Books For Children

With over 5,000 children's books published each year, it can often be overwhelming when choosing a book for your children. The following may help you narrow your choices down and guide you nin your selection.

Internet Resources

Book Connection
Booklists prepared by librarians of Nassau County on subjects such as adventure and animal stories.

Children's Literature Web Guide
Provides links to "The Year's Best Books" and "Recommended Book Lists", as well as subject bibliographies.

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
Fill out a form providing age of reader, select a setting, historical period, etc., and a list of award-winning books will be generated.

Visit this site to learn about new books, find reviews of older books, and obtain word scrambles.

Brings teens information and features about their favorite authors, books, series, and characters.

Library Resources

Your local librarian is a wonderful resource for suggestions for books for children. In addition, there are many books which provide help in finding new books for your child to read. They are usually classified under the Dewey numbers 011.62 or 028.52 in the Adult and Children's sections. They may also be found in a special parenting collection in the Children's area. You may visit your library online at


Great Books for Boys and Great Books for Girls by Kathleen Odean are guides to books that will inspire children to read and keep them coming back for more. Each contains more than 600 titles.

The New Books Kids Like was prepared by the Association for Library Service to Children and is formatted in the way children ask questions,such as "Where are your funny books?" The titles were selected by librarians across the country and are popular with children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children (Third edition) by Eden Ross Lipson has over 1,000 titles with short reviews organized by categories. It is for parents who care about instilling a love of reading in their children.

The Read-Aloud Handbook (5th edition) by Jim Trelease explores why it is important to read aloud to children and offers a treasury of titles to use with children.

Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children by Valerie V. Lewis and Walter M. Myers provides reviews of books with an interest level, as well as a reading level. It contains a thematic index to the more than 2000 titles indexed.

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