My wonderful partner has a 7-year-old, 2nd-grade son who is having a little trouble keeping up with his peers in the reading department. We're trying to give him some extra attention in that area so that he can catch up, and we'd like to try and foster in him a genuine interest in reading. What books (or comics, or anything) could we give him that he might like, and which would be appropriate for his reading level? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The
on Sep 17, 2014 -
I'm looking for board books that do not just portray white children. Books appropriate for ages 1-4 would be fine, but I'm buying for a 2-year-old so a bit on the simpler side is better. Thank you!
posted by the young rope-rider
on Sep 23, 2013 -
Please recommend your favorite stores for books for kids in Chicago. I am interested in finding used books, quirky books, and progressive books. Not necessarily all three and not necessarily in that order. Toddler Xalf is almost 1.5 years old, but I'm happy to buy books that will be over his head for the next few of years.
Any part of Chicago is fine. Suburbs too, especially those to the north.
posted by Xalf
on Sep 20, 2013 -
Please recommend fiction and nonfiction novels which depict folklore and mythology created by children who are free of adult supervision and authority. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Sep 3, 2013 -
Looking for lists of memes, themes and repeated elements in children's stories that I can use in entirely new stories I'm making up for actual children. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa
on Sep 13, 2012 -
Looking for picture books of classical mythology (especially Greek) diluted for a 3-4 year old! [more inside]
posted by Alabaster
on Aug 20, 2012 -
Looking for a very specific book of yoga positions for children - it was simply written and the illustrations were black ink line drawings on white paper, usually of young people and adults doing introductory yoga positions.
My mother used the book with my brother and myself regularly in the 1970s, but looking through the various kids' yoga books on Amazon now I'm not finding it. Anyone who grew up in the same era, or who raised kids in the same era, find this familiar?
posted by luriete
on Feb 7, 2012 -
How do I become more successful or popular with children? I love kids, but I don't know how to act around them. [more inside]
posted by bradly
on Nov 2, 2011 -
I'm reading (and really enjoying) The Glass Castle
, and my wife and are about to have our first kid. What other memoirs or non-fiction books should I read that focus on parenting, raising kids in unorthodox ways, or just plain unique families?
posted by nitsuj
on Jul 14, 2011 -
I'm looking for a great series of books featuring Greek and/or Roman mythology for kids. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey
on Jul 19, 2010 -
Back when I was in Elementary school around 1969 our teacher read a book aloud to the class that I remember as being kind of fantasy and kind of spooky. The plot was something about a sister and brother who were latch-key kids. I think the sister wore the house key around her neck on a green ribbon. Anyway, somehow they were "kidnapped" by an old person and and ended up on an island where the people never got older. I believe a closet was involved too THe way the people stayed young had something to do with the kids not being abled to leave. If someone knows the name of this book it would be great. Thanks.
posted by pjlalala
on Oct 30, 2008 -
What are your recommendations for good baby and toddler books in English? [more inside]
posted by k8t
on May 17, 2008 -
Please help me remember the title of a particular fictional, young-adult book from the 80s or maybe 90s. [more inside]
posted by poopdbq
on Jul 21, 2007 -
Another tired name-that-kid's-book-filter
question: purple cover (?) paperback, crazy old lady in the neighborhood hosts kids on a rainy day. Something about an elaborate basement in her house, nothing overtly magical involved so far as I remember, but an air of "magical realism" most definitely abounds. [more inside]
posted by joe lisboa
on Feb 28, 2007 -
I found out today that starting tomorrow, I'm teaching a kids' book club once a week. I've never done this before. Help! [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket
on Nov 7, 2006 -
What children's book had one of the main characters, a boy, collect his spit in a bottle? It seems to me that at some point he tripped on the stairs and broke the bottle. I remember being utterly grossed out by this. I seem to recall it being a sort of a dramatic book, rather than light.
As a side note, there may have been a bully in the book who was obsessed with airplanes, and possibly a brother and a sister who were obsessed with kingfishers, although it's entirely possible I'm describing three separate books.
posted by Addlepated
on Oct 1, 2006 -
KidsBookFilter: Seriously, this was an awesome book... or, at least, that's the way I remember it! I read it in the mid-70s in the 2nd or 3rd grade probably, so it could have been published in the 60s. It was about the ghost of a cat (or the 9 lives of a cat?) that followed it's human family through several generations. That's all I can remember. That and it was an awesome book! So, no, there's not any [more inside]
posted by catcatwomanman
on Sep 20, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend good books to read to a two-year-old boy who's going to be taking his first airplane trip in ten days? [more inside]
posted by Songdog
on May 20, 2006 -
YetAnotherLostKidsBookFilter: Since people have been so helpful with others, maybe you can help me. (MI) [more inside]
posted by SisterHavana
on Jan 8, 2005 -