Booklists from the Connecticut State Library

The Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development – specifically, Children’s Services Consultant Linda Williams – compiles and publishes a variety of recommended booklists for children and young adults. Check out the following excellent resources for top-quality librarian-approved books!

Books with Starred Reviews
Comprehensive list of recently-published titles that received 2 or more starred reviews.

Award-Winning Booklists for Elementary and Middle School Children
Links to a wide variety of children’s book award winners, from the well-known Newbery and Caldecott medals, to Connecticut’s own Nutmeg Book Award, to many lesser-known but equally important awards.

Connecticut Children’s & YA Authors & Illustrators

Children’s & Young Adult Fiction Set in Connecticut


CLC’s “Children’s Books for Holiday Giving” Archive

Looking for our “Children’s Books for Holiday Giving” booklist archive? Here it is! Since 2003, CLC has been gathering Connecticut librarians’ picks for the very best new children’s and teen books, and compiling them into handy gift-giving guides. Why not explore the lists? A good book never goes out of style!

All lists are in PDF format. Most are designed to be printed double-sided and folded into a brochure. Download and enjoy!


Starred Books of 2013

Here is a list compiled by our friend Linda Williams of the Connecticut State Library – all of the books that received 2 or more “stars” in children’s literature review publications in 2013. You can download PDF lists in the following categories:

Or just browse this and Linda’s other great lists here –

Best Books for Children 2013

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bestbooksyoungchildrenHere are the links to the printable versions of CLC’s 2013 “Best Books” lists – recommended by Connecticut librarians, the book experts!

Note – these are PDF files. You will need a free PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, to open them.

Print double-sided and enjoy!



Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Ten-year-old August, who was born with severe facial deformities, is starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep after years of being homeschooled.  Told through multiple perspectives, this is a story about courage in the face of adversity with a strong message of acceptance of differences. A great book for parents and children/teens to read and discuss together.



Unstoppable, by Tim Green. Harrison’s foster dad is abusive. Finally he’s placed with the middle school football coach. He’s a big kid, a natural at football. He overcomes every obstacle – at home, in school, and on the field. Then he’s injured, and the MRI uncovers something terrible. Can he overcome this latest challenge?