Recommended Reading

Our Award Winning & Notable Books and Media page is a good place to start looking for that next great read, but below you’ll find links to more lists of books and media for all ages and interests. Browse the lists and see what treasures you can uncover.

General Lists (across two or more age groups)

For Children   

Notable Children's Books - previous Notable Children's Books lists. Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books. This list includes the current year's Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books, along with a host of other distinguished titles for the year for children birth to age 14.

American Indian Youth Literature AwardThe children's book award was created by the American Indian Library Association (AILA, an affiliate of ALA) as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.

(Mildred L.) Batchelder Award - previous Batchelder winners. The Batchelder Award is given to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

(Pura) Belpré Awardprevious Belpré winners. Established in 1996, this award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

(Randolph) Caldecott Medalprevious Caldecott winners - Translated Caldecott Titles. This award is given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picturebook for children.

Coretta Scott King Book Awardsprevious King winners. Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream.

(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Awardprevious Geisel winners. The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States.

Great Early Elementary Reads. The ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children, a division of ALA) 2007-2008 School-Age Programs and Services Committee recommends these titles for children who are just learning to read and beginning to read on their own. The books included were published between 2005 and 2008. However, many are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy.

Growing Up Around the World. Books as Passports to Global Understanding for Children in the U.S. - Five Bibliographies by the ALSC International Relations Committee.

Hi-Lo Books for Upper Elementary Grades. The 2009 ALSC School-Age Programs and Services Committee recommends these titles to reluctant readers in grades 3-6.

(John) Newbery Medalprevious Newbery winners - Translated Newbery Titles. This award is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Resources for Children and Their Parents and Educators Dealing with the Hurricane Katrina Tragedy. Compiled resources for children and their parents and educators dealing with the Hurricane Katrina tragedy in September 2005 by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of ALA's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of ALA).

Schneider Family Book Awardprevious Schneider winners. The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

(Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Medalprevious Sibert winners. The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year. Information books are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize, and interpret documentable, factual material for children.

Children's Literature Legacy Awardprevious Children's Literature Legacy Award winners. The Children's Literature Legacy Award (previously known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award) honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

For Young Adults/Teens  

Alex Awards - previous Alex winners. The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

(Margaret A.) Edwards Award - previous Edwards winners. The Margaret A. Edwards Award, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, that have been popular over a period of time.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens  - previous Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists. List of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those aged 12-18. Updated yearly.

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (all lists). A collection of lists by category, including read a-likes for stories like Harry Potter, Gossip Girl and Chronicles of Narnia. 2009 themes: Death & Dying, Fame & Fortune, Journey>Destination, and Spies & Intrigue.

(Michael L.) Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literatureprevious Printz winners. This is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers  - previous Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers lists. The list is for young adults (ages 12-18) who, for whatever reasons, do not like to read. The purpose of this list is to identify titles for recreational reading, not for curricular or remedial use.

Teens' Top Ten Books. Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year during  ALA's Teen Read Week.

For Adults   

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction - previous winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. The winners (one for fiction, one for nonfiction) are announced at an event at the ALA Annual Conference; winning authors receive a $5,000 cash award, and two finalists in each category receive $1,500.

Notable Books for Adults: The List for America's Readers Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation's readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader.

Over the Rainbow Project - Over the Rainbow Books is an ad hoc committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association. Each year, the Over the Rainbow Project creates a bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic lgbt content and are recommended for adults over age 18.

The Reading List: Honoring the Best Adult Genre Fiction - This list from RUSA (Reference and User Services Association, a division of ALA) highlights outstanding genre fiction that merits special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them.

The Sophie Brody Award -  The Sophie Brody Award from RUSA (Reference and User Services Association, a division of ALA) was first awarded in 2006, and includes a medal for the winner, as well as citations for selected honor books. It is funded by Arthur Brody and the Brodart Foundation, and is given to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. List of winners, from 2006 to the present, at the bottom of the page.

Stonewall Book Awards - Stonewall Book Awards List (1971 through the present). The Stonewall Book Awards of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of ALA are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience, and include the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, the Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and the Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award.

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction. This is an award honoring the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. It recognizes the service of American veterans and military personnel and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction for young adults or adults.

General Lists (across two or more age groups)   

Amelia Bloomer List The Amelia Bloomer List presents well-written and well-illustrated books with strong feminist messages that affirm positive roles for girls and women. The works are recommended for young people from birth through eighteen years of age.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. The Asian Pacific American Librarians Association presents awards to books that promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage in three categories: Adult Non-Fiction, Illustration in Children's Literature, and Young Adult Literature.

Rainbow List Annual Rainbow List features books for beginning readers through 12th grade that validate same-gender lifestyles, including portraying GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning) characters in a realistic and prominent manner.


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