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Top 10: Best Dogs in Children’s Books

Best Dog Story Books for Kids

I’m a new dog owner and this is my first dog because you can’t count the beagle that we had when I was 2-years-old. Someone — maybe the meter reader? — left the gate open and he got run over and after that we just had a steady stream of Siamese cats. But now I get why dog people can be so over-the-top with their dogs. Dogs try to win your heart much more so than a cat, and these dogs in children’s chapter books have won untold hearts the world over.  Even if you are not a dog person, these dogs will convert you! These dogs are either rescuing someone or being rescued, getting kidnapped or preventing robberies, or just  a dog-about-town. Please meet some dogs to fall in love with! What dogs in children’s books have you fallen in love with? Please share! Read more…

Best Chapter Books for Newly Independent Readers (ages 6-9)

Best Books for 1st Grade and 2nd Grade (when kids start reading independently)

I find that there is a void for newly independent readers. You know, the readers that have graduated from Henry and Mudge and insist on chapter books, but not ready for Newbery Award books. While there are a plethora of chapter books, the quality of many series books is low with a repetitive and tiresome story line and limited vocabulary. Read more…

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Best Picture Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Best Picture Books for Kids EVER!

I love picture books; it’s a complete story in 24ish pages with a beginning, a middle, and an end.  It’s a visit to an art gallery or a museum with beautiful artwork in all kinds of media — drawings, paintings, collages, and more.  It can transport you to another time and place, a different culture, or a different person’s point of view.  Picture books are NOT just for young children; I insist they are for everyone, adult and child alike.  My 4th grader’s teacher is reading Patricia Polacco’s picture books to the class and the kids are thoroughly enjoying them.  Picture books also make bedtime stories a pleasure because one reader can satisfy a wide audience. Read more…

Top 10: Funny Picture Books to LOL with Your Child

Top 10: Funny Picture Books to LOL with Your Child

My five-year-old son selected most of these books because they make him laugh. What are your favorite funny picture books? Thanks for sharing!

Honorable Mention

Peep and Egg: I’m Not Using the Potty by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Joyce Wan

Egg is not sure about potty training but Peep has a strategy to lure Egg to try. Spoiler alert: books and potty training are natural partners in crime! This is a gentle and humorous potty training book that kids of all ages will enjoy. My son who is 13-years-old thought this book is hilarious! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord

This book arrived in the mail today and my five-year-old son insisted that I include it on the “funny book list on your blog.”  He made me read it 5 times today!  This is Cynthia Lord’s first picture book.  She also wrote the Newbery Winner chapter book Rules (which is outstanding).  This is a funny, rhyming book that appeals to hot rod racers!  It’s a very cute story about a hamster who is going to hot rod race and a dog helps him build his race car.  It’s really fun to read aloud! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Best Funny Picture Books for Kids to LOL!

10. Leonardo The Terrible Monsterby Mo Willems

My son thinks the part where the little boy explains why he was crying is sooo funny that he’s actually memorized it!  The story is about a cute little boy monster who can’t scare anyone so he finds the most scardy cat kid in the world to scare. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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