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!



ALA Youth Media Awards 2014

It’s an exciting day in the world of children’s books! The 2014 Youth Media Awards were announced this morning at the ALA Midwinter Conference. These awards include the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and many more. Here’s a link to the press release with complete list of winners:

Once something “prettier” goes up we’ll link to it! 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!



Scowler, by Daniel Kraus. Ry’s father is a monster. Ry worries he may be one too. But it can take something monstrous to protect you from a monster, and what’s inside Ry might just be able to do the trick. The writing is gorgeous; the story, traumatizing. For the true connoisseur of horror.

Out of the Easy

Out of the Easy

Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys. Beautiful writing, strong characters, vivid images. Great for older readers (adult crossover appeal!) as the character is an older teen, a year out of high school trying to figure out her future while trying to also solve a mystery.