Books and Reading

eBooks Websites | Award Winners | Booklists on the Web

eBook Websites

Digital Library of Illinois
A place where you can download eBooks with your library card!
Animated picture books online. Download free books and the free TumbleReader to enjoy e-books offline too!
TumblebookCloud is an online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books!
eRead Illinois
eRead Illinois is an online collection of digital books, shared by hundreds of libraries in northern Illinois!
NoveList K-8 Plus
NoveList K-8 Plus is source for book recommendations by author, subject, reading level, theme, and many other search criteria!

Award Winners

2021 Newbery, Caldecott, and other Children's Book Awards Announced!

John Newbery Medal
For the most outstanding contribution to children's literature


When You Trap a Tiger
written by Tae Keller

Honor Books

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team
written by Christina Soontornvat

BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom
written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Fighting Words
written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

We Dream of Space
written by Erin Entrada Kelly

A Wish in the Dark
written by Christina Soontornvat

Randolph Caldecott Medal
For the most distinguished American picture book for children


We Are Water Protectors
illustrated by Michaela Goade written by Carole Lindstrom

Honor Books

Me & Mama
illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart
illustrated by Noa Denmon written by Zetta Elliot

The Cat Man of Aleppo
illustrated by Yuko Shimizu written by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha

Outside In
illustrated by Cindy Derby written by Deborah Underwood

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award
Recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults


Before the Ever After
written by Jacqueline Woodson

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
For most distinguished informational book for children


Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera
written by Candace Fleming

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
For the most distinguished book for beginning readers


See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog
written by David LaRochelle

See the whole list of ALSC book and media award winners here!

2019 Monarch, Bluestem, and Caudill Awards Announced!

Monarch Award
Awarded by Illinois Young Readers in grades K-3


Baby Monkey, private eye
Brian Selznick

Bluestem Award
Awarded by Illinois Young Readers in grades 3-5


Alan Gratz

Caudill Award
Awarded by Illinois Young Readers in grades 4-8


Real Friends
Shannon Hale

Booklists on the Web

Can't decide what to read? Check out these websites for some great book lists!

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
Check out the nominees for this award given by Illinois readers in grades 4-8.
Bluestem Award
Check out the nominees for this award given by Illinois readers in grades 3-5.
Monarch Award
Check out the nominees for this award given by Illinois Readers in grades K-3.
New York Public Library Recommendations
100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know: From the New York Public Library!
Mid-Continent Public Library
Series Fiction and Sequels: Want to know the order of your favorite series? Check out this site from the Mid-Continent Public Libraries!