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For April 2017 we will be reading Children's Books.
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Children's Books are a sub-category of books that is geared for Preschool through Elementary school (Roughly Ages 0 to 12). They are usually progressive in length and the characters within are also in that age range. They also incorporate pretty much every genre. Although romance and horror are typically not found until upper elementary age books or later (Ages 10 to 12 is where it usually begins)

Since many authors have written a ton of children's books, I'm going to just list popular authors that I get asked for every day as a Children's Librarian that usually appeal to adults as well.

Some popular picture book authors (typically PreK-2 or 3rd grade or ages 0 to 7 or 8 ):

Eric Carle (animal books)
Michael Ian Black (Chicken Cheeks is the funniest)
Don and Audrey Wood (writes really silly books)
Jane O'Conner (Fancy Nancy, also has a chapter book series called Nancy Clancy)
Mo Willems (writes Pigeon books and Elephant and Piggie easy readers)
Any fairytale picture book

Other popular chapter/easy reader chapter book authors/series include:

Barbara Park
Brandon Mull
Shannon Hale (writes Ever After High series that's popular)
Star Wars Children's Chapter books (So You Want to Be a Jedi by Tom Angleberger is told as if you're Luke Skywalker)
Lauren Myracle (realistic fiction)
Jeff Kinney
Wayside Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Roald Dahl

Don't forget, there's always non-fiction or biographies as well.

For more ideas, visit:

Online book club's forums
Your favorite book as a kid or that is your kid's favorite book
Amazon's bestsellers lists for kids
Google popular children's books
NPR also has some good lists:
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Post by Amagine »

I'm not surprised to see Eric Carle or Mo Willems on the list. Actually there's quite a few that I figured are popular with children, parents and teachers.

I have a question, do you have anyone asking about Pete the Cat books?
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