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Selection Criteria for Children’s Books: Good Stories

This is the fifth in a series of posts on how to choose children’s books.  “How to Choose Children’s Books” is the first in the series if you would like to read from the beginning.  Last time, in “Illustrations in Children’s Books,” I discussed how to choose books with illustrations that are attractive to kids […]

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Grandfather Twilight, by Barbara Berger

Title: Grandfather Twilight Author: Barbara Berger Age Category: Infant to 2 years Genre: Baby Board Books Grandfather Twilight, by Barbara Berger: Summary The central character of Barbara Berger’s baby board book Grandfather Twilight is, logically enough, an old man with white hair and beard named Grandfather Twilight.  He lives in a beautiful deciduous forest and […]

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Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman: Summary and Review

Title: Are You My Mother? Author: P.D. Eastman Age Category: 3 to 5 years Genre: Picture Books (Beginner Books / Easy Readers) Well, I’m a bit late with this—Mother’s Day was last Sunday—but I couldn’t resist.  This is one of my favorite Beginner Books / Easy Reader picture books.  A classic.  I still remember reading […]

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Summary and Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) Author: J.K. Rowling Age Category: 12 to 16 years + Genre: Young Adult Fiction Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Book Review and Summary Today I present a Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix book review and summary.  This fifth […]

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Easter Stories for Children: Petook, by Tomie dePaola, Caryll Houselander

Title: Petook: An Easter Story Illustrator: Tomie dePaola Author: Caryll Houselander Age Category: 3 to 5 years + Genre: Picture Books Creating good traditional Easter stories for children is difficult for a couple of reasons.  First, the traditional story is quite violent, so a graphically illustrated version of the story could be quite shocking or […]

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Story for Children about Saint Patrick: Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland, Tomie dePaola

Title: Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland Author: Tomie dePaola Age Category: 6 to 8 years Genre: Picture books If you are looking for a story for children about Saint Patrick to help explain the significance of St. Patrick’s Day to 6-to-8-year-olds, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland is a great one.  This children’s book is a […]

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Summary

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author: Jeff Kinney Age Category: 9 to 12 + Genre: Comic Juvenile Fiction With the March 19th release date of the movie based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid fast approaching, I thought I would write a review of this madly popular book.  Although it was first published in […]

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Multicultural Children’s Books by Ezra Jack Keats

In this post I will highlight the work of one of my favorite children’s authors, Ezra Jack Keats.  In particular, I will focus on a six-book series of multicultural children’s books by Keats that features a single character—a boy named Peter—and that includes two of Keats’s most celebrated books, The Snowy Day and Whistle for […]

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Choosing Children’s Books with Age Appropriate Themes

This is the third in a series of posts on how to choose children’s books.  The series starts here with “How to Choose Children’s Books” if you want to read from the beginning.  Last time, in “Selection Criteria for Children’s Books: Subjective Appeal”, I argued for the crucial importance of choosing children’s books with subjective […]

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Children’s Books on Martin Luther King Jr: Martin’s Big Words

Title: Martin’s Big Words Author: Doreen Rappaport Age Category: 6 to 8 years Genre: Historical picture books Our Rating (out of 5): In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day—coming up on January 18th—we will be featuring some children’s books about Dr. King and others who have contributed to the long and continuing fight for […]

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Selection Criteria for Children’s Books: Subjective Appeal

This post is the second in a series outlining selection criteria for children’s books.  The series starts here with “How to Choose Children’s Books,” if you want to read from the beginning.  Last time, in laying out the road map for this series, I introduced the notion of a book’s subjective appeal, i.e., the considerations […]

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How to Choose Children’s Books

It goes without saying that a child’s engagement with good books is important and valuable to her development.  Not only can reading good kids’ books expand a child’s cognitive abilities, but it can also spur a child’s emotional, moral, and spiritual development.  However, a quick visit to one of the big online or brick-and-mortar book […]

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