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Recommended Reading for Children


Books By Age/Reading Level


Mattapoisett Library's Reading Suggestions for Toddler/Preschool Children
Booklist:  Babies Need Words Every Day
1000 Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten
Multnomah County Library's Every Child Fantastic resources for infant, toddler and preschool children.  Lists of recommended reading and music selections to encourage early literacy skills.

Mattapoisett Library's Suggestions for Independent Readers:

Books for Beginning Readers
Books for Grades 2-3
Books for Grades 4-6
Middlereads:  Books for Grades 5-8
Non-fiction suggestions for grades 6-8

Reading Beyond:  Suggested books for children who read at an advanced level and are seeking more challenging, but still age-appropriate books 

Award Winning Books 

Caldecott Medal Books
Newbery Medal Books
Coretta Scott King Award Books 
Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal Books 
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Silbert Medal 
Children's Book Awards from other organizations
Children's Notable Lists

Mathical Book Prize
The Ultimate Book Award Calendar:  A description of adult, teen and children's book awards and a schedule for when winning books are chosen each year.

Books by Topic

Books dealing with discrimination & prejudice (1)
Books dealing with discrimination & prejudice (2)
MORE books dealing with discrimination & prejudice (2018)
6th Grade Fantasy Fiction  
5th Grade Mystery & Adventure Fiction
Science Fiction Chapter Books
Biographies (1)
Biographies (2)
Biographies for all ages
Picture Book Biographies (1)
Picture Book Biographies (2)
Historical Fiction Suggestions for 6th Grade
Non-Fiction suggestions for grades 6-8
Non-Fiction suggestions for grades 4-6
Chapter books to Movies page 1
Chapter books to Movies page 2
Books to Inspire you to "Build a Better World":  From Construction, Engineering, and Technology to Environmentalism & Fostering Kindness...something to inspire every reader!

Great LEGO books at the library!

What is Computer Coding?

The History Shelf of  A visual timeline of historical fiction, books and movies for all ages.

Multicultural and Social Justice Books for Children, Young Adults and Educators

Gift Books for Kids:  A Great Book for Every Reader

American Indians in Children's Literature

Book Finding Sites

 NYPL Kids New York Public Library's website for kids, includes easy to use book lists arranged by topic, genre, age and reading levels.

 A Mighty Girl  A website dedicated to reviewing great books, movies, music, toys and activities that encourage building strong character.

GuysRead A website started by popular author Jon Scieszka dedicated to promoting life-long learning and love of reading.  Great book lists, articles, activities and links.

BookHive  Book reviews and recommended lists, author interviews, writing activities and recorded stories to listen to for free.  Resources for parents and children ages birth through twelve.

Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of book lists, research-based reading strategies, lessons and activities designed to help children learn how to read and read better.

Start With a Book is a division of Reading Rockets and allows caregivers to choose a topic that interests the child and then link to reading lists and suggested activities.

Bookworm for Kids Bookworm for Kids features highly recommended books for children and young adults, organized by topic, genre and age level.  This site also offers a monthly newsletter with newly reviewed books.

Mother Goose Online:  In addition to an alphabetical master list of rhymes users will find rhymes grouped by themes.

Recommended books from ALSC 
Recommended book lists for all ages and reading levels from the Association for Library Service to Children- a division of the American Library Association.