If you're writing for kids it's important to know what they are reading. When you run out of kids to interview, here are three great resources.
Every year librarians in Texas put together a list of 20 recommended books for kids between two years old and second grade. The 2 x 2 Reading List is distributed to libraries, book stores, day cares, and other locations throughout the state. It is also available here. Check your own state's library association for additional recommendations.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) also publishes an annual list of "Notable Children's Books." It is edited by librarians also and is available here.
The International Reading Association (IRA) compiles a list of favorite children's books every year by surveying about 10,000 children. This is unique because it is chosen by kids. It is available here.
The Children's Book Council also has a short list of children's favorite reads that they publish in association with Children's Book Week. The 2010 list is available here.
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