Children’s Books & Authors
Meet your favorite children's authors and illustrators. More than 130 interviews!
The very best fiction and nonfiction books for kids, selected by our children's literature expert.
Celebrate cultural heritage, poetry, books and reading throughout the year.
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.
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.
Diverse Books for Children
Explore our rich collection of booklists, watch videos with children’s authors, find guidance on choosing high-quality diverse titles, and get ideas on how to use diverse books in the classroom.
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
Explore these articles and web resources on how to choose books for kids, kinds of books to choose from, how to use children's books at home and in the classroom, starting a book club, the history of children's literature, and more.
In Search of Free Books
Where can your school, library, or community group find free or low-cost books for kids? There are a number of national organizations as well as local programs you can turn to for help filling the shelves of your library, classroom, or literacy program and putting books into the hands and homes of young readers.
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 Gift Guides
Reading Rockets' annual holiday buying guide helps you find the perfect books for all the children in your life.
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
Watch Reading Rockets’ exclusive video interviews with award winning children’s book authors and illustrators. You’ll find more than 150 interviews!
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
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
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
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.
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!
Browse our favorite quotes about reading, learning and teaching.