Book Recommendations and Resources

Below you will find a variety of reading resources and recommended websites to support and promote reading in the classroom and at home. Please reach out to any of our librarians with questions or if you experience issues with access.

Summer Reading Suggestions

NYPL Summer Reading 2018 - New York Public LIbrary's Summer Reading Program

BPL Summer Reading 2018 - Brooklyn Public Library's Summer Reading page.

Queens Library Summer Reading 2018 - Queens Public Library's Summer Reading includes resources by age.

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 3-5 Year Olds - Great reads for 3-5 year olds from Brightly

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 6-8 Year Olds - Great picks for 6-8 year olds from Brightly

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9-12 Year Olds - Great reads for those in the 9-12 range.

For additional motivation, try The Summer Reading Challenge for Kids from Brightly

Stay tuned for our personal favorite books of the past year in English, Chinese, and Spanish!


Librarians' Favorite Books

English books:

Little People, Big Dreams series/biographies (N-1)

Snowmen at Night by: Caralyn, Burhner (N-K)

Swap by: Steve Light (N-K)

Billy Bloo is Stuck in Goo (N-2)

Calvin Can't Fly, by Jennifer Berne  (Grades PK-2)

Who Would Win series, by Jerry Pallotta (K-3)

Strega Nona, by Tomie Depaola     (K-2)

Sophie's Squash, by Zietlow Miller (PK-2)

The Seven Chinese Sisters, by Kathy Tucker (N-1)

The Girl Who Drew a Phoenix, by Demi  (PK-3)

Poor Louie (pk-3)

Pancakes! Lotta Nieminen (N-2)

This is not a Book, by Jullien, Jean (N-K) 

Mother Bruce series, by Ryan Higgins (K-4)

The Inquisitor's Tale, or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, by Adam Gidwitz (2-4)

The 13-story Treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths (1-3)

Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White (K-2)

Love by: Matt De la Peña (1-4)

Love, Triangle by: Marcie Colleen (Pk-1)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G vs. Inequality by: Jonah Winter (2-4)

How to Train Your Dragon series (2-4)

The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons (and why they keep biting me) by: Wade White (2-4)

The Adventurer’s Guide to Succesful Escapes by Wade White (2-4)

The Book Scavenger series by: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (2-4)

Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by: Chris Grabenstein (2-5)

Mr. Lemoncello’s Olympics by: Chris Grabenstein (2-5)

Maker lab: 28 super cool projects : Build, Invent, Create, Discovery, by Jack Challoner (2-4)

My First Coding book, by Kiki Prottsman (2-4)

The Book of Heroines, by Stephanie Drimmer (2-4)

The Art Book for Children (2-4)

Tom Gates Series, by L. Pichon (2-4)

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein (2-4)

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: how to write a poem, by Jack Prelutsky (2-4)

50 Wacky Things Animals Do by: Tricia Martineau Wagner (3-5)

The Invention of Hugo Cabaret by: by Brian Selznick (3-5)

The Penderwicks: series by: Jeanne Birdsall (3-5)

Who Was Alexander Hamilton? By: Pam Pollack (3-4)

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 1 and 2 by: Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (1-4)


Chinese books:

咕叽咕叽 (Guji guji)


三个和尚 (Three monks)

十二生肖的故事 (The Story of Twelve Zodiac Animals)

灶王爷 (Kitchen God)

别这样,小乖!(Oh no, George!)

阿达想当科学家 (Ada Twist, Scientist) 

卖帽子 (Caps for Sale)

这不是我的帽子 (This is not my hat)

我要把我的帽子找回来 (I want my hat back) 

大头儿子和小头爸爸 (Big Head Son and Small Head Dad)

男孩馅饺子 (Boy Dumplings)

神笔马良 (A magic Paint brush)

别和老虎捉谜藏 (Wild Animals come to my house)

饺子和汤圆 (Dumplings)

胡萝卜怪 (Creepy Carrots) 

火龙爱吃玉米卷 (Dragons love tacos) 

大卫上学去 (David goes to school) 

请给我,熊猫先生 (Please, Mr. Panda) 

轻松猫中文读物 (Smart Cat Readers)

我们的校长是超人 (the Adventures of Captain Underpants)


Spanish Books:

El monstruo de colores by: Anna Llenas (N-2)

Te quiero (casi siempre) by: Anna Llenas (pk-2)

La piñata vacía by: Alma Flor Ada (N-1)

Pájaro Amarillo by: Olga de Dios (pk-2)

Monstruo Rosa by: Olga de Dios (pk-2)

Rana de Tres Ojos by: Olga de Dios (pk-2)

Eso no es normal! by: Mar Pavón (N-2)

La siesta perfecta by: Pato Mena (k-2)

Noel Gris by: Aaron Blabey (1-3)

La princesa del agua by: Susan Verde (1-3)

Los discos de mi abuela by: Eric Velasquez (1-4)

El regalo de mi abuela by: Eric Velasquez (1-4)

Poemar el mar by: Antonio García Teijeiro (2-5) poetry book inspired by ocean

Pupi llega a la tierra by: Maria Menéndez (1-2)

Pupi quiere ser futbolista by: Maria Menéndez (1-2)

Pupi tiene una hermanita by: Maria Menéndez (1-2)

El cumpleaños de pupi by: Maria Menéndez (1-2)

Escrito y dibujado por Enriqueta by: Liniers (2-4)

Billie B. Brown (series) by: Sally Rippin (1-3)

Didi y Keidy (series) by: Wanda Coven (2-4)

Messi superstar by: Jon Stollberg (3-4)

El misterio del escribí sentado by: Maria Mañeru (3-4)

Futbolisimos series by: Roberto Santiago (4-5)

El club de los raros by: Jordi Sierra i Fabra (4-5)

Colección Antiprincesas (series) by: Nadia Frank and Pitu Saa (3-5)

Avenues E-Books and Audiobook Subscription

Destiny Discover - All of the e-books within our library collection are located here. Our digital collection can be accessed from a desktop or iPad app.

Tales2Go (Avenues Library Subscription) - An award-winning kids’ mobile audiobook service that streams thousands of name-brand titles from leading publishers and storytellers to mobile devices. (Please refer to your Google Drive for login details). Includes Spanish stories!

Tales2Go Summer Reading Listening Content for Grades 1-2

Tales2Go Summer Reading Listening Content for Grades 3-5

My Capstone Library - A digital reading platform that allows you to choose from different subjects, genres and levels to find the just the right book. Every title is supported by an audio recording done by a professional voice-over artist.

EPIC! - An ebook subscription service that offers thousands of high quality books in English, Chinese, and Spanish from well known publishers such as Harper Collins, National Geographic and many more. (Free for teachers and nominal cost for families).

JoyReader/Wawayaya (Chinese e-book App) - Using this App, students can access over 2,500+ Chinese, English, and bilingual stories. 
Login Details:
Username: a+first initial+last name+last two digits of your child's grad year  e.g. Brian Smith - absmith25
Password: 888888

Book Awards and Notable Books

Best Books 2017 - Take a look at what books are being recognized as best of the year!

Search "The Best Kids' Books" to view categories - i.e., Young Adult, Ages 9-12, etc.

Search by Picture Books, Fiction, Nonfiction

Check out the kids' book category.

Categories include younger readers, middle readers, older readers, and all ages.

Search by Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult

New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2017

Search by Picture Book, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Nonfiction Titles.

Search by category, including Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, Middle Grade and Children's, Picture Books.


Caldecott Medal Books - The ALSC’s annual awards for best picture books, sorted by year.

Horn Book Awards - Literary publication site highlighting annual award winners.

Horn Book Awards - The ALSC’s annual awards for best chapter books, sorted by year.

ALSC Notable Children’s Books - The Association for Library Service to Children has a. wonderful yearly 'best of' list, featuring picture and chapter books sorted by reader age.

Bank Street College Children’s Book Committee - Bank Street’s yearly list of the best fiction and nonfiction reads, organized by age group.

New York Public Library Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time - NYPL’s librarian curated list of the top 100 picture and chapter books.

Reading Suggestions

Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac - Lit history, holidays, and events, and a different daily book pick.

Children’s Book Council - Great resource for recommended book lists, literary events and more!

Guys Read - Author Jon Scieszka’s book recommendations listed by interests, ages, and authors.

Junior Library Guild - Lit picks organized by categories, news, events, awards, and lists.

New York Public Library Children’s Literature - NYPL Librarian lit blogs featuring reviews, news, and events.

International Children’s Digital Library - A collection of outstanding children’s books from all over the world that have been digitized and reproduced in multiple languages

Library of Congress for Kids and Families - Recommended reads and resources

On-Lion For Kids - New York Public Library Children’s Resources

Oxford Owl - An award-winning website that offers a range of reading resources that help to improve children’s learning both at school and at home.

Read Kiddo Read - James Patterson’s kids’ book picks and reviews site organized by age group.

Storyline Online - A digital library sponsored by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation with recordings of well-known actors reading popular children’s book.

Book Reviews

Children’s Book Review - Literary blog featuring book reviews, book lists, and literary related articles.

Kirkus Reviews - Sneak peek children’s book reviews and recommendations.

Publishers Weekly - The latest news in kids’ books, authors, publishing, and literary events.

School Library Journal - Literary review publication highlighting news, events, reviews, and “best of.”

Good Comics for Kids - A School Library Journal blog.
Top 100 Children’s Novels - Betsy Bird's list of the Top 100 Children’s Novels of all time.
Top 100 Picture Books - School Library Journal's top 100 picture books.