Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Raising Readers: Book Lists

I read an obscene number of books to my kids and most of these books come from the library (I think my husband would divorce me if I bought even a fraction of the books we go through!).  However, taking my kids to the library is problematic.

Don't get me wrong--I do take them to the library.  However, we don't do a lot of looking for books while we're there.  Our library has a number of sensory games that the kids love and they do like to look at books--for about 3 minutes. Otherwise, I'd be chasing my son around (although I still drag out the stroller for him when I take both kids with me) and my daughter would be dumping every book she can find in my bag without even looking to see what it was.

So, I've come up with a plan.  I've put together a list of literally (ha!) hundreds of books that I'd like to read to my kids.  Then, each week, I put a number of them on hold.  After I do my weekly pick up, I go home and put another batch on hold.  So far, this has been working for us.  I'm hoping when the kids are a little older, we'll be able to go in and they can pick out their own books.  But, we're just not there yet.

I've put together my list from a number of other lists I've found around.  Some have been in brochures from our library, but the majority of these lists are on the internet.  I've been pinning them to my Raising Readers board as I find them, but here are 3 that I particularly liked:

  • This is a good general list found on Buzz Feed.  I will admit that I didn't add many books from this list, but only because most of the books listed here were also on the list from my library.
  • Amazon lists award winners for all sorts of book, including children's books.  I like this particular list because it is made up of books published in 2013, which means most of them don't show up on many other lists (yet).
  • I just came across this list of Fall books today and I've added almost all of them to my list.  I like reading seasonal and holiday books to the kids because they relate so well to them.
I hope that you find these lists, or some of the other ones on my pinterest board, useful. Feel free to follow that board (or any of my boards) as I'm adding new lists almost every day.


  1. I'm not sure how old your children are, but Mighty Girls has a lot of terrific book lists.

    1. I haven't checked that site out yet! Thanks for the recommendation, I'm heading over there right now!

  2. What a great way to manage the books! Young kids can be so distracted by the toys at the library, but it doesn't mean that they don't want to read all kinds of fabulous books with you at home. There are also many, many books about reading aloud, that include lots and lots of book recommendations. One of the more famous ones is Jim Trelease's Read Aloud Handbook, but I've never seen a copy of that one. I have a book called 1001 Childrens Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up which came out a few years ago. I'm actually reading through those books- I've read about 215 of them so far, and set up a yahoo group for others who want to join us- please check it out if you'd like to.


    1. The Jim Trelease Handbook is fabulous Louise. I read it early in my teaching career and I also heard a copy of one his talks (I wonder if any of these will ever turn up on podcasts or TED?)
      I've also been putting together some lists of children's books using different themes and sorting criteria over at my blog (just click on the list label if you're interested).
      I've tried to put together as many Australians ones as I can or ones readily available in Australia.