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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

Yet Another Forgotten Book From Childhood Question

Yet Another Forgotten Book From Childhood Filter: Yeah, here we go again. Subjects? (1) Koalas and locusts, and (2) weird poems, somewhat grotesque line drawings and optical illusions. [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon on Mar 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Throwing the baby out with the racist bathwater?

Would you read your three-year-old the Just So Stories, given the racist / patriachal / colonialist / whatnot themes and subtexts? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Feb 15, 2010 - 62 answers

"So a feminist is like Susan B. Anthony?" Biographies for my favorite 8-year-old.

Frabjous day! My eight-year-old cousin likes biographies. What are good biography resources that are age appropriate? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Dec 30, 2009 - 22 answers

Did she imagine this book?

[Obscure book filter] Anyone remember a book about a grandfather hired to make a notebook to teach someone's daughter about the world, but he secretly makes two copies? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Nov 23, 2009 - 11 answers

Franco-Russian psychedelia?

Is there a name for this late 60s through early 70s aesthetic that was very common in (sort for for) children books and films? And if so, any recommendations beyond what is listed... [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Oct 23, 2009 - 11 answers

Oldschool kids' history.

Long-lost childhood books: a history book printed after one of the World Wars. I don't know the title or author, but I'll tell you everything I remember. Hivemind, please help me find it! [more inside]
posted by cmyk on Oct 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Inspiring works of non-fiction for children

I am looking for outstanding non-fiction books for younger children. Maybe you remember a volume that really sparked your interest in a topic? Is there an Art (etc) '101' book you enjoy paging through with your kid? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Oct 7, 2009 - 25 answers

ancient 1980s secret, huh?

Another lost-childhood-book-filter. Time period: late 80s. This chapter book aimed at middle readers was a collection of Asian (Chinese or Japanese) folk tales centering on a wise man who served in the court of the emperor. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Sep 18, 2009 - 7 answers

I'm hunting for monsters...

Help me find the title of this children's book about a boy building a cage/trap for a monster. [more inside]
posted by Kabanos on Sep 16, 2009 - 3 answers

What does it take to author and illustrate kids books?

My wife and I are interested in writing and illustrating kids books and getting them published. I realize there are plenty of neat books great illustrations, so what's the best way to find out what we'd be getting into if we were to pursue this as a hobby, or even as a main source of income?
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 15, 2009 - 17 answers

A pop-up comic using fold-in technology

How can I fold a comic book page to make a story more interesting and still legible when unfolded? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Aug 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Name That Bunny Book

Another children's book identification thread, this time about a baby bunny and a scary fox. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Aug 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Forgotten picture book about the transformation of a neighborhood

A question from the Mojodaughter regarding a forgotten children's picture book : "The book begins with a with a street full of houses that all look the same, until one day a bird drops a can of paint onto the roof of a man's house... [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Jul 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Have you seen this book?

Another lost children's book: This one was published no later than the ‘60's. It was a large hardcover, green with black line drawing, with B&W drawings inside. The story is about a boy who wishes desperately for a dog, then falls asleep and dreams about a giant sheepdog (?). [more inside]
posted by dogrose on Jul 13, 2009 - 8 answers

Good books for the infant?

Good books to read to the infant child? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased on May 30, 2009 - 41 answers

What is this book?

Please help me identify this comical children's adventure story book from the 80s... [more inside]
posted by kumonoi on May 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Picture Books For A Super-Smart Kid

What are the cleverest, wittiest picture books you know? I'm looking for something you might recommend to a very smart kid who is still young enough to prefer picture books to chapter books. Another way of putting is, I'm looking for the picture book equivalent of McSweeney's. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Apr 21, 2009 - 57 answers

Name this children's book.

What is the name of this children's novel that includes time travel, Ben Franklin, some kids and a professor, and two versions of the same character, one of which is from several days in the future? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Mar 28, 2009 - 12 answers

I speak one. She'll speak two.

I'm looking for bilingual children's book recommendations for a toddler being raised to speak English and Italian.
posted by azure_swing on Dec 4, 2008 - 5 answers

Reincarnation for Kiddos

Books from Childhood Filter: What was the name of the book about reincarnation that I had as a kid? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Oct 16, 2008 - 2 answers

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