Booklists & More


Sometimes the best recommendations come from the lists that readers put together. Here you’ll find “best of” lists, book recommendations by theme or audience, and places you can search for your own ideas.

See also Booklists by AudienceRead Alikes by AudienceBooklists by Theme, and Books to Movies

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See also Booklists by AudienceRead Alikes by AudienceBooklists by Theme, and Books to Movies

Finding the Best Children’s Books: Reviews, Lists, and Blogs by Aaron Mead @ Children’s Books and Reviews (April 2011)

General Reading Ideas & Lists

5 Star Reads 5 Minutes for Books (scroll down to see the children’s and young adult books)

100 Notable Books Children’s Book Council of Australia

100 Titles for Reading and Sharing New York Public Library

The Best of the Best Kids Books – 2008 by Susan Thomsen @ Chicken Spaghetti

Book of the Week Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Booklights PBS Parents blog

Children’s Book Council Reading Lists Children’s Book Council

Children’s Literature Assembly Notable Books – organized by genre

Children’s Notables Lists American Library Association (ALSC)

Cybils Award Winners (Children’s Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards)

Getting Boys into Reading with Fiction by Trevor Cairney @ Literacy, Families and Learning

Getting Boys into reading with Nonfiction Material by Trevor Cairney @ Literacy, Families and Learning

On-Lion for Kids York Public Library by the New York PublicLibrary

ReadKiddoRead by James Patterson

Recommendations for Kids  Indie Bound (scroll to the bottom to find previous kids’ lists)

Teachers Book Wizard by Scholastic, Inc.

Top 100 101 Picture Books Poll Results by Elizabeth Bird at A Fuse #8 Production

Unshelved Book Club – Book reviews written as a full-page, full-color comic strips

What Kids Who Don’t Like to Read Read(tm) – Parent’s Choice Foundation

YA (Young Adult) Reading Lists American Library Association (YALSA)

Book Search Sites

Africa Access offers a form to search its data bases for books on Africa. It has fields for all of the logical elements: audience age, subject, author, illustrator, etc.

Booklamp matches readers to books based on writing style. You need to register, but it is free.

Database of Award-Winning Books created by Lisa R. Bartle, searcheable by genre, age, award, et al.

Juvenile Series and Sequels database created by the Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri

LibraryThing’s Book Suggester LibraryThing is a service that allows users to catalog their personal libraries. You can not only search for books that might interest you, but you can also exclude those that don’t.

WhatShouldIReadNext? lets you type in something you’ve read and liked to find something similar that other users read, loved, and recommend.

WhichBook lets you search for a book based on what you are in the mood for.

Read Aloud Ideas and Lists

Back-to-School Bonanza: Books for Reading Aloud by Curriculum Connections/School Library Journal

Books for Reading Aloud

Books to Read Aloud to Adults

List of Comfort Read Alouds

Out Loud: Books for 10-year-olds that Should Be Read Aloud by Patricia Springstubb @ From the Mixed Up Files (August 2010)

Preview from THE PIT Read Alouds (2009-2010) by Bill @ Literate Lives (August 2009)

Preview from THE PIT Read Alouds 2 (2009-2010) by Bill @ Literate Lives (August 2009)

Read Aloud America Booklist 2009

Thinking about 5th Grade Read Alouds by Karen Terlecky @ Choice Literacy (August 2009)

Funny Read Alouds (chapter books) by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day (May 2015)

Read Aloud Chapter Books for 8-11 (2nd-5th grade) year olds by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day (May 2015)

Chapter Books to Read to 4-6 Year Olds (This is my most popular list!) by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day (May 2015)

Chapter Books with an Old Fashioned Flair by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day (May 2015)

Books to Read During the Summer by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day (May 2015)

Chapter Books for 3 year olds and Preschoolers by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day (May 2015)

Great Audiobooks for Kids (chapter books) by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day (May 2015)

Lists of Wordless Books

22Books.com – There are just 12 books on this site, which is dedicated to creating and sharing book lists

Colorin Colorado – This list is an excerpt of a collection from Jim Trelease’s Read Aloud Handbook (5th edition)

ReadingAtoZ.com – There are more than 150 titles on this list, with lesson plans

Weber County (Utah) Public Library – This is an annotated list with their recommended wordless picture books

Tailored Booklists

Booklists by Audience

Booklists for Kids on the Autism Spectrum by Spectrum Mom

Booklist of Series Books created by Kidsreads.com

Booklists by Theme

Caldecott Medal winners in Spanish Isabel Schon International Center at the San Diego Public Library

Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature Read Kutub Kids

Newbery Medal winners in Spanish Isabel Schon International Center at the San Diego Public Library

Through the Magic Door Booklist Archive – organized by theme, updated monthly

Your Arabic Library (ages 2 to 4) – Read Kutub Kids

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