Below are links to well-organized lists of recommended books for children of all ages created by authoritative organizations. Use these lists to help create your own lists of books to guide your selections at your local library and bookstores. features not only lists of award-winning books, but also themed booklists, for young people in grades 4-12.

American Library Association

Recommended Books from ALSC provides access to the Association for Library Service to Children’s most recent booklists, including summer reading, graphic novels, and great books for tweens.

Children’s Notable Lists include books for younger, middle, and older readers, as well as books for all ages.

Young Adult Library Services Association Book Awards and Booklists include the best books for young adults and quick picks for reluctant young adult readers.

Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards feature a broad selection of outstanding books chosen by Booklist editors.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center
The Cooperative Children’s Book Center in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers extensive book recommendations for children and young adults listed in thematic bibliographies categorized by age group.

The Horn Book Magazine’s Fanfare Lists

Horn Book Fanfare 2014
Horn Book Fanfare 2013
Horn Book Fanfare 2012
Horn Book Fanfare 2011

International Reading Association (IRA)
Children’s Choices, Teachers’ Choices, and Young Adults’ Choices are booklists published annually by IRA and used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help young people find books.

The New York Public Library
New York Public Library booklists for kids include separate lists by genre, theme, and grade level.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
RIF Booklists feature the most recent Caldecott and Newbery winners, as well as multicultural booklists organized by grade level.

Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets includes dozens of themed booklists that recommend engaging, quality books for young kids. And you can find more themed booklists on its sister site Start with a Book.

For lists of books geared toward English language learners, check out Reading Rockets’ other sister site, the bilingual site Colorin Colorado.