Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Find     
Site Image

Booklists
General Resources

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.  

 
Books by Early Literacy Skill

 

 

Third Books publishes books for families to read together. Each spread has a bold, simple illustration with text to be read aloud to the child on the left page and photos of families reading together with text providing early literacy information for the adult on the right page. These books make excellent giveaways for families with babies and toddlers.

 

Early Literacy Connections

This is a wiki created and maintained by Multnomah County Library youth librarians.  They have created booklists by early literacy skill.  Being a wiki, this list may be updated frequently so be sure to keep checking back for new titles. 
 
Star Books: For Kids and Caregivers, From Librarians (replaced ELISE)

"Share these shining examples of children's literature with the kids in your care. Read them aloud and talk about them. Our expert librarians highlight a picture book each week with tips for sharing. Browse their recommendations, or search by keyword for books on a specific topic." Search by early literacy skills and/or practice. Created and managed by Hennepin County Library, MN.

RFHF Shelfari booklist 

All RFHF participants were provided books to giveaway to the families they provided with early literacy education.  All the board book, lift-the-flap, pop-up, cloth, and picture books RFHF used throughout the three years of the project are included on this booklist.  These books were selected based on recommendations from children's librarians around the state in 2008-2010.  Each title on this list is tagged by the early literacy skill(s) they best address so you can more easily identify titles when planning early literacy education sessions, activities, and story times that focus on a particular skill. 

 
Children with Disabilities
Book on Disabilities 
List is organized by disability and includes books for older children too so be sure to check the age range. 

People with Disabilities Fiction and nonfiction titles organized by disability/special need by Dayton Metro Library. 
 
Multicultural Books

We Need Diverse Books

A campaign to bring published high-quality multicultural books to the forefront, and increase publication of high-quality multicultural books. This list includes over 20 recommdentations and the website has more resources.
  
Cooperative Children’s Book Center 
Over 20 multicultural booklists for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Many booklists also include titles for older children, some are organized by age and others alphabetically.
 
Multicultural Picture Books
A booklist from Hennepin County Library.

 
Nontraditional Gender Roles
Children's Books that Break Gender Role Stereotypes 
A booklist by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
 
Nontraditional Gender Roles 
A booklist from Loutit District Library.  This list includes books for young children and school-age children so be sure to review carefully.

 
Oregon Librarians Recommend
Prior to Year Two, one of the RFHF program manager solicited book recommendations from children's librarians statewide.  The recommendations were compiled, and the titles recommended most frequently were purchased to give away to parents receiving early literacy education from RFHF participants.  Not all the books librarians recommended were used in RFHF, however they are excellent books that other may find helpful when selecting books for storytimes, one-on-one book sharing, giveaway books, or collection development.  Click on the librarian's name to view their booklist.
 
Becky Pearson, McMinnville Public Library
 
Debra Bogart and Hadley Brown, Eugene Public Library
 
Diana Anderson, McMinnville Public Library
 
Heather McNeil, Deschutes Public Library
 
Josephine Caisse, Deschutes Public Library
 
Lucy Iraola, Washington County Cooperative Library Services (Spanish/Bilingual)
 
Rosa Olivares, Newberg Public Library (Spanish/Bilingual)
 
Steven Englefried, Multnomah County Library
 
RFHF thanks these librarians for their contribution to the project. Developing booklists is a time-consuming task that requires knowledge of children's literature, early literacy, and child development.  Thank you for sharing your expertise with us!
 
Sexual Orientation
A Rainbow Celebration: Lesbians and Gays in Books for Children Booklist from the San Francisco Public Library
 
Rainbow Reading 
Gay and lesbian characters and themes in children’s books.
 
The Rainbow List 
Compiled annually by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table.  The first list was published in 2008.
 
Make a Recommendation
If you would like to recommend a booklist please email the title of the list, brief description, and either a link to the booklist online or an attached Word document to Katie Anderson
 
All recommendations will be reviewed carefully by the Oregon State Library and Oregon Commission on Children and Families.  The purpose of this website is to provide a few carefully selected resources to help busy librarians and Healthy Start family support workers plan storytimes or one-on-one books sharing sessions. 
 
RFHF Home Page
Click here to return to the RFHF Home Page.