How to Select Books
Download and print this one-page handout that provides general tips for selecting books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. This is particularly helpful when you don't have a specific title or author in mind, but want to find developmentally appropriates book for young children.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A professional journal on children's and young adult literature often used by school and public librarians for book selection. While full access to The Bulletin is limited to paid subscribers, many booklists and resources are available for free online. Check out their Guidebook to Gift Books and Blue Ribbons to learn which new titles they recommended over the past year.
The Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature
Over 7,000 records from 82 literary awards across 6 English speaking countries. There are multiple search functions, including: age (babies/toddlers and preschool), setting, multicultural, gender of protagonist, ethnicity/nationality of protagonist, and much more. There are explanations of each award and their countries. Remember, award winners are not necessary great read-alouds or appropriate for your audience.
The Horn Book
A professional journal on children’s and young adult literature that has been in publication since 1924. Some features on this site are only for subscribers, but you can access a lot of great booklists for free! Check out Fanfare, their annual list of the best books of the year. If you scroll down to the bottom of the current Fanfare list you'll find links to past Fanfare booklists going back to the 1930s.