Books & More

Children’s Book Lists and Recommended Reading Leveled Sites.

Sometimes finding the right book is half the battle! I am sure we have all heard – pick a subject, historical time period or genre that will spark your child’s interest but sometimes finding that interest in a sea of authors can be overwhelming. Well, the Library is here to help! Feel free to ask any of our librarians for book recommendations – if we have not read it we can find a way to track the…if you like this then you must read this next(s)! We also have a leveled reading list provided by Branford Public Schools with suggested titles that makes finding “the just right book” for emergent readers a little easier. Also, do not be afraid to bring home a little variety! If your child has soaked up an entire series bring 3 or 4 new titles to choose from – the key is to present options rather than demands. Also, having your child with you during the book searching process can take more time but can also be a bonding experience as you begin to understand what gets them excited to read.

And, if all else fails simply click one of our links from our helpful reading lists!

Book Wizard – Helps children and parents find the DRA level of Scholastic published books as well as “book alikes” for titles they have previously enjoyed.

Children’s Book Council – Provides age appropriate and interest level lists for parents. A great way to discover new authors and titles.

Graphic Novels Suggestions k thru 2 – Recommendations provided by ALSC
Graphic Novels Suggestions 3 thru 5 – Recommendations provided by ALSC

Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge – Information on how to sign up as well as summer reading recommendations by grade level.

Guys Read – Helps children and parents narrow down “boy liked” books for all ages, interests and levels of reading.

Notable Children’s Books – 2018 best book suggestions provided by ALSC

Nutmeg Award– The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of nominated titles.

Summer Reading Suggestions Birth thru PreK – Summer reading suggestions provided by ALSC
Summer Reading Suggestions K thru 2 – Summer reading suggestions provided by ALSC
Summer Reading Suggestions 3 thru 5 – Summer reading suggestions provided by ALSC

Children’s Literature Award Winners


Belpre Medal
Caldecott Medal
Coretta Scott King Award
Geisel Award
Newbery Medal
Nutmeg Award
Odyssey Award
Orbis Pictus Award
Scott O’Dell Award
Sibert Medal
Wilder Medal

Book Clubs at the JBML

Interested in reading in a group setting, dying to discuss one of your favorite books or just tired of reading the same old thing? Then it is about time that you joined our monthly book club! Every month the Youth Services Department provides a different book from the intermediate Nutmeg Nominee list where participants can come together to discuss as a group and participate in various activities. This is a great way for book lovers to socialize, reinforce comprehension, make personal connections  and gives readers a chance to come in contact with different genres.

  • Lunch Bunch: A Nutmeg Nominee Book Club (starting this summer) for 3rd thru 5th grade readers

A full listing of dates and times for this book club can be found on our calendar. Please note that registration for all clubs is required so that we can plan accordingly.