Suggested Reading

  • California Department of Education

    A collection of outstanding literature for children and adolescents is available in print as a searchable database. 

    Recommended Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve 


    American Library Association

    Each year, YALSA selects the best books and media for teens. Whether you're looking for a book for a reluctant or avid teen reader, there's sure to be a title that will fit the bill.

     Book Awards & Book Lists: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


    California Young Reader Medal

     Students in California schools nominate the books through their teachers and/or librarians.

    2018-2019 Nominees

    Past Nominees & Winners


     International Literacy Association

    Children, young adults, teachers, and librarians around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the “Choices” booklists. 

    Children's Choices

    Teachers' Choices

    Young Adults' Choices


     National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)/Children's Book Council (CBC)

    Books selected for this bibliography are written primarily for children in grades K-8. The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.

    Notable Social Studies Tradebooks For Young People


     National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children's Book Council (CBC)

    Reading science trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content. The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC).   

    Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12