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Desperately seeking children's book about two girls who...ride horses?

Okay, this is the longest of long shots, so feel free to roll your eyes. ;) I'm looking for a 1970's-ish picture book about two girls who are best friends and enter a magic world at the bottom of the garden, where they ride horses. [more inside]
posted by Salamander on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Can you help me identify two fairy tales?

I'm trying to track down two fairy tales I read as a kid, in the early-mid eighties. Bits and pieces of these stories have been coming back for a while, but I can't put together the whole thing and would love to reread them! [more inside]
posted by copacetic on May 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Fantasy Childhood Book Oswald the Sea Monster, Basilisks, Mandrakes...

A favorite childhood book was titled something like "A Mysterious Parcel." It was a translation from another (unknown) language into my own Eastern European language, so the original title might have been quite different. [more inside]
posted by Atrahasis on Apr 21, 2014 - 2 answers

Children's Book search from 60s/70s

I've been looking for this book I remember from my childhood - or maybe I dreamt it - that was a sweet little illustrated picture book about a Teddy Bear Masquerade Ball. This askmefi question is my Hail Mary pass. If no one else remembers this, I'll end my search! [more inside]
posted by anemone on Apr 12, 2014 - 4 answers

Children's book featuring the Brontes?

In the 1980s I read a children's chapter book that featured the Bronte sisters as children. I think it was part of some kind of fantasy time travel - the real main character from a more modern setting somehow travelled back to Haworth parsonage and interacted with them - but I'm not sure of that. Possibly she found a diary or other notebook of theirs? I remember their time being presented as dark, and mysterious, with a sinister male figure, probably their father but maybe Branwell? What was this? Thanks!
posted by sumiami on Apr 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Great books for a second-grade reader who is a little behind

(Asking for a friend) My second grader is struggling to read at grade level, and I want to encourage him to associate reading with pleasure instead of frustration by giving him some books he'll love and that will be appropriately challenging but not vexing. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Feb 20, 2014 - 22 answers

Help me remember the name of a children's / young adult book (series?)

I'm looking for a book or series about a boy who is an inventor (or something similar). I'm pretty sure I know what series it's not but I may be mixing things together. [more inside]
posted by Gronk on Jan 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Gift for an aspiring children's author

I want to get my friend a gift who would like to write books for children. But I don't know what would be a cool gift. What would you get an aspiring author? [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Dec 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find this book!

I’m trying to find a book I loved in elementary school, but I remember very little about it and I’m hoping Metafilter can help. [more inside]
posted by helloknitty on Nov 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Not Outside Over There

My daughter is trying to remember a picture book from her childhood. It involves "goblins that capture these children and then turn them into food that kind of has characteristics that explain the children, like there was a fat one that turned into pie because he liked pie a lot, and there was a huge feast. A girl came in and realized that they were about to eat the children, and she has to figure out how to get the children back. She tricks the goblins into eating food that looks like the food that they made out of the children, but it's actually real food, and she rescues the children." [more inside]
posted by creativenothing on Sep 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Seeking mystery novels for a 10 year old who loves bugs

My son is almost 10, and I'm trying to help him develop a love of reading. His requests were mysteries, fictional, and if they could feature anthropomorphic bugs, all the better. In my searching, I did come across Bug Muldoon, which he has devoured. I'd love to find more books that he might enjoy. He said that bugs weren't necessary, but he did very much enjoy them. He recently read all the Encyclopedia Brown novels, and I'm not sure where to go next for him. Are there other authors or series I should be looking at?
posted by Nimmie Amee on Sep 10, 2013 - 44 answers

Kids' books for autumn and Halloween?

What are your favorite children's books about autumn and Halloween? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 3, 2013 - 25 answers

It kidnaps the children and floats away

A friend of mine is trying to identify a children's book she read once. The plot involves an island floating in two children's backyard. The children (girl and boy) naturally explore the island, and it floats away with them on it. They come across other islands in the sky, some of which are inhabited. Later they have an argument and dig a ditch across the middle of the island. Book was probably mid to late 20th century, probably English (as in England). It is not Gulliver's Travels or Floating Island by Anne Parrish. I have failed, can you help?
posted by Athanassiel on Aug 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Half-remembered children's book of creation myths

I actually am not sure if I'm asking about one book that had a few creation myths in it, or a few books, each with one creation myth. I'm hoping for the former! [more inside]
posted by spindrifter on Jun 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Children's book about sinister chicken?

I'm asking this for an acquaintance trying to find a children's book from the '90s (or possibly earlier) which centers around a cafeteria meal that is not what it seems. [more inside]
posted by queensissy on May 12, 2013 - 3 answers

when was elmer the patchwork elephant first published? really.

dear administrators of the universe simulation, please fix this minor continuity error: When I was learning to read, Elmer (the story about a patchwork elephant) was one of my favourite books. I read it many many times, now the internet is claiming this is impossible. The internet is claiming that the first Elmer book was first published in 1989. Come on, I was nineteen in 1989. Given that I completed high school in 1988, I have documentation to prove i was reading big books without pictures prior to 1989. [more inside]
posted by compound eye on Apr 24, 2013 - 5 answers

I Need A Hero! Or children's books about them, anyway

Mini McGee is suddenly very interested in heroes (especially when they do some rescuing). I'd like to get some more children's books about heroes for him (and his brother), especially if they are a little off-beat. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Apr 12, 2013 - 43 answers

Help me find this book I remember from my childhood, episode 4395812...

Trying to remember the name of a book from my childhood. It was a colorful kids book of short stories that included one about an egg named Percy who sat out in the sun too long. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Feb 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Kids find fox, angst ensues

[BookFilter] Help me find this children's book about a fox that turns out to not be a fox after all! [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Feb 9, 2013 - 7 answers

How is life in the US described to kids in other countries?

After reading a book on Korea written for American children, my daughter got curious about what books or websites written for kids in other countries might say about life in the United States. We were unable to find any example online. Does anyone know of a website where we could see an example (in English) of something written for kids in other countries about life in the U.S.? Or perhaps you have such a book at home and would be willing to translate and post a few snippets?
posted by DarkForest on Jan 17, 2013 - 12 answers

What is the name of this children's book?

What is this children's book (and its sequel, if I recall correctly?) A girl takes an elevator in an old house/building to a floor that opens up several generations ago. She meets children from the past there. There is a scene where the narrator finds an old photograph and sees the girl in it. In this book, or possibly its sequel, there is some going back and forth in time to find buried treasure at the house in modern times. I don't remember the reading level but it may be considered a children's book or YA book. It was probably written sometime between 1960 and 1980, and I think I read it in the early 1990s.
posted by michaelh on Dec 24, 2012 - 3 answers

i'm like a nightmare bookstore customer

Can the hive help me identify two books I barely remember? [more inside]
posted by neuromodulator on Dec 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Hamlet the pig knight and his rusty twisted sword

I remember this illustrated children's book from the 1970's, a vaguely Arthurian fantasy with anthropomorphic pigs. I think the main character was named "Hamlet" and there were other pig themed puns. He had an Excaliber-like sword that was all rusty and bent up. Please help me find it again. [more inside]
posted by wobh on Dec 4, 2012 - 5 answers

What children's sci-fi book is this?

Book Filter: What children's sci-fi book (written for kids around 5th to 6th grade age) included scenes where the border between the parallel universe and our universe would open up and household items would travel between the two universes? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Sep 14, 2012 - 4 answers

If you give a dog a donut...?

Pre-school filter: I'm looking for children's books about food. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Aug 21, 2012 - 22 answers

Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books.

Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books. [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Jul 30, 2012 - 41 answers

What's a Great Gift for a Public Transportation-Loving Toddler?

What are your favorite public transportation/travel gifts for toddlers available in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jul 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Story based language instruction?

Do you know of any story based language instruction books? I have a vague memory from when I was a kid (late 70's/early 80's) of reading book that was the story of an american boy going to visit france. The book starts out in english, and adds french words to the story as the boy in the story encounters them. If I remember correctly, the last chapter is entirely in french. [more inside]
posted by billyfleetwood on May 20, 2012 - 8 answers

My only regret is that I never wrote down the name of this friggin book...

Another "vague memory of childhood book" question. This one had to do with some kids and...something about the American Revolution. [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown on May 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Apparently when you hit your early 30s everyone you know gets pregnant at the same time?

I want to give a standard starter library of awesome children's picture books as baby shower gifts for my close friends who are first time mothers. What should I include? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on May 16, 2012 - 37 answers

Simple illustrations in kids' books

Children's books with uncluttered, simple illustrations [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Mar 29, 2012 - 31 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

Children's Book Baby Shower Game

Baby shower game help: The theme is children's books. The game is matching characters to their book titles. Starting off easy and getting diabolical. Legion of Children's Book Nerds of Metafilter, I know you want to jump all over this. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Feb 6, 2012 - 23 answers

Kid's books with photos & illustrations

I'm looking for great children's books that combine photography with illustration... [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 on Feb 1, 2012 - 7 answers

1970s Children's BookFilter

I am trying to find a piece of my childhood for my soon-to-be-born Little One. [more inside]
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Jan 29, 2012 - 2 answers

An illlustration from Babar with demons flying about?

Trying to remember an illustration from a children's book. Did you read Babar as a child? [more inside]
posted by duvatney on Nov 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find some books for my baby's room.

I'm having a baby soon and I want to buy a few children's books to have something to put in the new bookshelves and later on read to my baby. What books do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Nov 1, 2011 - 60 answers

Pretzels in Kids' Books

Can you think of any children's books that reference pretzels? I'm trying to remember a book in which a child spends her allowance on a pretzel stick and slowly licks the salt off--but it's NOT All of a Kind Family. [more inside]
posted by pipti on Mar 26, 2011 - 5 answers

What children's anthology is this?

Searching for a children's anthology probably published between 1950 and 1970. [more inside]
posted by brina on Mar 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Children's book(?), blue beach-ball, gray-haired woman on the cover. And oh! poor damzels!

I think it's a children's book. Hardcover, pretty thick, must have been about 300 pages. The cover is white, has a gray-haired woman who is as fat as a beach ball. A blue beach ball. [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight on Mar 1, 2011 - 1 answer

Lost bedtime story book from the 1980's

Calling all Librarians! I am in need of your superpowers. :-) I can not remember the title and author of my favorite childhood story book. I have a one-year-old son who absolutely loves reading. It would mean so much to me to share these with him. Please help! [more inside]
posted by JJMOM on Feb 28, 2011 - 19 answers

Which out of copyright children's books have death scenes?

What are some out of copyright children's books with touching death scenes? [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on Feb 7, 2011 - 19 answers

Old school children's books with audio?

I'm curious to know anything about some books I had as a child. The books were from the 70's or early 80's and had small phonographic records embedded on the pages. There was an apparatus you would put over the disks that would play the audio.
posted by tresbizzare on Feb 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Children's book about a bird and a bomb?

I'm trying to remember a children's book. There is an explosive so powerful that a single grain of it would cause a huge blast. It is in the possession of a sinister person. Our tiny hero rides a bird, steals the explosive, and (spoiler) drops it in the ocean, where it detonates relatively harmlessly. [more inside]
posted by Eater on Jan 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Scratch and sniff Christmas book? Not just in my imagination.

Help me find this childrens book please! I had this scratch and sniff Christmas/winter book when I was a kid in the late 80's early 90's. I vaguely recall the characters were the kind that don't have mouths. And just a little button nose. The book had a picture of a Christmas tree that smelled like pine, a cup of chocolate that smelled like chocolate. And so on. I can't remember much else but would love to find this. Thanks!
posted by mokeydraws on Nov 22, 2010 - 13 answers

What was the name of this damn book?

Can anyone identify this children's book? It was a large picture book all about sea life, starts at the surface and goes into the abyss, hardcover-one page had a big scary picture of a great white shark coming out of the water with its mouth open. [more inside]
posted by supercapitalist on May 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Children's books with complicated pictures

For my son's 2nd birthday, I am looking for ideas for children's books with complicated pictures full of different objects. He adores Richard Scarry books where he can spend ages pointing out all the different things he can see in a scene. But I have had enough Richard Scarry for this lifetime. What other books have similarly rich, complex pictures?
posted by beniamino on Mar 25, 2010 - 39 answers

Sneetch envy

Are there children's authors today who write like Seuss? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Mar 24, 2010 - 13 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

Too bad they don't give kids those cute little stick-on wings anymore.

Looking for a children's book about bunnies going on an airplane. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Mar 17, 2010 - 3 answers

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