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

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius  By: Stacey MatsonArthur Bean, soon-to-be a rich and famous author, has set two goals for himself: to win the school writing contest and to win the heart of his secret crush, Kennedy. But his life has had some major twists and turns lately, and […]

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Scrub a Dub Dub Put Me In the Tub — Stories About Bathtime

Full disclosure…this list comes straight from my desire to take a shower (I can’t stand taking a bath).  It has been a long and admittedly stinky week.  Thanks to Winter Storm Stella we can no longer see the green grass which made us think Spring was around the corner.  Silly Central NYers!  That green grass […]

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Great Reads from Across the Pond — The Bookseller’s YA Book Prize

The Bookseller, is one of the UK’s longest-standing magazines, serving as the business magazine of the book industry since 1858.  In 2014 they launched the YA Book prize to award a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland.  The award honors great books for young adults with the aim of getting more […]

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Lucky Leprechaun Reads

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year for the patron saint of Ireland.  What began as a religious feast has now morphed into a celebration of all things Irish and in turn the Leprechaun has become the day’s mascot.  In Irish folklore the Leprechaun is a type of fairy who we all know grants wishes […]

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A Little Bit of Irish — YA Lit with an Irish Connection

Whether set in Ireland or written by an Irish author, these books are sure to make your St. Patrick’s Day a little greener. The Supernaturalist  By: Eoin ColferIn futuristic Satellite City, fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill escapes from his abusive orphanage and teams up with three other people who share his unusual ability to see supernatural creatures, […]

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The Amelia Bloomer List of Recommended Feminist Literature

AMELIA BLOOMER PROJECT TOP TEN Born in 1818 in Homer, NY, just one town over from where I was born and have been raised, Amelia Bloomer was an American women’s rights and temperance advocate.  The appropriately named Amelia Bloomer Project creates an annual booklist of feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18.  Here […]

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Pink is for Girls, Blue is for Boys

Long before becoming a parent I read a book that would forever influence how I raise my children,  Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween, by Melissa Atkins Wardy. Essentially it brings to light what we all see on a daily basis; all-pink aisles in toy […]

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The 2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.  The award is given to the book’s publisher. Mildred L. Batchelder was […]

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Happy Birthday! Celebrating Authors/Illustrators Born in March

March is a big birthday month in my family.  My mom (3/25), my brother (3/28), my uncle (3/28), my aunt (3/4), my twin niece and nephew (3/14), and my grandfather (3/9).  It is also a popular month for author/illustrator birthdays.  In March we will celebrate Rob Dillon (3/2), Patricia Maclachlan (3/3), Dav Pilkey (3/4), Mem […]

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The Cat in the Hat and Chuck Taylors — A Love Story

It started one Christmas just 5 years ago, my husband gave me Chucks, of whose existence I didn’t even know. Cat in the Hat were my first pair and now I have quite the collection, it just doesn’t seem fair.  The Lorax, the Grinch, If I Ran the Circus, and more, I have Dr. Seuss […]

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The 2017 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award

Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss is best known for his rhyming repetitive stories that started the beginning or easy reader enterprise.  Each year the Geisel Award is given by the ALSC to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the […]

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Presidential Picks

President’s Day is a day to was traditionally celebrated each year on February 22nd, George Washington’s birthday but has was changed to always be a Monday in order provide workers with a 3 day weekend.  From George Washington to Donald Trump, America’s 240 year history has seen 45 presidents, some more popular than others. Celebrate presidents, past […]

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Toddler’s Picks — Board Books Your 2 Year Old Will Sit Still For (Sometimes)

It is 8 o’clock in the evening and I marvel at how I find myself here when it seems just minutes ago I woke up at 7 o’clock in the morning.  Time flies when you are having fun and time flies even faster when you have a 2 year old.  There is never a dull […]

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Rowdy Robots — Picture Books With Mechanical Main Characters

Robots are a sure thing to grab the attention of young children. From Rosie, the Jetson’s maid in the 80’s to today’s high-tech droids buzzing airport control towers, robots are certainly intriguing to all ages. Go ahead and share picture books about robots or take it a step further like the librarian in our feature […]

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From the Editor: The Unstoppable Power of Children’s Literature

Dear Reader, A few weeks ago, I had an epiphany about the power of children’s literature. After reading Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo to my son for what must have been the 10,000th time (and still enjoying it), it occurred to me that by age two

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27 Children’s Books about Adoption

November is national adoption month, a time to raise awareness about the more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system awaiting permanent families. Children’s books are a time-honored tool for parents and others to help adopted children process the complex questions (and sometimes difficult answers) associated with their adoption journey. The books below […]

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Cookbooks for Kids

Fall means food. When the weather turns cold, cooking together is a great way for kids to have fun, learn, and bond with family members.These award-winning cookbooks are written especially for kids, with recipes that are simple, reliable, and with a little luck, delicious. Contributed: by Andy Spinks The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook : Food & […]

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