Recommended literature by CELL

Children's and Young Adult Literature

What’s new in children’s and young adult books?

2018 American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award

2018 The Classroom Bookshelf – includes links to:

  • 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards
  • 2018 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Book Awards
  • 2018 Notable Books for a Global Society
  • 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children
  • 2017 Children’s Literature Assembly Notable Books in the English Language Arts
  • 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2018 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners

2018 The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

2018 Mary Ann Reilly’s Recommended K-3 Children’s Books

2017 American American Alliance for Theater & Education Distinguished Play Award

2017 Children’s Africana Book Awards

2017 Middle East Book Award

2017 Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature Best Books

2017 Jane Addams Peace Association Award Winners

CELL and Mount Saint Mary College undergraduates and graduates provided Student Achievement Partnership (SAP) with 150 multicultural texts to help diversify Appendix B of the Common Core. Educators from around the country recommended the books, and awards were consulted:

K-1 Band

2-3 Band

4-5 Band 

If you would like to be invited to Dropbox where a complete PowerPoint is posted, please contact Jane Gangi at


African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature

17 Children’s Books on Black Activists, Innovators, and Scholars

100 Best Books Children’s Books for African American History Month

283 Books Depicting Black Males Slideshow (Bibliography)

African American Children’s Literature

The Brown Book Shelf

Celebrate Black History with 30 Children’s Books

Recent African American and Caribbean Books for Children

American Indian Children’s Literature

American Indians in Children’s Literature

Cynthia Leitich Smith


Asian American Children’s Literature

Best Asian American Children’s Literature

Children’s and YA Books with Asian Heritage Themes

Caribbean American Children’s Literature

Caribbean American Heritage Month 2017

Hispanic Children’s Literature

Barahona Center for Children’s Literature

Bilingual Books Recommended at CELL’s 2014 Conference

Mary Ann Reilly I

Mary Ann Reilly II

Mary Ann Reilly III

Sixty (or so) Books in English and Spanish: Latino, Latina Authors, Illustrators, Books, and Websites

Muslim American Children’s Literature

African American Muslim Authors Celebrate Black History Month

Fighting Anger with Understanding: Some (American) Muslim KidLit Reads

See also the Awards document under Topics for more African American, American Indian, Hispanic, and Muslim children’s and young adult books.


13 Children’s Picture Books Whose Characters Have Special Needs

Children’s Books Focusing on Special/Exceptional Needs, Strengths, and Graces

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Bibliography recommended at the ANYSEED conference held at Mount Saint Mary College, 2014

GENRES: (See also the Young Adult Literature Section)


Aaron Shephard’s Readers Theater

Lois Walker’s Readers Theater

Narrative Pantomime

Teaching and Performing Literacy: Email to be invited to the wiki

Folklore/Traditional Tales



           Please see the Comprehensive Bibliography at the end of this page for folklore from around the world.

Historical Literature and Current Events:  Email for a pdf that integrates multiple genres on history and current events

Informational Texts



          For the Birds: 50 Children’s Books for K-4

          For the Birds, Part 2 — Books for Grades 5-8

          Science Books, K-8

Math and Science: Annotated Children’s Books on Math and Science


Recent and Upcoming Poetry Books for Children and Teens

Recent Poetry Books for Choral Reading in Grades 2-8

Sample Arrangements for Choral Reading

Wordless Books

           Wordless Books Published Recently


7 Books to Teach Rhyme from Lee and Low

50 Books You Can Count On (counting books)

1960s: Novels and Novels in Verse Set in the 1960s

Activists in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Art and Artists: 47 Children’s Books about Art and Artists

Art Books for Children

Awards:  National and International Multicultural Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards

Back to School Books

Baseball: Baseball Picture Books

Blues and Jazz: Children’s Books about The Blues & Jazz

Building Community in the Primary Grades

Children’s Books to Be Published in 2015

Early Literacy: 100 Books for Early Literacy; 50 multicultural books (first published in Montessori Life)

Genocide, War, Terrorism, and Disaster:

Children’s and Young Adult Literature on Genocide: Cambodia to Darfur

Children’s Literature on War, Terrorism, and Disaster

Recent Books about War & Civil Unrest: Grades 5-8

Green Earth Book Award Nominees, 2015

Hurricane Katrina, K-12

Imagination: Imagination: 30+ Picture Books That Bring Us Inside Children’s Minds

K-12 Children’s Books about Coal Mining

Male Artists: 15 Favorite Children’s Books about Male Artists

Merging Read Aloud (Teacher Reads) and Shared Guided Reading (Students Read with Teacher Support)

Multicultural Books for Read-Aloud and Small Group Study, Elementary Grades

New York City: 100 Children’s Books Set in New York City

Novels in Verse for Grades 3-8

Onset and Rime, 37 Books to Teach the Most Common Rimes

Peace: Give Peace a Chance: 40+ Children’s Picture Books

Perservering and Inventing

Picture Books for Teaching Literary Technique

Rosa Parks

Seed Books for First Grade

Spring into Spring with 30 Pre-K-3 Books

Visually Rich Books: 16 Visually Rich Books for Children & Their Parents from 2013 and 2014


Women Artists:

13 Favorite Children’s Books about Women Artists & Their Images

10 Recent and To Be Published Books

Women Athletes

Women Scientists & Mathematicians, K-4 Books: 2015 – 2016


Worlds of Words (WOW by Kathy Short)–Global Children’s and Young Adult Literature


Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir



Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror

Graphic Novels

Informational Texts


Novels in Verse for Grades 7-12



Realistic Fiction

Short Stories

Comprehensive Bibliography accompanied Encountering Children’s Literature: An Arts Approach (Gangi, 2004)