The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:




The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated and written by Dan Santat


Honor Books


Nana in the City illustrated and written by Lauren Castillo


The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds on Kandinsky’s Abstract Art illustrated by Mary GrandPre and written by Barb Rosenstock


Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett


Viva Frieda illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales


The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet and written by Jen Bryant


This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Mariko Tamaki



The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:




The Crossover written by Kwame Alexander


Honor Books


El Deafo written and illustrated by Cece Bell


Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson


The Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults:


Author Winner


Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson


Honor Books


The Crossover written by Kwame Alexander


How I Discovered Poetry written by Marilyn Nelson


How It Went Down written by Kekla Magoon (for teen readers)



The Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award recognizing an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children:


Illustrator Winner


Firebird illustrated by Christopher Myers and written Misty Copeland


Honor Books


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Patricia Hruby Powell


Little Melba and Her Big Trombone illustrated by Frank Morrison and written by Katheryn Russell-Brown



The Pura Belpre (Author) Award honoring Latino authors whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience:




I Lived on Butterfly Hill written by Marjorie Agostin


Honor Book


Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes written by Juan Felipe Herrera



The Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:




Viva Frida illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales


Honor Books


Little Roja Riding Hood illustrated by Susan Guevara and written by Susan Middleton Elya


Green Is a Chile Pepper illustrated by John Parra and written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong


Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh


The Theodore Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:




You Are (Not) Small written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant


Honor Books


Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Arthur Howard


Waiting Is Not Easy written and illustrated by Mo Willems



The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:




The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant


Honor Books


Brown Girl Dreaming written by Jacqueline Woodson


The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia written by Candace Fleming


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson


Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands written and illustrated by Katherine Roy


Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh


Nonfiction Winner


The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

(for grades 7 and up)



Nonfiction Honor Books


The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest – and Most Surprising – Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell



Picture Book Winner


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown



Picture Book Honor Books


Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty


Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan


Picture Books


Aylesworth, Jim          My Grandfather’s Clock


Barton, Byron             My Bus


Beebe, Katy                Brother Hugo and the Bear


Blackall, Sophie          The Baby Tree


Browne, Anthony       What If…?


Cole, Henry                 Big Bug


Cox, Lynne                 Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas


Dolan, Elys                 Weasels


Frazee, Marla              The Farmer and the Clown


Gay, Marie-Louise      Any Questions?


Jeffers, Oliver             Once Upon an Alphabet


MacLachlan, Patricia  The Iridescence of Birds


Morales, Yuyi             Viva Frida


Soman, David             Three Bears in a Boat


Tan, Shaun                  Rules of Summer





Alexander, Kwame     The Crossover


Auxier, Jonathan         The Night Gardener


Bell, Cece                    El Deafo


Ehrlich, Esther            Nest


Foxlee, Karen              Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy


Lagercrantz, Rose       My Heart is Laughing


Martin, Ann M.           Rain Reign


Oppel, Kenneth           The Boundless


Pinkney, Andrea D.    The Red Pencil


Preus, Margi                West of the Moon


Rundell, Katherine      Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms


Telgemeier, Raina       Sisters


Wiles, Deborah           Revolution





Bryant, Jen                  The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus


Ehlert, Lois                 The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life


Fleischman, Paul         Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines


Janeczko, Paul B.        Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems


Jarrow, Gail                 Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat


Jenkins, Steve             Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World


Johnson, Angela          All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom


Neri, G.                       Hello, I’m Johnny Cash


Powell, Patricia H.      Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker


Roy, Katherine            Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s

Farallon Islands


Russell-Brown, Katheryn       Little Melba and Her Big Trombone


Sheinkin, Steve           The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

(for grade 7 and up)


Sidman, Joyce             Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold


Sis, Peter                     The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Sisson, Stephanie R.   Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos


Tonatiuh, Duncan       Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for



Woodson, Jacqueline  Brown Girl Dreaming


Nonfiction for Middle Readers


At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui by Christine Liu-Perkins


Beetle Busters by Loree Griffin Burns


Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin


The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery by Peter Sis



Nonfiction for Young Readers


Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm


Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko


The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan


The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant


Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies



Fiction for Middle Readers


The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel


The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett


Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen


Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata


The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos


The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis


The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis


The Promise by Nicola Davies


Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin


West of the Moon by Margi Preus


The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud



Fiction for Young Readers


Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood


Blizzard by John Rocco


Blue on Blue by Dianne White


Hermelin the Mouse Detective by Mini Grey


The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc


One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl


Picnic by John Burningham


This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris


When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings by Petra Mathers

100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

This is a wonderful list of children’s books that we know you will enjoy reading with your little one.  The votes are in, and Goodreads readers have selected the following list of 100 books.

100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime


As Bella takes her dog for a walk across the pages, he disappears into the crack (the gutter) down the middle of the book.   As others come along to offer her some assistance, they also disappear in the same way.  The reader is then called upon to save the day by shaking and wiggling and shaking the book some more to let everybody out. The story ends with a cute note to the reader to tell the book not to be so naughty next time.

Reviewed by Michelle Zimostrad, Hoyt Library

Recommended for ages 3-6


“FIRE wants to BURN.  WATER wants to FLOW.  AIR wants to RISE.  EARTH wants to BIND.  CHAOS wants to DEVOUR.”  Warned about the dangers of magic his whole life by his father, Callum Hunt does everything possible to fail the Iron Trial so he doesn’t have to attend the Magisterium, a school to teach youth with magical talents.  Callum is utterly confounded when Master Rufus chooses him as an apprentice despite having the lowest score.  Is magic really as evil as his father would have him believe?  The first in a new series by two bestselling authors ends with a delightful twist leaving readers filled with questions and begging for next title.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for grades 4-7

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman

This biographical picture book introduces elementary age readers to one of America’s most beloved figures.  More than just a president, Jefferson held many and varied interests from gardening, to art and music.  The book outlines his interests and accomplishments without glossing over the fact that he was also a flawed man.  A perfect introduction to one of our greatest presidents appropriate for young readers and a great book for reading aloud.

Reviewed by Kim White, Hoyt Library

Recommended for ages 6 – 10

Stories to Scare Your Socks Off As Recommended by School Library Journal

For Younger Readers


Dinosaur Thunder by Marion Dane Bauer (for preschool – grade 1)

What If…? by Anthony Browne       (for preschool – grade 2)

When Lions Roar by Robie H. Harris                  (for preschool – grade 2)

Some Things Are Scary by Florence Parry Heide          (for preschool – grade 2)

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold      (for preschool – grade 3)

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds (for preschool – grade 2)

Bedtime Monsters by Josh Sneider   (for preschool – 1)

The Dark by Lemony Snickett (for preschool – grade 2)


For Middle Grade Readers


The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kathy Barnhill        (for grades 4 – 7)

Doll Bones by Holly Black      (for grades 4 – 8)

Infestation by Timothy Bradley                  (for grades 5 – 8)

Coraline by Neil Gaiman                   (for grades 3 – 6)

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz                   (for grades 4 – 7)

Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman      (for grades 4 – 7)

The Orphan of Awkward Falls by Keith Graves (for grades 4 – 7)

Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz           (for grades 5 – 8)

Home Sweet Horror by James Preller                  (for grades 3 – 5)

Literally Disturbed: Tales to Keep You Up at Night by Ben H. Winters

(for grades 3 – 6)

Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum

Stubby was a stray Boston bull terrier who became the mascot for the Army’s 102nd Infantry division.  His Master, J Robert Conroy, smuggled him to the front lines of battle in WWI France. This is the story of how Stubby helped the soldiers in the trenches by warning of gas attacks and sniffing out the enemy.  Wounded in battle, he later cheered injured soldiers in the Army hospitals and assisted in finding wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Once, Stubby even captured a German soldier!  A true story of one of America’s bravest dogs, filled with period photographs and artifacts, Stubby the War Dog is sure to delight fans of history and animal-lovers alike.

Reviewed by Kim White, Hoyt Library.

Recommended for grades 5 and up.


“The day I discovered I could fly, I knew that I was special.”  So begins a tale of a young
superheroine and the development of her superhuman strengths.  With each one she
discovers, a variety of exhilarating achievements and troubling setbacks occur. All of it leads
the masked hero to wonder “if my parents could tell – if they knew about my superpowers.”
The answer is revealed one day when her powers short-circuit, and Mom must step in
to save the day.  While the sparse text relates the girl’s impressions, the masterfully simple
illustrations reveal a more ordinary reality.  Pair this title with Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis
and David Soman for a storytime of every day superheroes.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library.

Recommended for preschool – 3rd grade.

How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston Gannon

Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a liking to you, there isn’t much you can do about it.  So when a lemur starts following the young boy in this story, he knows there isn’t much he can do about it, but he tries anyway.

He tries ignoring the lemur, hiding in a tall tree, riding his bike as fast as he can to get away, but that doesn’t work, AND the lemur is joined by his lemur friends—so now the boy has a whole passel of lemurs following him around.  He tries being upfront and honest and telling them to leave, but alas that doesn’t work either.

The boy had no choice but to continue trying to get away—he bought a ticket on a fast train, drifted across a lake in a boat, took to the skies in a hot air balloon, traveled across a scorching desert, climbed the highest mountain in a blizzard—but all that running got the boy was lost.  And alone.  But as he looked around, he started to see some familiar faces who guided him back home, realizing that lemurs aren’t so bad after all, and maybe they could be friends, because as everyone knows. . .

Once a lemur takes a liking to you, there is not much that can be done about it.

Reviewed by Kathy Thornhill, Zauel Memorial Library.

Recommended for preschool-1st grade.

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya Bolden

Coretta Scott King award winner Tonya Bolden investigates the story of Sarah Rector, a Cherokee freedman’s daughter, who became the richest girl in America due to the discovery of oil on land she owned as part of the land allotment she received in the breaking up of the Oklahoma Indian Territories.  Sarah’s wealth put her in great danger from those who would profit off her land. Newspapers reported that Miss Rector was missing and may have been done in for her fortune. Those stories set off an alarm leading to the search for Sarah Rector.

Bolden uses primary source materials to investigate what really happened to Sarah Rector and shows that a little bit of investigative research can help you solve history’s mysteries.

Reviewed by Kim White, Hoyt Library.

Recommended for grades 5 – 8.



One day, Mr. and Mrs. Button visit animal shelters to pick out a pet—unfortunately, they visit different shelters.  Mr. Button brings home a friendly-looking dog, while Mrs. Button brings home a smart-looking cat.  Since they live in a rather small house, Dog and Cat must share a room.

Dog and Cat do NOT get along.  They are TOTAL opposites.  Dog is sloppy while Cat is a neat freak.  Dog likes to keep in constant touch with all his friends and Cat likes to play games all night long.  And then, there was the litter box issue, which started a battle of epic proportions—each trying to get the upper hand over the other—that resulted in separation and time out for both, which did give them time to think about how much each missed the other one.   Upon release from their confinement, Dog and Cat find themselves united in trying to deal with the new TERRIFYING creature Mr. and Mrs. Button brought home.

Reviewed by Kathy Thornhill, Zauel Memorial Library.

Recommended for preschool-2nd grade.


On an island far away, imaginary creatures are created and impatiently wait to be dreamed of by a real child.  Once imagined, the friends meet up for a lifetime of fun.  However, after watching all the other creatures be whisked off to their happy-ever-after, one particular imaginary friend gets tired of waiting.  Taking the initiative, he sets out to find his perfect match and special name – Beekle.  This richly illustrated title is sure to start great discussions about best friends, real and imaginary.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library.

Recommended for ages 3 -6.

2014 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Notable Poetry List

J 979.1004 Fl              Flood, Nancy Bo.  Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navaho Rodeo

J 811.54 Ge                 Gerber, Carole.  Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices

J 811.54 Hu                 Hughes, Langston.  Lullaby (for a Black Mother)

J 821.008 Po               Kennedy, Caroline, ed.  Poems to Learn by Heart

J 811.54 Le                 Lewis, J. Patrick. Face Bug

J 811.54 Le                 Lewis, J. Patrick.  When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders

J 811.54 Le                 Lewis, J. Patrick.  World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of

J 811.54 Pr                  Prelutsky, Jack.  Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems

J 811.54 Si                  Sidman, Joyce.  What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings

J 811.54 Si                  Singer, Marilyn.  Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

J 811.54 Si                  Singer, Marilyn.  Rutherford B., Who Was He? Poems About Our Presidents

J 808.1 Po                   Vardell, Sylvia & Janet Wong, eds.  The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School: Poems for the School Year with Connections for the Common Core

J 808.81 Wh                Wheeler, Lisa.  The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses

J 811.54 Wo                Worth, Valerie.  Pug and Other Animal Poems

J 811.54 Yo                 Yolen, Jane & Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist

J 811.54 Yo                 Yolen, Jane.  Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry Book


One word and some enthusiasm can be a powerful combination.  Little Green’s shout of “Go!” wakes up the construction equipment from their nap and prompts them back to work building a new bridge.  However, his repeated encouragement leads to a bit of chaos.  Thankfully, newcomer Little Red’s “Stop!” provides the break everyone needs to regroup.  Can Little Red and Little Green work together to get the bridge building back on track?  Perfect for sharing one-on-one or with a group, this engaging title begs to be followed by a game of Red Light – Green Light.

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for ages 2-5.


With a reputation for being clever, quick and cunning, no one should be surprised to discover that weasels spend their days plotting world domination. However, just as their plans for supremacy are about to come to fruition, the lights black out.  The weasels scramble to locate the source of their troubles.  A tale told as much through the conversation bubbles and illustrations as the text, readers with sharp eyes will detect the problem ahead of its resolution. 

Reviewed by Jennie Tuttle, Wickes Library

Recommended for grades 1 – 4.

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