Links for Parents, Kids & Teachers

Here are a variety of links to other sites that parents, kids, and teachers may find useful.

Book Recommendations

Books that Heal Kids — A school counselor reviews picture books and short stories she uses to help kids deal with various life issues, including topics as diverse as bullying, divorce, kindness, manners, and grief.  You can search by subject headings.

Kids Reads  — Features cool & new kids booksupcoming new releasesbooks for boys, and much more.

Common Sense Media: Best Books for Kids — Lists and more lists, by theme or age, including everything from classes to brand-new titles.

Series Lists

Juvenile Series and Sequels  —  If you’ve ever wondered what’s the 5th book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series, or wanted to see the complete list, in order, of all the Magic Tree House books, this site is great.  You can search by series title, book title, or author.  You can find almost any juvenile or young adult series listed in order.

Accelerated Reader, Lexile, Reading Counts

If you need to find a book to match a certain level, whether AR or Lexile, these sites will help.  Type in the level needed to find book titles, or the title to find its level and point value.

AR Book Finder       Lexile Finder

If you have a smartphone, there are mobile apps which allow you to scan a book’s ISBN (the barcode on the back), and get its level and point value.  These are useful if you’re browsing in the library.  Check these links, or browse your device’s app store for options.

AR mobile apps:   — for Android  (free and for purchase)    — for iPhone/iPad  (for purchase)

Lexile mobile apps  (various free apps for Android and iPhone/iPad)

Award Lists

American Library Association Awards   —  These are awarded annually to the most distinguished contribution of the previous year by an American author or illustrator to children’s literature in their respective categories.

Newbery Medal — Awarded since 1922 to the author of the best overall children’s book.  Click here to see all Newbery winners in the DPL catalog.

Caldecott Medal — Awarded since 1938 to the illustrator of the best children’s picture book.  Click here to see all Caldecott winners in the DPL catalog.

Coretta Scott King Award — Awarded since 1970 to the African-American author and illustrator of the best children’s books.  Click here to see all the King author winners in the DPL catalog, and here to see all the King illustrator winners in the DPL catalog.

Geisel Award — Awarded since 2006 to the author of the best beginning reader book.  Click here to see all the Geisel winners in the DPL catalog.

Illinois Readers’ Choice Awards — Each year children across Illinois vote through their schools for their favorite book from among selected nominees.

Monarch Award — Voted on by children in K – 3rd grade.  Click here to see all the 2018 Monarch nominees in the DPL catalog.

Bluestem Award — Voted on by children in 3rd – 5th grades.  Click here to see all the 2018 Bluestem nominees in the DPL catalog.

Rebecca Caudill Award — Voted on by children in 4th – 8th grades.  Click here to see all the 2018 Caudill nominees in the DPL catalog.

Other sites

Author Name Pronunciation Guide  — How does Rick Riordan say his last name?  What about Sarah Mlynowski?  On this site you can hear over 1800 authors or illustrators of children’s or young adult books pronounce their own names.