Book Recommendations

Award-Winning Books

2017 Youth Media Awards Booklist:  The winners announced by the American Library Association for the best in media for Children.

2017 Nutmeg Award Nominees and Past Winners: Connecticut’s State Book Award for children.

Newbery Winners 1922-2017:  Most distinguished Children’s book of the year. Awarded by the Association for Library Services to Children.

Caldecott Winners 1938-2017: Most distinguished picturebook of the year. Awarded by the Association for Library Services to Children.

2016 Youth Media Awards Booklist: (Previously Winner’s Circle) The winners announced by the American Library Association for the best in media for Children.

2015 Winner’s Circle: This list provides the winners and honorees for the 2015 Caldecott, Newbery, Sibert and Geisel as well as the list of the 2016 Nutmeg nominees for intermediate and Elementary levels.

2014 Winner’s Circle: This list provides the winners and honorees for the 2014 Caldecott, Newbery, Sibert and Geisel as well as the list of the 2015 Nutmeg nominees for intermediate and Elementary levels.

Reading for All Ages

These lists include books that will appeal to all ages–reading fun for the whole family!

Road Trip Reading Family Audio Books: Are you look for some recommendations on some family-friendly audiobooks? Look no further! This list includes books that are around 3 hours long. (2017)

Wordless PicturebooksPicturebooks using no words to advance the story. Excellent for visual literacy for all ages. (2016)

Ages 0-2

Even the youngest of babies need books. Reading to your baby stimulates language development and comprehension. Even if your little one wants to chew on the pages, the cadence of words and how they are put together will assist your child in his/her learning as she grows.

Books for Babies: A list of recommended titles for the little ones aged 0-18 months. (2016)

Terrific for Toddlers: Lively, fun and energetic books for children 18-24 months. (2016)

Ages 3-5

The perfect age to share stories together, when comprehension and attention span have increased from the toddler years.

Picture Perfect Picturebooks for PreschoolersCheck out these great picturebooks to read aloud or one-on-one. (2017)

Ready for Kindergarten?This subject list of picturebooks contains titles about starting or attending Kindergarten. (2016)

Books To Share: Check out these books for those learning to read, but still love sharing a book! (2016)

Birthday Picturebooks: Books about birthdays! (2016)

Grades K & 1

These books are aimed at beginning and newly independent readers. Repetition and common story elements are introduced and reinforced to facilitate understanding.

Best of 2016-17 Grades K & 1: Staff favorites of books published during this 2015-2016 school year. Released May 2017.

Books to Start (Easy 1)  (2017)

Build A Better World K -1 (2017)

Favorite Series 1-3 Some librarian favorites, some patron favorites, but all great series. (2017)

Read Alouds K & 1 (2017)

Best of 2015-2016 for Grades K & 1: Staff favorites of books published during this 2015-2016 school year. Released June 2016.

2015 Best of Grades K & 1: Staff favorites of books published in the past two years. Released June 2015.

2014 Best of Grades K & 1: Staff favorites of books published in the past two years. Released June 2014.

2013 Best of Grades K & 1: Staff favorites of books published in the past two years. Released June 2013.

Grades 2 & 3

Best of 2016-2017 Grades 2-3: Staff favorites of books published during this 2015-2016 school year. Released May 2017.

Build a Better World Grades 2-5 (2017)

Explore Other Worlds Grades 2-3 Fantasy (2017)

Favorite Series 1-3 Some librarian favorites, some patron favorites, but all great series. (2017)

 Follow the Clues Grades 2-3 Mystery (2017)

Gentle Reads: Higher level reading for those in second and third grade.  (2016)

Great Graphics!: Graphic Novels for Grades 2 & 3: Some librarian favorites, some patron favorites, but all great series. (2016)

Need a Laugh Funny Grades 2 and 3 (2017)

Read Alouds for Grades 2 & 3 (2017)

Scary Stories Grades 3-5 (2017)

Totally True Nonfiction for Grades 2 & 3: Books that are great and are also true! (2016)

Best of 2015-2016 for Grades 2 & 3: Staff favorites of books published during this 2015-2016 school year. Released June 2016.

2015 Best of Grades 2 & 3: Staff favorites of books published in the past two years. Released June 2015.

2014 Best of Grades 2 & 3Staff favorites of books published in the past two years. Released June 2014.

2013 Best of Grades 2 & 3Staff favorites of books published in the past two years. Released June 2013.

Grades 4 & 5

Best of 2016-17 Grades 4 and 5: Staff favorites of books published during the 2015-2016 school year. Released May 2017.

Build a Better World Grades 2-5 (2017)

Just Like You: Realistic Fiction for Grades 4 & 5: These realistic fiction books offer stories to which we can all relate. (2016).

Travel Back in Time: Historical Fiction for Grades 4 & 5: Spark an interest in the history of the world through these historical fiction books. (2016)

Read Alouds 4-5 (2017)

Scary Stories Grades 3-5 (2017)

Scene of the Crime Mystery 4-5 (2017)

Scifi & Fantasy Grades 4-5 (2017)

Score! Sports Books for Grades 4-5 (2017)

Survival & Adventure grades 4- 5 (2017)

Take Two Funny & Realistic Fiction Grades 4-5 (2017)

Upstairs Downstairs Books for Tweens in Grades 5 & 6: These books are for those readers who are comfortable reading titles from the teen room, but are not quite ready to leave the awesome books the Children’s Room has to offer. (2017)

Go Graphic!: Graphic Novels for Grades 4 & 5: Graphic novels not only develop important visual literacy skills, they are seriously fun! (2016)

Exciting Episodes: Series for Grades 4 & 5: Learn to love a character and stick with him or her throughout these series! (2016)

For Real: Nonfiction for Grades 4 & 5: True books that are good books. (2016)

Every Hero Has a Story: Books about superheroes! (2015)

Best of 2015-2016 for Grades 4 & 5: Staff favorites of books published during the 2015-2016 school year. Released June 2016.

2015 Best of Grades 4 & 5: Staff favorites of books published in the past two years. Released June 2015.

2014 Best of  Grades 4 & 5Staff favorites of books published in the past two years. Released June 2014.

2013 Best of Grades 4 & 5Staff favorites of books published in the past two years. Released June 2013.

Read-Alouds

Are you going to your child’s school to read aloud to their classroom? Or, maybe you want to start reading a book every night to your family. Here is a list of suggested read aloud books for children and families of all ages. 

2017 Read Alouds K& 1 | 2017 Read Alouds 2&3 | 2017 Read Alouds 4&5

Recommended Books from the CT State Library