Good Books for Kids

See our favorite books for school-age children, learn about Illinois book awards, and see lists of national award-winners. For younger children, see our recommendations for babies and preschoolers.

110 Books for Every Child

(http://champaign.org/justkids/good_books/110_books)

These are our all-time favorites for grades 4 and 5. Why 110? To celebrate 110 years of children’s services, which started at our library in 1899.

African American Children’s Books

(http://champaign.org/justkids/good_books/african_american)

These are our favorite books by or about African Americans for grades K to 3.

Monarch Award

(http://champaign.org/justkids/good_books/monarch_award)

This annual award goes to the author and illustrator of a book chosen by participating Illinois children in grades K to 3.

Bluestem Award

(http://champaign.org/justkids/good_books/bluestem)

This annual award goes to the author and illustrator of a book chosen by participating Illinois children in grades 3 to 5.

Rebecca Caudill Award

(http://champaign.org/justkids/good_books/rebecca_caudill_award)

Illinois kids in grades 4 to 8 nominate books and pick the winners in this competition named for a children’s author who lived in Urbana, Illinois.

National Award Winners

(http://champaign.org/justkids/good_books/national_award_winners)

See which books have won the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, and Robert F. Sibert awards.

CU Children’s Authors

(http://champaign.org/justkids/good_books/cu_childrens_authors)

Meet these nearby writers and illustrators of children’s books.

Free EBooks & Audiobooks for Children

Borrow kids' eBooks and downloadable audiobooks free, from My Media Mall.

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Storyline

Listen to TV and movie celebrities read picture books on Storyline Online

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Tumblebooks

Tumblebooks are animated books; learn more about how they work.

NoveList Plus

 Click for home use or in-library use
Finds books your children may like, based on books or authors that already appeal to them; fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. Also shows Lexile reading level. For home use, log in with your Champaign library card.

Books for Babies & Preschoolers

Babies
Preschoolers

Good Books on Pinterest

Follow our booklist and children’s Kindle boards.

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