Parent Resources

Reading for pleasure is a critical element of gaining, and maintaining, literacy. While connecting readers to books they'll love is one of the greatest joys of a school or public librarian, sometimes you may just want a little help selecting those gems for your children yourself. To that end, the Halifax Public Library maintains lists of recommended reads from their collection (and all kinds of other great stuff!) for all age levels:

Incidentally, public libraries all over North America, Europe, and other parts of the world create versions of this, so if you have an internet connection, you can see what children from Vancouver, New York, Paris and Sydney, Australia are reading.

Reading clubs/competition - largely fiction:

Hackmatack (Atlantic Canada)
Red Cedar Book Awards (British Columbia)
Every year thousands and thousands of book titles for children of all ages are published, and to celebrate the outstanding ones, a number of awards have been created. Below is a sampling of some of the most common ones you may see on the covers of books available locally.