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Children's book identification halp

I'm looking for help identifying a book I read when I was a kid in the 80s! I don't remember much about it other than some impressions about visual style, a few plot points, and one line of text. The book in question went missing when we moved in 1989, so I know it was written before then. [more inside]
posted by laeren on Dec 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Best boardgames for future gamers

My boys like boardgames, and as a gamer I'm going to keep encouraging this. What are your recommendations for beginner moving to intermediate complexity games, with an emphasis on fun, communications and replayability? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Oct 26, 2014 - 33 answers

Now get this work-work-work-work, working on my sheets

What is the best site, app, or program for kids' worksheets? Math, science, handwriting, grammar, etc. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Aug 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Name that TV show

Based on a few vague memories, can you guys help me find a British TV series from the 80's? It involved roses, a maze and pairs of flying eyes that were spies for an evil sorcerer/king. It might be the TV show "Into the Labryrinth" but I can't tell for sure. Does this jog any memories for anyone? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jul 27, 2014 - 2 answers

books for boys

I'm slowly building up a library of amazing books for my three sons. What books do I need to make sure to include? Are there boy equivalents to Anne Shirley, Sara Crewe, Meg Murry, Matilada, et al? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on May 23, 2014 - 41 answers

Help me identify this (I think) British children's TV show/film

Does anyone remember what I believe was a British children's TV show or film in which at one stage a villainous and possibly alien woman reveals herself to have no thumbs on her hands? She removes a pair of black gloves to reveal it. Possibly in a ruined building or building site. This is a very distinct memory I've carried with me for years without ever working out what it's from.
posted by Kirn on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

The Wolf of Sesame Street

I'm curious about the business of children's literature. I'm looking for any books/articles/personal anecdotes that discuss it from the cutthroat capitalism angle; such as how monopolies may affect the content published, or perhaps particular authors known for their ruthlessness.
posted by gorbweaver on Apr 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Children's story about the entire world being quiet

Help me find the name of this story I remember about a moment when everyone stops making noise at once. [more inside]
posted by grog on Mar 2, 2014 - 4 answers

A Step Above Dr. Seuss

I am looking for (fiction) books that are a step above Dr. Seuss. I don't really remember any of these from when I was young so I'm not really sure what to look for. The extra hurdle is, I have a very precocious reader who's awesome at reading, but age-level at social stuff/plot understanding. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Feb 5, 2014 - 41 answers

Where are the doorways to magical worlds?

I need more examples of the ways that children get into magical worlds in books. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jan 21, 2014 - 56 answers

What does a typical five year old's drawing look like?

Please help me find examples of drawings made by children at ages three through seven. I have found many unlabeled images, and many lengthy written descriptions of what drawings "may" or "should" include at certain ages. Why do the writers not post some examples? I have found lots of vanity posts, "look what my precocious little darling drew!" This is not what I am looking for. I want drawings typical for the age group, labeled with the age and gender (secondary importance) of the child. I am not looking for art class products, but just drawings that kids draw on their own.
posted by woman on Oct 28, 2013 - 10 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

Tell me the name of this children's book from its cover (1940-1970ish)

I'm trying to identify an English-language book by its cover as seen in a photo of my friend taken in 1970 when she was a year old. The original image is hard to make out, but I inverted it and made it black and white. Does anyone recognize it? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Aug 8, 2013 - 42 answers

Secret Room Literature

We've built a small secret room in our house for our children to discover. One of the features in the room is a bookshelf where we're putting secret room themed books. [more inside]
posted by MarkAnd on Jul 30, 2013 - 109 answers

How can I get my 13 yo daughter's childrens book published?

My daughter is 13 yo & is a pretty good artist. She is extremely creative & she has compiled a great deal of pictures that she has drawn. What i find incredibly unique about these pictures, is that they are all of Puns... like "Running out of time" with somebody running out of a giant clock.... etc., etc., etc... Again, they are VERY unique. Every time i look at them, she's added a few, and they are all very clever. I thought it would be terrific if she could compile them together... with either captions under each, or even putting some words to them to create a short story...etc. Thereby, resulting in a book... based on these puns, the target audience would be around her age (say maybe 10 yo or so) & up. How would i go about or rather who would i contact, to present it to a publishing company? I welcome all thoughts & suggestions!
posted by foodybat on Jul 22, 2013 - 18 answers

trying to remember the name of a childrens book about a bowl

The bowl was Spanish, and didn't want to be warrior... it just wanted to smell flowers... anyone remember or know what book this is?
posted by butterball on Jun 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for classic children's literature to read to my class of five year olds

Please recommend me classic children's literature to read aloud to five-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Sep 15, 2012 - 32 answers

Find this YA sci-fi book!

Yet another name this 70s/80s YA novel question--illustrated underground city edition! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 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

Lost childrens books section

Looking for a childrens book where objects and things are drawn small and precise. Almost like Goldbug or Waldo. From the 80s. Possible features: Things are categorized, there's drawing instruction, it's for boys, in a series.
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Jan 25, 2012 - 9 answers

So little to go on

I have the vaguest of memories of a TV movie I may have seen around the mid-80s, possibly on public television. Could have been British, or at least set in the UK. It was somewhat creepy, at least it was to young me at the time. It was about a family wherein one of the boys had magic powers. My only real memory is a shot of this boy putting his hands into a kitchen counter as if the kitchen counter were soft clay or a portal to another dimension, drawing some material out of it, and making a little sculpture of an animal (lion?) Young me found that special effect surprisingly unnerving. I thought it might be a WonderWorks production but none of the titles seem to match. Ring any bells for anyone?
posted by doift on Oct 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Raising funds for a public library project?

My public library is renovating and The Friends OTL would like to sponsor a special collection/reading room in the Childrens department. I've been asked to help with the fundraising during the pre-planning phase of this endeavor by gathering examples of and ideas for promotional materials—flyers, glossies, and whatnot to help get the word out that this charitable opportunity exists. I don't really know where to start, though... do you? [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Sep 26, 2011 - 1 answer

I'm thinking Mulan rather than Cinderella...

Storybooks (standalone, series or anthologies) that have empowered female characters and are appropriate for a kindergartener? [more inside]
posted by clicking the 'Post Comment' button on Sep 21, 2011 - 24 answers

Educational programs and movies

What are some cool kids movies or television programs that are not documentaries, are educational, engaging, and do not simply teach values & behavior? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Sep 13, 2011 - 32 answers

Trying to recall a book from my childhood

Trying to recall a book from my childhood - "The Travelling Globe/Hourglass" Picture search style but not childish at all, very intricate possibly Victorian-themed artwork picturing different scenes from afar but in great detail - circus, city [more inside]
posted by mangoprawn on Aug 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Trying to follow the light. But failing.

Bookfilter: something something FANTASY something something BLUE LIGHT something something BIG SNAKE. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Feb 11, 2011 - 7 answers

looking for children's book about dolls

Looking for a children's book about a girl with six dolls... [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Feb 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Rocks with eyes!?

Another "what book from my childhood was this?" question. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Dec 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Dog behavior, fruit flies, and basic sex ed.

[Children's Book Filter] I am trying to remember the name of an oversized book geared toward children, in the tween and adolescent set. [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Nov 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Parents/children bedroom configuration....

Is it weird for kids to sleep downstairs and parents to sleep upstairs? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Sep 23, 2010 - 43 answers

Kid Book Help

Another "help me remember this kid book" question. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Aug 12, 2010 - 5 answers

No clowns, no Snookis, no Situations.

I need to locate a children's party entertainer for August 28th in the Delaware Valley/Southern NJ area. [more inside]
posted by crataegus on Jul 31, 2010 - 2 answers

Push the water out

Name that kids book, little boy drowns playing in the water, kindly old man performs CPR on him, saying something like "blow the air in, push the water out". [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Feb 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Peace dress for baby

Twirls & Twigs is a (new to me) brand of children's clothing. Their "peace dress" is adorable and deeply desired as a gift for my favorite new mom. I have googled and sought it everywhere I can think of to no avail. I would like it in a small (infant) size, but if I can find it in any size, I would be thrilled. Anyone?
posted by mmf on Jan 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Foreign films with English audio for kids -- what exists?

I'd like some movie recommendations for foreign children's films which have a good English dub. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Dec 9, 2009 - 12 answers

What was this picture book involving animals in battle scenes?

What was this children's book I had in the 1980s that contained large pictures of woodland animals engaged in battle scenes, using military equipment such as cannons that fired acorns? [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention on Nov 2, 2009 - 4 answers

Faceless Nuns in Childrens Book

Looking for a circa late 70's early 80's Children's Picture Book with faceless nuns. Hoping someone in the MeFi shared my same crazed childhood where aunts gave books for Christmas every.year [more inside]
posted by will wait 4 tanjents on Sep 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Your Favorite Recording of "Ring Around The Rosie"

Can anybody recommend a recording of "Ring Around The Rosie" that would have some charm and interest for a grown up? Or at least not drive you crazy when you listen to it again and again? Traditional versions of the song are fine, as are creative reinterpretations--but they need to be close enough to the original that my toddler won't think I'm pulling a fast one on her next time she asks to have it played.
posted by yankeefog on Sep 22, 2009 - 10 answers

Bạn có nói tiếng...Parlez-vous...Do you speak...?

Anybody familiar with a series of trilingual Vietnamese folk storybooks that were written in Vietnamese, English & French? I'm searching.. [more inside]
posted by handabear on Jul 9, 2009 - 0 answers

Where do I find childrens books in bulk?

I am the bookmobile librarian for a small rural system in WNC. In April I will be participating in a festival for children and would like to give them each a book. [more inside]
posted by haikuku on Feb 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Vintage Illustrations

I am trying to find vintage/retro images from old childrens' books and other sources for my wedding invitations and save the date cards. Specifically I am interested in bunnies, deer or anything wilderness related and children with butterfly nets. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Feb 10, 2009 - 18 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

Sci-fi kids book with BASIC code

Childhood BookFilter: A sci-fi choose-your-own adventure book with snippets of BASIC code that would be a complete game in the end. [more inside]
posted by pravit on Dec 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Childrens book from the 70's

Childrens book from the 70's filter: A book about a kid who makes a lubricant that makes cars frictionless. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on Oct 29, 2008 - 3 answers

Anyone know this book?

Trying to find/remember a childrens book from my childhood (I'm 33) in which there were either hippos or elephants having a run-in with an evil sultan. I think the animals got shoved into a tarpit or something - a bit intense....
posted by H. Roark on Sep 24, 2008 - 3 answers

Getting a children's book published

Anyone published a children's book, or work at a publishing house that does? [more inside]
posted by Penelope on May 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Recommendations for science experiment book for children?

Looking for recommendations for a science experiment book suitable for an 8 year old. When I was a kid, I had a copy of “Mr. Wizard’s Supermarket Science” that I loved, but unfortunately it’s out of print. Any suggestions?
posted by skwm on May 19, 2008 - 11 answers

Hat, hat, where you at?

Need to find very specific type of hat on the INTARWEBS. First seen in San Francisco's Chinatown. Picture follows... [more inside]
posted by rhoticity on Dec 24, 2007 - 4 answers

Looking for a certain book about a mole

Childrens' book filter: I'm looking for a story about a mole, in which he tries to escape from a digging machine. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Dec 23, 2007 - 3 answers

Whats the kids book about the three eyed/eared alien rabbit who lost its parents?

Whats the wonderfully illustrated childrens storybook about a little yellow three eyed/eared alien rabbit who has lost his/her parents on Earth? [more inside]
posted by 6am on Dec 18, 2007 - 1 answer

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