Best Books for Children
Preschool through Grade 6, 10th Edition
by Catherine Barr and Jamie Campbell Naidoo
December 2014, 1869pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-781-9
$215, £166, 187€, A295

The authoritative and remarkably affordable guide to children’s literature that supports collection development, program planning, curriculum support, and readers’ advisory.

Now in its tenth edition, this comprehensive and trusted professional resource helps librarians—and patrons and teachers—identify and use the best fiction and nonfiction books published for children in grades pre-K to six.

Re-envisioned and reformatted to better serve the needs of today’s librarians, Best Books for Children describes approximately 30,000 of the best books, fiction and nonfiction, for children in preschool through grade 6 and organizing them by genre and subject, this guide enables librarians to help teachers and parents identify books suitable for children’s recreational reading and educational needs. It is also an invaluable collection management tool that can be used for both selection and weeding (particularly in nonfiction areas). And finally, it makes creating theme-related book lists for library programs or curricular units a breeze.

Along with coverage of many new publications and updated bibliographic information, this new edition features an organization modified to reflect current publishing trends. The book now features separate Graphic Novels, Alphabet, Concept books, and Counting books sections (the latter three traditionally were included in Fiction for Younger Readers) and a new Traditional Literature section that covers Fairy Tales, Folklore, Mythology, Poetry, and Nursery Rhymes. In addition, Plays have been moved to Theater and Plays, under Performing Arts.

As in all of the Best Books titles, the authors have carefully culled the most trusted professional review sources to identify the most highly recommended new books for children. The volume provides review citations and makes note of available eBook and audiobook versions. Brief annotations, bibliographic data, grade level appropriateness, and review citations help you identify books of high quality, while the book’s topical arrangement makes it easy to create theme- and genre-based reading lists and programs as well as to identify read-alikes for young readers.


  • Contains some 30,000 annotated entries on recommended children's books for readers in pre-K through grade six
  • Provides helpful indexes for easy and quick access, including author/illustrator, title, and subject/grade level
  • Offers annual updates online to keep librarians abreast of current releases
  • Draws recommendations for books from a wide range of trusted review journals
  • Helps librarians build reading lists based on themes and genres
Catherine Barr is editor of the Libraries Unlimited Children's and Young Adult Literature Reference series and author or coauthor of other Libraries Unlimited titles including Best Books for Middle School and Junior High Readers, Best Books for High School Readers, Popular Series Fiction for K–6 Readers, and Popular Series Fiction for Middle School and Teen Readers.

Jamie Campbell Naidoo is endowed assistant professor at the University of Alabama's School of Library and Information Studies in Tuscaloosa, AL. He has served on several children's book award committees, including the Caldecott Medal, the Pura Belpré Award, and the Américas Award. He is the editor of Celebrating Cuentos: Promoting Latino Children's Literature and Literacy in Classrooms and Libraries and author of Rainbow Family Collections: Selecting and Using Children's Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content and Diversity Programming for Digital Youth: Promoting Cultural Competence in the Children's Library, all published by Libraries Unlimited.
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