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Children's Books & Authors

  • Great Books for Kids: Our 2017 Gift Guide
    Share the joy of reading! Dozens of recommended books for kids 0-12
  •  Meet Rita Williams-Garcia
    From Delphine to Clayton Byrd, her stories brim with the authentic voices of young people
  • Start with a Book: Read. Talk. Explore.
    Themed books and activities to inspire active learning all year long
  • Choosing and Using Kids' Books
    Tips on finding great books and using them at home and in the classroom
  • Nonfiction Read-Alouds
    Teacher-tested strategies for choosing and using informational texts in the classroom
  •  Meet Kate DiCamillo
    Award-winning author of Flora and Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux
  • Author Study Toolkit
    Guide kids on a journey of discovery about a favorite author
  • Go Bird Crazy!
    Learn all about birds with our newest Reading Adventure Pack
  • How to Read Nonfiction Text
    Tips on navigating the table of contents, diagrams, captions & more

 

Video Interviews

Video Interviews

Meet your favorite children's authors and illustrators. More than 130 interviews!

 

Themed Booklists

Themed Booklists

The very best fiction and nonfiction books for kids, selected by our children's literature expert.

Reading Celebrations!

Reading Celebrations!

Celebrate cultural heritage, poetry, books and reading throughout the year.

Children's Books

Book Finder

Book Finder

Create your own customized list of fiction and nonfiction books! Search through more than 5,000 books on Reading Rockets — by author, illustrator, age, reading level, genre, format, topic, and country or region.

Themed Booklists

Themed Booklists

Sometimes it just takes one wonderful book to turn a kid into a reader. Tap into what interests your child. Browse these booklists created by Maria Salvadore, our children's literature expert. Everything from graphic novels to poetry to modern folktales.

Nonfiction for Kids

Nonfiction for Kids

Explore these articles and web resources on choosing great children's books, determining a child's reading level, reading aloud, finding low-cost books, lists of award-winning books and more.

Choosing and Using Kids' Books

Choosing and Using Kids' Books

Explore these articles and web resources on choosing great children's books, determining a child's reading level, reading aloud, finding low-cost books, lists of award-winning books and more.

Summer Booklists

Summer Booklists

Reading Rockets' annual summer booklists make it easy to find great fiction and nonfiction books for kids to enjoy on vacation, or anytime. Audio books, too!

Holiday Buying Guide

Holiday Buying Guide

Reading Rockets' annual holiday buying guide helps you find the perfect books for all the children in your life.

Award-Winning Books

Award-Winning Books

Here are links to the awards and "best of" lists we like, including picks from The New York Times and The Horn Book, as well as the annual Newbery and Caldecott winners.

Authors & Illustrators

Author Interviews

Author Interviews

Watch Reading Rockets' exclusive video interviews with award winning children's book authors and illustrators. You'll find more than 130 interviews!

Author Studies

Author Studies

From setting a purpose for your study to choosing and researching the author to developing a culminating project, our author study toolkit will help you create a rich, engaging classroom experience. A comprehensive list of print and online resources is included.

Celebrating Heroines in Fact and Fiction

Celebrating Heroines in Fact and Fiction

Acclaimed authors for young people — Katherine Paterson, Rita Williams-Garcia, Jeannine Atkins, and Heather Lang — and award-winning illustrator Ekua Holmes gathered for a lively panel discussion about strong girls and women in children's books.

How to Get and Keep Boys Reading

How to Get and Keep Boys Reading

Award-winning authors for young people — Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jon Scieszka, and Gene Luen Yang — gathered for a funny and insightful panel discussion about how to motivate boys (and any reluctant readers) to read more.

Just for Fun

Literacy Calendar

Literacy Calendar

Find out what's happening each month in the world of reading. We have lots of resources and ideas for celebrating Read Across America, Poetry Month, D.E.A.R., el día de los niños, Read for the Record, heritage cultural months and more.

E-Cards for Readers

E-Cards for Readers

Motivate the special children in your life to read and read some more! Send one of the free e-cards below to a child, student, grandchild, colleague, or friend. The e-cards were created for Reading Rockets by award-winning children's book illustrators.

Downloadables

Downloadables

Download these colorful ready-to-print lunch box notes, play date cards, and door hangers for the young children in your life. Featuring the artwork of favorite children's illustrators!

Quotable Quotes

Quotable Quotes

Browse our favorite quotes about reading, learning and teaching.

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Our Literacy Blogs

Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore
December 12, 2017
Book Life
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