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Another half-remembered children's book!

I'm trying to find a picture book that I read as a child (1980's; I'm not sure how old the book was at that time). All I remember is that it was about a girl named, I think, Arabella, who ventured into a huge Victorian mansion with convoluted passageways and got lost. Can anyone help me figure out what this book was?
posted by Ralston McTodd on Oct 15, 2016 - 1 answer

Another “help me find a childhood book” question...

I'm trying to remember a book that was a gift from my aunt, a nurse, around 1980-ish. Target audience, probably 8-10 year olds. It was about how the body works, but it was a sort of eclectic bunch of anecdotes, stories, and facts, each one a page or maybe two-page spread. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Aug 23, 2016 - 7 answers

Looking for junior-high school level reading anthology, early 1980s

Am steadily repurchasing most of my favorite books I had growing up. (Gotta contribute to the economy somehow, I guess.) This was a reader, with short stories that included a condensed version of "Flat Stanley." [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Aug 23, 2016 - 4 answers

Looking for read aloud chapter books for a 5-year old.

My daughter enjoys having chapter books read to her, and despite her age, seems to attend to and enjoy longer, more complex stories. Off the top of my head, over the past year or so we've read everything by Roald Dahl, the Wizard of Oz, and all the Little House books through Silver Lake (she started getting restless during that one, I think the language got a bit too high level and the plot more subtle). [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Jun 28, 2016 - 39 answers

don't pander to public opinion, or do

I'm trying very hard to remember what I think was a book (likely with pictures) from my childhood (so probably the nineties) that involved pandas and the phrase (possibly as a moral) "don't pander to public opinion," but every combination of these things on google suggests I dreamed this or am misremembering it in a big way. Any ideas, hivemind?
posted by Nomiconic on Jun 3, 2016 - 2 answers

Remembering a poetry book from my childhood

What was this anthology book from my childhood?? Read at my grandmother's house in the early to mid 1990s. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on May 26, 2016 - 8 answers

Please help me find my Childhood?

A long, long time ago, probably (maybe?) at a Scholastic Book sale, I bought a book. This would have been in the mid-to-late-80s? See inside for clues. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on May 13, 2016 - 3 answers

No, it's not Harry Potter

When I was a kid, I read a book about a magical school on top of a mountain. They had to evacuate down the mountain for some reason (a blizzard?). This was depicted on the cover, with a blue background. I think the head teacher may have used a wheelchair and had a pointy goatee. I could, however, be totally wrong about that, including the gender of the head teacher. (I'm confident there was a woman on the school's staff.) What was it? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Mar 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Publishing/Self-Publishing a kids storybook - where to start?

A friend and I are planning to put together a children's book. Where do we start with finding a way to put it out? [more inside]
posted by greenish on May 13, 2015 - 2 answers

Self-publishing a children's book

Thinking of trying my hand in the on-demand self-publishing space with a kids' (0-3) book. But I am more or less a noob, so lay some knowledge on me. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 on Apr 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Children's Book Filter: mystery on a castle tour?

Trying to identify a book I read as a child, around 1990... I am not sure if the book is significantly older than that or not. The plot involves some children and some adults going through the basement of a castle, in a Medieval Times-type reenactment kind of way. The main plot point is that there is some kind of mystery which ends up being solved by the clever kid who notices that the "princess" (really an actress) is wearing a band-aid. [more inside]
posted by anotherthink on Sep 1, 2014 - 2 answers

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

I seem to have a real problem remembering the names of books.

And Google's not helping me! It's a children's book. I read it when I was 10, so in 1995, and I think it was relatively new (like, it's not a book from the 60's.) The protagonist was an elementary or middle school kid who found a dragon. (I can't even remember if it was a boy or a girl, although I'm leaning towards boy.) I remember that he found the dragon before summer vacation, and was excited that he'd have the dragon until Midsummer Night's Eve, because he thought that meant the middle of summer, and was really upset to find out that Midsummer Night's Eve was on June 23rd. Those are the only real details I remember. Please help!
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Oct 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Who is Mitchell Miller?

I have this book by Jack Sendak, with illustrations by Mitchell Miller. All I know or can find about Mitchell Miller is that he illustrated two books for Jack Sendak, as did Sendak's brother. Thing is, Miller's work looks awfully familiar.
posted by Toekneesan on Sep 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Found this book, then lost it again

My brother and I are searching for a loved childhood book. He found it on a rare book website, paid for a copy, and never heard from the seller again. We're more interested in finding the book than tracking down the bum. The problem is, we've forgotten the author, and are uncertain about the actual title. It's about a boy who wants a dog, and goes to sleep (I think the night before his birthday) and has a hallucinogenic dream about a giant dog and stairways to the sky and a giant door with an inscription on it. When he wakes up, there is a real puppy waiting for him, I think as his birthday present. I remember the cover was green. It was an oversize picture book. I think the title was "The Wishing Tree" but I can't find the book under that title anywhere. I read it in the mid-60's. Thank you for your help!
posted by aimeedee on Aug 19, 2013 - 2 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

Another another important book?

Help me find this picture book from the 70s or 80s! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Aug 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Bears... not those ones.

I would like help identifying a children's picture book about a family of bears who wear clothes and do human things. Basically all I remember about it is that they're NOT the Berenstein bears. [more inside]
posted by Safiya on Jul 12, 2013 - 20 answers

I just cannot remember the name!

Children's book, of a wintery sort (I've been trying to remember the title for six months). I read it in the last 15 years. It involved a bored princess and someone that came and shook everything up - perhaps pied piper-ish? It involved juggling I think and the character's name was really important - I remember it as something like 'Hode'.
posted by an opinicus on Jul 11, 2013 - 4 answers

trying to find a picture book from my childhood...

I remember a book we had as kids that was about a man with an amazing flying bed. I think it was called "Mr (somebody)'s amazing/magnificent/fantastic (?) bed" or something along those lines. It has unusual illustrations and was a really exciting book, he would go flying on this crazy bed at night. The cover was orange. A picture book. I've googled like crazy but can't find it. Anyone recall anything like this???
posted by beccyjoe on Jul 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Lobotomized 1980s/1990s children's/young adult book

This one has been driving me nuts for years, and I'm going to turn to the hive mind. When I was a kid, around 10 or 11 (making it around 1992-1993), I got a book that was something akin to the Babysitters' Club books: targeted at young girls, about a group of young girls all doing something together. The first of a potential series, although I don't know if I read any more. I remember very few details of this book other than the fact that it was mentioned that the main character/narrator's mother had had A LOBOTOMY. She had been depressed or had some other mental problem before, so she had a voluntary lobotomy and was now fun and freewheeling and wore cowboy hats in the kitchen. This wasn't an important plot point, just a throwaway character detail. If anyone has any memory or clue to what this book or book series could have been, I'd be thrilled. I'd just like to know that I'm not just making it up, for one thing.
posted by whitneyarner on May 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Kids book about monster makeup and making your own spook show?

Trying to track down the title (and copy) of a book I had when I was in second or third grade (1980/81?) that showed kids how to do simple monster makeup and how to create a "spookshow." [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Apr 22, 2013 - 3 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

The Boy Who Read Too Much

Childhood Books: When I was a kid, I had a short illustrated book about The Boy Who Read Too Much or The Boy Who Didn't Like Television or something. It was about a boy who only wanted to read, but his parents wanted him to watch TV. Tongue in cheek, obviously--I seem to remember it being illustrated in a sort of Roz Chast-y style. Does this ring a bell for anyone? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me find this children's book!

I'm trying to track down a picture book from my childhood (late 70's-early 80's). All I remember is that the illustrations were line drawings filled in with pastel colors, and on one page there was a giant sun in pale yellow and orange (maybe spanning two pages.) Does anyone remember this book?
posted by Ralston McTodd on Jan 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Identify this children's book

Asking for a friend: "I read a book when I was very young, a fantasy story for kids, that featured a character called Airy Bear, who would inflate himself and thus leap and bounce about. I cannot remember the name of this book and I really, *REALLY* want to know what it is. Help? The internet (or at least my search-term-crafting-fu) is failing me."
posted by kilo hertz on Oct 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Identify This Children's Book

I need help identifying a children's book that may have been illustrated by someone whose style was similar to that of Maurice Sendak, Audrey Wood, and even Tomie dePaola. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 answers

So now I have anatidaephobia but for pumpkins

Anyone remember a terrifying children's book about fleeing from a slowly rolling pumpkin? [more inside]
posted by pickingupsticks on Aug 24, 2012 - 5 answers

I lost a book about a girl and a horse lost in a blizzard.

A lost book about a lost girl and a horse and a blizzard...remembered from childhood. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Jul 20, 2012 - 2 answers

What is this book about a sad dragon trying to take care of a pet?

What is this book from my childhood involving an adorable reptile and his pet? [more inside]
posted by derogatorysphinx on Jun 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Children's book about Quaker riddles?

Children's book about Quaker riddles? I read it as a kid, I remember a hell of a lot about it -- except of course the title. [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle on May 18, 2012 - 5 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

Ahoy, Captain Otter!

Name that children's book: An intrepid otter captains a beautifully illustrated riverboat. [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

mouse a Venezia per i capretti

Find-that-book filter: Help me track down a 35-year-old kids' picture book about mice in Venice. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Feb 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Kids book about a little octopus?

Old children's book about a little octopus... anyone? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Feb 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Pretzels and Pirhanas

Help us identify an illustrated children's book involving people on a ship, the invention of pretzels, and piranhas - probably from the late 70s or early 80s. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Name that book in two words or less.

Help me identify a favorite book from childhood. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Feb 1, 2012 - 4 answers

What was this half-remembered chapter book?

What was this children's book--not The Phantom Tollbooth--about a game based on puns, spoonerisms, and other word games? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Dec 22, 2011 - 6 answers

I can't remember the name of this kids' book about evolution.

Help me find this children's book about evolution that I used to read as a kid. [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel on Dec 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Do you remember a color-changing polar bear?

Children's book from the 80s where a polar bear changes colors.... I think? [more inside]
posted by jabes on Oct 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Do you remember this children's book with a memorable birthday party?

Another children's book question. I have been trying to find this for years. Read it in the 80s. It took place in NYC. For the kid's birthday party, he decided to invite everyone in the phone book who has the same name as him. One of the guests was elderly, and they made sure to make him kasha varnishkes. Thank you!
posted by frescaanddietcoke on Oct 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Canadian Giant and the Magic Gemstone

Identify This Book-filter: My partner has a vague recollection of a book he read as a kid, and we're curious about what it might have been. Here's his description: It would be from the '80s, or possibly early '90s. It was a novel for children or young adults. It was small press, possibly from Atlantic Canada; I'm fairly sure it was Canadian. It had something to do with an old house, and there was a giant, and a magic gemstone of some kind -- I think it was an opal.
posted by bewilderbeast on Oct 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Child psychic, tea-reader mom, titanic blanket

Help me find this children's book I would have read in the 80's. It had a psychic girl in it, from a poor family, and I believe it was set in the 1920's. Her mother was a tea-reader and may have been a gypsy. I remember a scene where the girl briefly time-traveled to the sinking titanic, and came back soaking wet, draped in a white star line blanket. Her fame allowed her to meet some royal personage, and the rich family in town gave her a dress from the dry goods shop. that's all I've got.
posted by camdan on Oct 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Please jog my memory...

Please help me identify this all but forgotten children's book. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jul 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Birds and tea and ... I can't remember the rest

Help me find a forgotten children's book! My memory of this is almost unforgivably hazy -- I read the book in the mid to late 1980s. The book (possibly all of it, maybe just the ending) takes place at a beautiful teahouse, I believe Chinese, where everyone brings their birds in cages. [more inside]
posted by hels on Jul 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Name That Children's Book

Name-that-children's-book-filter: I read it probably in the early '90s, and all I remember is the protagonist used a computer keyboard to do things, e.g., pressing the "escape" key to escape a dangerous situation. [more inside]
posted by bah213 on Jul 18, 2011 - 5 answers

It was a very neat book.

When I was a kid one of my favorite books was a manual on how to draw spooky Halloween scenes. It was printed in orange and black, and mostly everything was in silhouette. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jul 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me identify an old picture book.

I'm trying to identify a book I was very fond of as a young child. [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Jul 10, 2011 - 3 answers

ABCs for a two-year-old?

What's a good book for a 2-year-old? Something to familiarize him with the alphabet? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jul 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Identify an obscure children's book(s) from the sixties?

Obscure children's book(s) from the sixties? Warning: this is a very long shot. [more inside]
posted by Decani on Apr 10, 2011 - 31 answers

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