Helpful Information for Parents & Educators

Education Collection

The Manheim Township Public Library houses the A. Lawrence Gagnon collection, which was established to provide professional resources for educators in the community.  Dr. Gagnon was a former Manheim Township School District superintendent. He had served as president of the local Rotary Club and also served on the board of Manheim Township Public Library.

Resources For Finding Books For Your Students and Children

Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors (powered by Gale’s popular What Do I Read Next? series) is for readers from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics from more than 240,000 titles.
All books recommended by librarians or other experts, are award winners or appear on best seller lists.   Includes: 54,000 authors represented via biographies; 40,000 nonfiction titles are included in business, biography, science and more; Fiction selections reflect the genres readers like best: mystery, science fiction, inspirational, romance, nonfiction, western, horror and fantasy.  Note for educators: The site includes the ability to limit searches to children’s books and young adult books.


Search 4,000+ books, audiobooks, and films from YALSA’s book awards and book lists.

While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA’s selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.


Use the filters on this website below to explore dozens of titles NPR staff and critics loved this year.  You can limit searches to ‘kids’ books’ and ‘young adult’ and then combine additional filters to sort by genre.



Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards


The purpose of the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program is to promote reading of quality books by young people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to encourage teacher / librarian collaboration in young adult and children’s literature, and to honor authors whose works have been recognized by the students of Pennsylvania.  Note:  This link takes you to the list of all nominated books;  you will find the award winners on the PYRCA home page.





Caldecott Medal



The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.  Honor Books may be named. These shall be books that are also truly distinguished.




Newbery Medal


The Newbery Medal 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.  Honor Books may be named.  These shall be books that are also truly distinguished.




Mildred L. Batchelder


This award is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.




Michael L. Printz


The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.






Robert F. Sibert


The Sibert Award honors the most distinguished informational book published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution to children’s literature.





Pura Belpré


The Pura Belpré Award is presented 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.




Schneider Family Book Award


The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.





Coretta Scott King


The Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience




Other ALA Awards and lists


More Awards!  Explore the ALA website to find even more awards for books, print and media!








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