When you are trying to get a child excited about reading, a good place to start is to select books that have won awards. There are international, national, and state/province awards for every genre and age group.
Some awards - like many of the programs run at the state/regional level - are "children's choice" programs. Students either nominate books, vote on their favorite, or both. Because the audience is selecting their favorite, when you are looking at the lists of winners and honor books, you know that other kids have liked them.
Our ultimate goal for this page is to build a dynamic tool that lets you search for award-winning books via a number of categories. For now, we are offering two documents, one for national awards in North America; the other for state, regional, and provincial awards.
State Literature Awards - These are the state literature awards.
National Book Awards - These are the National Book Awards.