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Children’s Book Lists and Recommended Reading Leveled Sites.

Sometimes finding the right book is half the battle! I am sure we have all heard – pick a subject, historical time period or genre that will spark your child’s interest but sometimes finding that interest in a sea of authors can be overwhelming. Well, the Library is here to help! Feel free to ask any of our librarians for book recommendations – if we have not read it we can find a way to track the…if you like this then you must read this next(s)! We also have a leveled reading list provided by Branford Public Schools with suggested titles that makes finding “the just right book” for emergent readers a little easier. Also, do not be afraid to bring home a little variety! If your child has soaked up an entire series bring 3 or 4 new titles to choose from – the key is to present options rather than demands. Also, having your child with you during the book searching process can take more time but can also be a bonding experience as you begin to understand what gets them excited to read.

And, if all else fails simply click one of our links from our helpful reading lists!

Book Wizard – Helps children and parents find the DRA level of Scholastic published books as well as “book alikes” for titles they have previously enjoyed.

Children’s Book Council – A yearly national award chosen by kids, so you know they are going to love it!

Graphic Novels Suggestions k thru 2 – Recommendations provided by ALSC
Graphic Novels Suggestions 3 thru 5 – Recommendations provided by ALSC

Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge – Information on how to sign up as well as summer reading recommendations by grade level.

Guys Read – Helps children and parents narrow down “boy liked” books for all ages, interests and levels of reading.

International Literacy Association/Children’s Book Council 2020 List – Books voted in by over 12,500 school kids from all over the USA as their top reads.

Notable Children’s Books – Best book suggestions provided by ALSC

Nutmeg Award– The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of nominated titles.

Reading Beyond – Reading above your grade level, find a whole bunch of titles provided by CBC

Summer Reading Suggestions Birth thru PreK – Summer reading list provided by ALSC
Summer Reading Suggestions K thru 2 – Summer reading list provided by ALSC
Summer Reading Suggestions 3 thru 5 – Summer reading list provided by ALSC

Tough Topics: Inspired Conversations for K thru 2 – Recommendations provided by ALSC
Tough Topics: Inspired Conversations for 3 thru 5 – Recommendations provided by ALSC

We Are Kid Lit Collective Summer Reading List – Selects books by and about IPOC (Indigenous & People of Color)

Children’s Literature Award Winners


Belpre Medal
Caldecott Medal
Coretta Scott King Award
Geisel Award
Newbery Medal
Nutmeg Award
Odyssey Award
Orbis Pictus Award
Scott O’Dell Award
Sibert Medal
Wilder Medal