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Featuring contributions by active librarians from around the country, this guide offers a goldmine of quality books for children, spotlighting more than 500 titles published within the last four years. Ranging from books for newborns through readers to age 14, the selected books encompass a wide variety of formats and themes to reflect the diversity of contemporary society. Popular Picks for Young Readers is equally useful for readers' advisory and collection development, and includes

  • High-quality, well-reviewed books that are popular with kids
  • Only original titles, eliminating derivative works such as those based on a movie or licensed characters
  • Picture books, graphic novels, poetry, informational books, fiction, and more
  • Thorough annotations, with summary, author, and publication information
  • Multiple indexes for easy searching by title, author, type of book, genre, award-winners, and subject matter

With selections geared towards every child's interest and reading level, this guide will help librarians, teachers, caregivers and others connect young readers to books they're sure to love.

  AcknowledgmentsIntroduction, by Diane Foote Popular Picks for Young Readers 

Board BooksPicture Books Early Readers Chapter Books Novels Informational Books Graphic Novels Poetry 


APPENDIX A: Books by Age Level APPENDIX B: Books by Genre/Subject APPENDIX C: Books for a Diverse Collection 

 Author/Title Index

Diane Foote

Diane Foote is assistant dean at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, Illinois, and is currently serving as fiscal officer and a member of the board of directors for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). She was a member of the 2010 John Newbery Award Selection Committee and the 2011 and 2012 Coretta Scott King Book Award Juries, and cochaired the ALSC Preconference Planning Committee for the 2013 event that celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal. She is a former executive director of ALSC and a former associate editor of Book Links magazine.

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. Its vision is for its members to engage communities to build healthy, successful futures for all children. For a century, ALSC members have carefully examined and discussed books published each year to recognize and honor the very best in children’s literature through its various awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott Medals. Through its work and resources, ALSC supports librarians serving youth, families, teachers, literature experts, and child advocates.

"Very useful … This bibliography will be a valuable addition to the professional collections in both school and public libraries where is can be used for both reading guidance and collection development."

"If it seems like a bunch of enthusiastic children's librarians handed you stacks of well-organized and annotated bibliographies filled with their favorite recent books for kids, well, they just did … Grab this volume now; stock your shelves with these fun, quality titles; and get ready to press them into the hands of your young readers."
— Booklist

"Convenient as a tool for collection-building as well as to recommend titles to young readers to discover and enjoy, this guide to contemporary children's titles is a good resource for children's librarians and teachers alike."
— Catholic Library World

"I would recommend this book as an excellent addition to any readers' advisory collection, for any teacher of elementary or middle grades looking to add to their classroom collection or even to the parents of young children. I know that I was tempted to go out and buy many of the recommended books for my own child."
— Reference Reviews