Recommended Reading

How Do I Pick the Right Book

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!

100 Books Every Child Should Know Before Starting School brochure
100 Books Every Child Should Know Before Starting School
100 Libros en Español brochure
100 Libros en Español
Hook Books flyer
Hook Books
Hook Books en Españolflyer
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.

Our Favorite Book Lists

There 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 book lists.

Recommended Reading for Kindergarten & First Grade

Recommended Reading for Second & Third Grade

Recommended Reading for Fourth & Fifth Grade

American Library Association Award Winning Children’s Literature

Black Lives Matter Book List