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AmericanLibraryAssn logoAmerican Library Association (ALA) Awards

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.

Common Sense MediaCommonSenseMedia logo

Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. It offers the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. The Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

GreatWebsitesforKids logoGreat Websites for Kids 

Sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), this site compiles all the best websites for kids through age 14. The sites are evaluated, using established selection criteria, by a committee made up of members of the American Library Association.

AMightyGirl logoA Mighty Girl

A Mighty Girl's book section features over 2,000 girl-empowering books starring stellar Mighty Girl characters. With over 200 book categories to explore, the best way to discover what this section has to offer is by browsing the detailed book menu -- just mouse over the 'Books' button on the menu bar above. From there you can choose the categories of interest to you and then use the filters on the left-menu to further refine your search.

NatlScienceTeachers logoNational Science Teachers Book Award

Reading science trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content. The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children’s science trade books by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). 

Search Institute

Search Institute

Search Institute has identified the building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

This particular list is intended for adolescents (age 12-18). If you'd like to see the lists for other age groups, you can find them on the Developmental Assets Lists page.

YALSA logoYALSA Teen Bookfinder

YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves Young Adult literature access to the past three years' of YALSA's awards and lists on their smartphone.