Where to find books
Sometimes the biggest challenge in finding a book to read with your child is finding a book! Below are some dedicated book-finding web sites. Each has a unique way of listing books. They are all very helpful. Remember what JK Rowling wrote: “When in doubt go to the library.”
Finding the right book for children to read can be easy with the 5 Finger Rule. Each time a child comes across an unknown word, they hold up a finger.
- 0-1 words (counted on fingers) that are challenging/not understood on a page means this book might be an easy read for your child.
- 2 challenging words: this book is a good choice for fun reading.
- 3 challenging words: this book will be good for reading and will probably teach new vocabulary. It’s a thinking book and may not be the first book a child picks up for pleasure reading.
- 4 words that are challenging on a page means this might be a hard book to read. Work together to read this one.
- 5 challenging words on a page and this book may be difficult. If left to read it alone, a child might feel frustrated with their reading experience. This might be a book to read to your child. Take a moment to talk about the challenging words that are important to the story.
Common Sense Media
Find family-friendly books, apps, and movies or search for a specific title to learn more about it. This many-voiced community gives different perspectives while helping find the right media for our families. Tips on the topics a book or movie might raise to help parents with discussions are included. Resources in Spanish Language are also available.
The American Library Association’s BookList puts together lists of books with different themes. A great way to find a great read!
We Need Diverse Books
These book lists and articles start with a single goal: all children can see themselves in books. We Need Diverse Books both blogs about books and puts them into childrens’ hands.
Sometimes the best way to find your next book, or to convince your child to read a book, is to watch it’s trailer. Just like movies, many books have short advertisements that draw readers in to the story. Here are book trailers compiled by the American LIbrary Associations BookList.
A Mighty Girl
Books, articles, movie reviews, and more! Media with a strong sense of empowerment and help for girls and those who love them. Parenting topics and a regularly updated blog make this a great online resource for caregivers.
Mid-Continent Public Library
Children love reading series, but sometimes finding the first book to start reading, or finding the name of the next book in the series can be challenging. The Mid-Continent Public Library keeps a list to help us read.
Books and a Hug
Book Reviews written by kids, for kids. Search by category or by the kind of reader your child is.
Latinx in Kid Lit
This site has lists, articles, interviews and bloggers who curate Latinx characters, focusing on authors and artists
Books with Badges
Award winning books are a great place to start lookign for your next book or gift. With so many to choose from, you’re sure to find a good book for your reader here.
The OTTER Awards for K-5 literature, chosen by children.
Newbery Awards for literature are some of the most endearing books.
Geisel Picture Book Awards have featured wonderful stories every year that engage readers.
Caldecott Medal for Artwork in Books features beutifully illustrated stories.
Coretta Scott King’s Ethnic & Multicultural lit awards bring stories from all people to national attention. These stories range from picture books to young adult novels.
Stonewall Book Awards for LGBTQA literature has books featuring topics related to “exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience” and can range in age from adult to picture books.