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Recommended Reading

Reading Resources

Novelist K-8 Plus (IN LIBRARY or AT HOME) - This children’s literature database includes recommended reads and “If You Like…” lists.

Something About the Author - Find out about the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults.


ReadKiddoRead - James Patterson’s website provides excellent suggested reading lists by age. There’s something for every reader.


KidsReads - A great website with reviews, coming soon section, author interviews, special features and more.

Bookwork for Kids - Reviews are divided into age groups, subjects, genres, and themes to help you find the right book.

What’s Next: Books in Series - What book comes next in the series you’re reading? Find out here.


Commonsense Media - Parents can search for reviews that give information on age appropriateness of children’s materials.


Recommended Books


Recommended Reads: Preschool


Recommended Reads: Ages 6-8


Recommended Reads: Ages 9-12




Award-Winning Books

Buckeye Children's Book Award - Ohio kids vote for the best books of the year.

Newbery Medal
 - Since 1922, this award has been given to books for children of distinguished quality.


Caldecott Medal - Since 1938, this award has been given to the artist/illustrator of the most distinguished picture book.


Geisel Award - A new award for books for beginning readers.


Sibert Medal - A relatively new award for informational (nonfiction) books for children.

Coretta Scott King Award - Awarded to an African American illustrator and author of children’s books that promote, educate, and enhance the American Dream of a multicultural society.

Belpre Medal - An Award for the Latino/a author and illustrator whose work highlights the Latino experience.



Staff Picks


"Off the Shelf" is our column highlighting notable new children's materials.