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 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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Ajay and the Monks of Khawalung

Our fearless leader and CEO of CLCD, Dr. Ajay Gupte, has landed in Nepal along with his teenage son and a friend.  This is his 3rd annual trip with his son, who is now 17, to volunteer at the Khawalung Tashi Choeling Monastery which houses 60 young monks – boys ages 4-21.  While there they also […]

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R. Gregory Christie’s Award-Winning Titles

A simple search of illustrator R. Gregory Christie produced 41 results. While trying to narrow the search to only award winners to minimize this reading list, I was pleasantly disappointed to see that “narrowing” it down to simply award winners still left me with 24 results. Here they are…           Sugar […]

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Award of the Week – The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2016

The NYT Best Illustrated Children’s Books are named annually since the 1952. The NYT Book Review has selected a panel of judges who select each year’s winners based solely on artistic merit. Below are the 2016 winners, including a title illustrated by R. Gregory Christie           The White Cat and the […]

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Murder in the Mountains – A Northern Light and the True-life Murder that Inspired It

“Gillette Electrocuted for the Murder of Sweetheart.” It is a headline ripped straight from a 1908 newspaper and just as compelling as ever. A recent visit to the Adirondacks reminded me of one of my favorite historical fiction books, A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly and the true-life crime upon which Donnelly’s story revolves. It […]

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On Our Night Stand – What Gertrude and I are Reading Before Bed

Bedtime with a toddler, at least in my house, is hit or miss. She may go to bed unbathed, teeth unbrushed, without pajamas but I can always count on a story. Check out our current favorites.           Lenny & Lucy By: Philip Stead A picture book about moving to a new […]

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Award of the Week – The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award is presented each year to winners in each of three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Each winning title must be published in the United States and is chosen by a panel of three judges appointed annually by the editor of the Horn Book. Below are this year’s […]

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Sibling Stories

In honor of the award-winning Fan Brothers, the following list includes books that feature siblings             I’ll Give You the Sun By: Jandy Nelson Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, […]

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The Cook Prize

The Cook Prize is presented by the Bank Street College of Education and honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book published for children ages 8-10. Finalists are chosen by a panel of judges including two math/science faculty from the Graduate School of Education and two teachers from the School for Children […]

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Cows in Storytime – Dairy Parade 2017

The first Tuesday in June is a local holiday in my hometown. Every June our county’s finest come out for the annual Dairy Parade highlighting our local businesses, community organizations, marching bands, and, of course, the local dairy industry complete with a Dairy Princess. The Dairy Parade has been a mainstay in my life, first […]

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Serendipitous CLCD Enterprise Searches

There are a lot of great things about CLCD Enterprise, but one of my favorites is the ability to get lost. Getting lost is not a bad thing, think Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Sometimes I feel like I have fallen down a rabbit hole. For example, thinking of ideas for this week’s newsletter, I remembered […]

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Marilyn Courtot – Founder of CLCD

CLCD, as it stands now, has come a long way from its inception in 1993, when a computer programmer and the first female assistant secretary of the U.S. Senate, decided it was time for a career change. Marilyn Courtot endeavored to create a source for teachers, librarians, parents, and childcare providers that offered reviews of […]

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Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards

Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards is a program initiated by the Curriculum Materials Center at the Livingston Lord Library at Minnesota State University that supports two separate awards, the Comstock Read Aloud Book Award and the Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award. The Comstock Read Aloud Book Award is an annual award for the best read […]

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