Caldecott Medal WinnersIn 1938, the first Caldecott Medal donated by Frederic G. Melcher (1879-1963) was awarded to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States. Since then the Caldecott Medal has been awarded annually by The Association for Library Service to Children, a section...

Newbery Award WinnersThe Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the preceding year. It is known for being the first award given to a children's book. Along with a winner, the award also highlights a few more titles as honorees. The reading level for...

How we read with children is just as important as how often we read with them.These books will keep your toddler engaged with stories and rhyme! There are butterflies and sheep and count. There are new friends to make. There are letters to learn and best of all there are lots of rhymes to read over and over and over...

A red chicken, a "hip-pocket" papa frog and twins named Ling and Ting make it to the interesting cast of characters in these notable books recommended by the Association for Library Services to Children. Read a story-in-rhyme or find a humorous tale to read over and over again!

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Best Books for Kindergarten Children in kindergarten and those getting ready for their first school experience will appreciate these stories about the world at large. Whether learning about animals or with animals as a lovable backdrop to real world lessons, these titles are sure to please little book lovers.

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Best Books for First Graders First grade readers, just beginning to appreciate the joy of independent reading, will love these books for the zany characters, the life lessons and active minds imagining new worlds. Suggestions for early reader books help round off this list of beautifully crafted and vivid picture books.

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Best Books for Second Grade Second grade readers just beginning their independent reading milestone will love reading these fiction and nonfiction picture books on their own. We also recommend a few easier paperback series and chapter books perfect for this age.

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Adventures and escapes abound in books for readers of this age. Some involve school. Some are about family. Some may involve creatures from other worlds! Whatever the case, these titles are sure to keep you interested.

Edgar Allan’s Official Crime...

The One and Only Ivan  by Katherine Applegate 
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.  305p.

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Adventures lead the way in books for this age! The characters express curiosity alongside a desire to explore the unknown. Teamwork and quirky humor lead the way through the mazes often tackled in the following selections.

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Best Books for Sixth GradeTopics for this reader group start getting just a little serious while still offering plenty of choices for lighter reading. The mysteries are more pronounced. The family dramas take on social themes and what seem like ordinary events get really unpredictable. But that's what makes all these titles so readable!...