Reading Lists for Kids

What’s Next for Kids

Unable to browse, but unsure what to request through Lithgow to Go? Fill out our What’s Next for Kids form, and a librarian will select five titles for you to pick up!


Maine-Based Award Lists  |  Other Juvenile Book Lists

Looking for a new book to read? These lists will provide you with titles selected by trusted organizations and publications from Maine and around the country. Links to eBooks, audiobook, and readings will be linked when available.

Kathy’s Korner – book reviews of new fiction for kids from our very own youth services aide, Kathy. A new review is published every Friday.

Reviews for You – recorded book reviews for families from our very own youth services aide, Kate.

“This Moment” Resource List – a list of resources (books, articles, and events) for kids and their caretakers on current news topics to inform and help create a more equitable society. Currently: “Black Lives Matter & Anti-Racism” and “COVID-19.”


Chickadee Awarda picture book award program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Maine Student Book Award– designed to expand literary horizons of students in grades 4-8 by encouraging them to read, evaluate, and enjoy a selection of new books and to choose a statewide favorite by written ballot each spring.


A Kids Book A Day – Reviews a new book every day.

Anita Silvey’s Book-A-Day Almanac – daily children’s book recommendations.

Best Books – a collection of book lists for kids of all ages, by Common Sense Media.

Guys Read – a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka..  Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.

Juvenile Series and Sequels Database – over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles that are classified into three audiences: Juvenile Easy [JE] – for birth through 2nd grade readers, Juvenile [J] – for 2nd through 6th grade readers, and Young Adult [YA] – for 6th through 12th grade readers

New York Public Library’s 100 Great Children’s Books in 100 Years  – Great stories never grow old! Chosen by children’s librarians at New York Public Library, these inspiring tales have thrilled generations of children and their parents.