Recommended Reading

How Do I Pick the Right Book

Children who are learning to read benefit from selecting books with a proper mix of support and challenge. Our friends at the Wallingford Public Schools recommend trying the “Five Finger Rule” to find a book that is just right for your child. You can also look for these popular “Hook Books” divided by reading level. A Children’s Librarian would be happy to help you find any of these books at the library!

Family Book Bundle Requests – Please use this form to submit a request for a general selection of children’s books for your family. Our Children’s Librarians will do their best to fill your request within 48 hours. Requests for specific titles should be placed through the library’s catalog or by calling the Children’s Room at (203)284-6436.

Family book bundle request

100 Books Every Child Should Know Before Starting School brochure
100 Books Every Child Should Know Before Starting School
Hook Books flyer
Hook Books
Hook Books en Españolflyer
Hook Books en Español
Our Favorite Book Lists

There is always someone available in the Children’s Department who would love to help you find the perfect book! If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, here are some of our favorite book lists.

Recommended Reading for Kindergarten & First Grade

Recommended Reading for Second & Third Grade

Recommended Reading for Fourth & Fifth Grade

American Library Association Award Winning Children’s Literature

Black Lives Matter Book List