Ignorance - the root and the stem of every evil. - Plato

Some Award Winning Books


Visit this page to find lots of information about books that may help you find something you'll enjoy reading.

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Beehive Nominee Books

This site lists the books nominated for the Beehive Award, This award recognizes great literature in five categories : Young Adult Fiction, Children's Fiction, Poetry, Informational Book, and Picture Book. The winners are chosen by the young readers of Utah. Type the year into the search window. 2017-2018 nominees are there now.


Here are some thoughts about reading I have found to be true:

  • You may be too young for a specific book, but you are never too old!

  • "Every reader his or her book" (as stated by Ranganathan). In other words, you CAN find a book you will enjoy.

  • "Every book its reader" (as stated by Ranganathan). In other words, every book is NOT for every reader.

  • You don't have to finish a book that you've started. If you are not enjoying your book's story after reading 50 pages, stop reading it! If it hasn't grabbed your interest by then, it's not worth the time. Go fnd something else to try. If you want to know how the story ends before moving on, skip ahead and read just the last few chapters. (This advice is helpful ONLY if you are reading something that you chose to read, not something assigned.)

Additional Links for Exploring the World of Reading:

  • Juvenile Series and Sequels (What's the next book in a series? Maintained by Mid-Continent Public Library, this web page has indexed thousands of books, searchable by series title, book title, author, and subject.)

  • Beehive Awards (Annual awards given to a book of poetry, children's fiction book, young adult fiction book, informational book, and picture book. The Children's Literature Association of Utah picks nominees for each category, and Utah children and teens vote for the winners.)

  • Newbery Award The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

  • Orbis Pictus Award (Awarded by the National Council of Teachers of English for outstanding nonfiction for children)

Book Reviews

  • Cindy Mitchell's Kiss the Book This web site is written by Ms. Mitchell, the library media teacher at South Jordan Middle School. She reads about a book a day and posts short, helpful reviews that include appropriateness for Jordan District MS students. You can search reviews by author.

  • Common Sense Book Reviews Reviews all sorts of media. Evaluates books by Content (sex, violence, language) and Message (social behavior, commercialism, and drug/alcohol/tobacco use). You can search reviews by title or author.

  • Spaghetti Book Club is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids for kids. The Spaghetti Book Club was created as a way to support and encourage kids' love for reading by giving them an opportunity to connect, on a personal level, with the books they are reading and then share their reactions, thoughts, and opinions with family members, friends, and kids around the world
  • Reading Rants

  • YA Books Central Founded in 1998 by (now author) Kimberly Pauley as a basic stopover for people looking for information on young adult books, YABC has since evolved into one of the largest sites targeted towards tween and teen readers. You can find book reviews by readers and staff reviewers, author interviews & bios, chapter excerpts, and much more on both children's and YA books.