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Children's Literature: Children's Lit. at Buley

Children's Literature

Buley Library has a collection of children's books (both fiction and nonfiction) in the Juvenile or Curriculum Collection on the ground floor.  The award winning children's literature includes the Caldecott Medal winners and honorees, Newbery Medal winners and honorees, the Connecticut Nutmeg Award winners, and more. Listed below are some directories to the children's books awards.

Reference books recommending readings by grade levels, eg.:

Best books for children : preschool through grade 6 

Available at Buley

Best books for Best books for high school readers : grades 9-12

Best books for middle school and junior high readers : grades 6-9

Award Winning Children's Books

Caldecott Medal Award Books

In the United States, receiving the Randolph Caldecott Medal is the highest honor an artist can achieve for children's book illustration. The Caldecott awards are administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The annual awards are announced each January during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.


A sick day for Amos McGee / written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead 

Juvenile St301si 


The lion and the mouse / Christine Kasonde

Juvenile K1528Li          


The house in the night / written by Susan Marie Swanson

Juvenile Sw24ho 


The Invention of Hugo : a novel in words and pictures    Brian Selznick

Juvenile Se4993in


Flotsam. David Wiesner

Juvenile Oversize W6372fl


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. Mordicai Gerstein

Juvenile H3893ki


Eric Rohmann. My Friend Rabbit

Curr Col. GV551 .G47 2003


David Wiesner. The Three Pigs

Juvenile R6365my


So You Want to be President? Written by Judith St. George. Philomel. David Small (Illus.)

Juvenile W6372th    


Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Simms Taback

Juvenile T105jo


Rapunzel.      Paul Zelinsky

Curr Col. GR75.R35Z45 1997


Golem. David Wisniewski

Curr Col. BM531 .W57 1996


Peggy Rathmann. Officer Buckle and Gloria

Juvenile R1882o


Smoky Night. written by Eve Bunting. Harcourt Brace. David Diaz (Illus.)

Juvenile B8859sn


Grandfather's Journey. Houghton Mifflin. Allen Say

Juvenile Oversize Sa988g


Mirette on the High Wire. G.P. Putnam's Sons. Emily Arnold McCully

Juvenile Oversize M1394m


Tuesday.              David Wiesner

Juvenile W6372t

Audio Books

Newbery Medal Books

The Newbery Medal is a yearly award that honors an outstanding contribution to American children’s literature. It is named after John Newbery, who was a bookseller in the 1700s, in England. Candidate books for the Newbery Medal must be published no later than the year prior to the award year in question. They also must be written by a US citizen or resident. Newbery Medal candidate books can be fiction, nonfiction or poetry. They are judged solely on their written material, and not by presentation of illustrations.

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola

Juvenile Sa138h

A Corner of The Universe by Ann M. Martin

Juvenile M3631co

A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer

Juvenile M1781mc

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

Juvenile H4637o

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Juvenile P21986si

A Year Down Yonder by by Richard Peck

Juvenile P3359y

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko 

Juvenile C453aL

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

Curr Col. RA644.Y4 M875 2003

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Juvenile D5473b

Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White

Juvenile C7306w

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul

Juvenile C8315g

Carver: A Life In Poems by Marilyn Nelson

Juvenile H7887ev

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

Juvenile Av51cr

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

Juvenile P4195cr

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis


Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Juvenile G3663ℓ

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Juvenile H7887ev

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson


Getting Near to Baby by by Audrey Couloumbis

Juvenile H7302o

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)

Curr Col PS3619.C43C55 2007

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Juvenile L3293ha

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti 

Curr Col DD253.5 .B37 2005

Holes by Louis Sachar

Juvenile P3359lw

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Juvenile H521h

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

Juvenile B3259h

Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos

Juvenile c8612wan

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata 


Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

Juvenile Sp463w 

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Juvenile Sch535Li

Moorchild by Eloise McGraw

Juvenile W58562b

Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

Juvenile H3893oL

Our Only May Amelia

PS3554.E11474 Z473 1999 

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Juvenile L57819e

Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm

Juvenile H7302pe

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Juvenile G3663pict

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale 

Juvenile H1355pr

Rules by Cynthia Lord 

Juvenile L8842ru

Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Juvenile W8684sh

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan

Juvenile T5742su

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan

Juvenile P2763po

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Juvenile F2293ho

The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman

Juvenile C9417w

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Juvenile D5473ta

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Juvenile C9597mi

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Juvenile F2293g

The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights" by Russell Freedman 

Curr Col. ML3930.A5 F73 2004

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

Juvenile C9417b

The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Juvenile C8612w

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Juvenile Sch535we

What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman

Juvenile H773g

When you reach me by Rebecca Stead  

Juvenile St302wh  

Whittington by Alan Armstrong

Juvenile Ar572wh

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

Juvenile K836v

Yolonda's Genius by Carol Fenner

Juvenile C9597c