Reading Guides

These external reading guides are from trusted sources on the best in children's literature. You can use them to find a variety of great titles on different subjects. Search for the titles in our search engine and if available we can have them shipped directly to your home from our book distributor. Enjoy browsing. Click on the text to reach the link.

The Reading Beyond Guide for anyone interested in discovering books for children reading at an advanced level, here are 75 books chosen every two years by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee to provide guidance. 

The READING BEYOND lists celebrate the power of books to lift and expand children’s minds, providing reading experiences beyond levels and limits.
—Susan Polos and Janet Wong, 2017/2018 co-chairs of the ALA-CBC Joint Committee

The READING BEYOND book lists are comprised of 25 titles in three age categories. These books were evaluated by the ALA member librarians of the committee and were chosen for their content, quality, and variety of genre and format. All the book annotations in the handouts available below are original descriptions written by librarians.


The Horn Book Guide 

The authoritative Guide/Reviews Database offers short, critical reviews by trusted professionals of recommended hardcover trade books published in the United States for young people. Gathered here are more than 70,000 reviews.

The reviews are clear and honest, brief and to the point, identifying strengths and weaknesses and rating the books on a scale from 1 to 4, with titles recommended by The Horn Book Magazine receiving the highest ratings 1 () or 2 ().

The Guide/Reviews Database is fully searchable by author/illustrator, title, subject, bibliographic data, rating, and keyword. New features include useful booklists—curated by Horn Book editors and updated frequently—as well as the ability to save all your favorite titles to “My Library.”

For every teacher, librarian, or parent who has struggled to find just the right book to place in a particular child's hands, help has arrived with the Guide/Reviews Database. Dive in!




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