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 Bibliographies and Booklists are
thematic bibliographies created by CCBC librarians, including lists specifically relating to the Common Core Standards.
- CCBC Book of the Week highlights a new book appreciated by the staff of the CCBC.
CCBC Choices is our annual
best-of-the year list. (Past
editions of CCBC Choices are now available
as PDFs online through the University of Wisconsin Digital Library!)
- The Charlotte Zolotow Award was
established by the CCBC to recognize outstanding writing in picture books
- Read On Wisconsin is a statewide literacy initiative administered through the CCBC that highlights titles at five different levels each month.
Other CCBC booklists:
- KidCitizen Engagement is a list created for K-5 educators in September, 2016, to talk about community enagement and voting.
- Just Mercy: Companion Books for Children and Teens is a list created by CCBC Reference Asssitant Samantha Jackson to accompany the UW-Madison "Go Big Read" selection for 2015-2016.
Beyond our evaluation of new books and creation of recommended booklists, the CCBC has a number of areas of ongoing interest and expertise, including:
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
by CCBC Director Kathleen T. Horning
Freedom: information and links about book challenges
in schools and libraries
Literature: information on books by and about people
- 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.
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 CCBCSpend some time exploring the Links section of our web site, including:
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
journals: these publications regularly
evaluate the most recent books published
and are one of the ways
to stay on top of
in publishing for youth. Many of
them create their own annual best-of-the-year
lists at the end of each publishing year.
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.)