Books and Reading

eBooks Websites | Award Winners | Booklists on the Web

eBook Websites

Digital Library of Illinois
A place where you can download eBooks with your library card!
Animated picture books online. Download free books and the free TumbleReader to enjoy e-books offline too!
TumblebookCloud is an online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books!
eRead Illinois
eRead Illinois is an online collection of digital books, shared by hundreds of libraries in northern Illinois!
NoveList K-8 Plus
NoveList K-8 Plus is source for book recommendations by author, subject, reading level, theme, and many other search criteria!

Award Winners

2024 Newbery, Caldecott, and other Children's Book Awards Announced!

John Newbery Medal
For the most outstanding contribution to children's literature


The Eyes and the Impossible
written by Dave Eggers

Honor Books

Eagle Drums
written by Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson

Elf Dog and Owl Head
written by M.T. Anderson

Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir
written by Pedro Martín

Simon Sort of Says
written by Erin Bow

The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams
written by Daniel Nayeri

Randolph Caldecott Medal
For the most distinguished American picture book for children


illustrated and written by
Vashti Harrison

Honor Books

In Every Life
illustrated and written by
Marla Frazee

Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter
illustrated by Molly Mendoza,
written by Aida Salazar

There Was a Party for Langston
illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey,
written by Jason Reynolds

The Truth About Dragons
illustrated by Hanna Cha,
written by Julie Leung

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award
Recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults


Nigeria Jones
written by Ibi Zoboi

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
For most distinguished informational book for children


The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity
written by Nicholas Day

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
For the most distinguished book for beginning readers


Fox Has a Problem
written and illustrated by
Corey R. Tabor

See the whole list of ALSC book and media award winners here!

2024 Monarch, Bluestem, and Caudill Awards Announced!

Monarch Award
Awarded by Illinois Young Readers in grades K-3


Chez Bob
Bob Shea

Bluestem Award
Awarded by Illinois Young Readers in grades 3-5


Megan Wagner Lloyd

Caudill Award
Awarded by Illinois Young Readers in grades 4-8


Megan E. Freeman

Booklists on the Web

Can't decide what to read? Check out these websites for some great book lists!

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
Check out the nominees for this award given by Illinois readers in grades 4-8.
Bluestem Award
Check out the nominees for this award given by Illinois readers in grades 3-5.
Monarch Award
Check out the nominees for this award given by Illinois Readers in grades K-3.
New York Public Library Recommendations
100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know: From the New York Public Library!
Mid-Continent Public Library
Series Fiction and Sequels: Want to know the order of your favorite series? Check out this site from the Mid-Continent Public Libraries!