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Children’s Literature : Body of written works produced to entertain or instruct young people. The genre encompasses a wide range of works, including acknowledged classics of world literature, picture books and easy-to-read stories, and fairy tales, lullabies, fables, folk songs, and other, primarily orally transmitted, materials. It emerged as a distinct and independent form only in the second half of the 18th century and blossomed in the 19th century. In the 20th century, with the attainment of near-universal literacy in most developed nations, the diversity in children’s books came almost to rival that of adult popular literature. 1
Children’s literature covers many forms and types. They include picture books, fiction, classic titles, non-fiction, young children and adolescents, Australian-based, international, more. Many authors write specifically for this area as do illustrators. Some authors combine both roles.
We are more aware of our own national authors but this is becoming less so with globalisation. Children are now being exposed to a larger pool of authors/illustrators and it provides them with the opportunity to experience a broader range of views, attitudes, beliefs and cultures.
This page includes Reading Recommendations [including several non-fiction links], Picture Books, also general literature information including specific stories and literature for specific groups [e.g. adolescents and teens].
The First Page provides links to both Australian and international authors/illustrators of children’s and teen literature and a listing of Australian and international awards specifically for Children’s Literature.
‘Picture books are most often aimed at young children, and while some may have very basic language especially designed to help children develop their reading skills, most are written with vocabulary a child can understand but not necessarily read. Some picture books are also written with older children or even adults in mind’.
Picture Book, Wikipedia.
They can also include “Board Books” and “Pop-up Books”.
- 15 Australian Picture Books Everyone Should Read
‘15 Australian books - and some extra suggestions - that every Australian can enjoy if they want to understand our literature, our country and ourselves’.
- 2016 Short List
The Children’s Book Council of Australia. The 2016 Winners are found here.
- Australian Picture Books
A ‘blog that helps you get acquainted with books for young children created by Australian authors and illustrators’.
- Australian Picture Books 
Listing by Australian Online Bookshop. Several hundred are included and available for purchase.
- Children’s Books - Australian Picture Books
CJ Dennis to Tim Winton. Listing by bookseller. Provides author, title, brief abstract, price.
- Picture Books - Reviews
Several hundred are listed covering a wide range of topics. Also sections for Younger Readers and Young Adult readers.
- Wombat Stories
‘Aimed at educating children on the beautiful wildlife found in their own backyards and provide interactive and practical resources for parents and teachers to make our Wombat Stories a complete learning package as well as a fun and engaging stories for your children’.
- Worth a Thousand Words : The Top 10 Best Australian Children’s Picture Books
‘The best picture books are compact little stories that also feel complete. My selection criteria are also unashamedly subjective. The acid test is my three daughters - if they don’t love the book then all the critical acclaim in the world does not count a jot’.
- Children’s Picture Book Database
‘contains abstracts of over 5 700 picture books for children, Preschool to Grade Three’. Other information and search facilities. Miami University, USA.
‘Find information about all kinds of children’s picture books, how to select the perfect picture book for your child or grandchild and a wealth of suggestions’. Not updated for some time, but quality books are still listed.
- Little Golden Books
No longer 2/6 [25c], but for many of the older generation this was often all there was.
- Mr Men and Little Miss : Mr Noisy
‘The Mr Men and Little Miss series of titles’.
- NYPL Children’s Books 2013 : Picture Books
An international collection compiled by the New York Public Library.
- Old Picture Books
‘Story books from days of old, now flipbooks with “real pages” that turn with a click of the mouse’. Titles such as “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and “Fun and Nonsense”.
- Picture Book
Characteristics, Early picture books, Early to mid 20th Century, Mid to late 20th century, Awards, References, other links. Wikipedia.
- Picture Books [About.com]
‘Learn about children’s picture books of all types, including some recommended for their positive portrayals of people from different cultures’.
- Picture Books [Puffin]
Not all Australian books, but all available here from Puffin.
- Playing with the Postmodern : Picture Books for Multiliteracies
‘ Postmodern picture books are very useful in K-12 literacy and cross-curricula applications’.
- Popular Postmodern Picturebooks Shelf
Almost 50 books are listed in this collection from Good Reads.
- Preschool Picture Books Listed By Themes
Themes from Animals to Transportation.
- Selecting the Perfect Picture Book for Your Child
‘Here are a few ideas with suggested books that will help you in selecting the perfect picture book for your child’.
- 100 books Every Child should Read : Early Teens
The Telegraph, UK. An interesting list. Also has lists for Early Years and Middle Years
- Best Books to Read
‘Our complete guide to the best books to read, from must-read novels to history books, war books and memoirs’. The Telegraph, UK.
- Best Children’s Books of 2014
Publishers Weekly. ‘Our picks of the year’s best books, in picture books, middle-grade, and YA’.
- Books for Youth, 2014
Booklist Online. ‘Providing a broad selection of outstanding books that mixes popular appeal with literary excellence’.
- Book Lists
New York Public Library. You cannot reserve them, but they give title, author, a brief summary of the story. Multiple lists.
- Austral Ed Recommended Lists
Lists presented under several headings including Primary and Middle Years Programs, Grade Levels, Children’s Books, books for Senior Students & Adults. Among individual lists are Children’s Books - Books about Australian Indigenous Peoples and Children’s Books - Great Books to Read Aloud.
- Australian Children’s Books
‘A growing number of writers and illustrators are adding to the rich reserve of high quality stories that accompany babies, toddlers, children and teenagers through their growing years’. Covers history, modern authors and illustrators and has both embedded and listed links to further information. australia.gov.au.
- Best Children’s Books for Teaching Science in K-8
‘Stunning, interesting titles that help show students just how fun and exciting science and exploring the world around them truly can be’.
- Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site
‘Reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom, collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes, professional topics’.
- Children’s Books
Guardian.co.uk. News, getting involved, in pictures, Top 10s, talking points, interviews, audio & video, age sections, you may have missed, more.
- Children’s Choices Reading List
‘Booklist with a twist : Children themselves evaluate the books, and provide reviews of their favourites’. International Reading Association. 1998 to today.
- Children’s Storybooks Online
Books for various ages. Colouring books, riddles, other activities. Read online.
- Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature
‘Over 7 000 records from 84 awards across six English-speaking countries [United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland]’. Clear instructions provided for usage.
- Grade 5 & 6 Summer Reading List
‘Compiled by Linda Williams for the Connecticut State Department of Education#8217;. 2014. A 2014 Grade 9-12 Summer Reading List is found here.
- Graphic Novels
Allen & Unwin. Background, why use them in the classroom, teacher reviews, more. A listing of Popular Graphic Novels [Goodreads], is found here.
- Great Books to Read Aloud
Annotated listing under authors, with the option to buy from this Australian bookseller. Part of Glee Books in Sydney. A second site suggesting of books to read aloud is found at Favourite Picture Books to Read Aloud.
- If You Like …
Recommendations based on an “If you like …” process such as “If You Like Harry Potter”. Adelaide City Library.
- Mal Peet’s Top 10 Books to Read Aloud
‘From two gems by Janet and Allan Ahlberg to a dark Roald Dahl favourite, here’s a selection to send the kids off to sleep’. The Guardian, UK.
- Australian Children’s Non-fiction
- Australian History for Young Readers
‘I first started compiling this list when a reader contacted me asking for suggestions on history books to read to toddlers. I have also included some poems and songs which I think give us a great insight into Australian history through their language and themes’.
- Literature of Specific Countries
Questia. Directories listing literature of countries from Africa to China, South America to Europe and more.
- Summer Reading Club
Sections for Kids and Librarians, links to authors. You can’t go wrong by visiting the site.
Teens & Young Adults
- 10 Coming-of-Age Books to Read Now
- Best Books for Teen Boys
Good Reads. About 1 000 in this listing.
- Best Young Teen Books [100 books]
A combination of titles from Twilight and Harry Potter to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. There is also a listing of Popular Young Teen Books. Goodreads.
- Teenreads - Cool & New
‘Every month, our Cool & New Books feature spotlights new titles that we think you’ll want to explore. In addition to hardcovers, we include books that are newly released in paperback’.
- Vandergrift’s Special Interest Page
- YARA Young Adult Readers Reviews - Australia
‘Devoted to teenage/young adult readers. Features reviews, provides opportunities to write a review and more’.
- Young Adult Books for Boys
Varied listing. Many with commentaries.
- Your Favourites : 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
Results of poll of young readers. Has some very modern fantasy style books but also includes To Kill a Mockingbird and Fahrenheit 451. A really interesting collection.
- Web Wombat
Listed specifically for Junior and Senior Secondary groups. Australia.
- Children’s Book Authors and Biographies
Links to multiple sources of information. Links for Nursery Rhymes and Reading Lists for primary level students.
- Children’s Books [Bloomsbury]
Use the menu on the left to target specific age groups and other groupings.
- Children’s Books Online : The Rosetta Project
‘Largest collection of illustrated antique children’s books on line, we think’. Many available with translations of every page, in multiple languages.
- Children’s Literature
Introduction, classification, illustration, history, scholarship, awards, references, further reading, links. Wikipedia.
Titles for children aged from 6 to 12.
Part of Penguin books, but for children up to about 15. Join the club, read reviews of books written for different children’s age groups. Links to authors.
- The Children’s Book Council of Australia
Lists, reviews, awards.
- The Horn Book
‘Founded to herald the best in children’s literature. More than eighty years later, we are following her lead’. USA, fee-based. Resources, reviews.
- The International Children’s Digital Library
‘A place where kids all over the world can find lots of books from many different countries’. Sections for Kids and Adults. Check for costs.
Stories and Books
- Bedtime Story
‘Has selected talented authors and paired them with gifted illustrators, each of whose works have been judged Whimsical, Magical, Adventurous, Humorous, or simply, wonderfully Imaginative. The result is the stuff pleasant dreams are made of’.
- Between the Lions
Folktales and fables. Video presentations.
- Clifford Interactive Storybooks
‘Interactive Storybooks ! Phonics fun, games and stories for early readers’.
- Free Audio Stories For Children
- On-Line Stories
- Saita Publications
Publishers of free ebooks which can be read online and/or downloaded to be read offline. Based in Greece.
- Short Stories
Want to read something short ? Try one from any of the genres on offer. Suitability indicators included.
- Storybook Online
Audio stories, classic tales, interactive stories, stories in progress, original stories, completed stories, more.
- Storyline Online - Where Reading Is Fun !
‘The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image’.
‘Wattpad is a place to discover and share stories. Wattpad stories are free. Whether you’re online or off, use the devices you already own to carry an entire library wherever you go’.
1. Children’s Literature. The Free Dictionary, n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2013. Children’s Literature.