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Infant Through Grade 12 Resources: Books For Specific Age Groups

Collections for those working with children and youth.

Below you will see links to resources to help you choose books for particular age groups. Go to the 'Find Books' tab at the top to learn how to search for specific titles, subjects, or keywords in IG12's catalog.


As always, reach out to us if you have any questions or need help finding the right materials.

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Paige Harp
Meyer Library, 215

MASL Awards

The Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) has four Readers Awards represent the best current youth literature available to students of different grade levels.

Show Me Readers Award (Grades 1-3)
Mark Twain Readers Award (Grades 4-6)
Truman Readers Award (Grades 6-8)
Gateway Readers Award (Grades 9-12)


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Children's  Literature Comprehensive Database

An amazing database for anyone interested in finding and using children's and young adult literature. Not all titles found here are available in the IG12, but it's a good place to start your search.

Picture Books



Choosing a Child's Book - Guidelines for choosing books for babies and toddlers, preschool and kindergarten students, early schoolagers, and older children. Short and sweet.

Getting the Most Out of Picture Books - From hooking kids with illustrations to using pictures to build reading skills to exploring art using picture books, this short essay gives lots of good ideas for choosing and reading picture books.

Selecting Books for Young Children - Great ideas for identifying books appropriate for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers via elements such as repetition, "...funny-sounding words," and number of lines on a page.

Find a Book for Grades K-5


Find a Book for Grades 5 - 8

Teen Book Finder Database

YALSA's Teen Book Finder Database allows you to search and browse by award, booklist, author, genre, and award year.

Find a Book for Grades 9 - 12



School Library Journal's Best Young Adult Books 2019

Browse through School Library Journal's picks for the best YA books of 2019.

 Teen Book Finder Database