Recommended Children's Book Lists

Websites of interest to those who buy books for children, including lists and reviews of recommended books. I welcome suggestions for additional lists of recommended books.

http://100scopenotes.com (School Library Journal)
http://www.guysread.com (books for boys)
http://www.hbook.com (The Horn Book)
http://www.kirkusreviews.com/lists/childrens-books (Kirkus Reviews)
http://inkthinktank.com (nonfiction)
http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/booklists.htm (Reading Is Fundamental)
http://www.usbby.org (US Board on Books for Young People)
http://schoollibraryjournal.com
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/index.cfm (American Library Assn.)
http://www.wellreadchild.blogspot.com
http://www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org
http://www.readingrockets.org/books

Award-Winning Fiction 
American Library Association (ALA)   


ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Fiction


ALA Children’s Choices Award 

International Reading Association (IRA) and Children's Book Council (CBC) Teachers’ Choices Fiction


The IRA/CBC Children's Choices Awards for Nonfiction


ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice for Nonfiction
http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/booklist-editors-choice-books-youth

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Newbery Medal Winners for upper elementary and middle-grade readers
2004-2013
2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
2011: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
2006:  Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
2004: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Recommended Books for 2013
ALA Notable Children's Fiction selections for 2013
For middle readers (grades 3-5, ages 8-10)
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay
Mary B. by Caroline Starr Rose
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Tumage
Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

For older middle readers (grades 6-8, ages 11-14)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return by Zeina Abirached
My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Son by Lois Lowry
Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf

ALA Notable Children's Nonfiction for 2013
Grades 3–5 (ages 8–10)
Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story behind an American Friendship bRussell Freedman. 
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close
George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! by Robert Burleigh
Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport
Island: A Story of the Gal├ípagos by Jason Chin
The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch

Grades 6–8 (ages 11–14)
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport
Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Differen by Karen Blumenthal.
Temple Grandin: How the Girl who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Y. Levinson

Link to the complete annotated list, including fiction: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb.

Best Sellers of 2012
http://maggie-lyons.blogspot.com/2013/07/middle-grade-bestsellers-of-2012_10.html
http://maggie-lyons.blogspot.com/2013/07/more-mg-bestsellers-of-2012.html

Goodreads 25 Most Popular MG Books (as of 2013 and listed in order of popularity)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, #1) by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter series, #1) by J. K. Rowling
Wonder (hardcover) by R. J. Palacio
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter series, #2)
When You Reach Me (hardcover) by Rebecca Stead
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter series, #3) by J. K. Rowling
The Graveyard Book (hardcover) by Neil Gaiman
A Wrinkle in Time (paperback) by Madeleine L'Engle
The Giver (The Giver Quartet series #1) by Lois Lowry
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, #2) by Rick Riordan
Holes (Holes series, #1) by Louis Sachar
The One and Only Ivan (hardcover) by Katherine Applegate
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter series, #4) by J. K. rowling
Liesl & Po (hardcover) by Lauren Oliver
Coraline (paperback) by Neil Gaiman
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (hardcover) by Brian Selznick
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, #3) by Rick Riordan
Breadcrumbs (hardcover) by Anne Ursu
Liar & Spy (hardcover) by Rebecca Stead
Bridge to Terabithia (paperback) by Katherine Paterson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter series, #7) by J. K. Rowling
Ella Enchanted (paperback) by Gail Carson Levin
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter series, #5) by J. K. Rowling
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia series, #1) by C. S. Lewis
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (paperback) by E. L. Konigsburg


Next 25 most popular MG books on Goodreads (as of 2013)
http://maggie-lyons.blogspot.com/2013/09/goodreads-popular-middle-grade.html



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