Are you looking for a great gift to give, books to fill your classroom, or supplement a lesson? Perhaps all you need is a bed-time tale that can withstand multiple readings in a single night? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Here you will find links to some of the best lists for young children and teens available on the web. Most of these lists have been vetted by professionals in the book industry—librarians, teachers, writers, publishers and award-winning bloggers.

One thing I advise is that you take your time hunting for just the right title—you never know what will surprise you along the way. It’s the gift of serendipity. Embrace it!



(p.s.: If you know of a link that should be included, please let me know! I can’t guarantee it will appear here, but I will check it out.)


Sites with Lists of Recommended Children’s Books and Media

U.S. Book Awards (Young Adult & Children’s) at Shutta Crum’s site


American Library Association (ALSC): 2011 Children’s Notable Books


New York Public Library recommended reading


New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2011


Reading Rockets’ booklists by theme


Jane Addams Peace Association Children’s Book Award 


Boston Globe – – Horn Book Awards


Horn Book Fanfare: Best YA and Children’s Books of the Year


CBC Children’s Choice Book Awards


Children’s Choices by the International Reading Assoc.


Teacher Choices by the International Reading Assoc.


Young Adults’ Choices by the International Reading Assoc.


Canadian Children’s Book Awards


Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards


Themed bibliographies by the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Member recommended themed lists by the Children’s Literature Network


Themed and best of the year lists by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Database of Award-Winning Children’s Books


Texas Library Association reading lists by age


Parents Magazine, Best Children’s Books by Age


100 Favorite Children’s Books, New York Public Library


Juvenile Series and Sequels database by Mid-Continent Public Library


Oprah’s extensive site brings together many vetted lists


 Bibliographies compiled by award-winning children’s author Cynthia Leitich Smith


Teachers First (a bit old, but still good)


VERY extensive list of the year’s best lists online at Chicken Spaghetti blog


National Education Association list: Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children


Rainbow List for GLBTR teens by The American Library Association


American Bookseller’s Association: 2011 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog


American Library Assoc. (ALSC): Great Early Elementary Reads


American Lib. Assoc. (YALSA) 2012 List of Great Graphic Novels 


Themed books for boys at Guys Read blog


Nat’l Council for the Social Studies: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People


National Science Teacher’s Assoc.: Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12 


National Outdoor Book Awards


 Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books for kids


Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books for teens


Michigan Reading Association:  Great Lakes, Great Books Award Winners


Ezra Jack Keats New Author and New Illustrator Awards


Cynthia Leitich Smith’s extensive listing of state awards and winning books


Themed list of “Perfect” Picture Books on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s site


Cybils award winners (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards)


Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: Golden Kite Awards


School Library Journal Best Books of the Year Best Books of the Year


Kirkus Teen Books of the Year 


Booklist Top Books of the Year 


Washington Post Best Children’s Books of the Year


Green Earth Book Awards


The “coveted” Robbie Awards (for humor)


4 Responses »

  1. Thanks for putting this all together in one spot! You have saved me a lot of time, both in finding the best books to read to my library students and for my own marketing purposes.

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