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What was this compilation of children's poems and stories?

When I was younger, I had a book that was poetry and stories for children. Poetry included poems and illustrations by Edward Lear; the stories included "The Carp in the Bathtub," a Pecos Pete? story and possibly an excerpt from "Anne of Green Gables." The stories were illustrated. I have Googled this to death, tried looking up books via Library of Congress online, no luck. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by tippy on Aug 28, 2016 - 2 answers

Book recommendations for a 12 year old boy

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]
posted by spicytunaroll on Aug 6, 2015 - 33 answers

Looking for children’s books that tell a non-standard narrative

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]
posted by eisforcool on Jul 27, 2015 - 32 answers

Kid's book: little girl on vacation in Vermont who rides flying monsters

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!
posted by goethean on Jul 9, 2014 - 2 answers

What should a children's book author's website contain?

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.
posted by herda05 on May 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me i.d. these kid's books

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.
posted by lafemma on Mar 4, 2014 - 1 answer

Children's books without children

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]
posted by IndigoJones on Jun 2, 2012 - 25 answers

What is an old series of children's books about dinosaurs?

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]
posted by ceberon on May 25, 2012 - 4 answers

In search of info on a 50's/60's illustrator-author of children's books

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?
posted by flesti on Feb 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Never give up!

Help me find a children's picture book from the 40's-60's involving a princess who raises a baby dragon. [more inside]
posted by Windigo on Jan 24, 2012 - 9 answers

kids' book about a devil stealing food while on a man's back

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]
posted by cmp4Meta on Mar 27, 2011 - 12 answers

What do little readers want?

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]
posted by PersonAndSalt on Nov 7, 2010 - 23 answers

Books with this theme--ideas?

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)?
posted by whatgorilla on Nov 1, 2010 - 21 answers

Children's Book Help!

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]
posted by cottoncandybeard on Oct 6, 2010 - 3 answers

Psychedelic illustrated childrens book about origins of words

Looking for a childrens book about the origin of words illustrated in a late 60's/70's psychedelic style. [more inside]
posted by alikins on Jun 5, 2010 - 2 answers

Beautifully Written Books for Young People

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]
posted by yankeefog on Mar 18, 2010 - 45 answers

My Father's Dragon Anime!

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?
posted by senador on Jan 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking to create a safe, non-toxic baby/ children's book

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]
posted by JiffyQ on Jan 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Not Prince Michael. Prince who, though?

Looking for an out of print children's book entitled Prince _________, about a dog. Help? [more inside]
posted by samsarah on Nov 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Long lost children’s book search

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]
posted by goml on Sep 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Name of Children's Book

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?
posted by Lorna on Aug 20, 2009 - 8 answers

Farmer Brown has a Problem...

Please share your short list of best children's books ever! [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on Jun 22, 2009 - 82 answers

Help me build a library of lefty kids books

Do you know any good left wing propoganda for toddlers? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Jun 15, 2009 - 51 answers

Picture Books For A Super-Smart Kid

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]
posted by yankeefog on Apr 21, 2009 - 57 answers

The Kingdom of Spaghetti

Name this young adult book from my youth. It involved a land of pasta... [more inside]
posted by shii on Mar 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me find two books I read as a kid

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]
posted by Caduceus on Jul 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Children's Book Filter - What was this book?

Children's Book Filter: Help me find a book from when I was a kid. Of course, only limited details remembered... [more inside]
posted by finitejest on May 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me find a creepy book from my childhood.

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]
posted by svolix on Feb 28, 2008 - 12 answers

What are these books I read as a kid?

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]
posted by lunasol on Feb 17, 2008 - 9 answers

Need Books/Movies for Kids Going to Rome

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]
posted by bjennings on Feb 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Please help me locate these books from childhood.

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]
posted by kookywon on Jan 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Squirrel Story

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.
posted by Irontom on Jan 18, 2008 - 5 answers

Children's book title redux

I'm looking for the title of a children's book I read while growing up (early 80s) about a condemned house. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Dec 28, 2007 - 5 answers

Alternative Kid's Lit

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]
posted by evilcupcakes on Dec 12, 2007 - 15 answers

Fiction I can read to a 5 yr old?

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!
posted by ohdeanna on Nov 26, 2007 - 45 answers

Long Shot-Children's ABC book from 60s-70s?

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]
posted by MsElaineous on Aug 1, 2007 - 13 answers

The Future of War?

Help me find a series of illustrated children's hardcover books from the 70s/80s about the upcoming technologies of "The Future" [more inside]
posted by Ryvar on Jul 10, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me buy a children's book collection

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.
posted by bananafish on Jun 3, 2007 - 45 answers

Children's Books with a Female Main Character?

Any recommendations for children's books featuring little girls? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Jan 13, 2007 - 37 answers

Children's book about a boy and his harmonica

Looking for a children's book about a boy who plays the harmonica... [more inside]
posted by amelliferae on Oct 26, 2006 - 5 answers

Best book series for children and young adults?

Book series for children and young adults? Recommendations welcome. There is [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Oct 23, 2006 - 49 answers

Help me remember a strange children's book?

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]
posted by lilithim on Oct 2, 2006 - 4 answers

Orange marmalade and an adult who doesn't care.

What is this children's book I read twenty years ago? Basic plot and scant specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Tuwa on Sep 17, 2006 - 5 answers

Finding a children's book about blue jeans

Children's book question, blue jeans running in the woods... [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun on Aug 7, 2006 - 6 answers

(Yet Another) Help Me Find This Book

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]
posted by aclevername on Mar 22, 2005 - 4 answers

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