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Books for Children and Young Adults

There are thousands of new books published for children and young adults each year, and tens of thousands available through public and school libraries, or for purchase at bookstores, at any given time. The CCBC helps librarians, teachers, child care providers and others navigate the abundance of choices to locate the best books possible to meet their needs. Be sure to check out the many other resources in our Links section. And check out our database of CCBC-recommended books--you can start with the Quick Search box at the top of this page.!

CCBC Specialized Information

Beyond our evaluation of new books and creation of recommended booklists, the CCBC has a number of areas of ongoing interest and expertise, including:

  • Current Publishing Trends: read the essay from the most recent edition of CCBC Choices

  • Graphic Novels: graphic novel resources for libraries and classrooms

  • Harry Potter: our resources include review citations and award and discinction information for each HP book, articles that offer varied perspectives on the books, and an online exhibit of selected international editions of Harry Potter created by CCBC Director Kathleen T. Horning

  • Intellectual Freedom: information and links about book challenges in schools and libraries

  • Multicultural Literature: information on books by and about people of color

  • The Story of Mankind: an online exhibit showing the printing history of various editions of the very first winner of the Newbery Award

  • The Westing Game Manuscript: an online exhibit showing the various drafts of Ellen Raskin's Newbery-award-winning book as well as items from Raskin's notes and clip files. This exhibit is accompanied by an audio-tape of Ellen Raskin talking about the manuscript.

  • Wisconsin-Related Resources: CCBC listings of books by Wisconsin authors and illustrators, and about Wisconsin people, places and topics.

CCBC Book Discussions

Interested in talking about books for children and young adults? Join us for an upcoming book discussion at the CCBC, or join CCBC-Net, the CCBC listserv, which takes a topical approach to discussing literature for children and young adults.

Resources Beyond the CCBC

Spend some time exploring the Links section of our web site, including:
  • Annual Awards and Best-of-the-Year lists: these highlight the outstanding books published each year from a broad range of perspectives

  • Books and Reading: these web sites offer reviews and recommendations of books, including peer reviews for children and teens

  • Review journals: these publications regularly evaluate the most recent books published for children and teens and are one of the ways to stay on top of what’s new in publishing for youth. Many of them create their own annual best-of-the-year lists at the end of each publishing year.

While there is a wide range of information available at no cost on the web, two fee-based web sites of note are:

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database: featuring reviews from a number of professional journals, as well as information on awards and recommended lists and reading levels for thousands of titles. A 7-day free trail is available. (UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff can access CLCD free through the E-Resources on the UW-Madison Libraries web site.)

TeachingBooks.Net: comprehensive information about books for children and young adults with the needs of teachers in mind. The site is a compendium of information found on the web, from discussion guides and thematic bookslists to author and illustrator information. TeachingBooks also features original interviews with authors and artists on video, as well as audio clips of book readings. A free trial is available. (Wisconsin residents have free access to TeachingBooks through the BadgerLink statewide online resource library.)

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