River Boy: The story of Mark Twain
written by William Anderson;
illustrated by Dan Andreasen
published by Harper Collins, 2003



The Children's Department periodically prepares reading lists for books in the Mark Twain Library collections; they focus on various subjects, themes, or reading levels. Please click on the following titles for access to specific lists; the dates they were prepared follow the titles:

  • TRAINS 2004
  • ANIMALIA (children's fiction featuring animals; a subject list) 2006
  • READ AND FIND OUT (recommended children's nonfiction grouped by subject) 2006
  • BOOKS SET IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES (or with fantasy settings) 2007
  • CHILDREN'S FICTION written by foreign authors 2007

To provide guidance to parents and young readers, the Children's Department maintains an online list of children's book awards and children's classics that is updated annually. (see links list below.) Also available, on the parents' shelf at the library, are a wide selection of various print guides to good reading; they are classified with call numbers PS 011 and PS 028.


Helping Children Cope
Resources compiled by Connecticut librarians.

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
a list of links to 60 children's awards; comprehensive and kept up-to-date

American Library Association Annual Awards

CALDECOTT MEDAL: "awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children."

NEWBERY MEDAL: "awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children"

SIBERT MEDAL: "awarded to the author of the most distinguished informational book"

CHILDREN's NOTABLE LISTS: "the best of the best in children's books"

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence
awarded in three categories: Fiction & Poetry, Nonfiction and Picture Book, for books published in the United States by citizens of any country

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"BLUE RIBBON BOOKS" best of the year's literature for youth in the categories: picture books, fiction and nonfiction

Children's Book Council Bibliographies
The CBC, a trade organization "dedicated to the use and enjoyment of children's books," is a partner in sponsoring a number of annual booklists, including NOTABLE SOCIAL STUDIES TRADE BOOKS for young people; and OUTSTANDING SCIENCE TRADE BOOKS for students K-12. Click here for lists.

Children's Choice Awards

Children's Choice (top 100 children's books as chosen by 12,000 children across the United States; a joint annual effort of the Children's Book Council and the International Reading Association)

NUTMEG CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD - Started in 1993, this "children's choice" award is voted on each January by fourth, fifth, and sixth grade readers in Connecticut; since 2005, seventh and eighth grade readers have their own list of nominated books. Click here for current intermediate and teen nominees.

Children's Choice book awards by state - The children in more than 25 states vote annually for their favorite books

Nestle's SMARTIES BOOK PRIZE -- awarded annually from 1985 to 2007 to works of fiction and poetry for children, written in English by a citizen or resident of the United Kingdom. These prizes in children's literature for three age categories were determined by the votes of 25,000 schoolchildren 11 and under.

British Children's Book Awards
Many of these books are published in the United States after winning acclaim in Great Britain.

CARNEGIE MEDAL -- "awarded annually for an outstanding book for children and young people"

KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL "for distinguished illustration in a book for children"