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Children's books with bears as the protagonist! Difficulty: GIRL BEARS.

I'm looking for a children's book where a girl bear is the point-of-view or main character. I know about the Berenstain Bears (Sister Bear) and the Care Bears, but I am hoping that there's an option that reads a bit more "classic literature," ideally in a nice hardback edition, as this is a present for a friend's young daughter whose preferences are in that realm. [more inside]
posted by Pandora Kouti on May 9, 2016 - 23 answers

Children's Books on Disabilities

I am vice president of the special needs parents council for my public school district. Our president was approached by our city's public library children's room director because books on special needs and/or disabilities are underepresented in our children's room. What books do you recommend our public library get to better represent this population?
posted by zizzle on Mar 22, 2016 - 21 answers

Modern children's books prioritizing diction and vocabulary?

The children's books I've seen prioritizing good diction and vocabulary over 'accessibility' are published in Victorian/Edwardian times - which causes a problem if you want to raise children with those things, but without some of the additional moral "bonuses" that those times produced. Do these exist, published in the last half century? Essentially, I'm looking for the modern equivalent of Anne of Green Gables or A Girl of The Limberlost or E E Nesbit. [more inside]
posted by corb on Mar 10, 2016 - 14 answers

Children's books about paleontology

My five year old wants to be a paleontologist and an astronaut when he grows up. There are lots of kids' books about space, and about the experience of being an astronaut. There are lots of kids' books about dinosaurs and fossils. He wants a book about paleontology and paleontologists. The person working the info desk at our library branch today wasn't terribly helpful. Maybe you will be? [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Feb 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me remember this children's book from the '80s

My memory is spotty-- it was an illustrated book about a mischievous red cat who was always getting in trouble. [more inside]
posted by Drohan on Dec 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Science and sex info and more science books for kids

Looking for a friendly, positive book explaining developmentally appropriate details about sex and reproductive organs etc for my seven-year-old, who is an advanced reader. Also: good science books for a smart seven-year-old in general. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story to preschoolers?

My four-year-old is as obsessed with Hamilton as I am. He is full of Alexander Hamilton facts and keeps sing "Oceans rise, empires faaaaaaall" with Broadway gestures. We need some high-quality Founding Father (and/or Mother!) children's books! Obviously the big gets are the guys from the musical: Hamilton, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. But we will also accept Franklin, Jay, lesser founders, and assorted wives and girlfriends. And I suppose Aaron Burr, sir. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Nov 4, 2015 - 21 answers

Great, detailed "how this one thing works" books for kids

My 3.5 year old nephew adores Brian Floca's book Locomotive. I know he enjoys trains, but I'm curious if he might like books on other, non-transportation subjects, but still super detailed about parts, what they're for, and how they work. For example, has anyone made a similarly detailed children's book about how sewing machines work? Or elevators? Or computers?
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 21, 2015 - 16 answers

Illustrations of book characters reading & writing

I am looking for illustrations from picture books and chapter books that show characters reading or writing. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Sep 17, 2015 - 15 answers

Identify 1980s beautifully illustrated children's book called Great Cat

When I worked in the public library in 1983, there was an illustrated book in the children's section which I remember being titled Great Cat, which I would like to find again. I'm assuming it's out of print because I can't find anything on Amazon that looks like it. Vague memories inside. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Sep 10, 2015 - 4 answers

No More Captain Underpants!

Please help suggest books for my 4th grade son that he will actually read and like. A number of requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Sep 10, 2015 - 52 answers

Books for 5 - 10 Year Olds

Every month, I send my sister's kids a box of books. As I, and most of my cohort, are childfree, I'm completely out of touch with what's cool these days. [more inside]
posted by MuChao on Sep 5, 2015 - 28 answers

What to expect when your kid's expecting chemo?

This is us. We've since spoken to a lot of other doctors, and agreement seems to be unanimous that chemotherapy is necessary. Our son is scheduled to begin this week. We are having trouble preparing him for it because all the materials available seem to be centered around fighting cancer - which he doesn't have. Help? [more inside]
posted by my left sock on Aug 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Kindle to pdf / jpg / etc

Whats the best way to get a Kindle children's picture book into a format that I can display in Google Slides or PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Jul 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Trying to find a book I read as a kid in the 80's

Hi all! My family used to buy me paperback children's books back in the 80's like the Great Brain stories, Henry Huggins/Ramona series or How To Eat Fried Worms; stuff in that sort of vein. I recall Dell Yearling being one of the common publishers. But there's one series that I only half remember that I'd love to read again. [more inside]
posted by starscream on Jan 28, 2015 - 7 answers

What is the ninth thing wrong in Miss Bass's classroom?

In the children's book Wacky Wednesday, what is the ninth thing that is wacky in Miss Bass's classroom? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jan 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Best comic books for a three-year-old?

What comic books should I buy for an (understandably illiterate) three-year-old? So heavy on the (beautiful, inspiring) artwork, and light on the dialogue. Her parents will be reading along, but I want something the little bugger can also appreciate with her eyes only.
posted by isnotchicago on Dec 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Creepy children's book

I am trying to find a picture book that freaked my siblings and I out in the early 1970s. [more inside]
posted by apparently on Dec 18, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me have a conversation through books with my little girl

I'd like some recommendations for books to get my 6 year old girl who has a vast interior life I only rarely get glimpses of. [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Nov 26, 2014 - 32 answers

Searching for Children's book about a yellow goggle sporting bird

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]
posted by kaybdc on Oct 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Emotive books for a toddler

I'm looking for book recommendations for books filled with emotions, but not about emotions, for our toddler. [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle on Oct 20, 2014 - 19 answers

Children's book about the geese at magazine beach, Cambridge MA

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?
posted by Calicatt on Oct 16, 2014 - 5 answers

How-the-world-works kind of book for a 5-year-old?

I am looking for a good, simple, kindergarten-level science/general knowledge/encyclopedia for my 5-year-old son. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Title of an old kid's book about two boys in a haunted house?

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]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Sep 7, 2014 - 7 answers

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

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