Found this post on Children's book lists.
It seems to me that there are two main types of book lists.It can be a challenge to find book lists. Some are made into books, others are posted in on-line forums, and still others are made in a variety of ways.
1. The first is a list of books that someone thinks are worthwhile to read. There are two general subsets of that kind of list:
A. Lists that make good read aloud’s; those books are not matched to the child’s independent reading ability, the adult reads the book to the child and the child can comprehend and enjoy books many years above the “independent reading level”.
B. The other type is used by adults to match content to a child, such as finding books that reinforce certain morals or character traits, finding books about horses, finding books on a science or history topic for the child’s personal interest OR to teach the child that topic in a school or homeschool situation (usually).
2. The other kind of list is a list of books with ratings by independent reading level of a child. Those lists are desired by teachers mainly, by homeschooling parents and by parents as well (if the parent is doing their own research rather than just using a book that the school recommends). Those lists are for both fiction and non-fiction. They can be used to help a child learn to read and they can also be used to find books that a child can read to themselves to teach themselves about a topic (rather than being read aloud to).
When going through a book list, make sure you are aware of the author's bias. Make sure that you know what your child can handle.
Sounds a lot like using common sense.
I thought the article interesting and worth remembering.