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Choosing a Child’s Book

By: Children’s Book Council


Choosing a child’s book is a match-making process because not all children will love the same books. These guidelines for choosing books for children of different ages will help you find books that are right for your child.

Here are some basic points to keep in mind.

Babies and Toddlers

Very young children are attracted by brightly colored pictures of simple objects.
They are listeners, and respond well to books with simple texts and good rhythms.
Wordless books stimulate them both visually and mentally, and encourage them to create their own stories.
They are delighted with board books and cloth books, which have the virtue of being practically indestructible.
Preschool and Kindergarten

Mother Goose, nursery stories, and other books depicting familiar objects and experiences are enjoyable to children in this age group.
These children like listening to slightly complex texts with good rhythm and effective word repetition.
They are also coordinated enough to have constructive fun with toy-like books that may pop up, move, or provide other astonishments.
Early School Years (Ages 5-8)

A few children may learn to read before they are in the first grade. Most learn during first grade. Many learn even later.
For reading to or with children, select picture books with strong storylines and character development.
For the child who is reading independently, choose a book with a straightforward story employing words that will be familiar from everyday use. Some publishers produce books, generally called “easy readers,” which independent readers often enjoy.
Third-graders are often able to handle stories of some complexity. The vocabulary should be relatively familiar while including some challenging words.
A lot of informational books have been published for the early grades. These non-fiction books encourage children to read about topics that interest them and to satisfy their curiosity about complex subjects.
Older Children (Ages 9 and up)

Consider who the child is his or her personality traits and personal preferences when choosing a book.
Make a selection with the child in mind; choose an informational book or a novel in an area of specific interest.
Publishers sometimes indicate on the cover of the book the age level or grade level for which they think that book is most suitable. Don’t hesitate to choose a book that may be suggested for someone older than your child. If a book is beyond a child’s reading ability, it can be read to him or her now, and later on by the child.

It is also possible to find picture books that because of the subject or artwork will be just right for an older child. An interesting story in a beautiful, well-illustrated book offers the child an aesthetic experience to enjoy over and over again.

Some children’s books have become classics. Many have great appeal and should be a part of everyone’s reading experience, especially if a young reader is at the right age for a classic. Classic stories are often excellent selections for the family to read aloud together. Some children find a contemporary book more appealing than a classic: think of the child’s reading enjoyment and select books that will appeal to that child.

Young people love paperbacks. Reprints of hardcover titles for every reading level are widely available as paperbacks. In addition, there are many children’s books published originally and only in paperback formats. Most paperbacks for children are reasonably priced.

In conclusion, a fine book is not necessarily the most lavish or most expensive book on the shelf. It is a book that is written and designed well. Take more than a few minutes to look at the books read them or passages from them. A book is an unlimited investment in the human mind and spirit. Its selection deserves thoughtful attention.




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Reading: The Joy of History 

Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” has itself declined and fallen into desolate ruin. But what a storyteller! What a yarn!


In the debate among educators over what has been variously described as the “great books,” the “core curriculum,” or simply the “canon,” there is at least one duly stamped Great Book that has gone unnoticed, useful neither as a brickbat for the reformers nor as a buckler for the defenders of tradition, its wide seat on the library shelf granted with nothing more than a yawn from anyone. Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire enjoys its unique security for the simple reason that no one any longer reads it. Indeed, it’s unlikely that many people have ever read Gibbon’s monumental treatment of the Roman empire’s protracted expiration: with 2,400 pages, 8,342 footnotes, and over 1.5 million words arranged according to the most exacting standards of 18th-century literary elegance, The Decline and Fall was never calculated to excite a stampede of buyers. “Another damn thick square book!” was the Duke of Gloucester’s response upon receiving the author’s latest volume. “Always scribble scribble scribble, eh, Mr Gibbon?”

Gloucester’s remark has endured because it typifies the response of most readers to Gibbon and his enormous creation. The Decline and Fall has always prompted a mixture of awe and derision, so great are its pretensions as well as its proportions, so elaborate its style, so obscure and apparently tedious its subject. Who would write such a book? Who would read it? Practically speaking, no one. Naturally historians avoid depending on a scholar who wrote before the development of modern historical methodologies; and the rest of the reading world has memorialized Gibbon as the patron saint of the Dull, and the title of his major work as a synonym for all that is pedantic, ponderous, and hopelessly highbrow. The phrase “decline and fall” has become a much-abused cliche. Mention Gibbon to a friend and he will understand you to be speaking of primates; read Gibbon on the el and you will find yourself untroubled by friends and strangers alike. Gibbon himself has declined and fallen into a desolate ruin.

Should you have the good fortune to break a leg, however, or find yourself beached on the cultural wasteland of Cancun, or simply grow weary of the historical ignorance displayed by most contemporary politicians and writers, you might find yourself more than pleasantly surprised upon opening The Decline and Fall. Only a few pages are required to realize that Edward Gibbon is a wonderfully gifted storyteller and his tale a matter of unique importance:



What will kids be reading in 2018? Scholastic editors issue five predictions about what children’s book trends will be popular and successful next year.


‘Just the Right Book at the Right Time’

In a series of five points, the editors of Scholastic have set out predictions of what they think will be the top trends in children’s books for 2018:
More books will highlight strong female characters
Kid-friendly nonfiction will continue to grow as a draw
“Iconic series and characters” will return with new stories
Fantasy worlds and creatures should maintain popularity
Activity books will be engaging, especially in the STEM arena
Publishing Perspectives reported in early February on Scholastic’s biennial Kids & Family Reading Report, and this new set of observations is, in part, based on what came to light in that report.
In a prepared statement on the newly released round of predictions, Scholastic Book Clubs president Judy Newman is quoted, saying that the company’s editors gain deep insight into their market and its potentials, not least because they must “feature a wide range of choice all year long in our monthly, in-classroom flyers.
“Their expertise,” she says, “helps more children find just the right book at the right time to encourage a love for independent reading.”
And she points out that some of the company predictions in the past have been right.
“As we predicted last year,” she says, “kids gravitated toward books that made them laugh—as seen with [author-illustrator Dav Pilkey’s] Dog Man, which has appeared for more than 52 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list to date and was also one of our most popular titles in Scholastic Book Clubs.
“We look forward to seeing how our predictions will play out in 2018 as more families take time to read aloud together—and laugh together—and work closely with their children’s educators to build a home-to-literacy connection through books.”
Not all has been laughter this year for the company, however, which is generally recognized as the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books.
In the most recent earnings report, as covered by Publishers Weekly’s Jim Milliot, “Sales and earnings fell in Scholastic’s second quarter ended November 30, compared to the second quarter last year, but company chairman and CEO Dick Robinson said the company remains on track to hit its financial targets for fiscal 2018.
“Revenue declined 4 percent from a year ago, to $598.3 million, and operating profit dropped 4 percent, to $107.2 million.”
Among the house’s most critical difficulties has been the lack of new Harry Potter titles, accounting for an 18-percent fall in trade sales in the second quarter, Milliot reports. In fact, taking the first two quarters of Scholastic’s 2018 fiscal year together, sales fell 13 percent from the same timeframe in fiscal 2017.
Let’s look at some of the commentary offered by the company on each of its five predictions for 2018. In each case, Scholastic references titles not only from its own catalogues but also from those of other publishers. Our listings here are selected representative books mentioned.
Strong Female Characters
“Expect to see new fiction titles that will feature strong, female protagonists as role models for both girls and boys,” says the commentary from Scholastic’s editors in its top-line prediction that there are more such characters ahead in 2018 in children’s literature.
“In addition,” the guidance says, “many new nonfiction titles will explore stories about notable women who made history, as well current changemakers that continue to advance social progress.”
In a list of representative titles, Scholastic lists books not only from its own catalog but also from Simon & Schuster and Hachette, among them:
Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You (Marley Dias, Scholastic)
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer (Joan Holub with illustrations by Daniel Roode, Simon & Schuster)
Malala’s Magic Pencil (Malala Yousafzai with illustrations by Kerascoët, Hachette)
Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls (Kelly Greenawalt with illustrations by Amariah Rauscher, Scholastic)
You Should Meet: Women Who Launched the Computer Age (Laurie Calkhoven, Simon & Schuster)
Kid-Friendly Nonfiction
Here, the Scholastic editors are particularly interested in “civics education and media literacy…Many new nonfiction children’s books,” they write, “will place the reader in a time, place or situation through the protagonists’ eyes across various topics—ranging from climate change to World War II—to help them understand complex topics.”
Give Bees a Chance (Bethany Barton, Penguin Random House)
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassin (James L. Swanson, Scholastic)
Finding Gobi: Young Reader’s Edition: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey (Dion Leonard, adapted by Aaron Rosenberg)
Iconic Series and Characters
“This past year,” the Scholastic editors write, “many films and television series reimagined comic book and literary characters for a new generation.
“This trend continues in children’s books as readers revisit memorable characters like The Boxcar Children, The Magic School Bus and Jigsaw Jones, with brand new stories as these worlds expand with new characters and unexpected situations.”
Motor Goose: Rhymes That Go (Rebecca Colby with illustrations by Jef Kaminsky, Macmillan)
The Boxcar Children: Great Adventures (Gertrude Chandler Warner, with illustrations by Anthony VanArsdale, Albert Whitman & Company)
Sink or Swim: Exploring Schools of Fish (Judy Katschke, Scholastic)
Magical Creatures
Exploration of “places and worlds” gets a lot of traction in Scholastic’s biennial Family Reading Report in terms of reading for fun.
“Unicorns, narwhals (yes, we know they’re real) and dragons,” write the editors, “will lead the way this year with engaging storytelling that explores the beauty of being unique and staying true to oneself. These stories come with a healthy dose of humor–the number one thing kids look for when reading a book for fun.”
Thelma the Unicorn (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
Nella the Princess Knight (Christine Ricci with Alessandra Sorrentino’s illustrations, Random House)
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (Ben Clanton, Penguin Random House Canada Tundra Books)
Hands-On Activities
For some time now, NPD’s executive director for business development, Kristen McLean, has been stressing the rising importance of the “maker” class of children’s literature in which young readers are encouraged to exercise and develop their creativity.
Scholastic’s editors, in their 2018 predictions, seem to be aligned with this direction. “The call to educate children about STEM-related activities grows, and as a result, more book titles will feature special coding activities, scientific experiments, and more,” they write.
“Many books will be paired with popular characters and franchises to attract more readers to the world of STEM.”
Examples of this direction are the focus, in fact, of Scholastic’s Klutz series which, for example, in the first instance below, is a do-it-yourself night-light kit with transparent punch-outs that hcildren use to create 3D scenes that glow in the dark.
My Little Night Light ‘Idea Book’ (Klutz editors, Scholastic)
My First Learn To Draw (Melissa Webb, Silver Dolphin Books)
CoderDojo Nano: Make Your Own Game: Create With Code (Jurie Horneman, Scholastic)

The complete report with 10 examples per category from Scholastic’s editors is here. One exercise that Scholastic recommends for families is its #NewYearReadingChallenge, a daily suggestion for reading-related activities in the home. You can download a free copy of the January edition here.





Holiday Books Guide and the Best Books of 2017

To get the full list please click on the link below.


This year our Holiday Books Gift Guide includes something new: The best books of the year in fiction and nonfiction.
Plus we recommend piles of books for giving to everyone on your list: the littlest reader, the architectural aficionado, the audiobook lover, the teenager, the literary fan and more. There are 125 titles in all, including the perfect book the person who loves both cats and yoga.
Happy holidays!




Best Space Books 


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To provide an amazing journey celebrating space exploration, innovation and discovery.




Booklist Reader


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Launched in September 2014, The Booklist Reader provides a single home for the respected and well-established blogs Likely Stories, Book Group Buzz, Bookends, Audiobooker, and Shelf Renewal, all brought to you by Booklist Publications, a part of the American Library Association.
The Booklist Reader is not only a great resource for working librarians but appeals to fellow book lovers and recreational readers as well. Booklist editors and freelancers write about everything from adult books to kidlit, from print and ebooks to audio and video, from editors’ rants to author Q&As to lists, book news, and much more.
The Booklist Reader is free to all, and often links to content on Booklist Online, a paid database of over 170,000+ reviews and feature articles. To learn more about Booklist Publications, starting a subscription, or accessing our other free offerings, visit Booklist Online.






Old Children’s Books


Welcome to Old Children’s Books, selling children’s literature and picture books online since 1994. We stock more than 10,000 scarce, collectible and out-of-print books, for readers, teachers and collectors.  Click on link above for more information and scarce collectibles.



Mystery Books, Movies and Authors


Welcome to – the website about the top mystery books, movies and authors. This site is dedicated to the best mystery movies, books and authors from all time periods, except the movies which are mostly current.
It is a good start into the mystery genre. I haven’t read all the books listed but the lists are written by mystery writers, organizations, book clubs, readers votes, etc. so they should be a good source. What is more many books appear in almost every list( ex: “The Murder Of Rodger Acroyd”) which is a good sign that only the top mystery books are listed. There are also lists of more recent books if you are interested in that.



Fantasy Book Review


At Fantasy Book Review we are dedicated to reading and reviewing the very best fantasy books for both children and adults (both young and old).



Reading Books to Toddlers


As your baby enters toddlerhood, he’ll approach a whole new set of firsts, most notably first steps and first words. The random syllables he’s been trying out over the past few months will develop into his first honest-to-goodness words. It’s estimated that your child will learn up to 10 new words each day, usually starting to string two or more together into phrases by 18 months of age. (Remember, every child develops at a different pace. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development, ask your pediatrician.)
As your toddler’s imagination soars, pretending is likely to become a favorite activity. If you see your little one paging through a book and pretending to read along, he’s engaging in a constructive early literacy activity. One-year-olds are also intent on forging their independence in their little circle of the world, attempting to put on and take off socks and shoes, climb onto and off of furniture, and put on and remove lids. This newfound self-sufficiency will also extend to reading—don’t be surprised if your toddler insists on holding the book or turning the pages while you read.




Student Guide

Source is a collection of useful resources for students to assist their scholastic goals. We provide articles on hundreds of student related topics to help them improve their study habits, writing skills, organizational skills, and analytical skills.



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Common Sense Media


Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today — especially our children’s.  Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn.  Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant.

Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.



The best do-it-yourself books for the home


When it comes to home improvement, there are a lot of do-it-yourself manuals. It can be difficult to separate the truly helpful from the fads. Here are three incredible books designed to improve your home maintenance skills.
Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual from Reader’s Digest
This may be the king of all do-it-yourself manuals. It’s an undisputed classic of the genre and has helped countless homeowners look to themselves—rather than a professional—to take care of business. Reader’s Digest has provided this service since 1973 to over 10 million customers. It has been updated on numerous occasions, adapting with the times to provide more relevant information. Reader’s Digest completely revised and updated the manual for its 2005 edition, in partnership with the trusted do-it-yourself magazine, The Family Handyman. This manual’s main selling point is its approachability. This book wasn’t written by specialized professionals for other people on their level. It was written for the regular person. Lacking any pomposity, this manual’s conversational tone steps you through each task with simplicity and clarity. The book boasts over 3,000  photos and illustrations that both inspire you to try your hand at home improvement and facilitate the process. So whether you are looking for suggestions with hand and power tools, woodworking, masonry, interiors, plumbing or electricity, the Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual will be perfect for your needs.
The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair from Black & Decker
If any do-it-yourself guide challenges the Reader’s Digest classic for preeminence, it’s The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair. If you are a handy-person, or an aspiring handy-person, this book is a must have. It answers so many questions and addresses so many concerns that you will be hard pressed to think of a homeowner’s issue that this manual overlooks. This guidebook’s title designates it a photo guide. Not surprisingly, the pictures are probably this book’s finest feature. Photos range from stunning to practical. You will continually find yourself discovering tasks that you might want to accomplish that you have never even thought of previously.
Big Book of Home How-To from Better Homes and Gardens
When Better Homes and Gardens stepped into the ring with Black & Decker and Reader’s Digest, who would have thought they would produce a manual that rivals their home improvement classics? Better Homes and Gardens achieved this feat by creating a slightly different kind of book. This manual provides over 200 step-by-step undertakings. The photos are less handsome and more practical; it’s a matter of taste. The Big Book of Home How-To is a colossal book that anticipates many of your queries. So is this book better than the aforementioned publications from Black & Decker and Reader’s Digest? The truth of the matter is that it depends upon your temperament and preferences. All three books offer similar information in slightly different ways. Which book is right for you? When something breaks down, the right book is whichever gets you to stop reaching for the phone and start reaching for your tool belt.




About Us
The Great Books Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that creates reading and discussion programs for students and adults.

Through Shared Inquiry™ discussions of enduring literature, we advance social and civic engagement and help people of all ages think critically about their own lives and the world we share.



Cook Books We Love Review


Welcome to Cookbooks We Love, a guide to outstanding food & cooking recipe books. Featuring our editor’s top cookbook picks with original cookbook reviews. Get informed, discuss cook books online, make smart choices!


List Challenges


A list of the best selling books of all time, fiction and nonfiction best sellers. What are the best selling books of all time? Since religious and political books, such as The Holy Bible, are often given away for free, they have not been included on this list. These top selling books span multiple centuries, covering many genres and original languages. And if you think Harry Potter or Twilight top this list, think again, they’re not even close.


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USA Government – Data Statistics


U.S. Census Data and Statistics
The United States Census Bureau provides data about the nation’s people and economy. Every 10 years, it conducts the Population and Housing Census, in which every resident in the United States is counted. The agency also gathers data through more than 100 other surveys of households and businesses every one to five years. You can explore the results of the surveys or find popular quick facts.


CIA Government Library


About CIA

The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 with the signing of the National Security Act by President Harry S. Truman. The act also created a Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to serve as head of the United States intelligence community; act as the principal adviser to the President for intelligence matters related to the national security; and serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 amended the National Security Act to provide for a Director of National Intelligence who would assume some of the roles formerly fulfilled by the DCI, with a separate Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency serves as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency and reports to the Director of National Intelligence. The CIA director’s responsibilities include:

  • Collecting intelligence through human sources and by other appropriate means, except that he shall have no police, subpoena, or law enforcement powers or internal security functions;
  • Correlating and evaluating intelligence related to the national security and providing appropriate dissemination of such intelligence;
  • Providing overall direction for and coordination of the collection of national intelligence outside the United States through human sources by elements of the Intelligence Community authorized to undertake such collection and, in coordination with other departments, agencies, or elements of the United States Government which are authorized to undertake such collection, ensuring that the most effective use is made of resources and that appropriate account is taken of the risks to the United States and those involved in such collection; and
  • Performing such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the President or the Director of National Intelligence may direct.

The function of the Central Intelligence Agency is to assist the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in carrying out the responsibilities outlined above.

To accomplish its mission, the CIA engages in research, development, and deployment of high-leverage technology for intelligence purposes. As a separate agency, CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on topics of concern and also works closely with the other organizations in the Intelligence Community to ensure that the intelligence consumer—whether Washington policymaker or battlefield commander—receives the best intelligence possible.

As changing global realities have reordered the national security agenda, CIA has met these challenges by:

  • Creating special, multidisciplinary centers to address such high-priority issues such as nonproliferation, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, international organized crime and narcotics trafficking, environment, and arms control intelligence.
  • Forging stronger partnerships between the several intelligence collection disciplines and all-source analysis.
  • Taking an active part in Intelligence Community analytical efforts and producing all-source analysis on the full range of topics that affect national security.
  • Contributing to the effectiveness of the overall Intelligence Community by managing services of common concern in imagery analysis and open-source collection and participating in partnerships with other intelligence agencies in the areas of research and development and technical collection.

By emphasizing adaptability in its approach to intelligence collection, the CIA can tailor its support to key intelligence consumers and help them meet their needs as they face the issues of the post-Cold War World.



Poem Hunter


Whether you’re looking for themed quotes, the lyrics to an almost forgotten song, to revisit a favorite poem or discover new poets, this vast resource of over 800,000 poems and 80,000 poets will deliver the goods. You can sign up to receive the poem of the day by email and, once you create your free account, catalog your favorite poems for future reference.





Site devoted to poetry books and historical poets.

To Sleep
John Keats, 1795 – 1821
O soft embalmer of the still midnight!
Shutting with careful fingers and benign
Our gloom-pleased eyes, embower’d from the light,
Enshaded in forgetfulness divine;
O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee, close,
In midst of this thine hymn, my willing eyes,
Or wait the amen, ere thy poppy throws
Around my bed its lulling charities;
Then save me, or the passèd day will shine
Upon my pillow, breeding many woes;
Save me from curious conscience, that still lords
Its strength for darkness, burrowing like a mole;
Turn the key deftly in the oilèd wards,
And seal the hushèd casket of my soul.



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Paul Reveres Ride
Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year……”

Poetry Soup


PoetrySoup is simply the world’s best and most comprehensive poetry website and poems resource…with quotes too. PoetrySoup™ is an easy-to-use, comprehensive, interactive, and fun international poetry community for all poets and lovers of poetry. Read, search, comment on, and share quotations, short poetry, funny poetry, love poetry, sad poetry, friendship poetry and more. Most of all, have fun and welcome to PoetrySoup.



Scientific American


Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S., has been bringing its readers unique insights about developments in science and technology for more than 170 years.
In 1845, Rufus Porter founded the publication as a weekly broadsheet subtitled “The Advocate of Industry and Enterprise, and Journal of Mechanical and Other Improvements.” A restless inventor, Porter soon turned to other ventures, and after 10 months sold Scientific American – for the sum of $800 – to Orson Desaix Munn and Alfred Ely Beach.
In an era of rapid innovation, Scientific American founded the first branch of the U.S. Patent Agency, in 1850, to provide technical help and legal advice to inventors. A Washington, D.C., branch was added in 1859. By 1900 more than 100,000 inventions had been patented thanks to Scientific American.
For a century, Munn & Company retained ownership of the magazine, which chronicled the major discoveries and inventions of the Industrial Revolution, including the Bessemer steel converter, the telephone and the incandescent lightbulb. Edison presented the prototype of the phonograph for inspection by the editors, and Samuel Morse, father of the telegraph, and Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine, were frequent visitors to the offices in downtown New York City.



The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript


The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is one of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts and is Yale’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The Beinecke Library’s robust collections are used to create new scholarship by researchers from around the world.



Historical Romance Novels


Read Free Historical Romance Novels
Step into the excitement, drama and romance of days gone by. Historical romance novels are set before the World Wars. Experience the pain and loneliness of a Civil War romance, or the challenges of a young woman in late 19th century society.

Historical romance novels can be set in any timeframe in history and in any geography. Step back into the American Revolution, the European Dark Ages, the French Revolution or Medieval or Victorian England. The characters could be members of a medieval court, an aristocratic family or a gang of misfits. Regardless of when or where the romance is experienced, the hero and heroine still face the same issues of love, loss, regret and renewal. Historical romance novels are just one of the many types of free online romance novels on PublicBookshelf.





PoetrySoup is simply the world’s best and most comprehensive poetry website and poems resource…with quotes too. PoetrySoup™ is an easy-to-use, comprehensive, interactive, and fun international poetry community for all poets and lovers of poetry. Read, search, comment on, and share quotations, short poetry, funny poetry, love poetry, sad poetry, friendship poetry and more. Most of all, have fun and welcome to PoetrySoup.


Poetry Society


The world’s finest poetry quarterly
Since it was founded in 1912, The Poetry Review has been home to the world’s best writing – by both internationally renowned and emerging poets, newcomers and Nobel Prize winners. The new Winter 2016 issue of The Poetry Review (see left), is co-edited by Sarah Howe and Maurice Riordan. Highlights include new poems by Simon Armitage, Andre Bagoo, Fiona Benson, Jorie Graham, Zaffar Kunial, Hugo Williams and Jane Yeh,  essays and reviews by Eleanor Goodman, Jen Hadfield, Bhanu Kapil and Nick Laird, and Matthea Harvey’s visual poem Nubes Kardashianum (Kardashian Klouds).
Published quarterly, The Poetry Review is mailed to all Full Members of The Poetry Society and is stocked in leading bookshops worldwide. The magazine welcomes submissions from prospective contributors.


Salads 4 Lunch Book Reviews
Welcome to Salads 4 Lunch!

About Janice Blog

Janice lives near Toronto, ON Canada in a little town called Milton. She have a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Certificate in Athletic Therapy from York University in Toronto.  She’s also a full time working mom to three adorable little girls (ages 11, 9 and 5).  She love running, and one day I hope to qualify for Boston.

Her Story – Way back in a time before kids I used to read… a lot.  I would read EVERYTHING I could get my hands on and I can remember getting in trouble at what felt like 1 am for staying up WELL past my bedtime reading under my covers with a flashlight. I read the entire Little House on the Prairie series, 60 of the Sweet Valley High books (then gave up because I graduated high school before the twins did).  Unfortunately when I had kids I found it nearly impossible to read, so 10 long years went by and the only reading I did was the news, blogs and magazines.  Then I found the Kindle app on my ipad.
For a list of her books goto the link above.


How to make a Flip Book Animation



Best Fantasy Books

Source: is your number one source for fantasy and science fiction recommendations — books, comics, anime, movies, and games. We’ve spent countless hours creating detailed recommendation lists to suite EVERY fantasy fanboy’s taste.



Trivia:   Beatrix Potter wrote about some mice who help a tailor to finish a waistcoat for Christmas Day. In which English city, part of the title, was the book set?

‘The Tailor of Gloucester’ was first published in 1902. The tailor was too ill to complete a waistcoat ordered by the mayor for his wedding, but his kindness to some mice he had rescued from his cat was repaid when the mice finished the work for him. Source:


A Christmas Carol Book History



Discovery Books


Dedicated to creating material for children throughout the UK and USA, Discovery Books understands the changing needs of parents, children and teachers and uses this knowledge to produce attractive, up-to-date, educational books and other products.

Founded in 1992 by Paul Humphrey, Discovery Books has been growing ever since. To date we have successfully packaged over 700 children’s books for clients in the UK and USA, with subjects ranging anywhere from world cultures and social issues through to science and nature. We listen to the demands and understand the needs of our customers and consistently provide them with the quality of service they have come to expect from us.
Based in Ludlow, in Shropshire, England, Discovery Books has a friendly and hard working in-house team made up of project editors, picture researchers and designers, as well as a growing number of experienced freelance editors, writers and illustrators. For our North American editions we engage a dedicated team of writers, editors and designers from across the United States and Canada.



Telegraph “Books”


15 best North American novels of all time
Fear and Loathing, The Grapes of Wrath, Moby-Dick: we pick the big, brave and occasionally brash best North American novels ever written.



Random House Kids


Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids @ Random ( offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, a leading international media company.



Little Animal Adventures and Other Books


About LibraryThing

LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.





It is a truth universally acknowledged that an avid reader in possession of a good book must be in want of another. That, dear reader, is where Bookish comes in. Bookish is made up of a team of readers who drag their noses from in between the pages of books to sit in front of a screen and further explore the literary worlds that we long to live in. Within our webpages you’ll find everything from emotional GIF reviews to serious essays on genre dynamics, from author interviews to book recommendations, from listicles to seasonal previews.
Our goal is to give readers more information about the books, authors, and genres that they love while also introducing them to new titles, debut writers, and genres they never thought they’d read. From the casual reader to the one who documents each and every book read in a color-coordinated spreadsheet, we pride ourselves on having something for all readers. Our passion will not be repressed, so we hope that you allow us to share our great love of reading with you.





Guest Hollow


Guest Hollow has been created to help you on your homeschooling journey. During the many years we have spent teaching our children, we’ve formed opinions, developed ways of teaching, gathered ideas and learned a LOT! It is our wish to share what we have discovered with you, as well as resources we have created or found valuable.
We are by no means “experts”, because only YOU can know what is right for you and your family and every parent and child are different…However, we will do our best to let you know what has worked for US and hope that might be of some help to you and yours.

You will find all sorts of goodies in different sections of our site. This site has over 7000 files! That’s a TON of pages, printable, articles and freebies to explore. Some of the things you can find are:
Free history, science, and math curriculum and/or schedules
Lots of free printable like handwriting paper, note booking pages, lap books, Bible printable, math, science, help pages, etc.
Living math book lists
Book and curriculum reviews
Math, language arts and science sections.





Time – 100 Best Children’s Books


We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. In the likes of Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen, they’ve produced characters and conceits that have become the currency of our pop-culture discourse—and inspired some of our best writers to contribute to the genre. To honor the best books for young adults and children, TIME compiled this survey in consultation with respected peers such as U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt, children’s-book historian Leonard Marcus, the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress, the Every Child a Reader literacy foundation and 10 independent booksellers. With their help, we’ve created two all-time lists of classics: 100 Best Young-Adult Books and 100 Best Children’s Books.

For full list check out website above.




How to teach you baby to read!



Child Literature – Adventure Books


Introduction to
Children’s Literature Classics

Why was this site created?
Are you looking for a great book to share with your child, grandchild, class, or library group? Would you like to know more about one of the classics? This site was created for anyone who loves children’s literature, and especially for educators, parents, librarians, students, and grandparents. Its purpose is to guide, inform, enlighten, and above all inspire, by introducing you to the enchanting world of children’s books.

Click on a genre for an examination of its main features, a discussion of representative novels, and a list of recommended books. Although each novel is discussed under a specific genre, children’s stories can cross boundaries.

Why read children’s classics?
Some people mistakenly believe, writes children’s author Jill Paton Walsh, “that something written for children is necessarily inferior, could not be a serious work of art.”1 As award-winning writer, Katherine Paterson, argues, many intelligent, well-meaning people think that “while adult literature may aim to be art, the object of children’s books is to whip the little rascals into shape.”2
But great children’s stories are powerful, imaginative, and memorable; they resonate with readers of all ages and have a lasting and profound impact. This site will examine a selection of classic children’s novels as distinguished works of art. It will look at what makes these novels notable and why they have such universal appeal.

Joseph Conrad wrote that every word in a good novel should contribute to the work’s overall purpose.3 A great novel for either children or adults is like a symphony; it has many separate elements but they all work together to create a unified effect.



Storyline Online
for K-3rd grade students



The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has a wonderful story read along website, Storyline Online. Well-known SAG actors of all ages read 24 popular children’s picture books. The narration is accompanied by illustrations from the book. Some of the stories use storybook cutout animation.
Each book has accompanying lesson plan ideas and activities. My kids love to hear the actors read the stories, as they’re very expressive. I’ve heard many of them copy the tone and pitch of the readers when the children read the books aloud themselves.




A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair.  By Katrina Mayer



Reading to deaf or hard of hearing children.
David R. Schleper outlines 15 principles for adults to use when reading to deaf and hard of hearing children. The research is based on what deaf parents do when reading to their deaf and hard of hearing children. The deaf parents:

1.Translate stories using American Sign Language. Focus on concepts and use lots of fingerspelling.2.Keep both languages (ASL and English) visible. Make sure children see both the signing and the words and pictures.

3.Elaborate on the text. Add explanations about the text to make it more understandable.

4.Reread stories on a “story telling” to a “story reading” continuum. The first few times, make sure the student understands the story. Then, slowly, focus more and more on the text.

5.Follow the child’s lead. What does the child wants to read? What if the child wants to read just one part of a book, then move to another? Follow the child.

6.Make what is implied explicit. Make the hidden meaning clear.

7.Adjust sign placement to fit the story. Sometimes sign on the page. Sometimes sign on the child. And sometimes sign in the usual place.

8.Adjust the signing style to fit the story. Be dramatic. Play with the signs and exaggerate facial expressions to show different characters.

9.Connect concepts in the story to the real world. Relate the characters to real events.

10.Use attention maintenance strategies. Tap lightly on your child’s shoulder, or give a gentle nudge to keep his or her attention.

11.Use eye gaze to elicit participation. Look at the child while reading.

12.Engage in role playing to extend concepts. Act out the story after you have read it.

13.Use ASL variations to sign repetitive English phrases. If you are using the same phrase over and over, vary the signs.

14.Provide a positive and reinforcing environment. Encourage the child to share ideas about the story and support the child’s ideas.

15.Expect the child to become literate. Believe in the child’s success and read, read, read!

The Benefits of Reading Age by Age Guide
Reading is an addiction that parents should encourage well before their baby’s first birthday. The bonding experience is unbeatable, says Patricia Cowan, national program coordinator for Reach Out and Read, a project that gives children books during medical checkups. When you read to children, they’re getting your full attention, and that’s what they just love. Nothing — no TV show or toy — is better than that.
Reading to babies is also a great way to immerse them in the sounds and rhythms of speech, which is crucial for language development. In a study at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, 18- to 25-month-olds whose parents said they had been reading to them regularly for a year could say and understand more words than those whose parents hadn’t. It’s hard to prove whether such advantages last, but plenty of parents are convinced that early exposure to books makes a long-term difference, both boosting children’s language abilities and making them more eager to learn how to read.
With that in mind, here’s an age-by-age guide to getting your kids hooked on books.
Birth to 12 Months
Birth to 6 months: Since an infant’s vision is still developing, choose books with little or no text and big, high-contrast pictures. Also consider books with interactive stuff, such as puppets, mirrors, or peepholes, recommends Pamela High, MD, author of the Brown University reading study and a professor of pediatrics there. The more ways you both have to enjoy a book, the better. If you’d like, read to your baby from grown-up books or magazines too. Comprehending the words isn’t really the point with babies this young. For infants, reading is about the tone of your voice and cuddling up to you.7 to 12 months: Halfway through their first year, babies may begin to grasp some of the words read to them, says Cosby Rogers, PhD, a professor of human development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The most meaningful words are the names and things from their everyday life — words like “doggy,” “mommy,” “daddy,” “milk,” or “bottle.”
Books with just one object or person per age are best; hearing you name something he recognizes reinforces your baby’s vocabulary and slowly helps him realize that illustrations stand for real things. Point to the pictures he shows interest in. And act out what you read with your face, hands, and voice. Let the baby babble back to you in return, suggests Dr. Rogers. This “conversation” helps him learn to take turns and teaches him about focusing on the same thing as someone else.

One more tip: Because babies this age tend to be hard on their playthings, stick mostly to board books, which can take rough handling and even chewing. Cloth or vinyl books are good too, though turning the pages can be trickier for a baby.

13 to 24 Months
13 to 18 months: Now you can begin to introduce books with a sentence or two per page. The sillier you are while acting out the story, the better. For instance, if you’re reading about animals, make animal noises. Your baby will think it’s really funny, Cowan says. Sooner or later, he will “moo” or “baa” back to you and you’ll be ready to fall off the couch laughing.
Invite participation by asking questions such as “What does the dog say?” or “Do you see the cat?” Ask your baby to point to real-life examples of what’s pictured, (“Where’s your nose?”). At this age, you can show more pictures of things your baby doesn’t encounter every day. Also, at 15 to 18 months, your baby may be able to answer questions with a word, so give her the opportunities by asking, “What’s that?” If she answers, you can boost her vocabulary by expanding on her thought:” Yes, car. That’s a big green car.”

19 to 24 months: Many toddlers find the familiar routine of reading reassuring and calming. The same goes for familiar books. This helps explain why, starting at about 18 months, children may ask for the same book over and over and over — and why they won’t let you change your reading performance by a single “meow” or “vroom.” However, this dogged repetition has a learning benefit as well: Experts think it helps children make sense of and then remember new words.

Moms’ Picks
When we asked our readers to tell us their baby’s favorite book, the titles that got the most mentions weren’t surprising: Goodnight Moon and anything by Dr. Seuss, followed closely by Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You.
Here are some other raved-about books that you might not have heard of yet:

Moo, Baa, LA LA LA by Sandra Boynton “At under 2 years, my son can recite the entire book just by looking at the pages.” –Michelle Speer, Edwardsville, Illinois
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom and Time for Bed by Mem Fox “I’ve read to my 5-1/2-month-old since birth, and he gets so excited when he sees these books, kicking his feet and waving his arms.” –Judy James, Miami, Florida
Maisy’s Colors by Lucy Cousins “My daughter Grace is 11 months old, but she’s enjoyed this particular book since about 4 months. I don’t know if she likes the mouse or the colors, but it’s already completely worn out!” –Catherine Brainerd
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown “My 4-1/2-month-old daughter, Cara, loves Big Red Barn. She even helps us turn the pages.” –Sandra Schneider, Berthoud, Colorado
I’m a Little Caterpillar by Tim Weare “My 8-1/2-month-old son’s favorite book is I’m a Little Caterpillar. He finds it so exciting because it has a cute little finger puppet attached.” –Denise McKnight, Metairie, Louisiana

Here’s some children’s books that parents seem to adore for themselves!

On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier “I still get chills when I read that one.” –Cindy Long, Wellfleet, MA
Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch “It’s the most heartwarming book I’ve ever read.” –Gail Denker, Bayside, NY

Reading Rocket
Our mission
The National Institutes of Health estimates that one in five children has serious difficulties learning to read. These children are potentially among the most troubled kids in society. With early identification and a lot of help, however, children who struggle to read can flourish; without it they are at risk for failure in school and in life.
Since 1965, the federal government has invested more than $100 million to find out why so many children have problems learning to read and what can be done. Thanks to that research, we now know how to identify children at risk and how to help them before they fail. Reading Rockets’ mission is to take that research-based and best-practice information and make it available to as many people as possible through the power and reach of television and the Internet.
Launched in 2001, Reading Rockets is an education initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation’s capital. Learn more about the Reading Rockets project in this audio interview with Executive Director Noel Gunther, on the national radio series The Parent’s Journal With Bobbi Conner.
Reading Games For Kids
This site helps kids read through reading games.



Children’s and Kids Picture Books


The Reading Room connects books with people. We make discovering books entertaining, informative and socially engaging. And, most importantly believe that the best recommendations come from people you know and trust.

Focused on being the best book discovery and recommendation destination in the world, we help our members discover great books with the latest news, curated lists and trends. The Reading Room is also home to trusted book recommendations from both members and published sources like The New York Times and The Guardian.

Our members can track their reading  life on their bookshelf, buy books at competitive prices and share their love of reading with their friends and other community members.

Whether you’re an avid reader or you read a few books a year, The Reading Room is for everyone and anyone interested in books. Every time you visit, you’ll embark on a new journey of discovery that is personal to you!

Our History

Former publisher, media executive, and passionate reader Kim Anderson launched The Reading Room in 2010. Kim has more than 20 years’ experience as a publisher, online and television executive, including Fairfax, HarperCollins (US and Australia) and was a Director of Digital at the Nine 9 Network, founding member of ninemsn, and CEO of Southern Star Entertainment. Kim was a Fellow of Senate, University of Sydney from 2004-2011, and is Non-Executive Director of publicly listed, and the STW Group. Check out Kim on Linkedin.

Originally based in Australia, within a short time we attracted 70% of our audience from North America.  In late 2013, The Reading Room moved from the sunny climes of kangaroo hopping Australia to New York, the city that never sleeps – and neither do we!

The Reading Room is independently funded and owned by Bookstore Inc, so named after the app being developed to service our members with a social app that would enable them to get recommendations from people they know and trust, well honed book clubs and the community at large. The app will be available in the third quarter 2016.

The Team

We are a small but passionate team of readers, writers, social media experts, publishers, marketing wizards, and technology mavericks. When we collaborate, magic happens. While we are based in New York, we also have London and Sydney in our DNA. Our team consists of British, Australian, American, Irish, and Ukrainian readers. Being able to recommend books from writers all over the world is important to us, so even our developers are big readers and contribute to our discussion around what books to read.

We Love Feedback

With 1.6+ million members, 1.1 million organic Facebook Fans and more than 2million+ social followers, we work continuously to improve the user experience and the discovery process. We have plenty of work to do but love to hear your feedback. You can email us at





Kids Adventure Books

Welcome! This site is for parents, teachers, librarians,
teens and kids-anyone looking for a good book.   See Below






Children’s Mystery Stories


The Mystery Writers of America come out every year with their Edgar Awards, named for Edgar Allan Poe. These awards are for the best in crime and mystery fictionNot only are there Edgars for Best Young Adult Mystery Novel and Best Juvenile Mystery Fiction, but the MWA presents awards for any number of grown up categories as well, including film.

(Which explains why I have a soft spot for The Edgars in particular and Mystery in general. In 1995 I was nominated for Best Screenplay for my movie The Last Seduction. And I began my career writing stories for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.)

Children’s mysteries encourage reading in a way other books can’t. A whodunit keeps you wondering until the end! For a curious kid, that can make them the hardest books to put down.

The Edgar Award – Best Young Adult Mystery Novel

  • 2016 A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
  • 2015 The Art of Secrets by James Klise
  • 2014 Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
  • 2013 Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • 2012 The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall
  • 2011 The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price
  • 2010 Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
  • 2009 Paper Towns by John Green
  • 2008 Rat Life by Tedd Arnold
  • 2007 Buried by Robin Merrow MacCready
  • 2006 Last Shot by John Feinstein
  • 2005 In Darkness, Death by Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler
  • 2004 Acceleration by Graham McNamee
  • 2003 The Wessex Papers, Vols. 1-3 by Daniel Parker
  • 2002 The Boy in the Burning House by Tim Wynne-Jones
  • 2001 Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin
  • 2000 Never Trust a Dead Man by Vivian Vande Velde
  • 1999 The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin
  • 1998 Ghost Canoe by Will Hobbs
  • 1997 Twisted Summer by Willo Davis Roberts
  • 1996 Prophecy Rock by Rob MacGregor
  • 1995 Toughing It by Nancy Springer
  • 1994 The Name of the Game Was Murder by Joan Lowery Nixon
  • 1993 A Little Bit Dead by Chap Reaver
  • 1992 The Weirdo by Theodore Taylor
  • 1991 Mote by Chap Reaver
  • 1990 Show Me the Evidence by Alane Ferguson
  • 1989 Incident at Loring Groves by Sonia Levitin


The Edgar Award – Best Juvenile Mystery Fiction
  • 2016 Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught
  • 2015 Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • 2014 One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
  • 2013 The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo
  • 2012 Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
  • 2011 The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler
  • 2010 Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
  • 2009 The Postcard by Tony Abbott
  • 2008 The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
  • 2007 Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements
  • 2006 The Boys of San Joaquin by D. James Smith
  • 2005 Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  • 2004 Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • 2003 Harriet Spies Again by Helen Ericson
  • 2002 Dangling by Lillian Eige
  • 2001 Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell
  • 2000 The Night Flyers by Elizabeth McDavid Jones
  • 1999 Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • 1998 Sparrows in the Scullery by Barbara Brooks Wallace
  • 1997 The Clearing by Dorothy Reynolds Miller
  • 1996 Looking for Jamie Bridger by Nancy Springer
  • 1995 The Absolutely True Story…How I Visited Yellowstone Park with the Terrible Rubes by Willo Davis Roberts
  • 1994 The Twin in the Tavern by Barbara Brooks Wallace
  • 1993 Coffin on a Case! by Eve Bunting
  • 1992 Wanted…Mud Blossom by Betsy Byars
  • 1991 Stonewords by Pam Conrad
  • 1989 Megan’s Island by Willo Davis Roberts
  • 1988 Lucy Forever and Miss Rosetree, Shrinks by Susan Shreve
  • 1987 The Other Side of Dark by Joan Lowery Nixon
  • 1986 The Sandman’s Eyes by Patricia Windsor
  • 1985 Night Cry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • 1984 The Callender Papers by Cynthia Voigt
  • 1983 The Murder of Hound Dog Bates by Robbie Branscum
  • 1982 Taking Terri Mueller by Norma Fox Mazer
  • 1981 The Seance by Joan Lowery Nixon
  • 1980 The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore by Joan Lowery Nixon
  • 1979 Alone in Wolf Hollow by Dana Brookins
  • 1978 A Really Weird Summer by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • 1977 Are You in the House Alone? by Richard Peck
  • 1976 Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien
  • 1975 The Dangling Witness by Jay Bennett
  • 1974 The Long Black Coat by Jay Bennett
  • 1973 Deathwatch by Robb White
  • 1972 Nightfall by Joan Aiken
  • 1971 The Intruder by John Rowe Townsend
  • 1970 Danger at Black Dyke by Winfred Finlay
  • 1969 The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton
  • 1968 Signpost to Terror by Gretchen Sprague
  • 1967 Sinbad and Me by Kin Platt
  • 1966 The Mystery of 22 East by Leon Ware
  • 1965 Mystery at Crane’s Landing by Marcella Thum
  • 1964 Mystery of the Hidden Hand by Phyllis A. Whitney
  • 1963 Cutlass Island by Scott Corbett
  • 1962 The Phantom of Walkaway Hill by Edward Fenton
  • 1961 The Mystery of the Haunted Pool by Phyllis A. Whitney








When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.  Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night – there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.
~Christopher Morley



Writing Captivating Dialogue for Children
by Mary Emma Allen



The children’s story I was asked to critique began with description, continued with description, contained some dialogue here and there, and ended with description. The author seemed to think that simply telling the story was adequate and didn’t realize that stories without dialogue are boring.

An editor who spoke at a regional SCBWI conference mentioned that the story must catch the reader’s attention (whether editor, child, or parent) at the very beginning, then continue to hold the attention with a variation of dialogue and description.

Yes, years ago, the stories of your childhood may have contained a great deal of description. However, most editors mention that children of today are used to the excitement of television, videos, and interactive CDs. So stories must rivet the readers.

We writers have dialogue as one of the best methods of capturing and holding their readers’ attention.

(Even some of my stories, published awhile ago, might need to have the opening changed if I submitted them to editors today.)

Write True-to-Life Dialogue

When writing dialogue, consider putting words into the mouths of your characters that sound real, the way children talk and think. When I first began writing children’s stories (before I had anything published), I let the professor for my children’s lit class read some. Lillian encouraged me to continue writing, but said, “Mary, you’ll begin getting stories published when you’re teaching children (I was receiving a degree in elementary education that semester) or when you have children of your own.”

I didn’t want to hear that! I wanted to be published now. However, while taking a class with the Institute of Children’s Literature a few years later, my first story was accepted and published. I think the main difference between that story and some of my previous ones was the dialogue.

Yes, I had to think and talk like a child. By that time I had a daughter of my own, tutored children, taught Sunday School, was a 4-H leader, and often babysat my nieces and nephews.

Tips For Writing Dialogue

Suggestions to keep in mind when writing dialogue:

1. Listen to children/think like children. In one of the lessons for the Institute class I was instructed to write about an incident in a child’s life in two ways… from the child’s viewpoint and from mine. That forced me to listen to what children in real life were really saying and how they were saying it, instead of putting my words into my characters’ mouths.

2. Be around children. If you don’t have children or grandchildren, find opportunities to be around children. Babysit for relatives and friends occasionally, volunteer at a school, become a leader for a youth group. A mother of a teen wanted to write for younger children. After attending one of my classes and hearing me recommend working with children, she began volunteering in the local school at the grade level she wanted to write for. She later told me this really helped her look at situations through the eyes of youngsters.

3. Study children’s writing and what they have to say. Find opportunities to read what children write. There are some web sites and ezines now that publish the writing of young people. Also, volunteer to work with youngsters or teach a writing class at your school. Learn how youngsters express themselves. Become aware of the situations that are important to them. One unpublished children’s author volunteered to teach writing at her daughter’s sixth grade periodically for six months. The result was a book of the students’ writing which she helped them edit and compile.

4. Read current stories and books for young people. Saturate yourself with current magazine stories and books of the age level for which you wish to write. This is not to say you’ll copy these stories, but they will give you an idea of the dialogue that appeals to editors and children. Ask your librarian about the most popular books for specific age levels… which books are most in demand by children (or parents if the children don’t read yet).

5. Read your dialogue aloud. Read your stories aloud, or tape them and listen to them. Do the characters sound like the children they’re supposed to be portraying?

6. Read to children. Read your stories to children and get their reaction. This is more practical with older children for they usually will give you specific feedback. When my daughter was a teen, she’d read my stories and tell me whether the characters sounded like today’s youngsters or whether I was falling back on the language of my era.

7. Read diaries and letters. Even when your story is set in the past, your characters need to sound like normal youngsters who will appeal to young readers of today. Your characters of other eras won’t use today’s slang or expressions, but they shouldn’t be stilted and boring. Reading letters and diaries written by youngsters of days ago will help you get the feel of the words they used, the expressions of those times which will still make them sound their age but fit in with their setting. For instance, when I read letters written by my great great grandmother, who was a Quaker, they’re filled with thee and thou. If I wrote a story with her children as characters, they would use similar expressions.

8. Write a letter. When having trouble with dialogue, try writing a letter from your characters to someone else, or have them write diary entries. You may not use this practice writing in your book or story, but it can help you get to know how your character thinks and talks. Dialogue can make a story interesting or dull. However, without it a story for today’s readers certainly loses appeal.







International Children's Digital Library
Language barriers have never been more pronounced. Whether in an urban area of a modern country (e.g. the Chicago Public School system has 73 different languages represented in its student population) or the rural areas of a less developed country (e.g. Mongolia, where the ICDL has its first “branch” and where rural schools do not yet support a culture of reading for pleasure), differences in language are making it harder and harder for educational initiatives to bring about success.

As families move from Kenya to Finland or Brazil to Mexico or Viet Nam to California, books published in their native country or in their first language often must be left behind.  In their new homelands, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to find children’s books from their cultures and in their mother tongue.  Parents have little access to the books and stories from their youth to pass on to the next generation. Many children must grow up without knowledge of their family’s heritage and first language.  A fundamental principle of the Foundation is that children and their families deserve to have access to the books of their culture, as well as the majority culture, regardless of where they live. According to a paper published in 2005 by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in preparation for the second meeting on the World Summit on the Information Society, “Denial to access to information in one’s mother tongue is equivalent to a denial of a human right.” The report also concludes, “In terms of pedagogy, how do children learn best?  In their mother tongue.”

The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community.



Comprehensive Leveled Reading Resources for Kids

Raz-Kids is an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students. With hundreds of eBooks offered at 29 different levels of reading difficulty, it’s easy to put the right content in every student’s hands.

Kids access their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged. Every eBook is available in online and mobile formats, and allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading. Students then take a corresponding eQuiz complete with an extended answer response to test comprehension and determine future instruction needs. Once a child has read ten or more of the leveled eBooks and passed each of the corresponding eQuizzes, they advance on to the next reading level where they have access to lengthier and more difficult text.

A Digital Library at Your Disposal

  • 800+ leveled eBooks for students to practice reading anytime, anywhere
  • Corresponding eQuizzes that measure student comprehension
  • Spanish eBook and eQuiz translations for ELLs and bilingual programs
  • Digital management and reporting tools to easily track individual and class-wide reading progress

“I just wanted to express my thanks for a job well done. My class of kindergarten students LOVE going on Raz-Kids. Often, they go there for their free time play. They are highly motivated to read and I find it a wonderful way to get leveled books into the hands of my early readers. Bless you all, for what you are providing for education!”



Free Novels Online, a not-for-profit organization

If you looking for a good book and don’t want to go to the library or bookstore, try





Book Adventure


Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child
to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read
them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read,
and earn prizes for their reading success.




Which Book


Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs

Whichbook is a unique site for choosing what to read.

If you’re not good at remembering book titles, or if you are the sort of reader who likes to choose by browsing round a little and seeing what tempts you, whichbook is the perfect solution to help you find what you are looking for.

Everyone has their favourite writers who can be trusted to deliver the goods. But there are thousands of books out there. One of those might satisfy you even more but how can you tell? Whichbook enables you to search for a book that up to now may only have existed in your own mind! Move the sliders to express what you’re looking for and see what comes up. Scroll down to see all the books which match your chosen sliders or click Find similar to see books which match the specific title most closely. If you don’t fancy any of the books offered, change your choices and try again – there are millions of different individual permutations possible.

If you know you want a particular genre – crime, say, or fantasy – there are lots of websites to give you information. But what are the things readers long to know and are unable to find out? Whichbook offers choices which are not available anywhere else – mood, emotion, plot shape, type of main character, country the book is set in.

Every title on whichbook has been read by one of a changing team of 70 people who are drawn from libraries and literature organisations and come together to share training to create the entries. The ratings and comments are created by real readers who care about books.

In choosing titles for the site, we concentrate on the books people won’t find by themselves and go for the widest range possible. Books must be fiction or poetry, written or translated into English and published in the last 10 years. We don’t include the biggest bestsellers as everyone knows about them already (though sometimes we’ll have added a book before it became a bestseller!) We do include lots of intriguing and less well-known titles. If you’d like to suggest a book to be included please contact us.

Borrow or buy

Click Borrow and you can link directly to public library catalogues to borrow the book you’ve found for free. We take you right to the specific title in the catalogue so it’s easy to check which branches have it. If you’re not already a library member, go to your library’s homepage to get information on how to join.

Click Buy and you can purchase through Amazon. Whichbook benefits every time you do this as we receive a small percentage for referring you. This is ploughed back into the site. So please support us by buying through whichbook when you can.


If you find a book you think a friend or colleague would like, click Share and you can send them an email with the link with the book cover. Or if you’re a Facebook user, post it on anyone’s wall.







Find books with just one search


Since 1997, BookFinder has made it easy to find any book at the best price. Whether you want the cheapest reading copy or a specific collectible edition, with BookFinder, you’ll find just the right book. searches the inventories of over 100,000 booksellers worldwide, accessing millions of books in just one simple step.

To find original editions, please select “Show more options” to refine your search by publication year. You can also choose to limit your search to first editions, signed editions, or hardcover.

Save big this semester by using to find the cheapest textbooks. Search by ISBN to ensure that you find the exact edition, or you can search by author, title and publication year.


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Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
 Taking Advantage of Your Local Library


Books. When we think of a library we automatically think of books. Thankfully books are still a huge part of the library — whether in print or eBook format, libraries have vast amounts of amazing reading material. As a writer you can take advantage of this in a few different ways. Authors like Stephen King swear that the only way to become a good writer is to READ READ READ. Many of us can’t afford to buy all the books we’d like and that’s where the library comes in. Read fiction, read non-fiction, read anything and any author you think will help you develop your skill.


“He that loves reading has everything within his reach”. William Godwin



If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson


Old Fairy Tales

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Tales, Authors, Videos and Games

Enjoy reading public domain stories for children from fairytales list of classic fairy tales.




Books For Shy Children

Children’s Books For and About Shy Children:

  • Absolutely Lucy by Ilene Cooper
  • Wings by Christopher Myers
  • Shy Charles by Rosemary Wells
  • Zucchini Barbara Dana
  • Nurturing the Shy Child: Practical Help for Raising Confident and Socially Skilled Kids and Teens by Barbara and Gregory Markwa



Best Children’s Books

Mystery Stories –

This website gives you insight into children’s books.


Zoo Books




Zoobooks is the everything-you-wanted-to-know-but-didn’t-know-where-to-look children’s resource for animals. Each Zoobooks explores the anatomy, habitat, socialization, and ecological role of a single animal or animal group in a vibrant, easy-to-understand way. The Zoobooks trademark design combines stunning photography with beautiful life-like illustration and captivating text that kids just love – guaranteed!

Zoobooks is published by Wildlife Education, Ltd., established in 1980 to provide wild learning fun for children of all ages. Since then, the Wildlife Education family of award-winning publications has grown to include:

  • Zootles, for younger readers 3 to 6 years old, launched in 2005
  • Zoobies, for the littlest learners 0 to 3 years old, launched  in 2008
  • Critters Up Close, durable board books about animals for young explorers 0 to 6 years old.

Millions of young readers have grown up with award-winning Zoobooks, Zootles and Zoobies, developing key learning skills while having fun reading about something they love – animals, animals and more animals. And the learning goes beyond the page with:

  • digital subscriptions
  • a Secret Jungle website with just-for-kids animal games, puzzles and quizzes
  • e-Safari email adventures that trek to the best animal sites on the web

It’s been over 30 years since John Wexo hatched the idea for Zoobooks while standing in front of a primate enclosure at the zoo. His idea was simple: to create a colorful, concise, informative series of animal books to share with children that could be purchased at zoos through vending machines. The vending machine gave way to subscription sales, and Zoobooks was soon being shipped to hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the world. To meet the clamoring demand of librarians, the first hardcover editions of Zoobooks were produced in 1983.

Now you can find Zoobooks, Zootles and Zoobies in homes, schools and libraries around the world. You can buy them by subscription or by single editions in the Zoobooks web store,  in select bookstores and in finer zoo, museum, aquarium and park gift shops and specialty retailers around the country.



Teen Author Bookshelf: List of  Published Teen Authors

By Teens Can Write To

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To get a list of teen authors please go to:

My intention here is not to sensationalize these authors for their ages. I’m a little hesitant to even publish this list for that reason, because I know, after the years of hard work the authors put in, they shouldn’t be classified as prodigies, as if they didn’t “earn it” the same way other published authors did. But at the same time, I know the internet is riddled with negativity geared toward teen writers, and a list like this proves a core belief of this blog–that teens have the same capacity to write a kickass novel as any author out there. I hope that message–that all of you have something meaningful to say–is what shines through.

(Note: This list only contains books that are a) written by authors who sold their books while they were twenty years old or younger and b) are published by well-respected publishers. The latter is a pretty archaic way to narrow it down, I know, but I decided that including self-published teen authors would widen the quality scope so much that this list wouldn’t resonate as much as I’d like it to. Apologies to the talented self-published authors whom I may be excluding because of that rule.)



Poetry Soup – “Babbit’s Rabbit”

By  poet DM Babbit


I am Babbit’s rabbit, a cute and fluffy kisser

with a cottontail and lopped eared listeners.

Bought on the farm not the store, picked from the other kits

it was me brought home, the most perfect fit.

A mini dachshund not much bigger than a mouse,

commanded the order of the house.

But then I came and life would never be the same

for Heidi Ho, the dog and I played many games.

Fefferneuse, that’s me, I was a little German cookie

French lop ear was my heritage but I was just a rookie.

The dog and I together, were trouble from the very start

wrestling, running, jumping and tearing things apart.

Ah but there was no escape for the owner there

a hop, a flip, a turn, a kick, after all, i am a hare.

Our presensce came with no question or doubt

there would  never be any fun without

Babbit’s dog and Babbit’s rabbit


The Best Fantasy Authors



By the  RANKER

List Criteria: Authors who have published works in the fantasy genre

The best fantasy authors of all time, ranked by readers and fans. This list include some highly recognizable names, like J.R.R. Tolkein and George R.R. Martin, along with some contemporary fantasy writers who are just beginning to make their mark on the genre. This list of the best fantasy authors includes some science fiction writers, horror writers and young adult fiction authors. Fans of fantasy know that there is always some overlap. All of the authors on this list have one thing in common: They’ve written fantastic, magical, mystical works of fantasy for fans to enjoy for years to come. Vote for your favorite fantasy authors here and add your own personal faves if you don’t see them listed!

I’ve listed what I believe are some of the most well-known, popular fantasy authors ever, and I’ve added a few that may not always show up on a ‘best of’ list. Disagree with a choice? Vote it down. I’ll be interested to see who wins the Tolkein vs. Martin battle for votes, too! The aforementioned (brilliant) writers are responsible for some of the best fantasy novel series’ of all time – but I’d be remiss if I didn’t also include authors like Robert Jordan (‘The Wheel of Time’ series), Ursula K. Le Guin (‘Earthsea’), Tad Williams (‘Memory, Sorrow and Thorn’) and yes, J.K. Rowling (‘Harry Potter’) as well. All of these authors, in my opinion, deserve a place of honor on this list.

Hopefully, this list will grow and become totally comprehensive. Readers who are new to fantasy can use it as a great guide to find new favorite fantasy authors and books.


What is a Book?

By Lora Daunt

A book is pages, pictures and words
A book is animals, people and birds
A book is stories of queens and kings
Poems and songs-so many things!
Curled in a corner where I can hide
With a book I can journey far and wide
Though it’s only paper from end to end
A book is a very special friend.



The Road Not TakenRobert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 Poetry Foundation
A leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

The Poetry Foundation works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture. Rather than celebrating the status quo, the Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry. In the long term, the Foundation aspires to alter the perception that poetry is a marginal art, and to make it directly relevant to the American public.

Established in 2003 upon receipt of a major gift from philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the Poetry Foundation evolved from the Modern Poetry Association, which was founded in 1941 to support the publication of Poetry magazine. The gift from Ruth Lilly has allowed the Poetry Foundation to expand and enhance the presence of poetry in America and has established an endowment that will fund Poetry magazine in perpetuity.



Reading Rockets


Our mission

The National Institutes of Health estimates that one in five children has serious difficulties learning to read. These children are potentially among the most troubled kids in society. With early identification and a lot of help, however, children who struggle to read can flourish; without it they are at risk for failure in school and in life.

Since 1965, the federal government has invested more than $100 million to find out why so many children have problems learning to read and what can be done. Thanks to that research, we now know how to identify children at risk and how to help them before they fail. Reading Rockets’ mission is to take that research-based and best-practice information and make it available to as many people as possible through the power and reach of television and the Internet.

Launched in 2001, Reading Rockets is an education initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation’s capital. Learn more about the Reading Rockets project in this audio interview with Executive Director Noel Gunther, on the national radio series The Parent’s Journal With Bobbi Conner


Read Any Book

Discover  Any Book will be available for you for online reading. It is not a commercial project and we would be glad with little help of every user who visits Read Any Book website to share the link of our site with your friends.


Library Resource On-Line – “”

This is a great resource website for children and adults.

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Simplifying the Search for the Best Library and Reference Resources on the Web, a free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information.

“…an awesome online library.”
USA Today

“It’s like having access to the world’s best reference library.”
Houston Chronicle

“…the most useful single reference site on the Web…superb and then some.”
Chicago Tribune was created to break through the information overload of the Web and bring the best library and reference sites together with insightful editorial in one user-friendly spot. Sites featured on are hand-selected and reviewed by our editorial team for their exceptional quality, content and utility.

Published by StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc. in the Northwestern University/Evanston Research Park in Evanston, Ill., is the first in a family of vertical information portals designed to make finding the best topical information on the Internet a quick, easy and enjoyable experience.

To date, has received more than 30 awards and honors. has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, CNBC and in many other media outlets. Read what other media are saying.

Tell Your Friends

The more people who discover the site and put it to good use, the better! So feel free to link to from your library site, school Web site, corporate Intranet, or even your personal home page. If you have the opportunity, please mention it to others. We would be very grateful.

They would also greatly appreciate your thoughts on ways that they can improve any and all aspects of there site. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact them.

Here’s how to reach them:

StartSpot Mediaworks, Inc.
Attn: Team
820 Davis St.
Suite #403
Evanston, IL 60201

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