Sometimes the best recommendations come from the lists that readers put together. 

Here is where you will find “best of” lists, book recommendations by theme or audience, and places you can search for your own ideas.


See also Booklists by AudienceRead Alikes by AudienceBooklists by Theme, and Books to Movies


General Reading Ideas & Lists

5 Star Reads 5 Minutes for Books (scroll down to see the children’s and young adult books)

80 Kids Books to Movie Adaptations by librarian Megan Daley @ Daley Reads

100 Notable Books Children’s Book Council of Australia

100 Titles for Reading and Sharing New York Public Library

The Best of the Best Kids Books – 2008 by Susan Thomsen @ Chicken Spaghetti

Book of the Week Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Booklights PBS Parents blog

Children’s Book Council Reading Lists Children’s Book Council

Children’s Literature Assembly Notable Books – organized by genre

Children’s Notables Lists American Library Association (ALSC)

Cybils Award Winners (Children’s Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards)

Getting Boys into Reading with Fiction by Trevor Cairney @ Literacy, Families and Learning

Getting Boys into reading with Nonfiction Material by Trevor Cairney @ Literacy, Families and Learning

On-Lion for Kids York Public Library by the New York PublicLibrary

Pragmatic Mom’s List of Lists (300+) by Mia Wenjen. Diverse books, sorted by theme and audience

ReadKiddoRead by James Patterson

Recommendations for Kids  Indie Bound (scroll to the bottom to find previous kids’ lists)

Teachers Book Wizard by Scholastic, Inc.

Top 100 101 Picture Books Poll Results by Elizabeth Bird at A Fuse #8 Production

Unshelved Book Club – Book reviews written as a full-page, full-color comic strips

What Kids Who Don’t Like to Read Read(tm) – Parent’s Choice Foundation

YA (Young Adult) Reading Lists American Library Association (YALSA)

Book Search Sites

Africa Access offers a form to search its data bases for books on Africa. It has fields for all of the logical elements: audience age, subject, author, illustrator, etc.

Database of Award-Winning Books created by Lisa R. Bartle, searcheable by genre, age, award, et al.

Juvenile Series and Sequels database created by the Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri

LibraryThing’s Book Suggester LibraryThing is a service that allows users to catalog their personal libraries. You can not only search for books that might interest you, but you can also exclude those that don’t.

WhatShouldIReadNext? lets you type in something you’ve read and liked to find something similar that other users read, loved, and recommend.

WhichBook lets you search for a book based on what you are in the mood for.

Read Aloud Ideas and Lists

Back-to-School Bonanza: Books for Reading Aloud by Curriculum Connections/School Library Journal

Books for Reading Aloud

Books to Read Aloud to Adults

List of Comfort Read Alouds

Out Loud: Books for 10-year-olds that Should Be Read Aloud by Patricia Springstubb @ From the Mixed Up Files

Preview from THE PIT Read Alouds (2009-2010) by Bill @ Literate Lives

Preview from THE PIT Read Alouds 2 (2009-2010) by Bill @ Literate Lives

Read Aloud America Booklist 2009

Thinking about 5th Grade Read Alouds by Karen Terlecky @ Choice Literacy

Funny Read Alouds (chapter books) by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day

Read Aloud Chapter Books for 8-11 (2nd-5th grade) year olds by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day

Chapter Books to Read to 4-6 Year Olds (This is my most popular list!) by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day

Chapter Books with an Old Fashioned Flair by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day

Books to Read During the Summer by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day

Chapter Books for 3 year olds and Preschoolers by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day

Great Audiobooks for Kids (chapter books) by Erica @ What Do We Do All Day

Lists of Wordless Books

Colorin Colorado – This list is an excerpt of a collection from Jim Trelease’s Read Aloud Handbook (5th edition) – There are more than 150 titles on this list, with lesson plans

Weber County (Utah) Public Library – This is an annotated list with their recommended wordless picture books

Specialized Book Lists

80 Kids Books to Movie Adaptations by librarian Megan Daley @ Daley Reads

ATN Book Lists – Built for Librarians and maintained by Nancy Keane. 2000+ lists

Booklists by Audience

Booklists for Kids on the Autism Spectrum by Spectrum Mom

Booklist of Series Books created by

Booklists by Theme

Caldecott Medal winners in Spanish Isabel Schon International Center at the San Diego Public Library

Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature Read Kutub Kids

Newbery Medal winners in Spanish Isabel Schon International Center at the San Diego Public Library

Your Arabic Library (ages 2 to 4) – Read Kutub Kids