Hi MetaFilter, I'm looking for book recommendations for my little brother who is 12 years old. Other questions seem to be about book recommendations for 8-12 year old children who read ABOVE their grade level. My brother doesn't really enjoy reading all that much, and reads, in my opinion, below his grade level. [more inside]
I’m ordering 300ish books for a children’s library. After reading this thread asking for books featuring feminist-anti-racist-queer-ally characters I realised that our collection is full of books focusing on straight, white (usually male) youth in nuclear families and it’s seriously lacking. Can you folks recommend any books to help me improve our collection? [more inside]
When I was a kid, I read a book about a little girl who was on vacation in the mountains of Vermont with her family. She became friends with flying monsters/dragons/dinosaurs. That's all that I remember!
I'm building a website for my wife, who's written a half dozen children's books and is currently working to get them published. I've searched the web and looked at sites like Judy Bloom, Beverly Cleary, and currently reviewing this list of websites on pinterest. I'm hoping to get a list of things the hive mind thinks a children's author website should contain, outside of the obvious list like a page for the books, blog/news, and about the author.
A definite long shot, but I'm looking for the names of two of my favourite children's books from the '80's, these are picture books that were read to me about 25 years ago, and I'd love to find them for nostalgia's sake but also to read to my own children. The first was about a little boy who follows a clown into his television, I think maybe at the boy's bedtime. The second was about a boy and a monkey who go on adventures together, maybe to space, and I think there were trap doors or other neat ways of traveling. The illustrator of the book included these great doodles and tiny squiggles on every page (within the pictures not all over the text), and that's what I remember most, the great illustrations that were really intricate.
Our child was reading The Pushcart War and it occurred to me that it is the only children's book I know of that does not feature any children as characters. Can this be correct, or am I just suffering brain-freeze? [more inside]
When I was very young, I read a series of books about dinosaurs, where each book was a fiction story (with educational information) about each species of dinosaur.. what books were those? [more inside]
I grew up always loving a children's book titled Throw a Kiss, Harry. The author is Mary Chalmers. She wrote a number of children's book and illustrated for several other authors. I have been able to find several of them through Alibris, but I have been unable to find much info on this great author. I believe she is still living and would be in her eighties, but other than that, I am at a loss. I would love to find out more about her and her work. After and an extensive web search I have no leads. Any ideas?
Help me find a children's picture book from the 40's-60's involving a princess who raises a baby dragon. [more inside]
Looking for a children's book about someone who is eating rice with a devil/ghost on his back who keeps stealing the food from him before he can get it into his mouth. [more inside]
What do your children delight in when you read them picture books? I'm a writer who has been commissioned to write the text for one, and not having children, I was hoping for some insight. [more inside]
Need help thinking of children's books, especially classics, that are about kids who don't grow up or don't want to grow up, *besides* peter pan? Alternately, can you think of books published for adults that contain those themes (even if only slightly or vaguely)?
ChildrensBookFilter: Looking for the name of a picture book or a series of books about animals on a cruise ship that go to an island? [more inside]
Looking for a childrens book about the origin of words illustrated in a late 60's/70's psychedelic style. [more inside]
What young adult novels (or chapter books for kids) are written in particularly elegant prose styles? (Bonus points if the story and characterization are good, of course, but I'm especially looking for books where the writing style itself is beautiful.) Examples include The Graveyard Book, Haroun & The Sea of Stories, and When You Reach Me. [more inside]
I am reading the "My Father's Dragon" collection to my son, and I recently discovered that there was an anime released in 1997 called Elmer no Bouken: My Father's Dragon. I want to find a copy of it. I searched google and amazon, but I can find no record of it. Can anyone help me out?
I'm looking to create a printed book/magazine that will be as safe as possible for small children kids and babies. Safe in that they can put in their mouths, tear it apart and the risk to them is as low as possible. However, I can't find much information on how to do this. [more inside]
Looking for an out of print children's book entitled Prince _________, about a dog. Help? [more inside]
I am looking for a young child's easy reader book from the late 1960s/early 1970s about a bear and his bus. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of a series of preschooler picture books. They were written a few years back and the main characters are two animals that look like bunnies but aren't. One is white and one is black. I can't remember their names, hence my dilemma since their names are also the title of the series. I think one name is odd and starts with a B and the other is ordinary, maybe Maggie? Anyway, they are wonderful oddball characters who mange to find their way in and out of trouble. Their charm lies in being different. What are their names?
Please share your short list of best children's books ever! [more inside]
Do you know any good left wing propoganda for toddlers? [more inside]
What are the cleverest, wittiest picture books you know? I'm looking for something you might recommend to a very smart kid who is still young enough to prefer picture books to chapter books. Another way of putting is, I'm looking for the picture book equivalent of McSweeney's. [more inside]
Name this young adult book from my youth. It involved a land of pasta... [more inside]
WhatWereThoseBooksFilter: I'm looking for several unrelated books, or possibly series of books, that I read as a kid. The first involved a family of magic users living in what was the time the modern world. [more inside]
Children's Book Filter: Help me find a book from when I was a kid. Of course, only limited details remembered... [more inside]
When I was in third grade, there was a book at the library that I would go and find every couple of months. Having since, you know, grown old, I can't remember what it was called. [more inside]
Please help me identify several books I read as a preteen in the late 80s and early 90s. One involved four or five teenagers keeping diaries for school, one was about a girl whose mother was running for mayor, and one was about a boy who lived with his father, a 60s radical on the run! Oh, and one really bizarre book about a girl and her pewter animals. There's [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
Another books from childhood question. Can you help me find these two books? I remember them from the early 80's or so, U.S. [more inside]
I would like help finding a book from my childhood. It's about a female squirrel that takes up residence in an attic, and the toy soldiers in the attic defend her from a pack of bad male squirrels.
I'm looking for the title of a children's book I read while growing up (early 80s) about a condemned house. [more inside]
I am looking for some good subtly pagan/world religion themed children's books, toys, movies etc for my 6 year old niece in Arkansas. It doesn't have to be specifically pagan, just something that fits the themes and values of most any earth-based or mystical religion. [more inside]
I like reading to my 5yr old son at bedtime. We have discovered that we both enjoy reading longer books/ novels with many chapters and some pictures here and there. Our latest was the original "The House at Pooh Corner". Please suggest more!
Can anyone tell me the title (or author, ISBN #, any other info) of a children's alphabet book-probably published late-1960s or early 1970s, featuring fantastical creatures chasing other fantastical creatures? [more inside]
Help me find a series of illustrated children's hardcover books from the 70s/80s about the upcoming technologies of "The Future" [more inside]
A friend and fellow bibliophile is having her first child. As a baby shower gift, I'd like to get her a nice children's book collection (in the $100 range). The 58-volume Dr. Seuss collection looked awesome, but at $500 is beyond my price range. I thought I'd get some ideas about what children's book collections you or your children have loved. (I'm thinking Hans Christian Anderson collections, etc.) She's having a girl if that makes a difference to your answer.
Any recommendations for children's books featuring little girls? [more inside]
Looking for a children's book about a boy who plays the harmonica... [more inside]
Book series for children and young adults? Recommendations welcome. There is [more inside]
Children's book filter - When I was about five or six (call it the late 80s/early 90s), there was a children's book that we adored about a little Australian girl who vividly dreams about spending time in an Asian (Chinese/Japanese) world with a small boy about the same age. Now, at 22, I have no idea what this book was called, or who the author was. [more inside]
What is this children's book I read twenty years ago? Basic plot and scant specifics inside. [more inside]
Children's book question, blue jeans running in the woods... [more inside]
I would really like to locate a hardback picture book I loved as a child. It has to do with 3 children who find this whole fantasy world up a tree. Different areas on each stretch of branch, and the tree is hollow so they can slide down it's centre to get to the ground. [more inside]