Recommended Reading

two girls reading in a nook in the Children's LibraryThere is always someone available in the Children’s Department who would love to help you find the perfect book! If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, here are some of our favorite booklists.

100 Books Every Child Should Know Before Starting School (100 Libros en Español)
Recommended Fiction for Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Recommended Fiction for 2nd & 3rd Grade
Recommended Fiction for 4th-6th Grades
Black Lives Matter Booklist
American Library Association Award Winning Children’s Literature

Children who are learning to read benefit from selecting books with a proper mix of support and challenge. Our friends at the Wallingford Public Schools recommend trying the Five Finger Rule to find a book that is just right for your child. You can also look for these popular “Hook Books” divided by reading level. A Children’s Librarian would be happy to help you find any of these books at the library!
Hook Books
Hook Books en Español

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database – Information about pre-k to grade 12 books and media. Includes reviews; awards, honors and prizes; best book lists; and reading level information.