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Trying to find a great book for a kid?
Cuyahoga Public Library offers 44 pages of ideas

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M.L. Schultze
Recalls have helped cut into toy sales by as much as 25 percent this season, and parents looking for other options are turning to books. For most of the last 40 years, the Cuyahoga County Public Library has put together a Great Books for Kids guide. It's grown from a typed-list to this year's 44 illustrated pages broken down by preschool through age 14. WKSU M.L. Schultze talked with Youth Services Supervisor Leslie Molnar about some of the books that made this year's Great Books guide...
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Here is the list of recommended books for kids from the Cuyahoga County Public Library. For a copy of the Great Books for Kids guide, which includes summaries of each book and prices, go to any library branch or Time Warner Cable billing center.
Great Books for Kids For Preschoolers:
  • Hickory Dickory Dickory Dock
  • Penguins, Penguins Everywhere!
  • Pierre in Love
  • Nibble Nibble
  • Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals
  • Wag a Tail
  • Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide!
  • Beetle Bop
  • Look at You!: A Baby Body Book
  • A good Day
  • Black & White
  • Little Trucks with Big Jobs
  • Fish. Swish! Splas. Dash!: Counting Round and Round
  • Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt: A Celebratory Pop-Up Edition
  • Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories
  • I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
  • Whose Chick Are You?
  • Mouse Shapes
  • Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity
  • Every Friday
  • How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
For Ages 5-8
  • A Seed is Sleepy
  • Spiders
  • Knock, Knock!
  • Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One
  • Diary of a Fly
  • Pretty Salma
  • Lightship
  • Dogs and Cats
  • Living Color
  • Henry's Freedom Box
  • Follow the Line Through the House
  • Pirates Don't Change Diapers
  • Mama's Saris
  • Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy
  • Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share
  • The Talented Clementine
  • Good Sports: Rhynes About Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More
  • Walt Disney's Cinderella
  • Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Mega-Beasts
  • My Friend is Sad
  • Today I will Fly!
  • I Am Invited to a Party!
  • There is a Bird on Your Head!
For Ages 9-10
  • Jack Plank Tells Tales
  • The Secret History of Tom Trueheart
  • Hey Batta Batta Sing!: The Wild Old Days of Baseball
  • Skyscraper
  • Mr. Chickee's Mess Mission
  • Dougal Dixon's Dinosaurs
  • The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street
  • Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars
  • Good Luck Ivy
  • Igraine the Brave
  • I Am Not Joey Pigza
  • Marley: A Dog Like No Other
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Regarding the Bees: A Lesson in Letters, on Honey, Dating, and Other Sticky Subjects
  • Edward's Eyes
  • Pirates Most Wanted: 13 of the Most Blood Thirsty Pirates to Sail the High Seas
  • Every Minute on Earth: Fun Facts that Happen Every 60 Seconds
  • How to Steal a Dog
  • The Longest Season
  • Eggs
  • Helen Keller: Her Life in Pictures
For Ages 11-12
  • Taj Mahal
  • Iron Thunder: The Battle Between The Monitor and The Merimac
  • Elijah of Buxton
  • The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming
  • The Land of the Silver Apples
  • Who Was First? Discovering the Americas
  • Kimchi and Calamari
  • The Cobra King of Kathmandu
  • Hot Hand: Mike Lupica¡¦s Comeback Kids
  • The Navigator
  • Outside and Inside Woolly Mammoths
  • Wizardology: A Guide to Wisards of the World
  • The Traitor King
  • On the Wings of Heroes
  • The Titan's Curse
  • Beowulf: A Hero's Tale Retold
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Feathers
  • So Totally Emily Ebers
For Ages 13-14
  • Twisted
  • The Traitors' Gate
  • The Plain Janes
  • The Wizard Heir
  • Revolution is Not a Dinner Party
  • Fire From the Rock
  • Does My Head Look Big in This?
  • The Faerie Path
  • Dear Author: Letters of Hope
  • Summer Ball
  • Harlem Summer
  • Lawn Boy
  • Zen and the Art of Faking It
  • Love, Stargirl
  • The New Policeman
  • Vampyre: The Terrifying Lost Journal of Dr. Cornelius Van Helsing
  • Robot Dreams
  • Red Moon at Sharpsburg
  • Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon
  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
For Families
  • Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art
  • Bronzeville Boys and Girls
  • May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (And Dogs Meeting Kids)
  • The Golden Rule
  • Titanic: The Ship of Dreams
  • Jazz on a Saturday Night
  • The Spatulatta Cookbook
  • Casey Back at Bat
  • Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship
  • Jabberwocky
  • Star Wars: A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy
  • Catopia: A Cat Compendium
  • Spot 7 Animals
  • I Miss You Every Day
  • Dog
  • Puff the Magic Dragon
  • Here's A Little Poen: A Very First Book of Poetry
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