Book Lists for All Ages

30 Titles Every  Young Child Should Know – older and newer titles that are tried and true.

A New Baby – having a baby?  Help your preschooler adjust with these titles.

Beginning Alphabet Books – just learning the letters of the alphabet?  These titles are simple ABC books.

Books for Babies – Recommended titles for babies 0-24 months.

Cars, Trucks and Things that Go – lots of titles about all types of road vehicles.

Children’s Classics – titles that are great for younger and older readers, and for reading aloud.

Counting Books – simple books about counting.

Fractured Fairy Tales – fairy tales with a twist.

Manners – to help with a child’s manners.

Princess Books – books about…princesses!

Starting School – books to help  your child who is starting school.

Terrific Titles for 2s and 3s – recommended titles for young toddlers.

Toilet Training – recommended titles to help your child with toilet training.

Trains, Planes and Boats -by land, by sky, by sea, these books will have you going places!

Wordless Picture Books – books with no (or very few) words…let the pictures tell the story!

Books for Independent Readers:

Beginning Chapter Books – shorter chapter books for readers not quite ready for longer chapter books.



Historical Fiction



Science Fiction


Suggested Reading Lists from Other Sources:

ALSC’s Great Elementary Reads 

The ALSC 2011-2012 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 2009 and 2011. However, many are part of a larger series that young readers also will enjoy.

ALSC’s Tween Recommended Reads 

Members of the 2013 School Age Programs and Services Committee have compiled this list of recommended books for tweens. List is available in full color and black and white to download and print.

Award Winners

Newbery, Caldecott and other annual awards from the American Library Association

Meet Zinger from BookHive, a website for children from birth through age twelve, their parents, teachers or anyone interested in reading about children’s books. This site contains hundreds of recommended book reviews in a variety of reading levels and interest areas.

Children’s Choices Reading Lists

Annual reading list with a twist!  Children themselves evaluate books and write reviews.

Jon Scieszka started this website to foster a love of reading in guys young and old. Includes lots of recommendations and tips for reaching guy readers.

Juvenile Series and Sequels

If you’re looking for the next book in a series, this is the site to use!  Courtesy of the Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri, this database contains over 28,000 books in 3,700 series titles that are classified into three audiences.

, find information about your favorite books, series and authors.  Meet Booker T. Worm and sign up for The Bookworm Newsletter!

Texas Bluebonnet Master List

A reading list for pleasure, aimed at students in grades 3-6. Each year, 20 books are chosen by the TBA selection committee.

Texas 2×2 Reading List

The 2×2 Committee produces an annual list of 20 recommended books for children, age two to grade two.

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