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Top 10: Best Poetry Books for Kids

Oh how I’ve procrastinated this list. I think I’ve been “working” on it for more than a year. I feel somewhat fraudulent posting on best poetry books for kids because I’m no expert. National Poetry Month is forcing me to face my own fear of poetry to finally complete this list.

Poetry for April has permeated our house. My kids are all doing poetry units at school. No coincidence, I think.

The other week, PickyKidPix had to go to the library to research poems of oppression for her school poetry project. (Strange topic, right? Her friend Devin has “rain” as a poetry topic). We asked the librarian where the poetry books were. I had no idea there was a HUGE section of poetry books for kids in the Non-Fiction section!

It was eye-opening to realize the poetry books are NOT organized by topic. I’m no expert on the Dewey Decimal system but I’m not sure this is the best way to organize poetry books for kids. We pored over  four bookcases of poetry books looking for people of color which is a little like searching for that proverbial needle. Nevertheless, we found this small pile.

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After digging for poetry books, I realize that sometimes it’s nice to have a list served up to you. I hope this list serves you well!

Please share your favorite poetry books for kids. Together we can build this list. Thanks so much! Read more…

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Favorite Halloween Books for Kids

Halloween Picture Books and Chapter Books for Ghoulish Fun

Halloween is every child’s favorite holiday by far! The candy might last but for a few weeks, but Halloween themed books can stretch the holiday out all year! Read more…

Top 10: Best Asian American Books by CoolAsianKids

Best Asian American Chapter Books

I met CoolAsianKids, Chloe and Eileen, who agreed to guest post for me on their favorite Asian American authors in between basketball camp, Chinese immersion camp and driver’s ed: Read more…

Books Set During Summer for Kids

20 Great Books for Kids Set During the Summer

Summer Reading List Top Picks

It’s the summer or very close. Tomorrow is our last day of school. Some years my kids have summer reading homework but this year everyone is scott free. Still, I want them to read for pleasure this summer which will take some coaxing, especially for PickyKidPix who needs a school assignment as a motivation to read. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Picture and Chapter Books That Deal with Bullies

Books for Kids About Bullying

I have a very Politically Incorrect story to confess (my favorite kind!). My youngest is a boy and very small for his age. When he was in preschool — a wonderful preschool with an equally wonderful teacher and assistant teacher — another little boy his size bullied him by whacking him on several occasions with a block that is basically a 2 x 4 chunk of wood. I witnessed this during the wait time before the drop off. Read more…

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Top 10: Best World Religion Children’s Books

Best World Religion Books for Kids

The very excellent and funny blogger Craftwhack (where irony meets creativity and explodes) asked me to come up with a list of religious and/or spiritual books for kids. It’s funny because I have had this list as a “draft” for over a year. I’m not sure if I am exactly qualified to post on best world religion books for kids because I rarely grace the inside of a church these days and my background in religious studies is spotty to say the least. Read more…

Top 10: Best Coping with Loss of Pets Books for Kids, death of pets books for kids

Top 10: Best Coping with Loss of Pets Books for Kids

Books for Kids Grieving for Pet

It is never easy when a pet dies whether it’s expected or unexpected, particularly for children. My Mom Friend at Yoga asked for picture book recommendations when her son’s hamster died. She knew this would be hard on her son and my other Mom Friend recommended they read the Rainbow book out loud during the burial in the backyard.

Luckily the ground wasn’t frozen over because the weather was still quite cold. The Mom reported back that the burial went well and that reading the book helped make the ceremony special and personal. I think they referred to The Legend of the Rainbow Bridge but there actually two picture books on the same topic with  very similar names. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Books for Middle School by my 6th Grade Daughter

Best Books for 6th Grade by My 6th Grade Daughter

You have no idea how difficult it was for me to pull this list from my eldest. I have been chasing her down for over a month, trying flattery:

“Can I please get your Top 10 chapter books of the year? You know your posts are some of my most popular posts!” Read more…

Breadcrumbs, Ann Ursu

Chapter Books for 2nd Grade through 8th Grade

Best Chapter Books for 2nd Grade to 8th Grade

Please welcome Tanya who writes a fantastic children’s literature book blog  called Books4YourKids.  I am always struck by her great taste in books and now, after reading her list, I am itching to get my hands on these chapter books including Vanished. This is the third time it’s hit my radar. Read more…