Our readers' advisory services to young readers, their families, and educators in the community include: 

Stop in and ask us about our bookslists:
  • Early Chapter Books at OVL
  • Fantasy Books for Children at OVL
  • Mystery Books for Children at OVL 
  • Fairies, Mermaids, Unicorns & Princesses Books at OVL 
  • Cars & Trucks & Boats & Train Books at OVL
  • Aargh! Pirate Books at OVL 

Which Books for Which Ages?

Picture Books are great for reading aloud to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers; and are often good for the ‘just-learning-to-read’ set as well. The high-quality writing and illustrations make Picture Books enjoyable for older children and adults, too. 

Easy Readers are short ‘just-learning-to-read’ books with simple text and illustrations. Some are really easy, some are less so. Good stories in and of themselves, they also serve as ‘stepping stones’ to longer chapter books.

"Early Chapter Books" fit right inbetween those Easy books and J Fiction. We have a good illustrated booklist of Early Chapter books at our library. 

 “J” Fiction is what the kids call ‘chapter books.’ With little or no illustrations, these are the longer ‘I can finally read a real book’ books. 

“YA” Young Adult Fiction are for most teenagers and some pre-teens. While they often feature teen characters (and sometimes feature mature/explicit content and language) the best of them   are strongly written and are an important means of keeping the reading habit going on into adulthood.   
Choosing "Best Books" for Children and Teens:     

The Children’s Book Council Horn Book -- Family Reading                                                                                    
Anita Silvey

The Children’s Book Review GoodReads Common Sense Media Association for Library Service to Children Time Magazine
  • The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time
  • The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time
  • NPR’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

New York Times Book Review -- 
Children's Picture Books, Middle Grade Books, Middle Grade Series and Young Adult Books Lists: 
Websites & Apps: StoryBooks Online:

Reading Rainbow   
Storyline Online  Kids stories read by actors.
Barnes & Noble
Not Just For Kids:

19 Children’s Books You Should Re-read as an Adult
24 Iconic Children’s Books You Should Still Read, Even if You’re a Grown-up
33 Children’s Books Literally Everyone Should Read

Do you know of other good resources about children's literature?
Please let us know!