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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The 2017 Edgar Awards

The winners of the 2016 Edgar Awards were announced on April 27, 2017 in NYC.  Each year the Mystery Writers of America honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television in such categories as Short Stories, Juvenile, and Young Adult.  Winner Juvenile Titles OCDaniel By: Wesley King A thirteen-year-old boy’s life revolves around hiding […]

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Derby Day — Books for the Horse Lover

May 6, 2017 marks the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, the ‘greatest two minutes in sports.”  The Grade 1 stakes race for 3 year old Thoroughbred horses has been held annually at Churchill Downs since 1875.  If you are like me this means almost nothing to you aside from a visit to the National Museum […]

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Don’t Get Caught in the Rain — Rainy Day Stories

April brings spring showers and hopefully spring flowers so do not despair on a rainy day but instead embrace it and enjoy these books for a rain themed story time.               Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: A Nandi Tale By: Verna Aardema A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat […]

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Books to Read Aloud for All Ages

Spring break is over and the final stretch is upon classroom teachers.  Get to June with a little help from one of these great read-aloud titles.               The Great Gilly Hopkins By: Katherine Paterson When she arrives at her newest foster home, it is clear to Galadriel “Gilly” Hopkins […]

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2017 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is given annually to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades 4-8 in participating Illinois schools.  Named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois for nearly 50 years, the award is given in recognition for her literary talent and […]

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The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award

The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award is awarded annually to the children’s book with the most popular votes from students in grades 4 to 6.  The purpose of the award is to create and maintain interest in reading among children in the intermediate grades. Teachers, librarians, and interested publishers nominate books that are available in paperback […]

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Finn’s Favorites — Suggestions From a First Grader

I spent the Easter weekend at my brother’s house in Massachusetts.  My nephew, Finn, is wise beyond his years and I was excited to see him happy to go to bed with his latest read, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  As a 7 year old first grader, he is a remarkable reader and his […]

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Happy Birthday! Celebrating Authors/Illustrators Born in April

Celebrate spring and the birthdays of these great authors and illustrators                                                     April 2 Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales By: H.C. Andersen A collection of Andersen’s tales including The Fir Tree, The Little Match Girl, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Tinderbox, and The Ugly Duckling.  Ages 6 and up April […]

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Storytime in the Garden — Picture Books About Flowers and Gardens

I am on a good weather high.  Yesterday was sunny and 60’s and todays forecast is close to 80.  As we were out walking yesterday I saw a lot of people clearing out their gardens to plant new seeds and noticed flowers coming up.  Though we are still a long way from our last frost […]

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Love for Libraries — Celebrating National Library Week

I have a love hate relationship with libraries.  Of course, having worked in a public library, academic library, school library, and medical library, I love libraries! Still, having worked in a public library, academic library, school library, and medical library, I hate libraries.  Let me explain. I have often said I could write a book […]

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The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award — Middle Reader Finalists

The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award is given annually by the American Booksellers Association.  Below are the Middle Reader finalists for 2017 which “reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White’s collection of beloved books”.  Click here for the Picture Book finalists.  A winner […]

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The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award — Picture Book Finalists

The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award is given annually by the American Booksellers Association.  Below are the Picture Book finalists for 2017 which “reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White’s collection of beloved books”.  Click here for the Middle Reader finalists.  A […]

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Spring is Here…Finally!

Spring is here finally, or at least for today.  The sun was shining and warm air surrounded us as we walked downtown.  Daddy took Gertrude to the park on the bike, I hung diapers to dry out in the driveway.  It feels great!  After a long winter it is hard to remember the beauty of […]

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The Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Award is awarded annually by the ALA to honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability for child and adolescent audiences.  Each year winners are honored in three separate categories, Teen, Middle School, and Young Children’s.  The 2017 winners are listed below.       […]

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Mental Illness in YA — A Reading List

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 teens and young adults live with a mental health condition.  This is a scary number but even scarier is being a young person who is experiencing signs of a mental illness.  The following is a list of books that highlight mental illness in a […]

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The Michael L. Printz Award

Named for a Topeka Kansas School Librarian, the Michael L. Printz Award exemplifies literary excellence in Young Adult Literature and is presented by YALSA on a yearly basis. Below are this year’s winner and honor books as well as some past winners.  Please enjoy!             2017 Winner March: Book Three […]

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Alyssa Harvey — Librarian Extraordinaire

Alyssa Harvey is my hero.  As a circulation assistant at the Cortland Free Library she has made her mark in Youth Services.  When I left my job as Youth Services Librarian after my maternity leave she was there to pick up where I left off and in the absence of a Librarian she took over […]

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April Fool’s — Trickster Tales From Around the World

Trickster tales are stories that have stood against the test of time.  They often involve a mischievous animal character who loves to play tricks on his friends. Often times the tricksters will get what is coming to them but other times they get away with their pranks. Almost every culture has its own trickster tales […]

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Winter is for Snow — But…It’s March for Goodness Sake

Having been buried in nearly 2 ft of snow this past week I thought I would share with you a post and reading list I did back in November at the beginning of the season.  Now, similarly, more than 3 months later we have been pummelled with snow so that any hopes of an early Spring […]

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The Chocolate Lily Book Award — British Columbia’s Reader’s Choice Children’s Book Award

The Chocolate Lily Book Award was the brain child of teacher-librarian, Karen Ehrenholz who was looking to connect her own daughters as well as her students to writers and illustrators in their own community.  The award is a reader’s choice award which encourages grade school students to read and enjoy fiction written by authors and […]

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