New Books at Sunita L. Williams

The Brilliant Deep            Rosie Revere, engineer         Maya Angelou          The Wall in the Middle of the Book

Endling       Hello Lighthouse       Rebound       Front Desk     Pass Go   Rescue & Jessica       Aru Shah         Baby Monkey Private Eye           Grump



Places to find book ideas

Read Kiddo Read (Sponsored by James Patterson) 
Includes links to great illustrated books, great transitional books, great page turners, and great advanced reads. 

A Book and a Hug
A great searchable list that also offers lists of books by category and reader personality. Try taking the quiz to find your reader personality type. 

Kids Reads
This website is updated regularly and offers great book reviews and author interviews. Check out the Series Feature, which recommends various series based on the age of the reader. 

Goodreads Childrens Book Lists
Lists of childrens books with a variety of categories that include best read-alouds for young children and wordless picture books. 

Diverse BookFinder

A research collection housed at Ladd Library at Bates College aimed at bringing a critical conversation to multicultural books. Search the collection of books or check out the curated lists on frequently requested topics. 

Public Library 
Minuteman Catalog: Needham Public Library
If the book isn't at Hillside, reserve it at the public library. 

Book Awards 

Newbery Medal awarded to an author of a distinguished children's book. 

2018 Medal Winner
Hello Universe

Filipino folklore and real life converge at the bottom of a well. Even while following signs and portents, the characters are the definition of creative agency. Masterfully told through shifting points of view, this modern quest tale shimmers with humor and authentic emotion. 

Caldecott Medal awarded to an illustrator of a distinguished picture book for children.

2018 Medal Winner
Wolf in the Snow


In this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an engrossing, emotionally charged story

Paula Belpre Award presented annually 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 and youth.

2018 Author Award Winner
Lucky Broken Girl

Lucky Broken Girl, fifth-grader Ruthie Mizrahi, newly arrived to the United States from Cuba in the 1960’s, is confined to a full-body cast after a life-changing accident. Surrounded by her Cuban-Jewish family and a diverse group of neighbors, Ruthie finds strength and courage to heal and grow. 

2018 Illustrator Award Winner

La Princesa

La Princesa and the Pea
 is a tale set amid guinea pigs, stone arches, and fuzzy indigenous Peruvian textiles. Juana Martinez-Neal’s mischievous characters play out the classic princess-and-the-pea tale—with a twist. Cultural elements inspired by the Peruvian village of Huilloc and the Colca Canyon add vibrancy and playfulness in Martinez-Neal’s acrylic and colored pencil illustrations.

Coretta Scott King Award presented annually by the American Library Association to honor African-American authors and illustrators who create outstanding books for children and young adults. 

2018 Author Award Winner

Piecing me together

"Piecing Me Together" is an inspiring tale in which Watson pulls the reader into Jade's world by sharing Jade's love for the Spanish language and providing a different, yet necessary story of Black womanhood.

2018 Illustrator Award Winner
Out of Wonder

In "Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets," Ekua Holmes's mixed-media collage images balance the tone and tenor of the new poems created by the authors, while paying homage to each of the featured poets in the subtle details extracted from various aspects.

Geisel Award (Theodor Seuss) Geisel award is presented annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most 
distinguished American book for beginning readers. 

2018 Medal Winner
Charlie & Mouse

In four short chapters that could each stand alone, readers join young brothers Charlie and Mouse on a full day of imaginative adventures. The brothers talk to sleeping lumps, invite friends to an impromptu playground party, fail to sell rocks, and invent the bedtime banana. 



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