Good Books:


OK, you heard about this great book.  You need to read this book, but your library doesn't have it.

Problem solved 

Ask about borrowing the book through Inter-Library Loan (ILL). Your library can usually borrow a book from another library, as long as the book is not a brand-new release, or not in extremely high demand.   And, ILL is usually free!

Mrs. Ellis' List
These are books I've read and which I recommend to my students.  

Caldecott Award Books

 Caldecott books are chosen for outstanding illustrations each year by the American Library Association.
Newbery Medal Books
Presented to the authors of  "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" by ALA.
Robert F. Sibert Award Books This award honors outstanding non-fiction (informational) books.
The Pura Belpre Award Presented to "a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth."
Mildred Bachelder Award
"...awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States. ALSC gives the award to encourage American publishers to seek out superior children's books abroad and to promote communication among the peoples of the world."     ---from the ALA web site
At you can type in the name or author of a book you like, and find lists of similar books recommended by other readers. Amazon will usually show you the cover of the book, too.
No cash to buy the books? Ask your librarian about ILL.
You Are What You Read Show the world which books have influenced you most, and find out which books others have chosen as their five favorites.
5th Grade Favorites: These were chosen by 5th graders at one of my schools, both from the Media Center collection and from the students' own books at home. I think they show a broad range of interests and reading abilities.
 100 Favorite Books (NYPL)
 Kids' Top 100 Books  An NEA online survey asked kids to list their favorite books; this list is the result. (1999-2000)
Various ages
Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children  An NEA survey in 2007 yielded this list of quality books for children.
Various ages
 Oprah Winfrey's favorites
 Top 100 Picks - Children's Books You Will Love    Recommended by the Guide To Online Schools web site, this list includes many classics that every child should read sooner or later.
Teen Best Books for Young Adults   Chosen by American Library Association
Teen & various Awards Page   More award-winning books and media for teens.  

 Favorite book wearing out? Try repairing it so you can enjoy it for years to come:
Book Care and Repair

updated 2 Nov. 2010