardens and country gardens.
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.
Snowy Valentine - Children's Picture Book
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.
Learn all about the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the winners of the most prestigious award in the U.S. that an artist can receive for illustration of children's picture books.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Book 2 in the series by Jeff Kinney, is a funny middle grade book that focuses on the Wimpy Kid and his brother.
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.
There are all kinds of children's books about dinosaurs available, including dinosaur picture books and beginning readers. Here are ten favorites.
Here are some of the best narrative nonfiction books for middle graders, including cover art and a brief summary of 10 recommended informational books.
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'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.
Find out about the life and Little House books of author Laura Ingalls Wilder when you read this 10 Facts article.
A good cookbook for kids can make learning to cook fun while giving your children a head start in making a variety of dishes.
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.
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.
Who won the John Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor Books, awards for authors of children's books, and what exactly is the Newbery all about?
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.
This article about raising a reader is for parents eager for tips on raising children to love reading and books.
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.
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.
Tomie dePaola has illustrated or written and illustrated several hundred kids' books - folktales, nursery rhymes and books about his childhood.
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.
Middle school students love Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney because of its humorous look at middle school and home life.
These contemporary biographies, autobiographies and memoirs will appeal to teens who enjoy nonfiction and reading about life and people today.
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.
My People by Langston Hughes is accompanied by stunning photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr. in this beautiful children's poetry book.
The Lightning Thief book review of the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series provides an overview, age recommendations and information about why it's so popular.
These children's books about African American freedom fighters feature black heroes and heroines in the fight for civil rights in the United States.
Here is a review of the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers that delivers a powerful message about bullying.
These 10 children's books by Dr. Seuss include picture books and books for beginning readers, starting with The Cat in the Hat.
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?
My 2016 Calendar of Children's Books provides information and links to each month's calendar of kids' books for related holidays and events.
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.
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.
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.
In John Henry, a picture book, author Julius Lester and artist Jerry Pinkney bring African American folk hero John Henry to life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The January 2016 Calendar of Kids' Books includes books for winter, Martin Luther King Day, the 100th day of school, author and illustrator birthdays.
Check out these comments from parents, teachers, and librarians about the Twilight series and the age appropriate for the series.
The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart is one of a series of picture books by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, with this one about a Valentine's Day celebration.
Learn about three recommended children's dictionaries for upper elementary and middle school students
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.
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.
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.
Every month is Library Lovers' Month when you save money at your public library by checking out books, movies and more and enjoying free programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is book 4 in the popular humorous series featuring author and illustrator Jeff Kinney's words and cartoons.
Author Lois Lowry received a Newbery Medal for two of her books: Number the Stars and The Giver.
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 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.
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.
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson is a fascinating, and beautifully illustrated, children's history book.
Author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats is known for his children's picture books, particularly The Snowy Day, for which he received a Caldecott Medal.
Learn all about Beatrix Potter, author and illustrator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other classic children's books.
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 Pop-Up Edition of Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, with illustrations by Anita Jeram, is terrific, with spot-on paper engineering by Corina Fletcher. It's a children's book that will appeal to ages 3-5, as well as adults.
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.
I Have A Dream is a picture book with parts of the famous speech by Martin Luther King Jr illustrated with dramatic paintings by Kadir Nelson and a CD.
Oliver Button Is a Sissy, a children's picture book, is based on the childhood experiences of Tomie dePaola, who was bullied for taking dancing lessons.
If you are looking for 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.
My March 2016 calendar of kids' books has books for Easter, the birthdays of Dr. Seuss and Kate DiCamillo, Women's History Month and more.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a classic children's book, a middle grade novel and the subject of both awards and controversy.
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.
Check out this summer reading list for teen boys. Refer to this summer reading list for the best books for teenage boys.
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.
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.
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere is the dramatic tale of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on a girl and her family in the Ninth Ward, New Orleans.
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.
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.
Enormous Smallness is an excellent picture book biography of poet E.E. Cummings by poet Matthew Burgess, with illustrations by Kris Di Giacomo.
Who Says Women Can Be Doctors? is the intriguing picture book biography of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America.
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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.
Beverly Cleary received the John Newbery Medal for her children's book Dear Mr. Henshaw, a humorous and touching brief novel about a boy dealing with his parents' divorce and other issues.
The 2016 Pura Belpre Awards honor Latino and Latina authors and illustrators of children's books published in 2015 that honor the Latino experience.
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.
Cynthia Rylant is an award winning author of children's books, several of which celebrate her roots in Appalachia.
A Dog Called Homeless is a sweet book that deals with the death of a parent and the grief that follows in this story of a young girl and her father after her mother's death.
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.
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.
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.
Jake Drake Bully Buster by Andrew Clements is a chapter book about how a second grader learns to cope with bullying and to get along with a bully.
Plan an author visit using Skype. Skype technology allows schools, libraries and book clubs to connect authors and readers.
The House in the Night, a good bedtime picture book, was written by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes, who was honored for her illustrations for the book with the Randolph Caldecott Medal.
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.
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.
Here are the steps you need to take to find contact information, email or U.S. mail, for authors and illustrators of children's books whether or not the children's books authors and illustrators have Web sites.
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 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.
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.
Firetalking by Patricia Polacco is the brief and interesting autobiography for children by the talented author and illustrator of numerous popular children's picture books.
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett is an entertaining retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears set in an Inuit village in the Arctic.
The Hundred Dresses is an award-winning short novel by Eleanor Estes for younger middle grade readers that effectively addresses bullies and bullying.
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.
The American Heritage Student Dictionary is the best book for students 11 to 16 while Webster's New World Student's Dictionary suffers by comparison.
These children's books celebrate the United State of America, the Fourth of July, America the Beautiful, the Constitution and more.
Groundhog Day is a children's informational picture book about Groundhog Day. This 24-page nonfiction children's book provides a fascinating look at its origins and celebration.
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.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a picture book that will spark your children's imagination and tickle their funny bones.
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.
Definitions of graphic novels differ somewhat as these examples show. Many more children's books are being published as graphic novels.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art is an extraordinary collection of 20 poems and 20 paintings by black poets and artists, including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Horace Pippin, Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers is a young adult book about a soldier's view of the Vietnam War.
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..
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.