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
- SUPERHEROES 2004
- FAMILY FICTION 2004
- DONNA'S FAVORITES 2005
- ILLUSTRATORS 2006
- 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
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.
of Award-Winning Children's Literature
a list of links to 60 children's awards; comprehensive and kept
American Library Association
MEDAL: "awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished
picture book for children."
MEDAL: "awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution
to American literature for children"
MEDAL: "awarded to the author of the most distinguished informational
NOTABLE LISTS: "the best of the best in children's books"
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
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
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
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)
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
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.
MEDAL -- "awarded annually for an outstanding book for children
and young people"
GREENAWAY MEDAL "for distinguished illustration in a book