Literary Links

  • California Young Reader Medal
    This site has the form necessary to nominate a book for the California Young Reader Medal. It also explains the award and how the voting is handled throughout the state.

    The Children’s Book Council
    This organization has been around since 1945; they are a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children’s books; they are the official sponsor of Young People’s Poetry Week and Children’s Book Week each year. This is an attractive, easy to navigate site that describes activities, lists and reviews new titles, offers online ordering, special events, a forum on selected topics and more.

    The John Newbery Medal
    The John Newbery Medal is the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children selected by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

    The Randolph Caldecott Medal
    The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children, selected by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC.)

    Nancy Keane’s Booktalks – Quick and Simple
    Great resources for librarians, teachers, and students alike. Books are classified by title, author, subject, interest level.

    Recommended Literature - California Department of Education 
    Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve is a collection of outstanding literature for children and adolescents. The recommended titles reflect the quality and the complexity of the types of material students should be reading at school and outside of class.

    Great Websites for Kids - American Library Association 
    This is an internet guide of child-safe sites for children's literature.

    Jim Trelease's Homepage
    The Read-Aloud Handbook promotes literacy in the home with book recommendations and many suggestions from parents.