Books for Young Children
- Books for Preschoolers: Classics [pdf] • New Favorites [pdf]
- Off to School: for young children getting ready to start school [pdf]
- Read to Me: Early Chapter Books [pdf]
Booklists for Grades K - 8
Targeted Phonics books
Orca Currents: short, high-interest novels with contemporary themes written specifically for middle-school students reading below grade level. Reading levels from grade 2.0 to 5.0. Interest level ages 10–14.
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- Emergent readers: series for grades K-2. Books for young beginning readers.
- Emergent readers grades K-4 Readers in this stage are still learning the basic mechanics of reading but are also able to pay attention to comprehension. Beginning chapter books and early non-fiction are included here. Many books included here will appeal to the slightly older beginning reader.
- Early fluent readers grades K-4 Readers in this stage are fairly comfortable with reading and can focus on comprehension. Stories are longer and more complex.
- Animal stories: grades 3-6 Animal stories can appeal to kids in a wide range in ages
- Adventure: mystery, time travel, superheroes: grades 4-8 Fast-paced stories that hold the reader's interest
- Humor: live, love, laugh: grades 4-8
- Being a friend: friendship and school stories for grades 4-8
- When Magic Meets the Real World
- Science fiction and fantasy for grades 4-8
- Who am I? Stories about finding out about yourself for grades 5-8
- Strange things: stories for horror fans
Berkeley Unified School District lists
- BUSD Mock Newbery nominees for the 2021 Newbery Award • 2020 Mock Newbery books
- Winter Reads 2020
- 2020 Summer Reading List (grade at the end of the just finished school year)
- Complete list of American Library Association (ALA) awards
- Newbery Medal --ALA award for literature for children
- Caldecott Medal -- ALA award for picture books for children
- Sibert Medal -- ALA award for informational books for children
- Coretta Scott King Book Award -- ALA award for outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values
- Rainbow Book List -- ALA list of books with significant and authentic LGBTQIA+ content
- Pura Belpré Award -- ALA award to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.
- African American Girls' Lives: Books for readers age 9-13
- African American Boys' Lives: Books for readers age 9-13
- Latinx Kids' Lives: Books for readers age 9-13
- Asian American Kids' Lives: Books for readers age 9-13
- Muslim Kids' Lives: Books for readers age 9-13
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