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  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
    A list of outstanding literature for children and adolescents produced by the California Department of Education. The recommended titles reflect the quality and complexity of the type of materials students should be reading at school and outside class. This collection provides a broad range of books that serve as examples of the kinds of materials that will help students meet California's rigorous content standards in reading and language arts. Local school officials and teachers are encouraged to use this list as a resource in designing standards-based instructional programs.

  • Remembering September 11, 2001
    Books, Web sites and other resources.

Other Lists

Note: The following are recommended books for children and young adults. These are suggested sites and are not inclusive of all available online resources.

  • Fresno County Public Library Booklists External link opens in new window or tab.
    High quality booklists developed by public librarians that address many of California's curricular areas as well as recommendations for recreational reading.
  • California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Official CYRM Website describes this California program designed to promote recreational reading and honor favorite books and authors/illustrators. Lists of current nominees and previous winners provided.
  • Carnegie Public Library Children's Booklists External link opens in new window or tab.
    Graded reading lists from the Carnegie Public Library of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as lists from several school districts.
  • Children's Reading Lists by Genre and/or Grade Level
    Boston Public Library External link opens in new window or tab.
    Booklists for children and teens including summer reading lists. These annotated lists are organized by genre and provide suggestions by age levels.
  • New York Public Library Recommended Reading External link opens in new window or tab.
    Annotated lists in a variety of categories, including a list of 100 picture books everyone should know, as well as lists highlighting books from a variety of cultures and celebrations around the world. Many of the lists are organized by suggested grade level.
  • Annual Lists of Notable Children's Literature
    • Association for Library Service to Children Notable Children's Books External link opens in new window or tab.
      Annual listing of excellent children's books. This link also connects to the Newberry and Caldecott award pages as well as lists of notable recordings, videos, and software.
    • International Literacy Association External link opens in new window or tab.
      Favorite books submitted by children, young adults, teachers, and librarians throughout the country. The annotated lists are published by the International Literacy Association and include Children's Choices, Teachers' Choices, and Young Adults' Choices.
    • Notable Social Studies Books for Young People External link opens in new window or tab.
      Recommended social studies books evaluated and selected by a committee of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). The annotated book lists, intended for grades Kindergarten through Grade Eight, are arranged by thematic topics.
    • Outstanding Science Trade books for Students Kindergarten through Grade Eight External link opens in new window or tab.
      Book lists selected by a committee of the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). Intended for grades Kindergarten through Grade Eight, the annotated lists are developed annually.
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Last Reviewed: Monday, December 9, 2019
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