Reading Lists

Professionally curated reading lists developed by topic and/or age level. Some Reading Lists include titles from multiple age groups and will appear under more than one category

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Award of The Week-The Maxwell Medallion

The Maxwell Medallion is given by the Dog Writers Association of America. This award, named after Maxwell Riddle who wrote a syndicated dog column for 30 years and was a past president of DWAA, is given to many forms of professional writing devoted to dogs. Nominees are announced in the winter edition of the newsletter, […]

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Thematic Reading List: Dogs- 15 Books About Dogs

Dog characters are no stranger to children’s literature- Biscuit, Clifford, Hank the Cowdog just to name a few. We have chosen a variety of books, suitable for ages 5 to 12, that show dogs in many distinct roles and situations. Many of the titles will provoke meaningful conversations about responsibility, loyalty, acceptance, and much more. […]

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Thematic Reading List: Black History Month- 25 best books

                Martin’s Big Words: the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By: Doreen Rappaport A picture book biography that introduces the ideas and accomplishments of a gifted and influential speaker by using some of his own words to tell the story. Langston Hughes By: Milton Meltzer Tells […]

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Award of the Week-Walter Dean Myers Awards

The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is named for prolific children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). Myers was the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appointed in 2012 by the Library of Congress. He was a champion of diversity in children’s books. The Walter Awards honor Myers’ […]

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Honoring the late Ursula K. Le Guin

To the average news follower author Ursula K. Le Guin was known as a science fiction and fantasy writer, but to her devoted fans she was an author who used the genre to spotlight topics that interested her, such as anthropology, environmentalism, psychology and sociology. Le Guin leaves behind a canon of award winning works […]

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Thematic Reading List: Nancy Drew and Other Sleuths

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew may have started the detective mystery for children’s reading, but many notable detectives have held their own throughout the years. The list of sleuths that follows is divided by the age of the sleuth, not by reading level. We were disappointed to find little diversity in modern publications, a […]

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Thematic Reading List: Series books for Non-book Lover

According to several media outlets, the best-selling books for children in 2017 were books with funny themes, characters, or situations. You will find several series books that meet these criteria while other books present mysteries to be solved or situations that need to be resolved. If you find that the child is a non-book lover […]

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Award of the Week: Children’s Choice Book Awards

The Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards are the only national book awards chosen only by kids and teens. It is sponsored by the Children’s Book Council (CBC) which is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading. 2017 Winners by […]

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Award of the Week-Christian Book Award

Christian Book Award The Christian Book Award® program recognizes the highest quality in Christian books and Bibles and is among the oldest and most prestigious awards program in the religious publishing industry.           Finalists and winners are selected in eleven categories: Bibles Bible Reference works Bible Study Ministry Resources Biography & […]

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Thematic Reading List: December Celebrations Around the World

In this issue, we will introduce you to books that represent the many holiday stories, customs and celebrations that are held around the world during December. As you read these books with your children, place a special emphasis on traditions that we share with other countries.           The Eight Nights of […]

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Thematic Reading List- Kindness

Children’s book authors and publishers know the impact that a book about kindness can have on a child. We are a fortunate society to have so many books about good acts available to us. It is our job to keep them available and read them to our children. Put them in your classrooms, libraries, and […]

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Intriguing Book Covers- Begging you to pick up and read

Ever judge a book by its cover? What book covers tell us and what they tell about us.             Mr. Tiger Goes Wild By: Peter Brown Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature. […]

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The Top Ten Most Challenged Books

When I was younger and before I went to college to become a librarian, I was always confused by Banned Book Week. I never understood why all these “banned” books were put on display in my public or school library. I mean if they are banned doesn’t that mean they are not allowed, and don’t […]

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Celebrate Banned Books

In a past position as a high school librarian, I entered my office one day to find an art history book on my desk opened to a photograph of a nude statue. Confused, I simply put the book back on its appropriate shelf only to have it reappear on my desk later in the week. […]

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Reading List – Challenged Books I’ve Read and Loved

When I was younger and before I went to college to become a librarian, I was always confused by Banned Book Week. I never understood why all these “banned” books were put on display in my public or school library. I mean if they are banned doesn’t that mean they are not allowed, and don’t […]

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Award of the Week – National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Each year the National Book Foundation recognizes outstanding literary work by a US citizen through four awards for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The awards are touted as awards by writers to writers as the panel of judges is comprised of authors. Below are this year’s finalists. The winner will be announced at […]

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Award of the Week – The Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

The Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People is named for Geoffrey Bilson, an avid reader from a young age who went on to publish historical novels for children as well as several adult books. The award is presented annually in Canada by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Below are past winners starting […]

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Supporting History Units – Connecting Historical Fiction with Primary Sources

The Library of Congress Primary Sources : The Dust Bowl Out of the Dust By: Karen HesseIn a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of depression.  Ages 10-14 The Dust Bowl By: David BoothConditions are dry on Matthew’s grandfather’s farm, and when Matthew […]

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Award of the Week – The 2017 Mythopoeic Awards

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for beginning readers to age thirteen that follow the tradition of fantasy put forth by The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Titles for mature young adults may be placed in the adult category. Books are eligible for selection as finalists the year after publication however […]

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Buddhism in Fiction

In honor of CLCD’s CEO’s philanthropic trip to Nepal to work with Buddhist monks, check out these works of fiction that feature Buddhism in some way or another.               Hiroshima Dreams By: Kelly Easton Lin O’Neil, a talented but shy girl growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, develops a […]

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