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[Early/Middle Readers and Chapter Books]

Aiken, Joan:The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (and other books)

Alexander, Lloyd:Prydain series (Book of Three; Black Cauldron; 
Castle of Llyr; Taran Wanderer; The High King.  These are 
*wonderful* and I still re-read them [Hilary M.])

Atwater, Robert:Mr. Popper's Penguins [Toni V.]

Banks, Lynn Reid:An Indian in the Cupboard [Rec. unknown]

Barrie, James:Peter Pan (the original...which was hard work for me 
because I had to skip all the sexist/racist/violent stuff as we 
went. Some chapters ended up short :-) [Kate H.]) 

Baum, L. Frank:The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; The Marvelous Land of 
Oz; Ozma of Oz; Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz; Tik-Tok of Oz [Nancy 
J.N.] (When my daughter was 3 she asked for Wizard of Oz.  I tried 
to discourage her showing her that there were no pictures, lots of 
words, very long,... but she was adamant.  We ended up reading it 
3 times in a row. [Rec. unknown])

Blume, Judy:SuperFudge [Nancy J.N.]

Brooks, Walter R.:Freddy the Pig series [Toni V.]; Freddy Goes to 
Florida (originally titled: To and Again)

Bulla, Clyde R.:A Lion to Guard Us;Open the Door and See All the 
People; Ghost Town Treasure; The Secret Valley; The Cardboard 
Crown; The Moon Singer; The Shoeshine Girl (Don't read these if 
you have a sensitive kid [Nancy J.N.]); Charlie's House (a 
historical novel [Nancy J.N.])

Burnett, Frances Hodgson:The Secret Garden (well liked); A Little 

Cameron, Eleanor:The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet (and 

Carroll, Lewis (Charles L. Dodgson):Alice's Adventures in 
Wonderland; Through the Looking Glass

Carter, Forrest:The Education of Little Tree 

*Cleary, Beverly:Ramona the Pest (Jamie *loved* all the silliness 
in this book [Nancy J.N.]); Ramona the Brave; The Mouse and the 
Motorcycle (video is great); Beezus and Ramona ;Runaway Ralph 
(great video, too); Ralph S. Mouse; Ramona and Her Father; Ramona 
and Her Mother; Ramona Forever; Socks; Ramona Quimby, Age 8; Henry 
Huggins; Henry and Ribsy; Henry and the Clubhouse; Henry and the 
Paper Route; Ribsy; Henry and Beezus; Otis Spofford; Emily's 
Runaway Imagination; Muggy Maggie [Nancy J.N.]; Ralph the Mouse 
series [Toni V.]

Coolidge, Susan:What Katy Did [Kate H.]

Cooper, Susan:The Dark is Rising series

Dahl, Roald:Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Charlie and the 
Great Glass Elevator [Rec. unknown; Nancy J.N.]; James and the 
Giant Peach [Valerie B.]; The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)

de Saint Exupery, Antoine:The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)

Drury Roger:The Champion of Merrimack County [Nancy J.N.]

Eager, Edward:Half Magic (great book!); Magic by the Lake; Time 
Garden; Knight's Castle

Ehrlich, Amy:Random House Book of Fairy Tales (well received by my 
son at 3. [Kathleen R.])

Ericson, Russell:Morton and Warton; Warton and the King of the 
Skies; Warton and the Castaways; Warton and the Contest; A Toad 
for Tuesday; Warton's Christmas Eve Adventure (Huge 
favorites...[Nancy J.N.])

Fleming, Ian:Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Gannett, Ruth Stiles:My Father's Dragon [Rec. unknown]

Graham, Kenneth:The Wind and the Willows (7-9 yr. olds.  This book 
is pretty sophisticated for this age group, but makes a great 
read-aloud, because it is fun for adults as well as the children! 
[Judith R.])

Haas, Dorothy:Burton's Zoom,Zoom Va-Room Machine [Nancy J.N.]

*Haywood, Carolyn:Little Eddie; Little Eddie and the Fire Engine; 
Little Eddie and the Green Thumb; Eddie Makes Music; Betsy and the 
Boys; Here's a Penny; Ever Ready Eddie [Nancy J.N.]

Jacques, Brian:Redwall; Mattimeo (these fantasy books were 
evidently written for adults, but I think a child would enjoy 

Janson, Tove:Finn Family Moomintroll (Many other books in the same 
series, but most of them are pretty wierd and on the grim side. 
This one is a complete delight. [Phil R.])

Juster, Norman:The Phantom Tollbooth

Key, Alexander:Flight to the Lonesome Place; The Incredible Tide; 
Escape to Witch Mountain; The Forgotten Door

Kipling, Rudyard:Just So Stories [Nola Van V.]; The Jungle Book

Lampman, Evelyn:The City Under the Back Stairs (well liked [Rec. 
unknown; Hilary M.])

Lang, Andrew:the Fairy Books series (The Red Fairy Book, Blue, 
Green, etc.)

Lear, Edward:The Complete Nonsense Book

Lewis, C.S.:Chronicles of Narnia 

Lindgren, Astrid:Pippi Longstockings (and sequels)

*Lobel, Arnold:Frog and Toad books (These became some of Marc's 
favorites: Frog and Toad are Friends, Days with Frog and Toad, 
Frog and Toad Together(?), and Frog and Toad All Year [Bruce G.]) 
(...they feature the friendship of Frog and Toad, and also consist 
of 4 to 5 loosely-connected chapters in each book.  Other titles 
by Loebel have also proved to be good ones (Mouse Tales is one 
that comes to mind).[Carol F.]); Mouse Tales; Stone Soup

London, Jack:The Call of the Wild 

Lovelace, Maud:Betsy-Tacy series; Tib series [Sharon L. B.].

Macauley, David:Pyramid; Castle; Cathedral; Mill; Unbuilding; City 
(nonfiction [Nancy J.N.])

MacDonald, Betty:Miss Piggle Wiggle series

Marshall, Edward:Fox and His Friends (colorful [Graeme W.])

Marshall, James:George and Marsha ( series which is a lot of fun 
and very colorful.  Published by Houghton Mifflin in their 
Sandpiper Paperback edition. [Graeme W.])

*Marshall, James:The "Fox" Books (Similar format to the others 
[Frog and Toad; Oliver Pig]-- and again, stories that are a little 
more involved than picture books. [Carol F.])

MacDonald, Betty:Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books [Rec. unknown]

McDonalds, George:The Princess and the Goblin

Milne, A.A.:Winnie the Pooh [Kathleen R.; Misty N.]; House at Pooh 
Corner;Now We Are Six; When We Were Very Young [Kate H.]

*Minarik, Else H.:Little Bear's Friend (The back cover says there 
are 4 other books about Little Bear. Don't know if they're all 
chapter books, but now we've gotta go find them! [Suzanne J.])

Montgomery, Lucy Maud:Anne of Green Gables series; Emily of New 
Moon series

Nesbit, Edith (or Edith Nesbit Bland):Five Children and It; The 
Enchanted Castle; many others

Norton, Mary:The Borrowers [I loved this book as a child 
[Stella S.]; Kate H.]; Borrowers Afield, Borrowers Afloat; 
Borrowers Aloft (Wonderful stories of tiny people who live unseen 
(usually) by big people and adapt borrowed items for their own 
uses...good young female protagonist Arietty [Rec. unknown; Hilary 

Norton, Mary:Bedknob and Broomstick [Kate H.]

*Peterson, John:The Littles; The Littles go to School; The Littles 
to the Rescue; The Littles Take a Trip [Nancy J.N.]

Quackenbush, Robert:Miss Mallard mystery series (short chapter 
books [Rec. unknown]) 

Ransome, Arthur:Swallows and Amazons 

Rylant, Cynthia:The Henry and Mudge books [Kathleen R.]

Selden, George:Cricket in Times Square.  Illustrated by 
Garth Williams.  

Sharp, Margery:Miss Bianca books (These are the books on which the 
Disney movie, "The Rescuers," was based.  I've never seen the 
movie, but I doubt it could do the books justice. [Mimi W.])

Silverstein, Shel:A Light in the Attic; Where the Sidewalk Ends 

Simon, Seymore:Einstein Anderson Science Sleuth; Einstein Anderson 
Shocks his Friends; Einstein Anderson ? [Nancy J.N.]

Smith, Dodie:The Hundred and One Dalmations

Sobol, Donald J:Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man; Encyclopedia 
Brown Finds the Clues; Encyclopedia Brown Solves them All; 
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch [Nancy J.N.]

Spinelli, Jerry:Maniac Magee (Newbury award winner)

Steig, William:Dominic [Nancy J.N.]

Taylor, Sydney:All-of-a-Kind Family

*Van Leeuwen, Jean:Oliver Pig (The first book in this series is 
just called "Oliver Pig," but there are several others (Oliver & 
Amanda Pig, Amanda Pig, etc.).  These books are each about 60 
pages long and are comprised of 4 to 5 loosely-connected chapters.  
(The chapters can be read as individual stories, but Katie usually 
wants us to read the whole thing in each sitting.  This only takes 
about 10 to 15 minutes.)  Oliver, his little sister Amanda, his 
parents & his grandmother are featured in the stories, which 
usually have a few little silly parts that seem to appeal to a 
pre-schooler's sense of humor.  These books may also be targeted 
at early readers (1st to 2nd grade?).[Carol F.])

Various:folk tales, etc. from other countries (folk section of 
library) [Rec. unknown]

Various:Great Illustrated Classics (...a BIG hit with my son.  
These are abridged versions of classic novels, and there is a 
black-and-white drawing on every-other page...some books are 
edited better than others.  If you resent the notion of "dumbing-
down" a classic for the sake of young children getting interested, 
then don't get these.  [Beth J.; Valerie B.])

Warner, Gertrude Chandler:The Boxcar Children

White, E.B.:Charlotte's Web; Stuart Little [Nancy J.N.]; The 
Trumpet of the Swan

Wilde, Oscar:The Happy Prince, The Selfish Giant, and other short 
stories (new favorites! Nancy J.N.]

Wilder, Laura Ingalls:Little House in the Big Woods; Little House 
on the Prarie; On the Banks of Plum Creek; By the Shores of Silver 
Lake; The Long Winter; Farmer Boy; Little Town on the Prairie 
(...*huge* favorite[s] of Jamie's [Nancy J.N.])

Willard, Nancy:The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky 
Pie Angel Food Cake

Williams, J. and R. Abrashkin:Danny Dunn and the Automatic House 
(a favorite of Bob's from his youth); Danny Dunn and the Fossil 
Cave; Danny Dunn and the Anti-Gravity Paint; Danny Dunn and the 
Weather Machine; Danny Dunn on the Ocean Floor; Danny Dunn and the 
Homework Machine [Nancy J.N.]

Wyss, Johann David:The Swiss Family Robinson (rich, complex 
language--kept us at the dictionary! [Nancy J.N.])

Yolen, Jane:Rebecca and the Robot; Rebecca and the Missing Owser 
[Nancy J.N.]

*indicates very simple chapter book


[For Older Kids]

Asimov, Isaac:I, Robot

Duncan, Lois:Various titles (13 years+.  She writes mysteries)

Speare, Elizabeth:The Witch of Blackbird Pond 

Tolkien, J.R.R.:The Hobbit

Twain, Mark:Tom Sawyer


[Age Recommendation Unknown]

Adler, David A.:My Dog and the Knock-Knock mystery (mystery book, 
girl and her dog [Rec. unknown])

Allen, Pamela:Who Sank The Boat?

Asch, Frank:Popcorn (Halloween)

Bate, Lucy:Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth

Belloc, Hilaire:Cautionary Tales

Berger, Barbara?:The Donkey's Dream [Rec. unknown]

Brown, Marc:Arthur's Eyes; Arthur's Christmas

Forest, Heather:The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies

Fowler, Richard:Mr Little's Noisy [...] series

Gerstein, Mordicai:The Mountains of Tibet

Gruell, Johnie?:Raggedy Ann books (cooperation, possibly out of 
print [Rec. unknown])

Heyward, DuBose and Marjorie Flack:The Baker's Dozen (Christmas)

Koda-Callan, Elizabeth:The Magic Locket

Krasilovsky, Phyllis:The Very Little Girl

Lester, Julius:The Tales of Uncle Remus--The Adventures of Brer 
Rabbit (as told by Julius Lester)

Lord, John Vernon:The Giant Jam Sandwich

Mahy, Margaret:My Wonderful Aunt; 17 Kings and 42 Elephants; The 
Boy Who Was Followed Home

Murphy, Jill:A Piece of Cake; All in One Piece; Five Minutes' 
Peace; What Next, Baby Bear?

San Souci, Robert D.:The Talking Eggs (a Creole Folktale)

Schubert, Ingrid:The Magic Bubble Trip

Steig, William:Sylvester and the Magic Pebble 

Stevenson, James:Could Be Worse; What's Under My Bed

Stafford, Marianne:Amy's Place

Tudor, Tasha:Pumpkin Moonshine (Halloween)

Tyrrell, Anne:Elizabeth Jane Gets Dressed; Mary Ann Always Can

Unknown:Clothilda's Magic

Unknown:Fancy That! [N.B.:LC has two children's books by this 
title; by Kees Moerbeck/rhyming board book or Pamela Allen/story 
of the little red hen]

Unknown:Maisie series books  (Scottish tales, perhaps not in USA 
[Rec. unknown])

Unknown:National Geographic's Animal Books that are recommended 
for kids 4-8 (I think) have been a big hit with my son since 
infancy.  At first he just liked the pictures, but now he knows 
the names of all sorts of unusual animals and knows various facts 
about them. [Cici]

Van Allsburg, Chris:Just a Dream; The Garden of Abdul Gasazi; 
Jumanji; The Jungle; The Polar Express (Christmas); The Wreck of 
the Zepher (Allsburg's books involve fantasy and are beautifully 
illustrated; keep your eye out for the small white dog with a 
black spot around one eye--a main character in the GARDEN book, 
later seen as a puppet, in a picture, etc. [Kate D.])


(Don't overlook "grown-up stuff" either, especially poetry, which 
IMO, just doesn't make it unless it's read out loud.  Local 
favorites include _Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats_ by T.S. 
Elliot and _Songs of Innocence_ by William Blake. [Nola Van V.]) 
(One of our neighborhood kids also loved T.S. Eliot and it was 
quite a kick to see these two 3 YO's running around quoting 
snatches of "Song of the Jellicles" whenever they saw the 
neighborhood black and white cat. [Rec. unknown])

Prelutsky, Jack and Jim Trelease, Eds.:Read Aloud Poems for the 
Very Young (Probably good for 1.5 to about 4 year-olds.  My son is 
1.5 and he already loves the cadence of the poetry and the  
pictures.  I like these rhymes better than traditional nursery 
rhymes because they are about things children love.  Animals, the 
beach, teddy bears, bathtime, everything.  [Kirsten H.])

Silverstein, Shel:Where the Sidewalk Ends (The poems are 
hysterical on many different levels. It was given to us by my 
college age niece who marked her favorite poems from her well worn 
copy. My daugher (then 5) loved it (and still does). I read them 
and laugh when I want something funny. Recently my father visited 
and I read some to him from our (beginning to be well worn) copy. 
We sent him his own copy for his birthday. [Celia M.]) These can 
help little preschoolers to develop a more sophisticated sense of 
humor, if you take the time to explain why the poems are funny 
[Rec. unknown])

Thomas, Dylan:A Child's Christmas in Wales (I'll confess that I 
had received a collection of Dylan Thomas' poetry as a gift just 
before Kate was born and I found myself reading it aloud to her 
when she was just a few days old.  She still loves poetry and 
writes quite a bit of her own stuff. [Rec. unknown])


[Info on reading to children]

Reading To Infants - by Laura Dolson 

1) They still like just to hear the sound of your voice at this 
age, so reading almost anything, especially singsongy/rhymey, is 
great.  In a few months, they won't want you to read longer things 
without pictures as much, but when you get back to it later, there 
may be some familiarity with it.

2) Get books with large, clear illustrations/photographs.  
Examples:Tana Hoban books like _What Is It_ and _Red Shoe, Blue 
Shoe_, and the large Helen Oxenbury Books (All Fall Down, Clap 
Hands, etc.) The latter have illustrations of large-headed 
children that really capture the young ones, and a short, rhyming 
text.  All Fall Down and a Sandra Boyton book "Moo, Baa, La La La" 
were Emily's clear favorites at two months.

Also, be prepared - many babies go through a period from about 4-5 
mo to 8-9 mo where they are more interested in books as 
toys/things to "eat" than in reading them.  This is a good age for 
1 or 2 spiral-bound books - there are several of these in stores 
with graded holes in them which make them even more fun.  They are 
fun to play peek-a-boo games with, and the spiral binding makes 
them easier for the baby to manipulate.  Also good for this period 
are small (3X3) books with colorful illustrations of familiar 

By 8 mo or so, Emily was choosing her own reading material - she 
would take my hand and place it on her book of choice!

                BOOKS FOR ONE YEAR OLDS

                      Graeme Williams

At this age, kids like the sound of your voice, as well as books 
they can play with, like lift-the-flap books.  The most important 
thing, I think, is that *you* should enjoy the books, because the 
child can certainly pick that up from your tone.

As for frequency, I would try and read one or more stories a 
couple of times a day - perhaps when you get home after work, and 
just before bed, or just before or after dinner.  Have a specific 
place for reading that is relatively quiet, and leave a pile of 
books there.  Our kids still demand that the same book be read 
over and over again, so you don't have to worry about variety.  
You might also see if the local library has a children's room, and 
go there together once a week.

Certainly kids vary in their tolerance for sitting still, but it 
improves with time and practice.


[Books about Children's Books/References]

newsgroup "rec.arts.books.childrens"

Wendy E. Betts, Editor "The WEB: Celebrating Children's 
Literature" *for more information about The WEB, finger* Frequent readers, please note: this 
journal is supported by reader's donations.  Email 
if you would like to help; or send  mail to PO Box 401, Santa 
Cruz, CA  95061 to send donation or to subscribe to the hardcopy 
WEB review.

For Love of Reading: A Parent's Guide to Encouraging Young Readers
     from Infancy Through Age 5 (Masha Kabakow Rudman and Anna 
     Markus Pearce) - This is the best one I looked at for young 
     ones - I love it.  [Laura D.]

The Read-Aloud Handbook (Jim Trelease), Penguin Books, 1985
     (Recommended by many people)

Babies Need Books (D. Butler), Atheneum, 1980.

Books Kids Will Sit Still For (J. Freeman), The Alleyside Press, 

How to Choose Good Books for Kids (K. Hall McMullan), Addison-
Wesley,  1984.

Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide (B. Hearne), 
Delacorte Press, 1981.

Raising Readers (L.L. Lanne, et al), Walker and Co., 1980.

Choosing Books for Kids (J. Oppenheim, et al), Ballantine Books, 

The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children
  (Eden Ross Lipson), Times, 1988


[Book Services and Mail Order Catalogs]

Chinaberry Book Service...EXCELLENT books for the whole family
2780 Via Orange Way, Suite B
Spring Valley, CA  92078

Dover Publications, Inc.
31 East 2nd St
Mineola, NY 11501

 (They are really good for a wide selection of activity books for 
from preschool on up.  They have a large selection of paper doll 
books, dinosaur books, maze books, books of masks to make, follow 
the dots, science, stained glass, posters, fairy tales, 
papercraft, woodworking...[Tina V.R.)

Big Bird Beep Books (Highly recommended - [didn't save poster's 
Golden Press (a division of Western Publishing)
3100 Mt Pleasant Street
Racine, Wisconsin  53404

An address for the Canadian & American distributor of Robert 
Munsch's books (from the copyright page) is:

Firefly Books Ltd.,
250 Sparks Avenue,
Willowdale, Ontario
M2H 2S4

Below is a UK bookseller who I've ordered from who has provided 
excellent service, if anyone needs to order UK published books not 
available in the USA [Buffy H.]:

Pamela Robinson 
124 Wilberforce Road
London N4 2SU
United Kingdom
Tel: 071-226-1354  <-- UK numbers, of course
Fax: 071-226-6599  <--

Another book catalog [Inho L.]:

Cahill & Company: A Reader's Catalog
P.O. Box 64554
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0554
800-755-8531 (24hr/day, 7days/wk)

"Our goal is to bring you good books at great prices. We do that 
by hunting down hundreds of wonderful titles that, for one reason 
or another, didn't get the attention they deserved when they were 
first published."

Ladybug Magazine
Box 593
Mt Morris, IL   61054

$24.97 for a one year subscription
Other products:
Babybug (for the 6mos to 2year crowd)
Ladybug - 2 to 6 years
Spider - 6 to 9 years
Cricket - 9 to 14 years

Hint - Bookstores with large magazine racks, like Borders, may 
have a copy you can pick up and look through.  I bought a copy and 
"tried it out".

                      Books on Special Topics

* Celebrating Friendships *

 Marie Killilea (Philomel, 1992)
 Ages 5-10.  A huge Newfoundland dog and a tiny kitten 
 a rewarding relationship.

    Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge
 Mem Fox (Kane/Miller, 1985)
 Ages 5 and up.  A young boy's friendship with an elderly 
 woman is a lesson in the joy of giving.

    The Sugar-Gum Tree
 Patricia Wrightson (Viking, 1992)
 Ages 7-11.  Conflict is unavoidable--even, as here, between 
 best buddies.

    The Son of Someone Famous
 M. E. Kerr (Harper, 1974)
 Ages 11-14.  Two outsiders develop a special caring for each

    Always and Forever Friends
 Carole Adler (Ticknor, 1988)
 Ages 10-13.  Wendy's efforts to create a friendship with 
 Honor, an African-American, are met with suspicion and fear.

* Brothers and Sisters * (Sibling/New Baby FAQ also available)

    Little Sister for Sale
 Morse Hamilton (Cobblehill, 1992)
 Ages 4-8.  Kate discovers that being a big sister isn't so 
 bad after all.

    Don't Touch My Room
 Patricia Lakin (Little, Brown, 1985)
 Ages 4-6.  Aaron makes room in his heart for baby brother.

    How Do I Feel?
 Norma Simon (Whtiman, 1970)
 Ages 8-13.  A boy has a hard time dealing with a twin and an
 older brother.

    I'm Telling! Kids Talk About Brothers and Sisters
 Eric Arnold and Jeffrey Loeb (Little, Brown, 1987)
 Ages 8-11.  Touching, funny anecdotes about siblings.

    What My Sister Remembered
 Marilyn Sachs (Dutton, 1992)
 Ages 9-13.  Two orphaned sisters meet after eight years and 
 must deal with a terrible secret.

    And You Give Me a Pain, Elaine
 Stella Pevsner (Houghton, 1978)
 Ages 10-12.  After her mother dies, Andrea must work extra 
 hard to get along with her older sister.

* Moving On *

    Ira Says Goodbye
 Bernard Waber (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
 Ages 4-7.  Ira learns his best friend, Reggie, is going to

    The Leaving Morning
 Angela Johnson (Orchard Books, 1992)
 Ages 5-9.  Two children say good-bye to the house and 
 friends they love.

    Kevin Corbett Eats Flies
 Patricia Hermes (HBJ, 1986)
 Ages 8-11.  If Kevin can get his dad to fall in love, maybe
 they'll stay in one place for awhile.

    I Am Susannah
 Libby Gleeson (Holiday, 1989)
 Ages 10-14.  After her best friend moves, Susannah withdraws
 into herself.

    Boomer's Big Day
 Constance McGeorge
 [Marjorie R.P.]

    Maggie Doesn't Want to Move
 Author unknown


    Upside Down
 Mary Jane Miller (Viking, 1992)
 Ages 8-12.  When her mom dates the father of two classmates,
 Sara must find the strength to accept change.

    Where Do I Belong? A Kid's Guide to Stepfamilies
 Buff Bradley (Harper, 1982)
 Ages 8-11.  Tips on living in stepfamilies.

    Why Are We Getting a Divorce?
 Peter Mayle (Harmony, 1988)
 Ages 8-12.  Why parents split up and how children can handle
 their wide variety of feelings.

    How It Feels When Parents Divorce
 Jill Krementz (Knopf, 1984)
 Ages 9-13.  Children talk about living through a divorce.

    Father Figure
 Richard Peck (Viking, 1992)
 Ages 12 and up.  When their mother dies, eight years after 
 her divorce, two brothers get the chance to know--and 
 forgive--their father.

* Illness*

    Luke Has Asthma, Too
 Alison Rogers (Waterfront, 1987)
 Ages 3-7.  An upbeat story about a boy's experience with an
 illness that affects one of every 20 children.


    A Time for Remembering
 Chuck Thurman (Simon and Schuster, 1989)
 Ages 5-8.  After his grandfather dies, a boy recalls the 
 special times they shared together.

    A Family Project
 Sarah Ellis (Macmillan, 1988)
 Ages 9-12.  Jessica and her brothers cope with their baby
 sister's crib death.

    Bridge to Terabithia
 Katherine Paterson (Harper, 1977)
 Ages 10-13.  A beautifully written story about how a boy 
 handles the sudden death of his best friend.

    Learning to Say Goodbye: When a Parent Dies
 Eda LeShan (Macmillan, 1976)
 Ages 7 and up.  Insight into kids' feelings, plus sympathy 
 and practical advice.

    My Book for Kids with Cansur
 Jason Gaes (Houghton Mifflin, 1987)
 Ages 4-9.  A young cancer patient's account of chemotherapy,
 surgery and remission paints a portrait of courage.

* Teaching Body Safety *

    It's MY Body
 Lory Freeman (Parenting Press, 1983)
 Ages 4-6.  Teaches young children how to say no to unwanted

    My Body is Private
 Linda Walvoord Girard (Albert Whitman, 1984)
 Ages 5-10.  Julie's parents teach her how to protect herself
 from unhealthy advances.

    No More Secrets for Me
 Oralee Wachter (Little, Brown, 1983)
 Ages 7 and up.  Four stories on child abuse show children
 defending themselves, often with adult help.

 Peni R. Griffin (Macmillan, 1992)
 Two sisters escape from an abusive father and are happily
 reunited with their mother.

* Special Challenges *

    Josh: A Boy with Dyslexia
 Caroline Janover (Waterfront, 1988)
 Ages 8-12.  A learning-disabled fifth-grader braves a storm 
 to get help for an injured friend.

    Welcome Home, Jellybean
 Marlene Fanta Shyer (Macmillan, 1978)
 Ages 9-13.  Neil's older sister is coming home after 
 most of her life in an institution for mentally handicapped

    The Man Who Loved Clowns
 June Rae Wood (Putnam, 1992)
 Ages 11-15.  A friend helps Delrita see that her beloved 
 uncle's Down Syndrome is nothing to be ashamed of.

    The Snow Goose
 Paul Gallico (Random House, 1992)
 All ages.  A respected classic about a painter with a 
 disability who rescues a World War II soldier.

    Barry's Sister
 Lois Metzger (Macmillan, 1992)
 Ages 10 and up.  Ellen learns to live with and love a 
 with cerebral palsy.

* Explaining Adoption *

    The Chosen Baby
 Valentina Wasson (Harper, 1977)
 Ages 4-6.  A lovely story about what it means to be adopted.

    We Adopted You, Benjamin Koo
 Linda Walvoord Girard (Whitman, 1989)
 Ages 7-10.  Korean Benjamin, 9, explains being brought up by
 parents of another culture.

    Growing Up Adopted
 Maxine Rosenberg (Macmillan, 1989)
 Ages 8 and up.  Reassuring and inspiring stories of adoptees
 from 8 to 48.

    Being Adopted
 Maxine Rosenberg (Lothrop, 1984)
 Ages 8-10.  What it's like to be adopted by a family of
 different race.

* Self-Help for Teens *

    Safe, Strong, and Streetwise
 Helen Benedict (Joy Street Books/Little, Brown, 1987)
 Plain talk on sexual assault from a rape crisis counselor.

    Social Savvy
 Judith Re and Meg F. Schneider (Summit, 1991)
 How to use manners as a foundation for confidence.

    The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls
 Lynda and Area Madaras (Newmarket, 1988)
 One of two books on puberty (the other is for boys) by Lynda
 Madaras, an experienced sex-education teacher.

    What Do I Do Now? Talking About Teenage Pregnancy
 Susan Kuklin (Putnam, 1991)
 More than enough to cause teens to think twice before 
 themselves at risk for parenthood.

    Beating the Odds: Stories of Unexpected Achievers
 Jane Bode (Watts, 1991)
 Upbeat and inspirational profiles of 11 young adults who 
 overcome great obstacles in their lives.


     Kenda, Margaret and Phyllis S. Williams:Cooking Wizardry for 
 Kids  (It has 200 cooking projects with things such as secret 
 message  recipes, take offs on restaurant foods, food for pets, 
 holiday foods, and more.  [Melanie S.])

* Explaining Different Holidays *

    Hanukkah and Christmas at My House
 [Laurel B.]

    Light the Lights
 [Tracy B.]

* Books That Teach Tolerance *

Following titles suggested by Kate G.; book descriptions are 
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Alden, Joan:Boy's Best Friend (Will, a seven year old asthma 
sufferer, wants nothing at all for his birthday if he can't have a 
dog. He sees his birthday come and almost go without a gift. But 
at the last hour, Will's two moms present him with a dog who will 
make a difference by being different.)

American Friends Service Committee:Bridges of Respect: Creating 
Support for Lesbian and Gay Youth ("This guide is presented as an 
invitation to adults who work with youth to recognize the needs of 
a neglected, largely invisible population of lesbian and gay young 
people. It includes a discussion of the special struggles and 
strengths of these youth and an extensive listing of resources-
print and audiovisual materials as well as organizations, 
programs, and projects-that will be useful to educators, health 
care and social service providers and youth advocates." QUOTE from 

Bargar, Gary W.:What Happened to Mr. Forster? (Louis is trying to 
make his sixth-grade year a success, and is being helped by a new 
teacher, Jack Forster. But parents are suspicious of the bachelor 
teacher, and he disappears suddenly. Why?)

Bosche, Susan:Jenny Lives With Eric and Martin (The first English-
language book ever to explain the gay lifestyle to young readers. 
Through photos and brief text, this book tells the story of a 
weekend in the life of a young girl who lives with a gay male 
couple-her father and his lover. Ages 6-9.)

Brown, Forman:Generous Jefferson Bartleby Jones (Jefferson 
considers himself lucky to have two dads, because one of them is 
always free to have fun with him on the weekends. He generously 
loans out one dad, then the other-- and suddenly discovers himself 
home alone for the first time.)

Elwin, Rosamund and Michele Paulse:Asha's Mums (Asha's two lesbian 
mums become an issue for the teacher and the curiosity of 
classmates. Asha responds that having two mums is not a big deal. 
They are family.)

Herdt, Gilbert (Ed.):Gay and Lesbian Youth (This book describes 
the unique experiences of gay and lesbian youth in the growing-up 
process. The changes in youth in the United States is compared and 
contrasted with those changes elsewhere to better understand the 
identities, situation, and relationships of homosexual teens in 
many societies. Gay teenagers and their parents will better 
understand the similarities of the problems facing young people 
today. This book will help all readers understand the unique and 
emotion-filled world of gay and bisexual youth going through the 
coming-out process.)

Heron, Ann and Meredith Maran:How Would You Feel If Your Dad Was 
Gay? (Jasmine, Michael, and Noah are all regular kids except for 
one thing: they have gay parents. This book, written by two 
lesbian mothers with help from their sons, will be a lifeline for 
all young people who have to face the issues and concerns of 
having gay parents.)

Ireland, Timothy:Who Lies Inside (This is Martin's story: "...The 
stranger seemed to have wriggled under my skin, or had grown 
inside me all my eighteen years, only now for some reason that 
stranger was not content to stay in the shadows but wanted to step 
out into the light and be seen." Winner of the Other Award, 1984.)

Jenness, Aylette:Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment, 
and Love (Seventeen children and their parents openly discuss the 
challenges and benefits of contemporary family life today. 
Includes interviews with children of gay and lesbian parents.)

Johnson-Calvo, Sarita:Beach Party with Alexis (Alexis and her two 
moms decide to have a cookout on the beach and invite all of 
Alexis' multi-cultural friends.)

Kerr, M.E.:Night Kites (Nicki, a fan of MTV and a Madonna 
imitator, seems at first just like other girls until things begin 
to unravel on the night of a Bruce Springsteen concert. How people 
hide, betray, accept, and love is sensitively explored in this 
moving new novel.)

Martin, Kenneth:Aubade (When it was first published in 1957, this 
novel created a storm of controversy with its frank revelations 
about adolescent homosexual feelings and influenced many major 
figures of the time. Written in the first person by a sixteen-year 
-old Irish boy, it deals uncompromisingly with the early 
homosexaul love affair of a young man. With a new introduction by 
the author.

Michals, Duane:Upside Down, Inside Out and Backwards (80 pages of 
pictures and stories by artist Duane Michaels. This is a book of 
comic surprises and foolish follies, of rhymes and tattle tales 
and missing teeth, of secrets and mistakes and let's pretend for 

Newman, Leslea and Annette Hegel:Saturday Is Pattyday (The trials 
and tribulations of a little girl as she tries to understand and 
come to terms with the end of her two mothers' relationship. A 
sensitive portrayal of a child dealing a difficult situation.)

Newman, Leslea:Belinda's Bouquet (Daniel's best friend, Belinda, 
is cruelly teased for being fat until one of Daniel's mothers 
takes them both into the garden. There, she gently explains that 
flowers, like people, take many forms. Each has its own needs, and 
its own beauty.)

Newman, Leslea:Heather Has Two Mommies (In story form, we learn of 
a new kind of family structure that is really ordinary in its 
daily living and caring relationships. Line drawings and simple 
language tell of Heather growing to preschool age and beinning to 
question why she has two mommies instead of a daddy and a mommy).; 
Gloria Goes To Gay Pride (Gay Pride Day is fun for Gloria, and for 
her two mothers.) [Both also recommended by Sharon A.]

Nones, Eric Jon:Caleb's Friend (The endearing story of a young boy 
who meets a young merman his own age.  The two boys have an 
intense and close relationship and Caleb learns the price of 
saving one's life when the half boy half fish must return to the 
sea in order to live. It is a little mermaid tale for boys.)

Salat, Cristina:Living in Secret (When eleven year old Amelia runs 
away from her father's home in New York to live with her mother in 
California, she must take on a whole new identity. If her father 
tracks her down, there is a chance he will have her mother and 
mother's girlfriend arrested. This fast-paced, contemporary novel 
examines the changing face of today's "traditional" family.)

Sarton, May:Fur Person (This charming story is drawn from the true 
adventures of May Sarton's own cat and recounts his evolution from 
a Cat-About-Town to a Gentleman Cat and finally his emergence as a 
genuine Fur Person.)

Stein, Gertrude:World Is Round (This is Stein's only children's 
book, about a little girl named Rose and her search for identity. 
This is a charming and witty book, using Stein's usual humor and 
imagination, based on a young neighbor in the French farming 
community of Bilignin where Stein and Toklas summered. This story 
offers a rare view of the real little girl and her friend Miss 

Valentine, Johnny:Daddy Machine (A fantasy tale of two kids with 
lesbian mothers who decide they want daddies and, while their 
mothers are out, create a machine to make their own daddies.)

Valentine, Johnny:Day They Put a Tax on Rainbows and other stories 
(Three brothers use their unique talents to discover hidden 
treasure...a girl is washed off her boat during a storm and 
discovers a kingdom beneath the sea...and a young boy saves his 
village from a future without rainbows.)

Valentine, Johnny:Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans And Other Stories 
(Five original fairytales about being different make up this 
enchanting collection of stories with original color drawings by 
Lynette Schmidt.) [also recommended by Sharon A.]

Valentine, Johnny:One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads (Two 
children, one with blue dads, one from a more traditional 
family,compare notes in this light-hearted, easy-to-read book 
about parents who are different. They discover that blue dads 
aren't really that different from other dads.)

Valentine, Johnny:Two Moms, the Zark, and Me (A young child with 
two moms, a playful animal called a Zark, and the narrow-minded 
McFinks, all come together in this whimsical story that looks at 
just what a family is all about. Colorfully illustrated by Angelo 

Wickens, Elaine:Anna Day and the O-Ring (Evan has dog named Anna 
Day, a best friend named Ileana, and two moms. But what's really 
on his mind is the missing piece to the tent that he got for his 
birthday. It takes some unintentional help from Anna Day to solve 
the crisis.)

Willhoite, Michael:Entertainer (Fame and fortune come to Alex, a 
talented boy who loves to juggle--until he discovers what's really 
important in life. A story told in pictures.)

Wilhoite, Michael:Uncle What-Is-It Is Coming To Visit!! (Igor and 
Tiffany learn that their gay uncle is coming to visit. Their 
mother is interrupted before she can explain what gay means, so 
some older kids tell them what to expect. The two children are 
alarmed at what they hear. But the stereotypes are shattered when 
Uncle Brett finally appears.)

Willhoite, Michael:Daddy's Roommate (In thirty-two pages with 
color illustrations we see a young boy, his father, and the 
father's roommate in many situations familiar to all kinds of 
families.) [also recommended by Sharon A.]

Willhoite, Michael:Families: A Coloring Book (Many kinds of 
families, including a diversity of races, generations, and 
cultural backgrounds, are depicted in this book , along with 
several families including lesbian and gay parents.)

[end of Lambda Rising reviews]

Unknown:Terri and the Ocelot (*Great*, about adopting as well, 4-
7. [Sharon A.])

Scoppettone, Sandra:Trying hard to hear you (early teens, pretty 
good, if a bit dated. [Sharon A.])

* Temper Tantrums *
Solter, Aletha:Helping Young Children Flourish [Naomi Fine]
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