Recommended Reads for Children

By Grade Level

2013 Summer Reading Booklists (FCPL/FCPS collaboration)

2012 Summer Reading Booklists (FCPL/FCPS collaboration)

2011 Summer Reading Booklists (FCPL/FCPS collaboration)

Best Books for Kindergarten
Best Books for 1st Grade
Best Books for 2nd Graders
Best Books for 3rd Graders
Best Books for 4th Graders
Best Books for 5th Graders
Best Books for Middle Schoolers

Readalikes and “If you liked…”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Tale of Despereaux
Harry Potter
Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Favorites and Staff Picks

A New Baby
Adventure and Survival Stories
All About Me
Books to Make You Laugh
Fairies, Princesses, and Mermaids
Funny Books for Boys (and everyone!)
Horse and Pony Books
Here There Be Dragons
Multicultural Booklists
Ology Books
Pirates!
Preteen Reads for Girls
Scary Books
Terrific Books for Two Year Olds

Award Winners and “best of”

The Caldecott Medal - awarded annually by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
>More about the Caldecott Medal

The Newbery Medal - awarded annually by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
More about the Newbery Medal

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards - awarded annually by the American Library Association to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of children's books about the African American experience.
More about the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Pura Belpre Award -  presented annually by the American Library Association and affiliates, 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.
More about the Pura Belpre Award

The Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award -  annual children's choice award for the state of Maryland given to authors and/or illustrators of outstanding books chosen by Maryland students.
More about the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award

Maryland Blue Crab Awards - awarded annually by the Maryland Library Association to the best books in beginning and transitional fiction and non-fiction for children.
More about the Maryland Blue Crab Awards

Children's Choice Award - is an annual project co-sponsored by the International Reading Association and The Children's Book Council, which compiles a list of 100 favorite books selected by a panel of over 10,000 children.
>More about the Children’s Choice Award

To see books FCPL owns from many of these lists, go to our online catalog, click on “More recommended reading lists” under “Recommended Reading,” and select the list title from the long list of awards.