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.
- Book Search Sites
- General Reading Ideas & Lists
- Read Aloud Lists and Ideas
- Tailored Book Lists
- Wordless Books
Finding the Best Children’s Books: Reviews, Lists, and Blogs by Aaron Mead @ Children’s Books and Reviews (April 2011)
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)
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.
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.
Back-to-School Bonanza: Books for Reading Aloud by Curriculum Connections/School Library Journal
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)
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)
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
Booklists for Kids on the Autism Spectrum by Spectrum Mom
Booklist of Series Books created by Kidsreads.com
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