Kids Reading Lists

Wondering what to read next? Check out these recommended reading lists featuring titles vetted by Oak Park’s children’s librarians and discover the newest titles for kids in the library catalog »

By age & grade | By topic, genre | Creators & stories | Award winners

Recommendations by age & grade

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Suggestions by topic, genre

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Creators & stories


Award winners

Bluestem Award

Illinois' Readers' Choice Award (grades 3-5). More about the award »

The Caldecott Medal 2021 (pdf)

Given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. More about the award »

Coretta Scott King Book Awards & John Steptoe New Talent Awards 2021 (pdf)

• The Coretta Scott King Book Awards: given annually to recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. More about the award »
• The John Steptoe New Talent Award: offers visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee. More about the award »

The Monarch Award

Illinois' Children's Choice Award (grades K-3). More about the award »

The Newbery Medal 2021 (pdf)

Given annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. More about the award »

Pura Belpré Book Awards 2021 (pdf)

Given annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. More about the award »

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award

Illinois' Children's Choice Award (grades 4-8). More about the award »

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