Reading Lists

The resources listed are from online reading lists.  





Teachers First:  Reading Recommendations

Reading lets students create their own adventures. ... Select a grade level to find appropriate book selections. Giant Collection of Book Lists including all ages and grades plus themed lists

Mighty Girl Reading Resources


A Mighty Girl’s recommended reading lists are divided into four age levels: 6 - 7, 8 - 10, 11 - 13, and 14 and up. All recommended books were selected for high literary value and thematic content that would provide compelling discussion material for book clubs.


The selections for the youngest group include a mix of picture books and chapter books to offer options for children to read alone or with a parent. If your children are advanced readers for their age, we recommend also perusing the 8 - 10 selections as thematically the topics are appropriate for younger readers though the texts themselves are more complex.

The below website is also from Mighty Girl but the books are aimed at black mighty girls.


Broadening the Story:

40 Picture Books Starring Black Mighty Girls



1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide



This resource guide was created from the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign led by Marley Dias who has now collected over 4000 books. The guide includes some of those books that have been cataloged into an easy to find database. This information here is appropriate for youth, parents, educators, schools, and community.



Book List Recommendation for Boys


Best Books states on their website that "We love books that appeal to boys. Transforming boys into lifelong readers and lovers of books is our mission."

100 books for boys

For more than 100 years, Boys’ Life has featured thousands of great books for boys. Here are the 100 titles we think every boy should read.


Reluctant Readers

Not every kid is a born bookworm. But some books can help convert reluctant readers into kids who will beg for one more chapter before bedtime. Check out some of our favorites.


Bilingual Resource book list

One of the keys to raising bilingual kids is to find ways to expose them to the target language in fun and immersive ways. One of the most effective ways is to read to them in that language as much as possible. Since I’m raising my daughter to speak both Spanish and English as a native, I’ve made sure to fill our house with tons of children’s books in Spanish and both my husband and I constantly read them to her. Not only are we nurturing her love of Spanish and, in some cases, the Latino culture through the unique characters and stories many of these books portray, but we’re also nurturing her love for books and cultivating her imagination.

The truth is that it’s not very easy to find quality books originally written in Spanish. Yet, slowly but surely there are more and more publishing companies offering children’s books in Spanish and more Latino authors and illustrators getting their work on the shelves for us to find.

Book and Media Awards


These award winnings books are listed by the American Library Association.

The ALSC media awards below are announced every January at a Monday morning press conference that takes place during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Use the left-hand navigation for more detailed information regarding ALSC's book and media awards.

(John) Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

(Randolph) Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

(May Hill) Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award

The Arbuthnot award honors an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, of any country, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.

(Mildred L.) Batchelder Award

The Batchelder Award is given to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

(Pura) Belpré Medal

The Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

(Andrew) Carnegie Medal

The Carnegie Medal honors the producer of the most outstanding video production for children released during the preceding year.

(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Medal

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

(ALSC/Booklist/YALSA) Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

The Odyssey Award will be awarded annually to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

(Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

(Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award

The Wilder Medal honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
                      
Pizza Hut Book It Reading List


The Pizza Hut Book It program is a reading program available to K-5th grade students.  The reading list is the top 100 books from their list.

Bright Horizons African American Book List

Here is list of great book recommendations and suggestions that can offer windows into the world of African American lives and that can introduce children to what Black History Month is all about. Note: Many of the books for older readers are good read-alouds for younger children.

Jim Trelease Reading Lists

Jim Trelease says he wants students to make books as friends not enemies.

100 Best Read Alouds

"We picked the brains of some people who live and breathe kid lit to get their must-have picks. We also asked YOU, our parent readers (and experts in your own right) to weigh in, as well!"

Women's Biographies

Read notable women biographies. Best Books for Children Amazon- Discover our hand-selected picks of the best new books for kids of all ages. From the top titles each month to our favorites for the season, these are the titles we think are the new tried and true for young readers. (from Amazon) Poetry Book list Inspire a love of poetry with books of fun verse, rhythmic novels, and writers' biographies grouped into collections for preschoolers, beginning readers, independent readers, and preteens. Books for Military Children

Picture Books

For ages around 2 years to 7 years. Click on any title in this list to see a brief critique, publishing information and the cover, or scroll down and browse! This is a great way to introduce our students to life in the military. Some students may have family members in the military or friends whose fathers or mothers are part of the military. Also a great resource for Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. Books on Death and Grief Have you ever looked up a recipe to make a dish that you weren’t confident trying on your own?  Have you ever referenced a familiar prayer or quote in a time of need? Or maybe, you’ve picked up the latest get fit fast book to get in shape.  We all turn to books to solve different problems in our life.  Books for kids are no exception.  We can use books to help kids navigate tough situations.  Today, that tough situation is death and grief. (www.growingbookbybook.com) Do you have a child with special needs or need to teach your children about others with special needs, then this is the booklist for you. Best Books for Science

Check out these great science reads.