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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Good Books for Young Readers

With the internet, there is no reason for a younger reader to say, "I don't know what to read." Recommended reading lists abound--and they come in all shapes and sizes.

Classics for Children is an annotated list from The Horn Book magazine, the premier children's literature review source.

TV personality, Oprah, encourages adult reading through her book discussions, but did you know she also has recommendations for children? You can find them here.

Parents magazine weighs in with its "Best Children's Books by Age."

Boys Read is an organization devoted to cultivating boy readers. Their list of recommended books can be accessed here. There is a ton of information and resources for readers of both sexes, so make sure to look through the whole site.

Book Trailers for Readers is a site set up by a Teacher Librarian to highlight books for children and teens. Rather than listing books, the site has videos known as book trailers. The site also promotes the "Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program," which is similar to the Ladybug, Great Stone Face, Isinglass, and Flume awards voted on in the state of New Hampshire. Kids can find some interesting titles on these locally produced lists.

Of course, you can always go to a book to find lists of good books to read! 100 Best Books for Children by Anita Silvey, is found in our Professional collection [P 011.62 SIL], but we'd be happy to loan it to you. If your child is a reluctant reader, one of the books that we have in our First Teachers collection for parents is Best books for Kids Who Think They Hate to Read: 125 Books That Will Turn Any Child into a Lifelong Reader by Laura Backes [FT 028.5 BAC]. This book is particularly good for the child who doesn't like to read, and who, as a result, uses the excuse, "There are no good books."


  1. Thanks for compiling this, especially Boys Read. My nephew is turning 7 and becoming an avid reader.

  2. Looks like a site that should grow well as their is a large demand for this stuff.