6 Things You Should Know About Children’s Literature

If you are new to children’s literature, whether you are a parent, grandparent, day care worker, or college student, here are six things you need to know.  If it has been a while since you read a children’s book, then you will be pleasantly surprised by the innovative and artistic originality that has surfaced.


  1. The Caldecott Medal is awarded for children’s picture book illustration and is a great way to identify a great picture book suitable for younger children. Each year one winner is chosen and several others are designated as Honor Books.  Here are a few to start you off:
  • Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems (2008 Honor Book)
  • Swamp Angel, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky and written by Anne Issacs (1995 Honor Book)
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe (1988 Honor Book)


  1. The Newbery Award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. It is a great place to find chapter books with great content.  Here are a few of my favorites:
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (2013 Newbery Medal)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (1994 Newbery Medal)
  • The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering (2004 Newbery Medal)


  1. The Coretta Scott King Book Award celebrates African American authors and illustrators of children’s literature that reflect African American culture and universal human values. These are a few of my favorites:
  • Beautiful Blackbird, illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan (2004 Illustrator Award Winner)
  • My Rows and Piles of Coins, illustrated by E.B. Lewis and written by Tololwa M. Mollel (2000 Illustrator Honor)
  • Black Cat, illustrated and written by Christopher Myers (2000 Illustrator Honor)


  1. Opportunities to learn something new exist everywhere. Textbooks are the traditional source for student learning but there is an abundance of educational and entertaining books available that would be appropriate as part of a lesson plan or simply to inspire interest in something new.
  • Counting On Frank by Rod Clement
  • Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss
  • Alligators and Music by Donald L. Elliott
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
  • Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Online resources to help you find great books.


  1. Goodreads. Find reviews of books, create your own list of books you want to read, track what you have read, and rate the experience.  This is a great resource for all types of literature.


  1. The Schneider Family Award is given to an author or illustrator that expresses the disability experience. Awards are granted for each of three reading levels: Children’s, Middle School, and Teen.

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  • Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin (2015 Schneider Family Award for Middle School)

Hello world!

Hi!  Welcome to Discover a Good Read.  My goal is to discover new adventures in children’s literature and to share it with you.  I have never been much of a reader because it takes me forever to get through a book.  But I love stories.  In the past I have resorted to audio books and movies for my stories, but I am now devoting myself to reading books.  There is so much to gain by allowing yourself to do your own interpreting of the subject matter, as is done in everyday interactions with actual people.

With that having been said, Happy Reading!… no matter how long it takes… lol