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]
My comfort-loving preschooler (boy) only likes to wear sweatpants and leggings. I am of the opinion that sweatpants should never be worn in public, and most leggings are probably not warm enough for winter. Can you help me find comfy, warm pants that also look good? [more inside]
Trying to track down a Halloween-y children's (?) book of puzzles and such. Details within. [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.
I once read a book where someone tells the main character, "You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, Veronica." I'm 99% sure the character in question was called Veronica and the line definitely included her name. (It may not have included the "than vinegar" bit.) What was this book? [more inside]
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.
I'm looking for the title of a children`s picture book which had a boy named Paul and a man with a crystal ball named Solamand (sp?) . Many of the pages had shiny silver spots on them such as a silver rain puddle. I thought it had ``Apprentice`in the title, but maybe not. I don`t know when it was published but my children read it in the `80s. Paul somehow travels from his home to were Solamand is. Does anyone remember it?
When my kid was three, I bought him a yellow raincoat lined with thin fleece from Target. It was $12. It was perfect - a little warm but not too warm. Still fits in the body, but the sleeves are much too short for my now 5.5-year-old. And now I can't find anything remotely similar for that price or any price, really. [more inside]
It's driving me crazy - the book was about fishing/fisherman and featured dark linocut illustrations. I think the cover was blue and black. My recollection is that the tone of the book was sad. This was in Canada, early 1970s, if it matters. Help!
Do you know of any stories or poems for young children (ages 3-10) that are about orchard fruits--or at least feature fruit or fruit trees prominently?
Does this sound familiar to anyone? Ok, I know this is vague, especially since there is no plot. I've been trying to remember a children's book about art. I'm pretty sure it was published by the Museum of Modern Art and most likely in the late 1980s to early 1990s. The book had an artwork for every letter of the alphabet, for instance "D is for Dance" paired with Dance I by Henri Matisse. I also remember Two Cheeseburgers, with Everything by Claes Oldenburg. [more inside]
I loved this book as a kid in the early 90s. Please help me identify it! [more inside]
Metafilter, do you have any thoughts or ideas on what might be a good instrument to buy for Chrismas, that the kids (6 and 3.5) can play with on their own (i.e. there won't be lessons) but can still gain skill and enjyment, that I can find second hand for under, say, $100. Recorder? auto harp? trupet? drums? We already have a piano and bells. Thank you!
Trying to identify a book my nanna had on her shelf and that I loved when I was a kid, but has been given away since. I thought the volume was called 'Myths and Legends', though one story I recall in particular strikes me as probably more of a fairy story. It might have been one of a set with a number of volumes. [more inside]
Please help me identify this book! [more inside]
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]
I didn't buy this jacket when my kid was a baby. Who spends over a hundred bucks on something so frivolous? I didn't, but have been obsessed with it ever since. Does anything exist on earth that is similar and would suit a preschool-size boy? Boy being the operative word. [more inside]
Help me find this children's book: About the seasons on a farm. No words, just four illustrations of the same barnyard with animals in the different seasons. The one from my childhood was over-sized and cardboard. [more inside]
What is this book? [more inside]
How can I amuse these variously-aged children who like to test boundaries? How should I handle things when I basically can't discipline them? How can I get in the right headspace to do this? [more inside]
kids' book in which princess and family move out of castle and have to rent all houses on a street to hold their stuff
I am looking for a chapter book I read as a kid in the 1970s/1980s in which a princess and her family have to move out of their ancestral home and instead rent all the houses on a street to hold all their things that used to be in the castle. It was kind of an adventure/mystery story after that, I think involving something with the family possessions. Anyone know the title of this book please?
Anyone remember a kids' book about a boy with a magic copy machine that will copy anything (objects) and has an infinity symbol button?
Help me find a half-remembered children's book about a little girl and her pet, and what they say when they get the chance to speak one sentence to each other. [more inside]
Where or what children's (tv show? classroom teaching guide?) is this song from? Lyrics inside... [more inside]
Recommendations for children's and young adult books auf Deutsch? [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]
Tutoring 101: A Crash Course [more inside]
Does anyone have any idea what 1980s or 1990s children's picture book this was? (very scary, about monsters). [more inside]
Obscure children's book filter. (Details within) [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]
I'm looking for the title to a children's book about a hippo or a rhino who felt inadequate and had a dream.
I'm looking for the title to a children's book. It was about a hippopotamus or a rhino who felt inadequate who on a walk met different animals he wished he was like and then had a dream in which he had one body part of each of the animals he wanted to be more like.
I am looking for information -- author, publisher, possibly title -- about a particular illustrated version of Verne's From the Earth to the Moon. [more inside]
Looking for a childrens book about the origin of words illustrated in a late 60's/70's psychedelic style. [more inside]
Help me find a picture book about which I can remember almost nothing, and what I remember may or may not be true. [more inside]
Where can I find interesting versions (i.e. opera, acoustic, rock, etc.) of traditional children nursery rhymes/folk songs? Any language is fine. [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]
What movie did I rent all the time when I was little? It was animated and had two children (brother and sister?) collecting the four elements for a wolf. [more inside]
Looking for an out of print children's book entitled Prince _________, about a dog. Help? [more inside]
How do you open a childproof zipper on an Ikea children's mattress cover? [more inside]
I'm looking for the title of an action/adventure short story collection that I read in middle school (early 90s). It included The Most Dangerous Game and Leningen Versus the Ants. [more inside]
Going bonkers trying to remember the title of a favorite children's book that I read growing up in the late 1960s. The story takes place in NYC and the main characters are 2 children, a boy and a girl. The children stand in the first car of a subway train and as the train moves faster and faster through a Bowery tunnel, the children travel back in time to NY when it was New Amsterdam. They meet Peter Stuyvesant and other characters in Manhattan when it was a Dutch colony. Sound familiar to anyone?