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Welcome to the HoB's Children's Literature book & media lists

Lists of quality media sources for children and organizations that support children's literature. Includes list of Audio book awards, literature, Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Medal awards and runner up, and many other awards. Organizations that promote children's literature, children's magazines, books by genre, HoB's top 120 books, children's literature reference books, electronic research sites, and research articles.

Newbery Medal award winners

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Award winning books

Newbery Awards

Caldecott Awards

Coretta Scott King Awards

Other notable awards

  1. Notable Children's Books --- Announced in the March 15 issue of Book list. Selected by the Notable Children's Book Committee of the ALSC, a division of ALA
  2. Fanfare --- Announced in the March/April issue of Hornbook.
  3. Best Books ---Announced in the December issue of School Library Journal.
  4. Year's Best Illustrated Books --- Announced in the second week of November issue of New York Times Book Review.
  5. Best Children's Science Books List --- Announced in the November/December issue of Science Books and Films.
  6. Children's Editors' Choice --- Announced in the January 15 issue of Book list.
  7. Nebraska Children's Golden Sower Awards --- Announced at the Fall Nebraska Library Association Meeting.
  8. Boston Globe-Hornbook Award Winners --- Announced the Last week in October in Publishers Weekly.
  9. Awards section in School Library Journal.

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Picture books

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Organizations that Promote Children's Literature

  1. ALLTOP - Children' Literature section
  2. The Literacy Connection - Promoting Literacy Skills and a Love of Reading - Collection of Reader's Theater plus much more.
  3. The Horn Book Magazine. Publication about books and highlights for children and adolescents. Most noteworthy articles for children's literature have been published here. It publishes reviews and lists for the Newbery and Caldecott in June and winners in August.
  4. School Library Journal For media specialists and school librarians
  5. The Bookfinder Online can be searched for millions of titles
  6. The Best in Children’s Books. is a research book published by The University of Chicago Press as a guide to the best Children’s Literature. Various editions are available.
  7. International Reading Association - is a nonprofit organization established in 1956. It connects individuals and institutions to strive for worldwide literacy. 70,000 plus members, work to provide a range of activities and resources. The Reading Teacher - is one resource most familiar and used by elementary teachers.
  8. American Library Association - Online book lists, reviews, and the following awards:
  9. National Council of Teachers of English - publish - NCTE journals include - Language Arts for elementary teachers and - Voice from the Middle for middle school teachers. Also sponsors the - Anti-Censorship Center
  10. Children's Literature Association - Encouraging high standards of criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching in children's literature. Publishes - Children's Literature Journal, Phoenix award, Anne Devereaux Jordan and the Carol Gay award.
  11. The Children's Book Council - The CBC is a collaborative of children’s publishers that work together on issues of importance to the industry, educational programming, literacy advocacy, and collaborations with national organizations.


Children's Magazines

  1. Cobblestone. Cobblestone Publishing, Inc. 20 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. Ages 9-14. History, activities, fiction and nonfiction.
  2. Dynamite. Scholastic, 654 Count Morbida's Castle, Marion OH 43302. Ages 8-12. High interest articles popular personalities and activities.
  3. Ebony Jr. 820 So. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605. Ages 12+. Stories, puzzles, emphasis black culture.
  4. Faces: The Magazine About People. Cobblestone Publishing, Inc. 20 Grove St. Peterborough, NH 03458. Ages 8+. High interest themed issues about people of the world.
  5. National Geographic World. National Geographic Society, Dept. 00786, 17th and M Streets, NW Washington, D. C. 20036. Ages 8-12. High interest articles, photographs, activities, and posters.
  6. Owl. Young Naturalist Foundation, P. O. Box 11314, Des Moines, Iowa 50340. Ages 8+. Science and nature articles, photographs, and puzzles.
  7. Penny Power. Consumers Union of U. S., P. O. Box 2878, Boulder, CO 80322. Ages 8+. Consumers reports for children.
  8. Ranger Rick. National Wildlife Federation. 1412 16 Th. Street, NW, Washington D. C. 20036-2266. Ages 3-5. Nature articles and photographs.
  9. Your Big Backyard. National Wildlife Federation, 1412 16 Th. Street, NW, Washington D. C. 20036-2266. Ages 3-5. Nature articles, photographs, and readiness activities.
  10. 3-2-1 Contact. Children's Television Workshop. E=MC Square, P. O. Box 51177, Boulder, CO 80321-1177. Ages 8-14. Science articles, puzzles, projects, experiments, and computer section.

HoB's top 120 books

Graphic novels

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Book lists by Genre




Mixed genre

Noteworthy authors & illustrators

Author list


Realistic fiction

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Children's literature reference books

  1. Benedict, Susan & Lenore Carlisle. (1992). Beyond Words: Picture Books for Older Readers and Writers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  2. Brewton, John E. et al. (Compilers). Index to Poetry for Children and Young People. 1982-1987. New York, NY: Wilson 1987.
  3. Briggs, Katherine M. Encyclopedia of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Brownies, Boggies, and other Supernatural Creatures. New York, NY: Pantheon, 1978. CLASSIC
  4. Children's Books in Print. New York, NY: Bowker, 1969- continually updates.
  5. Commire, Anne (Ed). Something about the Author: Facts and Pictures about Contemporary Authors and illustrators of Books for Young People. Volumes 1-167... Detroit; Gale, 2005. In most libraries.
  6. Gallas, Karen (2003.) Imagination and Literacy: A Teacher's Search for the Heart of Learning. New York: Teachers College Press. Excellent discussion on the development of imagination and the role it plays in literacy, including the struggle many students have in learning to read. The author's ideas of literacy include examples and applications to all subjects as well as textual literacy.
  7. Goodman, Steven. (2003). Teaching Youth Media: A Critical Guide to Literacy, Video Production, and Social Change. More for middle school and above. It is a novel approach of using video to teach literacy. It has examples of inner city youth involved in the experiences described.
  8. Hallett, Martin and Barbara Karasek. (2009). Folk & Fairy Tales. fourth edition Broadview Press, Buffalo, NY. ISBN 978 1 55111 898 7.
  9. Kingman, Lee et al. (Eds). Illustrators of Children's Books: 1967-1976, volume 4. Boston The Horn Book, 1978.
  10. Lehr, Susan. (1995). Battling Dragons: Issues and Controversy in Children's Literature. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  11. Lesnik-Oberstein, Karin. (1994). Children’s Literature: Criticism and the Fictional Child. New York, NY: Oxford Press
  12. Lima, Carolyn W. A to zoo: Subject access to children's picture books, second edition. New York: Bowker, 2010.
  13. Lukens, Rebecca. A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature, 8th edition. Oxford, Ohio: Scott Foresman and Company. 2006.
  14. O"Reilley, Mary Rose. (1993). The Peaceable Classroom. ISBN 0-86709-328-5 Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers.
  15. Piazza, Carolyn L. (1999). Multiple Forms of Literacy: Teaching Literacy and the Arts. Columbus, Ohio: Merrill. Defines literacy to include music, art, dance... If you are looking to expand literacy beyond the traditional text, then this would be a very good choice.
  16. Purves, Alan C, and Dianne L, Monson. (1984). Experiencing Children's Literature. Glenview, Ill: Scott Foresman and Company.
  17. Trelease, Jim. (2006 6th. edition). The Read Aloud Handbook.

Science fiction

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Focus questions for The Secret Under My Skin for educators interested in exploring teaching and learning in a futuristic setting.



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Electronic - research - sites and articles

  1. Jeff Wilhelm, University of Maine, Orono 2000 Literacy by Design: Why Is All This Technology So Important? Voices from the Middle, A Publication of the National Council of Teachers of English, Volume 7 Number 3, March 2000, pp. 4-14. Discusses how technology might be an integral part of schooling. What is hypermedia, and how production can be a critical part of an educational process. Includes examples of the author's work with students and electronic notes.
  2. ETS testing of literacy Review how ETS makes decisions on national testing for literacy and its essential elements. Aso - Jacqueline Jones. Early Literacy Assessment Systems: Essential Elements of literacy - Policy statement for ETS testing of literacy
  3. Literacy Research Web site with links to literacy related research Educational Cyber Playground -
  4. Jessica C. Baca (2002). Literacy through Creativity for Social Empowerment: A Critical Media Literacy Unit Grounded in the Work of Paulo Friere Teen magazine, Paulo Friere, literacy, and planning activities for school WHAT? Must read creativity rubric.
  5. Donna E. Alvermann 2001 Effective Literacy Instruction for Adolescents Updated Version October 30, 2001 Executive Summary and Paper Commissioned by the National Reading Conference: Title says it all.
  6. David O'Brien At-Risk Adolescents: Redefining Competence Through the Multiliteracies of Intermediality, Visual Arts, and Representation. Great page use of multimedia for an article. The article also has great information for using multiliteracies with students successfully.
  7. Jonathan Dube_Publisher, CyberJournalist.net. Online Storytelling Forms Discusses how to tell stories online and different forms being used by major online news organizations. The first list to document Online storytelling forms.
  8. Douglas Kellner, U.C.L.A 200? Critical Perspectives on Visual Imagery in Media and Cyberculture. Examine Madonna, MTV Excellent article
  9. Jeanne Z. Lawrence. American Children s Literature: A Bibliotheraputic Approach - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute artile
  10. Mei-Yu. Supporting Early Literacy Development in Family Child Care Settings. ERIC Identifier: ED477606: 2003-11-12 - Information for family child care providers on children's early literacy development. A definition and the characteristics of family child care are discussed along with research-based strategies and recommendations that help support early literacy development for children in family child care settings.
  11. John Seely Brown. Learning, working & playing in the digital age: Creating learning ecologies. and Additional work by John Seely Brown - many relevant ideas ...
  12. Literacy Research Site with links to literacy related research
  13. Jessica C. Baca. Literacy through Creativity for Social Empowerment:
A Critical Media Literacy Unit Grounded in the Work of Paulo Friere. Teen magazine, Paulo Friere, literacy, and planning activities for school… Must see…
  14. Yong Zhao, Carol Sue Englert, Jing Chen, Su Chin Jones, and Richard Ferdig. TELE-Web: Developing a Web-Based Literacy Learning Environment.
Michigan State University. The curriculum of the Early Literacy Project (ELP) (Englert, Raphael, & Mariage, 1994), designed for use in primary-grade classrooms for students with learning disabilities, was intended to build literacy skills and impart learning-to-learn strategies. The curricular activities involved multiple forms of oral and written literacy, including (a) choral reading and partner reading of various texts; (b) summarizing and mapping expository and narrative stories that were part of thematic units; (c) participating in learning-to-learn processes as part of a report-writing process (e.g., brainstorming ideas, organizing and mapping ideas, reading multiple sources and adding information to their maps, writing and editing their reports, and revising them for publication); (d) sharing books or reports they had written in Sharing Chair; (e) journal writing; and (f) story response and book discussions related to the expository and narrative texts that composed the thematic units (Englert & Mariage, 1996; Englert et al., 1995; Englert, Mariage, Garmon, & Tarrant, 1998).
  15. Donna E. Alvermann. Effective Literacy Instruction for Adolescents. Updated Version October 30, 2001. Executive Summary and Paper Commissioned by the National Reading Conference
    University of Georgia
  16. David O’Brien. “At-Risk” Adolescents: Redefining Competence Through the Multiliteracies of Intermediality, Visual Arts, and Representation. Great page use of multimedia for an article. The article also has great information for using multiliteracies with students successfully.
  17. Jonathan Dube
Publisher, CyberJournalist.net. Online Storytelling Forms. Discusses how to tell stories Online and different forms being used by major Online news organizations. The first list to document Online storytelling forms.
  18. Writing in the Early Grades, K–2. NCET National Council of English Teachers. What We Know About Writing, Grades K–2. Excellent article on writing with many ideas to think about and links to documents for additional reading and things to try. Grades 3-5
  19. Douglas Kellner. Critical Perspectives on Visual Imagery in Media and Cyberculture. U.C.L.A. Examine Madonna, MTV… Excellent article.
  20. Visual literacy slides
  21. Visual Literacy White Paper - Adobe.
  22. Teaching with Ted - videos for Visual Literacy.
  23. Donna E. Alvermann. Multiliteracies and Self-Questioning in the Service of Science Learning. University of Georgia. Can multimedia and technology help students ask better questions and increase science learning/ literacy?


Research articles

  1. One Reading Specialist's Response to High-Stakes Testing Pressures. The Reading Teacher, v60 n2 p158–167. October 2006. Very good article supporting a literature based program. Available - EBSCO host.
  2. Professional Identity of a Reading Teacher: Responding to High-Stakes Testing Pressures. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v14 n3 p239-252 Jun 2008- Eric - EJ811899. Marsha, English Language Learners (ELL) faced with tensions between her professional beliefs, knowledge about effective reading instruction, and district testing pressures. This article shows the complexities and contextual tensions through an ethnographic study. Struggled of commitment to help students pass the test and to stay true to her own professional identity. Suggests testing pressures affect teachers' instruction and responsiveness to students' learning needs, compromise a teacher's professional identity, and can influence their responsibility and ethical sense of what they should do for students and who they need to be as teachers.

Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes
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