For authoritative guidance on finding just the right book for you child, from newborns to young adults, check out our article “Tips from a Book Critic for Selecting Great Books.”
And for suggestions on specific book titles, take a look at our Great Reads page. Here we include themed booklists (such as “Great Books for Boys” and “Discovering Fantasy Beyond Harry Potter”), as well as our recommendations of booklists created by other literacy and library organizations.
So, DIG IN! All the information you need to select the perfect books for your kids at your local library or bookstore is waiting for you.
On behalf of all of us at the NCBLA, we wish you and your family a year filled with great reads and joy! Happy New Year!
Pictured above: Author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo, who recommends Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. “I was introduced to the book in second grade. My teacher, Mrs. Boyette, read it aloud to us. Every day after lunch she read. And every day, I would go to school and think: how am I going to last until after lunch? I was so desperate to hear that book. I read it on my own afterward. I still loved. But there was something about hearing it out loud that made the book even more profound.”
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Houghton Mifflin, 1960) is recommended for ages 7-12.
Be sure to check out DiCamillo’s book Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Book One in the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series), illustrated by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press, 2014).
Learn more at KateDiCamillo.com.
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