One of the best things you can to to make sure your kids grow to love reading is find books written at their individual reading level. Pick a book that's too easy, and your young reader may grow bored quickly. Pick something too hard, and they may get discouraged.
Our children's librarians have identified great books from our collection for every reading level and shared them here. You can place titles on hold directly from the website, or print out a list and take it with you on your next visit to the library.
Got a picky reader? Talk to a Children's Librarian about obtaining a more personalized list of recommendations.
Help for Parents of Beginner Readers - Teach your children the fundamentals of reading
Great Books for Toddlers - Picture books your little one will want to read again and again
Books for 1st Graders (Amelia Bedelia, The Cat in the Hat)
Books for 2nd Graders (Junie B. Jones, Nate the Great)
Books for 3rd Graders (Encyclopedia Brown, The Boxcar Children)
Books for 4th Graders (Because of Winn-Dixie, Dork Diaries)
Books for 5th Graders (How to Train Your Dragon, Number the Stars)
Books for 6th Graders (The Lightning Thief, The Giver)
Caldecott Medal Winners - Awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American picture book published the previous year.
Newbery Medal Winners - Awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
Coretta Scott King Award Winners - Awarded annually by the American Library Association to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Pura Belpré Award Winners - Awarded annually by the American Library Association 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.