About this Site

There are a lot of bad children’s books in the world. And thousands more being published every year. It’s astonishing, really. As the buyer for Books of Wonder, I would sometimes mourn the trees that died to become The Wiggles Story Book Extravaganza with Bonus 3-D Glasses and Talking Micro-Chip that Synchronizes with Your Child’s Very Own IPad! I don’t know if that exists but, sadly, it wouldn’t surprise me.

I love children’s books, so this site is all about the children’s books I love. I don’t want to write about the books I don’t like.* I’d much rather take the time to introduce you to, or remind you of, books you and your children will love. Some of the books will be brand new, others will be long out of print, and the rest will fall somewhere in between.

I’ll review books for all ages, from birth to 16 years old. All reviews will be accompanied by the age range that is most appropriate for that title, and books will be listed under one of the following categories.

Board Books: Ages birth to 3 years old. Though this will mainly consist of actual board books (books with hard pages) it will also include other books for babies and toddlers, such as bath books (with waterproof  pages), cloth books, or any other durable format.

Picture Books: Ages 2 to 8 years old. Heavily illustrated books.

Early Readers: Ages 4 to 8 years old. Beginning chapter books for children who are just learning to read.

Middle Readers: Ages 7 to 13 years old. Longer chapter books for children who read comfortably on their own.

Young Adult: Ages 12 to 16 years old. Books for older children reading longer chapter books with more sophisticated subject matter.

There will be one more category, Miscellany. This is where I’ll write about anything related to children’s books that doesn’t fall into the other categories.

* I do, though, want to tell you about the books I hate, so if you speak to me in person, I know I’ll have a lot to say.

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    Taissa said,

    I have worked in publishing and a couple of bookshops and used to feel quite well-informed on children’s books and what would make a good present for which second cousin or niece. But lately I have been losing my touch… Looking forward to picking up some tips from you!

  2. 2

    I know my wife will enjoy reading your blog as a fan of children’s books. I’ll forward your blog along. Thanks!

  3. 3

    I am enjoying your blog and will be using your reviews to find some awesome books for my grandchildren! Thank you 🙂

  4. 4

    Kenny said,

    Really cool idea for a blog. My wife and I are expecting our first, and I’ll definitely refer to this as we’re looking to get him excited about storytime. Best of luck!

  5. 5

    twinzees said,

    I love this! This is wonderful! I want my kids to be excited about books new and old. You’ve got me hooked. I am going to keep coming back and see what you have in store 🙂

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    Francesca said,

    I was so relieved when I read this section. I though I was a weird person thinking that some of the children books are really bad books. I love children books and when I buy one for my daughter I spend a lot of time selecting the right one. I look forward to reading your posts.

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    barbtaub said,

    What an entertaining blog! The hardest part about moving to England was getting rid of over 1200 books. But NOT ONE of them was a childrens book. Those were all packed carefully and put into storage. All 23 boxes of them… Some friends are forever.

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    jelowder said,

    Loved your blog. I wish you were more passionate about books! 🙂

  9. 9

    After reading your ‘about’ pages, the first thing I thought of, was that you’re a Kathleen Kelly from You’ve Got Mail. Love, drive and passion for children’s books/literature and trying to keep the enthusiasm alive for so many who get lost in the vastly changing world we live in today. I like that 🙂

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      petthespacefishies said,

      Exactly my thought 🙂 There need to be champions for these books, as kids only realise they need them once they’ve grown up. Keep up the good work 🙂

  10. 11

    I work at a library and will refer patrons to your sight when asked to suggest books. I love that you have them categorized. Very nice blog!

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