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

2019 Newbery, Caldecott, and other Children's Book Awards Announced!

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


Merci Suárez Changes Gears
written by Meg Medina

Honor Books

The Night Diary
written by Veera Hiranandani

The Book of Boy
written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

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


Hello Lighthouse
illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall

Honor Books

Alma and How She Got Her Name
illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal

A Big Mooncake for Little Star
illustrated and written by Grace Lin

The Rough Patch
illustrated and written by Brian Lies

Thank You, Omu!
illustrated and written by Oge Mora

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


A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919
written by Claire Hartfield

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


The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science
written by Joyce Sidman

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


Fox the Tiger
written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor

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

2019 Monarch, Bluestem, and Caudill Awards Announced!

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


Creepy Pair of Underwear
Aaron Reynolds

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


Barbara O'Conner

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


Jason Reynolds

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.
Kids Reads
The best place on the web for kids to find info about their favorite books, series and authors.
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!