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Books like What Do People Do All Day?

What non-Richard Scarry books would enthrall a toddler who loves Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? I'm looking for books featuring amusing vignettes of various workers in their daily routine and illustrating what they do. Not books about a sole profession. Thanks for any ideas.
posted by JamesD on Aug 5, 2014 - 17 answers

Help identifying a children's book:There's No Accounting For Taste?

My wife's family is trying to remember the full title of an illustrated children's book. They are insisting it's called "There's no Accounting For Taste". It's about a brother and a sister on a walking journey where they observe animals eating various things (like a robin eating a worm, or a panda eating bamboo) and they end up saying "There's no Accounting For Taste!". So far google has been no help.
posted by splatta on Mar 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Dimly Remembered Kids' Book About a Flying Squirrel and His Friends

I've been racking my brain trying to remember a book I liked when I was a kid. As I recall it was a small chapter book, with a reading level somewhere in the 2nd - 3rd grade range. It was about a group of forest animals, and I think most or all of them were nocturnal. The main one was a flying squirrel. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Sep 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Children's books that include children of color?

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 - 47 answers

Best places to shop for books for kids (age 1-4) in Chicago?

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 - 6 answers

Depictions of Children's Street Culture in Fiction and Nonfiction

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 - 16 answers

A Children's Book About Adoption

I'm looking for a book meant for small children, probably around age 6, about adoption. The cover pictures a white couple with two adopted (non-caucasian, I think, probably of different races) children. It would have been available at least in 1987-1990 (kind of fuzzy on the year) in New Jersey or thereabouts, USA. It was an English language book. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Mar 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Picture Book Publishing 101

I want to write a children's picture book, submit it to a publisher, and get it published. Now what? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Sep 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Memes and Themes: Best bits of children's picture books?

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 - 8 answers

Who wrote the old book of poems for kids, "It May Be So, It May Be Not"?

I've got another "what was that thing from my childhood?" sort of question, and I've combed through Google and Amazon and Abebooks to no avail. A book of short quirky poems for children, probably illustrated. Mid 1970s. Very likely published by Scribners, we had tons of their hardcover books from an uncle who worked there (now deceased, so I can't ask him.) I thought the title was "It May Be So, It May Be Not", which was also the title of a poem in the book that went, either partially or entirely... [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Jul 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Children's-Book-Filter: Dead missionary parents, New England island, driving on ice

Children's novel: Protagonist is the son of deceased missionaries, retaining only a comforter and a photograph. He lives with an aunt and uncle, and the plot concerns his reintegration into non-missionary society. Setting is an island in New England, and there are scenes of driving on the ice in the winter to get to the mainland. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Mar 20, 2012 - 0 answers

iso: specific yoga for kids book

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 - 4 answers

Which book is my daughter remembering?

Can anyone help my 8 year old daughter remember a particular children's book that made an impression on her? I don't have much to go on, but the story seems to revolve around a boy (and possibly a dog) who live in a village(?) at a time when bombing is happening (suggesting WWII?). The boy spends a lot of time watching trains (skipping school to do so) and dreams of going to his grandmother's house until he eventually runs away on one after some problems at home (possibly involving the police). While on the train he meets a family *on the top*(?) of the train and befriends a girl who is like a servant/slave to the family. She thinks she read it in the last year or so and I guess it would be appropriate for her age. Any ideas what the book might be? Thanks in advance! (note that I suspect the book is by a British author)
posted by oclipa on Jan 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

I am looking for a book or a movie geared at younger kids (mine is 7), that would start a conversation about things not always being as they appear. Kinda like how toys on TV never end up to be as cool as they look, or how some people make promises that sound good, but they just don't deliver. I'd like to help my daughter start to develop the intelligence and skill set to truly discern the difference between substance and smoke.
posted by lakersfan1222 on Dec 1, 2011 - 23 answers

How do I become more successful with children?

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 - 30 answers

Who can illustrate my book?

I have an idea for a children's book (well a series of books) but I can't draw to save my life. Where can I find someone to help with this? [more inside]
posted by birdlips on Sep 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Babar, Mortality and Me

Which of the Babar books deal with death? This question stems from a childhood anecdote that goes a little something like this . . . [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for family-focused memoirs

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 - 20 answers

Can you ID these books from my 1980's childhood?

Help me track down two books from my childhood! [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Mar 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Lovely chidren's book I vaguely remember

I read the most beautiful children's book a few years ago. All I remember is how moved i was at the end. Help me find it again! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Sep 9, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me determine the name of an older children's book.

Help me determine the name of an older children's book. I have a year and a half old child and for months now I've been wracking my brain trying to remember the name of a book that sticks out in my memory from childhood. I vaguely remember it from 1st or 2nd grade so that would have been in the early 70s. [more inside]
posted by mcschmidt00 on Mar 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Seeking title of old children's book having to do with synonyms and language

A friend of mine is seeking the title of an old children's book about synonyms and language; his description inside. [more inside]
posted by chazlarson on Feb 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Question about children's book involving a goat.

Children's BookFilter: So, I am asking for a friend of mine. As a kid she read a book about a girl or boy who saved a little goat from getting killed. There were perhaps some horses involved. And the girl liked to paint. We need to know the name of this book.... [more inside]
posted by rlef98 on Jan 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me ID a kid's book about colors

Name-that-book-Filter: Large-format children's book, all about colors [more inside]
posted by range on Dec 2, 2009 - 10 answers

One Day in the Life of Ivan Desnakeovich?

YAWTBF (Yet Another "What's That Book?" Filter): I'm trying to find a book that I loved as a child (early '80s). The book was written from the perspective of a garter snake as he slithered around a little chunk of wilderness bordered by a road. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 2, 2009 - 2 answers

need publisher, imagination will travel

I've recently begun work on a children's book. It is inspired by my granddaughter. I was wondering if anyone had any information on how to get a children's book published? Suggested Publishers? Also, any other information pertaining to this process, would be appreciated. ***I realize that children's books are a dime a dozen...but mine just might be spectacular ;)***
posted by gypseefire on Oct 17, 2009 - 4 answers

What is the title of this book?

Identify a book for my girlfriend please. Read in the mid 90's maybe had 'children' in the title. Sci-fi novel about children held captive with woman in a castle after being placed with her through a government forced foster system (children are lent out to childless people for one month). They survive nuclear meltdown and years after by being put into suspended animation. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Aug 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Should I give a dead stranger's book to his children?

I found a neat antique book, and now I've tracked down its old owner. He's dead. Should I offer to give it to his children? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jul 25, 2009 - 26 answers

Looking for an old children's Bible story book

It's probably a long shot, but I'm looking for an old (1980s or older) children's Bible story book I had when I was a kid. I can't quite recall the name, but it might have been called something like "The Children's Bible Story Book." What I remember most about it were the awesome illustrations. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Jul 13, 2009 - 29 answers

Help me find my favorite childhood picture book.

I'm looking for a couple of picture books I loved as a kid, in the late eighties. Unfortunately, the only thing I have to go on is really vivid memories of the pictures. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Mar 9, 2009 - 3 answers

children's book: old man turns into a dragon??

Looking for the title/ author of a children's book about an old man who saves a Chinese village by turning into a dragon? [more inside]
posted by mrmarley on Feb 22, 2009 - 3 answers

[Child Book Filter] 70s Children's Book on Pollution

Does anyone remember the name of a children's book that was a cautionary tale against air pollution? I remember it being a soft cover book w/ that was short and wide. Pictures of factory(s) and people getting and wearing gas masks (as well as dogs)! I can't remember the ending but hopefully my description suffices.
posted by gnash on Jan 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Inspirational Stories for 8th graders

Can anyone suggest inspirational readings for 8th graders? [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Oct 6, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me remember this Incredible Journey starring kids

BookFilter: Help me remember this book about 3 children who go on an "incredible journey" of sorts after their parents fail to pick them up from the hotel's daycare. [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Apr 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Children live in a museum -- help me find this book!

Children run away from home and live in a museum -- help me remember this book! [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack on Apr 1, 2008 - 10 answers

What is the first book you remember loving?

What is the first book you remember loving? [more inside]
posted by easy_being_green on Feb 18, 2008 - 147 answers

Will you help me remember the title of this book?

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 - 5 answers

Name this juvenile fiction book, please.

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 - 6 answers

Learn-to-read serial in Chicago paper. I think.

Wanted: a book of a learn-to-read cartoon of sorts, likely serialized in a (Chicago?) newspaper, c. 1950-1970. [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Feb 22, 2007 - 2 answers

Anyone remember a children's story about a train? No, not that one...

Children's Story Filter: I'm trying to remember a picture book about a train conductor who had retired. He ended up building a working train that ran through a park, and he gave children tours. [more inside]
posted by cynthia_rose on Feb 19, 2007 - 3 answers

name that children's book

looking for the title and author of a children's book about a polar bear. i don't remember the specifics of the story except for the fact that it ends, approximately, with the line: "polar bear, underwear." what i remember of the story is that the polar bear is on is way to the shower and involves him stripping down to his "polar bear underwear." i remember the artwork being somewhat strange.
posted by defmute on Dec 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Identify moralistic asian childrens book?

BookFilter: I had this book as a child, it contained a number of solomon-like tales, (two mothers claiming a child, true mother didn't want it cut in half, etc.) Except with an Asian flair. It was called Judge Edo, Ito? Anyone? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside on Dec 4, 2006 - 10 answers

I once read an awesome book!

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 - 8 answers

How do I publish a kid's book?

How would one go about publishing a children's book? [more inside]
posted by fenriq on Aug 12, 2006 - 8 answers

historical fiction identification: rome, china

Historical fiction children's book ID filter: scholars and bandits in 1930s China and bull-jumping children in Rome. [more inside]
posted by nonane on Jul 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Books for a two-year-old first-time flier

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 - 17 answers

Do you know the name of this children's book?

I'm looking for a children's book that was a collection of rhymes, based on the alphabet and kids' names. [more inside]
posted by OhPuhLeez on May 9, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me find my favorite book!

[LongLostChildhoodMemoriesFilter] I am looking for a book that I had as a wee-one, involving a night-time adventure through the city via a boy's imagination and a shoebox diorama. [more inside]
posted by elr on Apr 23, 2006 - 11 answers

Children's book about two RAF pilots who discover another world underground

BookFilter - I'm trying to remember the title of a book involving two RAF pilots who bail out and end up exploring an underground world. [more inside]
posted by greycap on Mar 6, 2006 - 6 answers

Name this kid's book!

Trying to find an old childrens' book involving a princess who finds a baby dragon. [more inside]
posted by Windigo on Oct 25, 2005 - 3 answers

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