Reading Resources

Reading Resources

The following links have been compiled to provide a guide to choosing good and appropriate books for each age and reading level. If there is something you are looking for but don't see, please send an email to [email protected].

American Library Association

Award Lists This is where you'll find the lists of the "big" awards, like Caldecott (illustrations), Newbury (children's chapter book) and Coretta Scott King (African American Literature). Find the award you want and click on it- you'll find not only the criteria for the award, but also winners (past and present) as well as honorable mentions if applicable.

Notable Books Lists While these books aren't necessarily all award winners, these are widely considered some of the best books of the year for each age group.

Association for Library Service to Children

New York Public Library

Kids at the NYPL This is a gigantic site of not just booklists, but all sorts of activities from science to geography to space. Check it out when you have a minute.

Recommended Reading Great booklists, separated by age.

Amazon Don't underestimate the value of the "Customers also bought" area here. Search for a book you like and then read what other customers bought. It works.

New York Times

Bestseller Lists

Monroe County Public Library

Children's Services


The following links are initiatives suitable for after school programs as well as (although some include book lists as well).

Nutmeg Book Award  I can't say enough good things about this program. The Nutmeg Award is the Connecticut state book award. It is one of the few awards of this caliber that is purely student voted. There are two categories, 4th-6th grade and 7th-8th grade. Each year, 10 books are nominated, voted on in January with the winner announced in February. The nominees are reliably good and appealing to a wide range of readers.

Book It! This is a program sponsored by Pizza Hut. Kids can read books and earn certificates, stickers and personal pan pizzas.

I have also set up a blog for you all to use. Let's talk about what's working and what's not. Read a good book? Share it. Have a small success? Share it. Frustrated? Share that too.