Children Recommendations

Sid the Science Kid: The Bug Club

“Sid the Science Kid:  The Bug Club” is and enjoyable, entertaining, and educational DVD. Included are four episodes:  “Hello Doggie,” “Home Tweet Home,” “The Dirt on Dirt,” and “Don’t Forget the Leaves.” In these episodes, Sid, the animated-computer child, learns how animals communicate with each other, about different types of animal homes, the role of dirt, and how leaves help flowers and insects.

Great Day

This youth CD by Milkshake has twelve lively, energetic kid friendly songs. Included are songs about friendship, self-esteem, growing older, desires, dancing, and having a great day. Rodney Henry of the Glenmont Popes and two-time Grammy winners, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, are special guests. This toe-tapping CD is a wonderful listening experience for children six through ten and it was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for children.

Family Time

“Family Time,” Ziggy Marley’s third solo album, is his first one for children and families. It contains eleven original upbeat songs that deal with family and love and two stories narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis.  All songs were composed by Marley himself and were inspired by his three year old daughter, Judah, and baby Gideon.

Riding Freedom

Imagine being a woman in the 1800’s and becoming a renowned horsewomen and stagecoach driver! Charlotte Parkhurst ran away from an orphanage at the age of twelve when she was banned from the horse stables and forced to work in the kitchen. To pursue her dreams, she disguised herself as a man, Charley. She learned to drive a stagecoach and continued driving, even after she was blinded in one eye. Charlotte was able to own a ranch with horses and was the first woman to vote in the California presidential election. Included are additional historical facts about Charlotte’s life.


Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This time around it's Trace  Middle School in humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself at lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice.

The Get Rich Quick Club

A quintet of kids start a club with the intention of making lots of money—fast. Eleven-year-old narrator Gina ("CEO") believes that money makes the world go around . She masterminds the club's plan along with Rob, who Gina explains is "probably a genius," Quincy, an Australian girl, and a pair of eight-year-old twins with a penchant for stretching the truth—very far.

Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth is the story of a ninth grader, Phillip Malloy, and his English teacher.  One day, Phillip decides to hum along with the national anthem instead of standing at respectful, silent attention as is required by the school.  Phillip is sent to the office and suspended, and this one episode blows up into something much bigger than he intended and becomes a national news story.  The book is woven with memos, journals, and phone conversations that allow readers to come to their own conclusions about the truth of what happened.

Because of Winn Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, 10-year-old Opal learns 10 thngs about her long-gone mother from her preacher father.  Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends among the somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown, including a librarian who fought off a bear with a copy of "War and Peace", an ex-con pet-store clerk who plays sweet music to his animal charges, and the neighborhood "witch", a nearly blind woman who sees with her heart.  Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to find her place in the world and let go of some of the sadness left

Half Moon Investigations

Fletcher Moon may not be the most popular 12-year-old in his town but he's proud of the badge that he constantly flashes to let everyone know that he's an online graduate of a private detective academy in Washington, DC.  The other kids admit that Fletcher, also known as Half Moon, has solved several tough cases at Saint Jerome's Elementary and Middle School, so they come to him when they have a problem.  But when all-in-pink girly-girl April Devereux hires him to find a lock of a pop star's hair that she claims was stolen by one of the Sharkeys - a family of well-

Now You See It

When teenager Wendy breaks her glases en route to school, she replaces them with a pair of scavenged prescription sunglasses.  Suddenly, blue imps emerge from a classmate's book bag, the most popular girl in school becomes a saggy crone, and formerly geeky Julian York develps both decent looks and pointy ears.  As it turns out, Wendy's new glasses filter magic rather than sunlight, and the imps, the crone, and Julian are really visitors from a fantasy world--an elven kingdom with magical portals that provide instant transport anywhere, and any time,  on Earth.  O

Heidi 4 Paws: A Furry Tale

“Heidi 4 Paws:  A Furry Tale” is an adaptation of Johanna Spyri’s classic tale. In this story, Heidi, an orphan girl, is first sent to live with her grandfather and then taken to the city to become a companion for Clara. In the end, Heidi is reunited with her grandfather and she and Clara remain good friends. “Heidi 4 Paws” is performed by real dogs dressed in costumes and has Angela Lansbury, Stephen Rae, Julian Sands, Richard Kind, Steven Guttenberg, and Majandra Delfino providing the voices for the dogs.

The Stinky Cheese Man

Are you looking for a good book to share with your little boy?  John Scieszka, a writer from Flint, Michigan, who used to be an elementary school teacher and his partner in creating great picture books, Lane Smith, know just what appeals to little boys.  Having taken on the challenge of getting boys to read more books by creating his "Guys Read" website (, he's also busy writing the kinds of books boys love to read.  One of his first books, The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales, is a book where the writer re-imagine

Black Elk's Vision

Here's the thing I love about informational picture books for children- they are a great starting place, even for grown-ups, for learning about things. There's lots of great pictures, not too much text, you can get the basics in 32-46 pages (the typical length of a picture book), and if they are really well done, i.e. the writing and pictures are good, then you are hooked!

S.D. Nelson, who is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of the Dakotas, intersperses his original artwork with historical photographs to help narrate Black Elk's story.

Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends

This is the heartwarming true story of an inter-species friendship between Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog. Both are residents of the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, which was founded by Tarra's owner Carol Buckley.  Tarra was the first inhabitant of the elephant sanctuary and as a gracious host, has helped acclimate many elephants to their new home.

Alchemy and Meggy Swann

Ye toads and vipers! What am I to say about this fabulous book?!

How to Talk to Your Dog

This is a charming book written for children who may have received a new puppy for some special event.  Inside these pages you will find comical pictures that really express just what the author intended:  common sense ways to communicate with your dog.  With infinite fun and delicious illustrations, she also lets children know what the dog is saying to them.  Any child will enjoy learning how their dog tries to communicate with them and how to respond to them in similar fashion.  Helping children build a good relationship with their pet, Jean Craighead George uses

The Prydain Chronicles: The Book of Three

If you want to read some great books, check out this series.  In these five books written by expert story teller Lloyd Alexander, a young boy named Taran must struggle through conflicts that occur in his homeland, Prydain.  For many, many years, the land has been plagued by an evil known only as Arawn-Death-Lord.  By chance, Taran is pulled into countless adventures, each one more perilous than the first.  Taran, with the help of many unlikely allies, must fight for good and triumph over evil.  In these coming-of-age stories, you will be drawn into a whole world of

So You Want to Be a Wizard

This series has been out since 1998, way before J. K.


What would you do if your father could make characters from books come to life?  For those characters you like, it wouldn't be such a bad thing, but imagine what it would be like if all those wretched villains and cranky monsters came out of books to make your life miserable?  Well, that's just what happens to Meggie.  Living alone with her Dad, she's surprised when they all of a sudden have to move again, and in the middle of the night.  What does that mysterious stranger she saw standing in the rain that first night have to do with all this running away?&nb


This is a great story!  Actually it's two stories--these wonderful tales run parallel, and the author does a fantastic job of interweaving them so that you want to keep reading to find out just how they both turn out.  By the time you've reached the end of them, you'll be amazed at the author's ability to bring them to such an exciting conclusion.  As unusual a tale as you will ever read, Holes is about a young boy whose luck seems to be always bad.  First he's framed for a misdemeanor that he isn't guilty of, and second, he believes his

Wild Magic

If you like animals, fantasy and nature, you'll love this series.  Wild Magic is the first book of four in a series called The Immortals (#2 is Wolf Speaker, #3 is Emperor Mage, and #4 is The Realms of the Gods).  Daine, a young girl who has recently lost her family must learn to survive on her own.  Because of her special affinity with horses (she can calm the wildest of them), she is chosen by the Queen's master of horses, Onua, to travel through dangerous lands bringing a herd of horses with them.  Hazards and troub

A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Zoey Elias's dreams of playing concert piano at Carnegie Hall are crushed when her dad signs her up for lessons with Lester Rennet, music teacher and motivational speaker who teaches on paper keyboards. After several attempts to convince her dad that she needs a real piano, her confused father, who once bought 432 rolls of toliet paper at one time, purchases a Perfectone D-60 organ.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

“So, there I was, tied to an alter made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians.” (1)

My Life in Dog Years

Meet Cookie, Josh, Fred, Dirk and other friends of Gary Paulsen.  They have four legs each, fur and come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.  But one fact is true for all of them:  They occupied an important place in Paulsen's life.  My Life in Dog Years tells the stories of these dogs that Gary loved from the age of seven when he rescued Snowball from being eaten to today's old friend, Josh, who just might be more human than animal.  Some of the tales are laugh-out-loud funny and others will cause a tear or two to fall, but all of them are satis

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Want to read a book that’s a little scary, has some mystery, a mean governess, an enormous manor house with secret passages, and an escape from a cruel orphanage? This is the book for you!