Notable Children’s Read-Alouds

The Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award for children’s literature recognizes the best picture book of the year to read aloud to younger children. Picture books for children between the ages toddlers to age eight are considered. Alkek Library collects all Wanda Gág award winners and honored titles. The 2015 winner is A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell; the honor title is Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett/illustrated by Jon Klassen.


Two other awards recognizing notable read-alouds are the E.B. White Read-Aloud award and the Comstock Read Aloud award. The E.B White Read-Aloud award recognizes books reflecting the universal read aloud standards that were created by the work of the author E.B. White in his classic books for children: Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. The Comstock Read Aloud award recognizes the best picture book of the year to read aloud to older children. Picture books for children from the age range of 9-12 are considered. All picture books eligible for the award are field-tested with children. Alkek Library collects all titles recognized by the E.B. Read-Aloud White award as well as the Comstock Read Aloud award. 


See other Awards available in Alkek’s Juvenile Collection.

2015 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Announced!

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, popularly called the Edgars, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. The Edgars honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater . Alkek Library collects all nominees and award winners in the category of Juvenile/Young Adult. The 2015 winners are Greenglass House by Kate Milford and The Art of Secrets by James Klise.


The Nominees included:


See other Awards available in Alkek’s Juvenile Collection.

April is Poetry Month!

Celebrate Poetry Month by sharing the gift of poetry with children. A select number of titles have been pulled and are currently on display in the 3rd floor Juvenile Exhibit. Alongside the display cart of poetry material you can also see the latest books recently added to the Juvenile Collection. Many more recommended, classic, and award-winning children’s poetry books can be found in the Juvenile Collection on the 3rd floor of the library, including awards like the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry AwardClaudia Lewis Award, and titles named as NCTE Notable Poetry books. Since April is also Mathematics Awareness Month, how about some math poetry books!




In Honor of Dr. Seuss

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and kicks off Read Across America (March 2-6, 2015). In honor of Dr. Seuss, share the gift of reading your favorite books with children. Did you know the Theodor Geisel award was established in his honor and that Alkek Library has all award winner and honor titles? The Juvenile Collection also offers many of his books and movies based on his books as well. Did you know And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street was the first Dr. Seuss book…and that it was rejected 27 times before being published by Vanguard Press? See




And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937
Bartholomew & the Oobleck,1949
The Butter Battle Book, 
Cat in the Hat, 1957
Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958
Cat’s Quizzer, The
Daisy-Head Mayzie
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973
Dr. Seuss ABC, 
Dr. Seuss Sleep Book, 
The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938
The Foot Book, 
Fox in Socks, 1965
Great Day for Up! 1974
Green Eggs and Ham, 
Happy Birthday to You, 1959
Hop on Pop, 1963
Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940
Horton Hears a Who, 
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 
Hunches in Bunches, 1982
I Am Not Going to Get up Today!, 1987
I Can Draw It Myself: By Me, Myself with a Little Help from My Friend Dr. Seuss, 1970
I Can Lick Thirty Tigers Today & Other Stories, 1969
I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!, 1978
I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1992
If I Ran the Circus, 1956
If I Ran the Zoo, 1950
King’s Stilts, 1939
Lorax, 1971
McElligot’s Pool, 1947
Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now, 1972
Mister Brown Can Moo, Can You, 1970
My Book About Me, 1969
Oh, Say Can You Say?, 1979
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, 1990
Oh! The Thinks You Can Think!, 1975
On Beyond Zebra, 1955
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, 1960
Scrambled Eggs Super!, 1953
The Seven Lady Godivas, 1987
Shape Of Me And Other Stuff, 1973
Sneetches And Other Stories, 1969
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974
Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948
Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet
Yertle the Turtle & Other Stories, 1958

Summer Reading is FUNdamental!

It’s Summer … do you know what your child is reading? Summer is underway and so begin the summer reading programs at local libraries and schools. Check out the Juvenile Exhibit Cases on the 3rd floor of the library for recently added children’s and young adult titles.

If you need ideas for books your child can read, try looking up material in two children’s literature databases Alkek Library has access to:

Many schools are on the Accelerated Reader (AR) program; the AR Website can also be useful to look for books by reading and interest level as well as the Scholastic Book Wizard, which also allows searching by various reading metrics including: AR, Guided Reading, DRA and Lexile Measure.  Recently we have begun adding in Renaissance Accelerated Reader Book Levels for books available in the Juvenile Collection.  The reading levels are hyperlinked so that if you find a book with a reading level of 3.1 (Third grade, month one), you can click to find more books with that same reading level.

AR BookFinder

For the child with an eReader or tablet device, Juvenile eBooks are also available.

Reading just four books over the summer can prevent what is called the “summer slide,” where students lose educational ground because they may not be as stimulated as they are during the school year. Students can lose up to 25% of their reading level over the summer … so keep them reading all summer long!

April: Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

Did you know April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month?  The Alkek Juvenile Collection has many books recognized for their discussion of animal behavior and issues related to animals.  Take a look at the books from ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award, Humane Society’s KIND Children’s Book Award, as well as the Animal Behavior Society’s Outstanding Children’s Book Award.

The American Veterinary Medical Association lists many other events throughout the year!

See what’s going on locally too at PALS!


March into Women’s History Month!

Celebrate Women’s History Month with children’s and young adult literature.  The Amelia Bloomer Project “highlights the power of the individual and the collective voices of women across time and around the world.”  Most Alkek Library copies of Amelia Bloomer Project titles are available in the 3rd floor Juvenile Collection, but some young adult level titles will be located in the General Collection on floors 5, 6 and 7.  Below are some recently recognized Amelia Bloomer Project titles:

Image for Brave Girl : Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers  Image for The Tree Lady : The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever  Image for The Lightning Dreamer : Cuba  Image for Philida  Image for Helen  Image for Touch the Sky : Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper
Image for Life in the Ocean : The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle   Image for Dolores Huerta : A Hero to Migrant Workers  Image for Here Come the Girl Scouts!  Image for The Lions of Little Rock  Image for The Revolution of Evelyn SerranoImage for May B.  Image for Rightfully Ours : How Women Won the Vote, 21 Activities  Image for Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller  Image for Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World

Image for First Girl Scout : The Life of Juliette Gordon Low  Image for Code Name Verity  Image for Summer of the Mariposas


Reading Levels in Juvenile Books

Recently we have begun adding in Renaissance Accelerated Reader Book Levels for books available in the Juvenile Collection. This project began in Setember 2013 and is a work in progress as we work to add in reading levels to material already in the collection as well as for new material. The reading levels are hyperlinked so that if you find a book with a reading level of 3.1 (Third grade, month one), you can click to find more books with that same reading level. More reading levels are being added on a weekly basis, so keep checking back to see what new titles now have reading level information available. If the book does not have a reading level it either is not an AR book or a reading level has not yet been assigned, so always check the AR BookFinder.

We plan to eventually add in Lexile reading levels as well so stay tuned as progress continues…