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Focus on the First Years and promote early literacy in children.

On BCPL's Birth to Five pages you can learn about Baby Boosters' kits, get a list of good night stories, and find sing-along CDs for those long car trips. We also provide developmental tips, as well as links to local county resources that are perfect for this age group.




Children's Book Awards

  • ALA's Book and Media Awards
    Includes links to the Batchelder, Belpre, Caldecott, Carnegie, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, Printz, Laura Ingalls Wilder awards and many others. 

  • Américas Book Award
    Given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.

  • Black-Eyed Susan Award
    Honors outstanding books for K-12, chosen annually by Maryland students. Award serves to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature. Winners are announced after April 25 of each year.

  • Caldecott Award
    ALA's annual award for best picture books are listed here from 1938 to present. 
  • The Giverny Award
    For children's books on biology, is an annual award established in 1998 by Dr. James H. Wandersee and Dr. Elisabeth Schussler.
  • Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award [PDF]
    The best fiction and nonfiction books published at the K-2nd grade reading level and at the 2nd-4th grade reading level, both for children reading at grade level and for reluctant older readers.
  • Newbery Award
    ALA's annual award to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
  • Orbis Pictus Award
    Was established in 1990 by the National Council of Teachers of English to promote and recognize excellence in nonfiction writing.
  • Pura Belpré Award
    Awarded to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children.
  • Schneider Family Book Award
    Honors an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and teens. Given annually by the American Library Association.
  • Scott O'Dell Award
    Honors authors of historical fiction for children or young adults.
  • Sydney Taylor Book Awards
    Recognizes the best in Jewish children's literature each year. Gold medals are awarded for outstanding books that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Silver seals are awarded to Honor Books in each category.



  • BCPL's Booklists
    Topic specific lists of books for children, handpicked by BCPL's librarians.

  • BCPL's Kidslist
    Title suggestions according to age group (children in grades K through 7) handpicked by BCPL's librarians.

  • Book Adventure
    Free, reading incentive program encouraging kids in grades K - 8 to read.

  • BookHive
    For kids to age 12. Search by author, illustrator, reading level or interest area.

  • Juvenile Series and Sequels
    Database of 14,000+ books in series.

  • KidsReads.com
    Great books for kids 6 - 12, plus links to author web sites and more.



Stories Online

  • Want to hear a good story? StorylineChildren's Storybooks Online
    For young children, older children and young adults.

  • Internet Story Hour
    Stories you can either listen to or read yourself.

  • Kids Corner
    stories to read, and other stories you can listen to using RealAudio.

  • Storyline
    BCPL's Storyline features pre-recorded stories read to you over the phone by librarians from the Baltimore County Public Library.

  • Storyplace
    From the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library. (in English or Spanish)

  • StoryTymes: Aesop's Fables
    Listen to these famous fables read aloud online.





Last revised: July 8, 2014