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Children's Book-a-Day Almanac

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Part fun- and information-filled almanac, part good book guide, the Children's Book-a-Day Almanac is a new way to discover a great children's book--every day of the year!

This fresh, inventive reference book is a dynamic way to showcase the gems, both new and old, of children's literature. Each page features an event of the day, a children's book that relates to that event, and a list of other events that took place on that day. Always informative and often surprising, celebrate a year of literature for children with The Children's Book-a-Day Almanac.


Roaring Brook Press
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Anita Silvey
Publication Date
October, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.22 x 7.44 x 1.00 Inches

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Anita Silveys Childre...

Anita Silvey's Children's Book-a-Day Almanac features a blog post on a different book each day alongside events coinciding with that day. The recommendations are often tied into something about the day or time of year the post is for, such as books related to the date, season, upcoming holidays, etc. She includes an excerpt or, in the case of illustrated books, a page from the book in each post, allowing readers to get a feel for the tone and reading level of the book. She also includes tags in two places on each entry: at the top of the page, she includes tags that denote the reading level and genre of the book, while at the bottom she includes subject tags. She also links to for each book, which provides the reader with a source for more information on the book.

Average rating:5out of5stars

Silvey writes expert r...

Silvey writes expert reviews for children's literature, drawing from her many years of professional experience. Her blog is both current and timeless, reviewing "the books of all times" that children of present and future generations will enjoy. Each book review has a professional tone, an excerpt, and relevant tags such as audience or genre. Daily entries also include literary trivia relevant to that date in history. Updates are steady, with a "coming up tomorrow" preview to encourage blog readers to return. The entries are organized in a variety of ways, archiving past reviews into a navigable browsing format. This successful scheme is devised with the blog's goal in mind, of providing adults with book recommendations for the young readers in their lives. The Children's Book-A-Day Almanac is an excellent free digital reference resource, utilizing the multi-organizational abilities of the digital realm to enhance practical use. This blog is very highly recommended to all adults seeking reading recommendations for children of all ages. This blog is also recommended to blog-savvy avid readers ages ten and up who may be looking for a professional recommendation on what to read next.

Average rating:5out of5stars

This site reviews clas...

This site reviews classic children's books and the stories behind them, as well as related events in history. This is an interesting site that will appeal in more than one way. It includes reviews of children's books for all ages and types, complete with subject information, author, and age for each book. Along with a review, Anita Silvey includes stories behind the book that make the books featured all the more appealing. What makes it different from other reviewers, though, is the page or passage included in each review, giving the reader a flavor of the book before he even picks it up himself. Each review also includes links to other books by the same author or for the same age group or genre. There is also a Find a Book option for the reader to search by age, type, subject, date, or author and illustrator. Also of interest, just for fun, is the "A Few Other Events for..." sidebar which includes historical events that have occurred on the date featured, as well as relevant books. For example, October 20th was when Roger Patterson supposedly filmed Bigfoot; books of interest are Bigfoot and Other Legendary Creatures and Uncle Bigfoot. Anyone looking at this site will find it something appealing in it, and all will find a book to check out-or several!

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This is an excellent w...

This is an excellent website with a multitude of recommendations for children's books. There are fiction, non-fiction, picture, chapter, etc. You may view the recommended book by day or search by date, age group, subject, type of book, or author/illustrator. Recommendations are made by Anita Silvey, editor for Horn book review and publisher for Houghton Mifflin.

Average rating:5out of5stars

With a simple layout a...

With a simple layout and kid-friendly design, the Children's Book-a-Day Almanac blog is a wonderful way to learn more about children's books, old and new. Every day, a different children's book is featured, complete with cover image, description, and sample illustrations. Described as "a daily love letter to a book or an author," each entry also contains an in-depth back story or critical review. Helpful features include the ability to search the archive by age group, subject or author/illustrator. The Almanac is an easy-to-use, information-rich resource for teachers, librarians, and parents. Silvey, who has worked at Houghton Mifflin Publishing and at the Horn Book Review, is clearly a knowledgeable guide to the world of children's literature. Highly recommended.

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