Best Books for Kids

Amazon: Children’s Books

This section of Amazon’s site contains a wealth of information on what’s new and upcoming in children’s books.  Take a look at their bestsellers, browse by age level or subject, and find out about the most buzz-worthy new titles.  This is a great place to go when you’re looking for gift ideas.

Book Spot: Children’s Books

This site brings together a variety of lists for finding the best children’s books, including bestsellers, award winners, reviews, and online books.  Be sure to check out their collection of recommended reading lists from various libraries.

Children’s Notable Lists

Each year, the Association for Library Service to Children puts out a list of notable books, recordings, videos, and software for children.  The materials on these lists are librarian-recommended and include appropriate age ranges.

Juvenile Series and Sequels

This database contains over 24,500 series books for children and teens.  Search by series title, series subject, book title, or author.

Multnomah County Library Discussion Guides

If you’re planning a book discussion group for kids or teens, check out this extensive list of reading guides, including questions to ask, possible activities, and snack ideas.

Scroll down the list to find NoveList and then log in with your driver’s license or library card.

NoveList is a database that helps to find the next best fiction book to read.  Search by author, title, series, plots, or even books like the one you just finished.  Browse lists of award winners, lists of genres, and lists based on age.  Create and save lists of your own favorites.  Find book discussion guides and more. This has something for children, young adults, and adults, plus specific information for teachers and librarians. (Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.)

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a great site for parents and teachers who want to learn more about children and reading.  It provides tips and strategies for helping children learn to read, resources to find great books and authors, and articles on reading research.

Top Children’s Literary Awards

This site lists the award winners for the major annual children’s book and media awards given by the American Library Association, including the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Award.

What’s Next Database

Looking for what comes next in your favorite series?  This database, provided by Kent District Library (MI), lists series books for all ages.  If you’re looking to fill in the gaps of what you’ve read in a series or trying to figure out what order to read them in, this is a great resource.  Search by author, series name, book title, and genre.