When you need your own personal children’s librarian

What to Read When kids' reading guideWhat happens when you need to find a book on heroes the night before your kid needs it for kindergarten?

After you’ve exhausted our favorite children’s books, you can do what I did and check out the selections in What to Read When, by LitLife founder Pam Allyn. This meta-book about books is divided into 50 themes, from bullying to spirituality to a bad day. Find your category, read the summaries and pick your winner.

From Allyn’s words to my library hold — it sure beats prying the trashy cartoon books out of my daughter’s hands at 6 PM. - Rita

Find What to Read When at Amazon, and for a similar book for the youngest set, check out our review of Reading With Babies, Toddlers and Twos.

Rita Arens is the blogger of Surrender Dorothy, Deputy Editor for Blogher.com, the force behind the parenting anthology "Sleep is for the Weak," and a former Cool Mom Picks contributor.

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