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What to Read
Not sure what to read next, or looking for a specific book?  Check out these links to find out about brand-new books, award-winning titles, and our favorite books and authors.  You can even find what reading level a book is to help you choose the right books for school.
Picture Books
Ages 8 - 11
Ages 10 - 13
E-Books & Audio Books
Award Winners

Belpré Medal - Awarded to a Latinx writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Building Block Picture Book Award - Presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri’s public libraries.

Caldecott Medal - Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Children’s Notable Lists - Identified by the Association for Library Service to Children as the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and videos.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards - Given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award - Awarded by the Council for Exceptional Children for books that appropriately portray individuals with developmental disabilities.

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - Awarded for books that portray the universal qualities of childhood, strong and supportive family, and multiculturalism.

Geisel Award - Given annually to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Mark Twain Award - The winner of the Mark Twain Award is selected annually by Missouri students in grades four through six.

Newbery Medal - Awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Show Me Reader Award - Awarded to picture books that are easy to read aloud and have strong literary value. The books also are of interest and appeal to children ages 6 to 10 years.