Kids’ Books on DALS

Hold on a sec, you might be saying. I thought this was a website about family dinner. And it is. But it’s also a website about what gets talked about at family dinner, and books are a big part of our lives, so we end up writing about them a lot here. You can find a rotating list of recommendations on Fave Five (updated weekly-ish), but you can also find a pretty deep catalogue of book reviews, for all different age groups, in our archive.

A Starter Library Kit (or books to buy your friend who just had a baby)

Phoebe’s Kid Graphic Novel Picks, Part 1

Phoebe’s Kid Graphic Novel Picks, Part 2

Phoebe & Abby’s Kid Graphic Novel Picks, Part 3

George Saunders’ Book Picks for Kids

Q&A with David Sedaris

Lemony Snicket’s Book Picks for Kids

John J. Sullivan’s Book Picks for Kids

Pseudonymous Bosch’s Book Picks for Kids

Start a Summer Book Club


6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ann // Jun 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    My son read The Giver this summer and really liked it. We always like your recommendations!

  • 2 Kate // Aug 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Utterly Me was one of my favourite books as a child, speaking only just now reaching adulthood.
    Lovely blog

  • 3 Susan // Sep 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Have you seen this? Saw it and your girls came to mind.

  • 4 Candace Spencer // Oct 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I hope the Skippy Jon Jones books made an appearance on your lists. I have such fond memories of reading them with my grands and having them chorus, “My name is Skippito Frijito….”

    Aunt Candie

  • 5 LouAnn // Oct 28, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Have you read any of the Skippyjon Jones books by Judy Schachner? My sister told me about them since I love cats, children and great children’s literature!! (I’m a retired teacher.) I picked up three of this author’s many books about scrappy little Skippyjon Jones and I am in love with this little cat!!!!!

  • 6 Tanya // Mar 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Jenny – I follow a blog (Bottom Shelf Books) that linked to your guest post from George Saunders in 2007. I am so thrilled to discover your website! Unfortunately, I started reading it before I had breakfast and had to contain myself to your kid’s book posts since my stomach started rumbling. But I definitely love your (and your kids’) taste in books. I was a longtime kid’s bookseller and work for a literary agent now, and have had a book review blog since 2008. After reading George’s quote and post, I decided to share it on my blog ( along with a shout out to you, your book, your blog and your great taste in kid’s books. Can’t wait to read more of your recipes when I am less hungry.

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