Marysville Library Blog

Monday, January 11, 2010

Finding a good book for the child in your life

If you’re a parent or other adult searching for a good book for the child in your life, or if your child wants to find a good book to read and they don’t know where to start, Sno-Isle libraries offers some good resources and recommendations. From our website (, scroll down to Otis the Otter “Sno-Isle Kids”, click on it and choose the “Find a good book” link in the upper right corner. The page you get to by doing this has some great book lists, such as:

  • Award winners. Six awards for children’s books, from the Caldecott Medal for art to the Newbery Medal for chapter books to the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for early reader books, list what national or regional teams of experts have picked out as the best new book for each year.

  • Books for each age. Whether the child you’re looking for is looking forward to Kindergarten, or is just beginning to read, or is moving into easy chapter books, or is even an older child stumped on what to read next, these book recommendations will fit your child’s reading level.

  • History. Your child has an assignment to read about a particular era in history, or just loves books about knights or wars in history or pioneers; these lists will help you find good books for their historical area of interest - both fiction and non-fiction.

  • Read Alikes. The child you care about has fervently devoured all of the “Diary of a wimpy kid” books (or other series) several times. Where do they go next? Guide them to this page, and find recommendations for other books we think your Wimpy Kid fan (or Spiderwick Chronicles fan or Captain Underpants fan) will also like.

  • Sports. Does the child in your life like sports? Are they fanatical about football, silly about soccer, have to have horses? Find both fiction and nonfiction books we recommend on these lists, divided by their sport of interest.

  • Genres. Some children specifically like fantasy books, or graphic novels, or mysteries. Send them to this page to find some books we recommend that they may not have found purely by browsing.

We invite you to explore this area of our website further to find books such as those by Washington authors, or Halloween books, or books about family life.

And if you have any questions, come visit us at the information desk. We love to talk books with you!

-Kathy S., Children's Librarian