In my twitter feed this afternoon, I happened upon a heartbreaking tweet about a new dad who has stage 4 lung cancer and only weeks to live is desperate to find a book that he remembers from his childhood to leave to his infant daughter. All he can recall is that it is about a yellow bird that wears goggles and wants to fly, but all attempts fail. [more inside]
I'm looking for book recommendations for books filled with emotions, but not about emotions, for our toddler. [more inside]
This is a looooooong shot. But apparently there was a children's book in the 70s about children feeding the white geese at Magazine Beach in Cambridge, MA. Don't know the author or title. Ring any bells?
I am looking for a good, simple, kindergarten-level science/general knowledge/encyclopedia for my 5-year-old son. [more inside]
When I was a kid I read a scary book that kind of stuck with me for some reason. I'm curious to read it again, but I can't recall the title. It was about two boys who worked as gravediggers, or at least one of them did and the other hung around with him in the cemetery. They liked to make up macabre rhymes about the names on the tombstones. Stuff like, "Here lies the body of Eliza McBain, somebody pushed her in front of a train." [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
(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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
What are your favorite children's books about autumn and Halloween? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
[BookFilter] Help me find this children's book about a fox that turns out to not be a fox after all! [more inside]
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?
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.
Can the hive help me identify two books I barely remember? [more inside]
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]
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]
Pre-school filter: I'm looking for children's books about food. [more inside]
Converting a 10 year old Christian to atheism through books. [more inside]
What are your favorite public transportation/travel gifts for toddlers available in the U.S.? [more inside]
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]
Another "vague memory of childhood book" question. This one had to do with some kids and...something about the American Revolution. [more inside]
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]
Children's books with uncluttered, simple illustrations [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm looking for great children's books that combine photography with illustration... [more inside]
I am trying to find a piece of my childhood for my soon-to-be-born Little One. [more inside]
Trying to remember an illustration from a children's book. Did you read Babar as a child? [more inside]
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]
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]
Searching for a children's anthology probably published between 1950 and 1970. [more inside]
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]
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]
What are some out of copyright children's books with touching death scenes? [more inside]
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.
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]
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!