Books, Reading and Writing
Award Winning Books
2 x 2 List - A list of 20 recommended books for children, age two to grade two.
Bluebonnet Award - A yearly list of 20 books that are chosen by committee as candidates for 3rd - 6th grade students to choose from as their favorite title for that year. Caldecott Award -
Caldecott Award - The Caldecott Medal is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Coretta Scott King Award - Award given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Lariat List - The annual list of Lariat award winners calls meant to merit special attention from adult readers. The criteria for selecting books for this list is that they are “a pleasure to read.”
Lone Star List - A state-wide reading incentive program for middle school students.
Newbery Award - Award given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Tayshas List - List developed to motivate young adults, grades 9-12, to become lifelong readers and to participate in the community of young adult readers throughout Texas.
Literature & Reading Resources
American Library Association Children’s Notable Books - The yearly Association for Library Services to Children’s review of the best of the best in children's books, recordings, and videos.
Artemis: Gale Literary Sources *- Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of noted authors.
BookLikes - Blog platform designed for book bloggers, reviewers, and writers
Book Review Digest Plus *- Brings together book reviews on subjects such as art, biography, business, education, general interest, history, humanities, literature, music, and more with coverage back to 1983.
Contemporary Authors - Contemporary Authors presents complete and up-to-date biographical and bibliographical information and references on more than 130,000 U.S. and international authors.
eBooks on EBSCOhost - A selection of eBooks that is available for browsing, searching, and reading online.
Essay and General Literature Index *-Cites records in collections of essays and works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada dating back to 1985 and spans the entire range of the humanities and social sciences.
Find a Topic *-Books with information on authors, genre and contemporary books and series for book reviews and more.
Gale Literature Resource Center *- Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of noted authors.
Goodreads - Individuals can freely search this website's extensive user-populated database of books, annotations, and reviews. Users can sign up and register books to generate library catalogs and reading lists. They can also create their own groups of book suggestions and discussions.
Humanities Full Text *-Art, classical studies, film, and journalism are explored in this database
Library of Congress - The world's largest library and a great resource to scholars and researchers.
LibriVox - Public domain audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD.
Literary Reference Center *- Provides information on thousands of authors and their works through an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries, poems, short stories, author interviews and more.
New York Times Best Sellers - Browse best seller lists, book reviews & news for authors, fiction &non-fiction, literature, biographies, memoirs, children's book, science fiction & self-help.
Novelist K-8 Plus - A tool for helping young readers find authors and titles that are similar to their favorite works of fiction and nonfiction.
Novelist Plus - A tool that helps readers find authors and titles on subjects and themes similar to their favorite works of fiction and nonfiction. Book Club Discussion Guides are available for many popular book club selections.
OCLC WorldCat *- A comprehensive book bibliography with millions of records to select from.
Play Index *- Covers over 31,000 classic and historical plays dating from 1949, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, classic drama and monologues from famous playwrights.
Project Gutenberg - Site dedicated to making available over 45,000 full text free public domain eBooks. This site strives to add over 50 new eBook titles each week.
Shelfari - A social cataloging website for books. Shelfari users build virtual bookshelves of the titles they own or have read. Users can rate, review, tag, and discuss their books wit others.
Short Story Index - Contains information on short stories by author or genre, and provides detailed indexing for more than 117,000 stories from more than 4,200 collections and anthologies
Talking Book Program - Free library services for blind and physically disabled Texans. This service caters to Texans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material die to visual, physical, or reading disabilities – whether permanent or temporary.
Twentieth-Century Poetry* - An essential collection of poetry that provides readers an unparalleled survey of the movements, schools and distinctive voices of modern and contemporary American and English poetry.
Tumblebooks – eBooks for children!
What's Next Database - a resource created and maintained by the Kent District Library that helps readers search for series fiction. Search by author, book, or series title to find a listing of books in series order.
* Provided by TexShare Databases: a program for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.