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EDUC 412 Children's Literature: Resources

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Borrowing from Beyond

Awards and Book Lists

Library Guide to Award Winning Books


ALSC Shelf for Award Winners

Association for Library Services for Children Awards   American Library Association site links to Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, and Newbery awards as well as vetted lists of books, authors, and illustrators.

Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award  This award is to encourage reading by highlighting good quality literature (fiction and nonfiction) written on the second - third grade reading level, taking into account text, format and the illustrations of the books. The award is sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries.

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center  A portal of Children/Youth Literature sites, resources, and services from the Education Department of the University of Wisconsin. Especially helpful is the authors and illustrators link.

International Literacy Association  Annotated reading lists of titles selected by children, young adults, librarians, and teachers.

Notable Children’s Books, American Library Association Annual list created by librarians for the American Library Association.

Parents Choice Awards   A nonprofit organization dedicated to reviewing and recognizing products including books to recommend for parents.

Pura Belpré Award  The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually 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.

Center for Children's Books

Selection Resources for Children's Literature

Online/Print Selection Tools

Book LinksPublished six times a year by the American Library Association (included with Booklist) and includes reviews of recommended children’s literature and curriculum ideas.  It is written for teachers, parents, and librarians by librarians and educators. 


Booklist - Published bi-monthly (monthly only in July and August) by the American Library Association, Booklist contains over 8,000 recommended-only reviews of books, audio books, reference sources, video, and DVD titles each year.  This publication is written by librarians, educators, and staff for public and school librarians.


Horn Book Magazine: About Books for Children and Young Adults Published six times a year by Media Source Inc. with reviews of children’s literature.  Reviews are written by teachers, writers, and librarians and directed to professionals working with children. 


Library Journal Published 20 times a year, 2 times a month with the exception of January, July, August, and December, by Media Source Inc. It contains articles on library issues as well as positive and negative reviews of books, reference materials, and A/V materials. It is written for public, academic, and school librarians by librarians.


School Library JournalPublished monthly by Media Source Inc. with features about library issues and positive and negative reviews for children and young adult books, reference, and A/V material.  The reviews are usually written by Children’s and Young Adults’ Librarians and the publication is directed to school and public librarians.