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Stories and Reading Lists


Children's Book Awards
Find lists of children's books that have won either local or national literary awards such as

Children's Booklists
Suggested reading lists for children, plus additional literature resources for kids, parents and teachers.

Stories Online
Links to websites featuring children's stories that you can read or listen to online.

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

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 - 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. [PDF]


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


Children'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.


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


StoryTymes: Aesop's Fables - listen to these famous fables read aloud online.


Owl reading



Storyline stories are appropriate for children ages 3 - 10.

See the schedule of stories currently available on Storyline.


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.


Let us recommend a good book...




Polaris PowerPAC  -  Children's Edition




Want to hear a good story? Storyline

Stories are appropriate for children ages 3 - 10.