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Read reviews of great children’s books and find the perfect book for your children. Browse our library of the best in children’s books, or, use the alphabetic listing of kids books on the Complete Book List menu item.

We select children’s books that meet several criteria:

  • Well-written, worthy of being called Literature for Children, as opposed to just a children’s book
  • Valuable life-lesson or message that the main characters discover for themselves
  • Free of violence or offensive language
  • Imaginative

Everyone has their own tastes in books; the books here represent our editorial opinion, based on experience working with children, teaching, and being a parent and grandmother. We hope you find something you can share with your students, children, or grandchildren.

Pay Attention Carter Jones - Children's book Pay Attention, Carter Jones - Published: 2019 Theme: Fathers and Sons Best for: 9 and up "I decided to revolt. I mean, wiping up dog vomit, nearly drowning in an Australian tropical thunderstorm, drinking tea with mild and sugar, and I haven't even told you…

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Children's book - Finding Orion Finding Orion - Published: 2019 Theme: Father and Son reconciliation Best for: 9 to 12 "It's hard, sometimes, reconciling the difference between what you really feel about something and what you think you're supposed to feel." A slow-starter with a very unconventional ending…

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The Lost Words - Illustrated Children's book The Lost Words - Published: 2018 Theme: Nature's Wonders Best for: 5 to 8 "Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children...You hold in your hands a spellbook for conjuring back these lost words. To read it you will…

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Illustrated Children's Book - Henry Hikes to Fitchburg Henry Hikes to Fitchburg - Published: 2000 Theme: Thoreau's Simplicity Best for: 5 to 7 "I'll walk," said Henry. "It's the fastest way to travel." "I'll work," Henry's friend said, "until I have the monty to buy a ticket to ride the train to Fitchburg.…

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Beavers - Children's book Beavers – Superpower Field Guide - Published: 2018 Theme: Beavers (Natural History) Best for: 6 and up "This is a beaver. Just an ordinary beaver. But even ordinary beavers are extraordinary. In fact, even ordinary beavers are superheroes." A great way to present facts of natural…

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Children's book- Tree Castle Island Tree Castle Island - Published: 2002 Theme: Nature Adventure and Adoption Best for: 9 to 12 "I felt unbound. I was free as the wind. And I wasn't in just any old canoe, but one I had made myself. She floated, she sped, she…

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Young Adult Book - The Sun is also a Star The Sun is Also a Star - Published: 2018 Best for: mature 12 and up Theme: Mixed-race Love "My mother, the pacifist, would kill me dead if she knew what I'd just done. I rescheduled my interview. For a girl. Not even a Korean girl, a black…

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Children's Book - Gooney Bird Greene Gooney Bird Greene - Published: 2002 Theme: Storytelling Best for: 6 to 9 "The class stared at the new girl with admiration. They had never met anyone like Gooney Bird Greene...Her clothes were unusual. Her hairstyles were unusual. Even her lunches were very unusual."…

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Illustrated Children's Book: Edison Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure - Published: 2018 Theme: Thomas Edison Best for: 5 to 8 "Behind the shelves lay the University of Mice. Here any inquisitive mouse could learn everything there was to know about the history of mice: mice who had traveled the world,…

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Children's Book - Lacemaker and the Princess The Lacemaker and the Princess - Published: 2007 Theme: Historical Fiction; French Revolution Best for: 11 and up "I know how to make needle lace and sew and hem and build a fire and tend it and clean the ashes out. I can make tea and…

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