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Reading Lists – Great Books for Children – Page 2

Recommended reading lists and reviews of children's classic and popular literature online.

Homeschooling Reading Lists

Award Winning Books
Top literary awards in 2014 for the best children’s and young adults’ literature and illustration.

Banned & Challenged Classics
Each year, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.

Book List for College Prep
A slideshow full of books to read before heading off to college.

Big Busy House
HarperCollins, publisher of children’s books, explains how books are made and lets you search for good books to read.

100 Children's Books to Read

Booklist: Books For Youth
American Library Association’s book reviews for children.

Booklists of Children’s Literature
A librarian’s reading list, first by category, and then by reading level and interest level.

The Brown Bookshelf
We, the undersigned children’s book authors and illustrators, do publicly affirm our commitment to using our talents and varied forms of artistic expression to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and understanding of others; the type of fear that feeds stereotypes, bitterness, racism and hatred; the type of fear that so often leads to tragic violence and senseless death.

Caldecott Medal/ALA Page
Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The California Reading List
Searchable list of recommended literature from the California Department of Education.

Carol Hurst’s Children Literature Site
Locate books by themes or across the curriculum. A very useful reading list for those making their own unit studies.

Childrens Book Council
Hot off the press: news of children’s books.

Children’s Book Publishers on the Internet
David K. Brown’s annotated list of sites.

Children’s Literature, Chiefly from the Nineteenth Century
The Historical Children’s Literature Collection at Thomas Cooper Library is primarily a teaching collection. It starts with The Horn Book and wends its way through to Peter Rabbit and the Wizard of Oz.

Children’s Literature Web Guide
Essential starting point for finding children’s reading list resources on the web.

Children’s Picture Book Database
From Miami University. Handy reading list  for including non-readers in your unit studies.

Choices Reading Lists
International Reading Association. Each year, thousands of children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the “Choices” reading lists. These lists are used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help young readers find books they will enjoy.

Classics For Children
Copyrights have run out on such classics as “Little Women” and “Tom Sawyer” so such books are available online.

College Bound Reading List
Reading list compiled by Arrowhead Library System.

Common Core State Standards
For English language arts and literacy in history, social studies, science, and technical subjects. Includes text examples and sample performance tasks.

Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature
The purpose of this database is to create a tailored reading list of quality children’s literature or to find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards. I expect the user to be a librarian or a teacher intervening for a child-reader, however anyone may make use of it to find the best in children’s literature including parents, book store personnel, and children and young adults themselves.

First Clues
Mysteries for kids. Sorted by age level, from 4 year olds through teenagers. Some graphic novels. Also grouped by series. Check the reviews.


Grade Level Book Lists from Homeschool Literature

Good Reads – Listopia – Girls Book ListsBoys Book Lists
All sorted by topic types that make sense for young folks. Includes a social network to share your favorite books with others. Vote for your favorites.

Great Stone Face Book Award
Given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from fourth through sixth graders throughout the state of New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire.

Guys Read
Boy-friendly reading list of nonfiction, humor, comics, graphic novels, action- adventure, magazines, websites, and newspapers for all ages of boys.

Horn Book Guide
A comprehensive list of both classic and recent books that every parent and child should know.

JacketFlap
Connects you to the work of more than 200,000 authors, illustrators, publishers and other creators of books for Children and Young Adults.

KidsReads
Find info about children’s favorite books, series and authors. Reviews of the newest titles, interviews with the coolest authors and special features on great books.

A Mighty Girls Book Club Reading Lists
Join the bookk club, if you’d like, or just use the list to find interesting books for girls of all ages, 6 through 14+.

Newbery Medal/ALA Page
Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Online Books Page, The
Over 4000 books available for downloading listed here.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children’s science trade books.

Project Gutenberg
Select a book by author or title. A new browser window appears, and you can read book online or save to your disk.

Read Print
Books arrange by author. The site, each author and each online book is also searchable, so, say, you want to find all references to Christmas in “Little Women” you can do so.

Seattle Public Library Recommended Reading
Has categorized book lists for Children and Teens.


Shakespeare, Complete Works
You could layout the plays in your own style, illustrate, and have scripts for everyone.

What Did the Nobel Laureates Read When They were Young?
In their autobiographies, Nobel Laureates reveal their reading habits: how they got started, who spurred them to read on, and where they spent their time losing themselves between the pages of a book. Find out and compare with your own experience, or simply get inspired!


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More Reading Resources on A2Z

English Literature for Teenagers
Hands On Reading Activities Vendors
How Natural Reading Happens
Language Arts Books
Pre-Readers – Teaching Reading to Little Kids
Reading Basics For Kids
Reading Instruction Materials – Literature Based Language Arts
Reading Level Assessment Tests
Reading Lists – Great Books for Children – Page 1 and Page 2
Teaching Reading in Home School

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